Sheridan Smith & Céline Buckens To Star In Paramount+ UK Adaptation Of Lucy Clarke Novel ‘The Castaways’

Unique: Sheridan Smith and Celine Bakans have been cast as sisters. castawaysA Paramount+ Drama series based on the novel by Lucy Clark.

Smith will play Lori and Buckens as her sibling Erin in the thriller, which marks Clarke̵7;s second series adaptation for Paramount+’s UK service.

After missing a major flight, Lori boards a plane to Fiji while Erin does not. The flight never arrives at its tropical destination and months later no wreckage has been found. Erin suddenly discovers that Lori’s credit card has been used on a remote Fijian island and she later recognizes the pilot on CCTV. She boards a plane to Fiji to find out the truth.

The show jumps between the two sisters’ points of view, with Erin conducting an investigation in modern times and Lori struggling to survive a crash on a remote island. As the truth slowly emerges about what happened to the plane and its passengers, someone is willing to kill to keep it a secret.

The order could be the first streamer series to be unveiled since the writers’ strike began today. British writers have been Issued WGGB guidance is to not accept work on US studio shows during industrial action, but with contracts outside WGA jurisdiction, there is nothing to stop streamers ordering local shows outside the states.

UK manufacturer clapperboard studio and joined by the Italian studio Blackbox Multimedia castawaysThe shooting of the film will begin next month in Greece and Fiji. Mike Benson is executive producer for Clapperboard, which regularly produces dramas for Paramount+ and its UK network cousin Channel 5, while Giuliano Papadia and Chiara Cardoso are executive producers for Blackbox.

Ben Harris (young wallander, devils) is also an executive producer. Exec, who was showrunner on the CBS and TF1 drama ransom, sharing responsibilities with Polly Buckle and Jesse O’Mahony, is also head writer. Andy Tohill and Ryan Tohill (daglish, dig up) is the director, with Myf Hopkins serving as producer.

Sebastian Cardwell, UK Deputy Chief Content Officer at Paramount, ordered the series, which BBC Studios Will distribute globally.

Stage and screen actress Smith was Emmy-nominated and BAFTA-winning for her role in the ITV and Seven Network drama mrs biggs and nominated for BAFTA c word And silla (She was also Emmy-nominated for the latter). Other major TV roles include ITV’s Cleaning and channel 5 Teacher, She has appeared in the Dustin Hoffman feature square and recently The Railway Children Return, On stage, she is currently starring as Shirley Valentine in Willie Russell’s one-woman West End show.

Belgian-British actress, writer and director Bakkens is best known for BBC mini-series Showtrial, which earned her BAFTA and International Emmy nominations last year. She has also appeared in Steven Spielberg’s war Horsenetflix series Freedom and warriors and, more recently, former wife For Paramount+, produced by Clapperboard, Blackbox and Night Train Media.

Clarke, who wrote the novel the rest Another adaptation is starting this month on Paramount+ in the UK. can’t run Launches May 18th in the UK, Joins a Slate of Launches or Upcoming Originals, Including former wife, a gentleman in moscow And sexy animal

clark said castaways “Promises to be an incredible adaptation; The screenwriting is electric, and Sheridan and Céline Fully cast as Lori and Erin.

The show is one of 150 international originals Paramount+ plans to launch by 2025.

“Ben Harris is one of the most powerful and exciting writers we have and both he and the writing team have done a tremendous job adapting Lucy’s gripping novel,” said Benson, CEO of Clapperboard. “We are determined to deliver a great series for our friends and partners at Paramount+ and BBC Studios.”