Stanley Tucci for Sky Atlantic's Fortitude

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 24 January 2014
Stanley Tucci

Stanley Tucci

Hollywood star Stanley Tucci will lead the cast of Sky Atlantic's ambitious new drama Fortitude. He will be joined by Christopher Eccleston and Jessica Raine

Stanley Tucci and Christopher Eccleston will lead an all-star cast in Sky Atlantic's 'Fortitude'.

The Hollywood actor and former 'Doctor Who' star will appear in the new 12-part murder mystery drama, which takes place in the seemingly idyllic Arctic town of Fortitude.

The series will be filmed both in Britain and Iceland and feature a stellar cast including 'The Killing' actress Sofie Gråbøl, 'Call the Midwife' star Jessica Raine and 'Harry Potter' legend Sir Michael Gambon.

Sky Atlantic's director Julia Barry said in a statement: "Our audience loves great, world-class story-telling and so 'Fortitude' is a perfect fit for Sky Atlantic. We're thrilled to welcome Stanley Tucci - in his first British television role - and the rest of this amazing group of actors to the channel."

Stanley will play DCI Morton, a newcomer tasked with investigating the grisly murder which rocks the dream town. He will be partnered with local police chief Sheriff Dan Anderssen, played by Richard Dormer.

Christopher - who recently played the villain in 'Thor: The Dark World' - is set to play a scientist, Charlie Stoddart, who works at the Fortitude Arctic Research Centre.

Jessica will portray Jules Sutter, the wife of search-and-rescue pilot Frank (Nicholas Pinnock).

Sofie will play the town's governor, Hildur Odegard, while Michael will portray Henry Tyson, an ailing wildlife photographer near the end of his life.

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