Production has begun in Toronto on Ransom, the 13-episode drama created by David Vainola (Combat Hospital) and Frank Spotnitz. From eOne, Spotnitz’s Big Light Productions, Sienna Films and Wildcats Productions, the series has added principal cast to join Luke Roberts as hostage negotiator Eric Beaumont. Sarah Greene (Penny Dreadful) will play Maxine Carlson, a young newcomer eager to prove herself; Brandon Jay McLaren (The Killing, Chicago Fire) is Oliver Yates, a psychological profiler; and Nazneen Contractor (Heroes Reborn) is set as ex-cop Zara Hallam.

CBS picked up the drama last month. International broadcasters include Canada’s Global, France’s TF1 and Germany’s RTL.

Ransom follows expert crisis and hostage negoatiator Beaumont, whose team is brought in to save lives when no one else can. He understands criminals better than they do, and uses his insight into human behavior to resolve the most difficult cases. Despite the stakes, Eric refuses to resort to violence. While his considerable powers of manipulation make him the best at what he does professionally, they often complicate his relationships with family, friends and colleagues.

The drama is inspired by the professional experiences of crisis negotiator Laurent Combalbert.

EOne controls worldwide rights to the series, excluding French-speaking territories.

McLaren is repped by Don Buchwald & Associates, Berwick & Kovacik and Trisko Talent Management. Contractor is with The Characters Talent Agency in Canada, Greene & Associates in the U.S., and manager Bernard Kira of BMK-ENT.