Adrian Lester, Iwan Rheon and Lena Olin are among the full cast that has been set to join Julia Stiles-starrer Riviera, Sky’s pan-European thriller that’s just starting filming in the South of France. Created by Neil Jordan, the 10-part drama is based on an idea from U2’s former manager, Paul McGuinness. Kris Thykier and Liza Marshall’s Archery Pictures and Primo Productions are producing.
Also joining the previously announced Stiles in the story of morally ambiguous characters and complex relationships are Dimitri Leonidas (The Monuments Men), Roxanne Duran (White Ribbon) and Phil Davis (Poldark).
Riviera is based in the world of the ultra-rich and set against the sun-drenched backdrop of the Cote d’Azur where Stiles plays Georgina, a Midwesterner and former fine-art scholar turned resourceful wife of billionaire Constantine Clios. After a year of marriage, her life is blown apart when Constantine is killed in an explosion aboard the yacht of a Russian oligarch and arms dealer.
Believing there’s more to the tragedy, Georgina sets out to uncover what happened, discovering dark truths about her husband. She enters a spiral of moral descent, becoming immersed in a world of lies, double-dealing and criminality. But to protect her family and its fortune, she will have to learn to adapt, survive and ultimately thrive in her dangerous new reality.
Lester (Undercover, London Spy) plays Georgina’s friend and art dealer Robert Carver; Rheon (Game Of Thrones) and Leonidas are sons Adam and Christos; Olin is Irina, Constantine’s beautiful ex-wife.
Jordan wrote the series with John Banville (The Sea). Executive producers are Jordan, Marshall, Thykier and McGuinness. Foz Allan is producer and worldwide distribution is being handled by Sky Vision.
Sky will make Riviera available to its customers in the UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany and Austria in 2017.