The pair will be joined by The Crown star Harriet Walter and Terminator and Aliens actor Michael Biehn alongside the previously announced Game of Thrones star Sean Bean and Roots star Malachi Kirby in the eight-part drama, which follows the story of ordinary people competing in the world’s fastest, most furious, illegal night-time street race.
Zane plays “gonzo cowboy” Joker Jones, while Richardson plays Lou, a kind, tough, brave, practical and romantic woman.
Adrian Lester (Riviera), Phoebe Fox (Blue Iguana) Robert Glenister (Spooks), Aimee-Ffion Edwards (Troy: Fall of a City), Rose Williams (Reign), Elijah Rowen (Vikings) and Guz Khan (Man Like Mobeen) round out the cast of the series, directed by Peaky Blinders’ Colm McCarthy.
The series, which was written by Read, will see contestants race through the night from London to Scotland in their “pimped-out” vehicles to win the ultimate prize — freedom from the totalitarian government curfew that controls their lives.
The drama is produced by Tiger Aspect Productions and Moonage Picturs, the indie set up by Peaky Blinders execs Will Gould, Matthew Read and Frith Tiplady. Commissioned by Sky’s Head of Drama Anne Mensah, Sky One boss Adam MacDonald and Sky Entertainment chief Zai Bennett, the series will air on Sky One and will be exec produced by Gould and Tiplady. Sky Vision will distribute internationally.
Zane said, “Joining the immensely talented cast and crew of Curfew fulfils many cinematic and literary fantasies all at once. Playing a gonzo cowboy, member of a viral video performance art troupe, on a healing hell-ride, just about falls square in my wheelhouse right now.”
Richardson added, “A childhood of soaking up westerns has finally paid off, except that the horses are replaced by cars. All this and the chance to drive two wildly different vehicles. Curfew is covering a lot of new ground for me which is always fun. Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.”