Clara Rugaard, the Danish actress who starred in Netflix’s I Am Mother, is to lead the cast for Sky’s The Rising, a supernatural crime thriller that was originally inspired by Belgian drama Hotel Beau Séjour.
Deadline first revealed in October 2019 that Sky was making its own version of Hotel Beau Séjour, and the drama is now poised to shoot in the Lake District, England, next month. The eight-part series represents the first Sky drama produced entirely in-house by Sky Studios.
Rugaard stars as Neve Kelly, a woman who discovers she is dead. She’s scared and confused by this new existence. But, when she realizes she has been murdered, she’s furious. She’s determined to find her killer and get justice, believing that it was someone she knew. Billed as having a distinctive tone and visual style, The Rising is a story about love, justice, and the cost of pursuing the truth in a world that wants to keep it hidden.
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The Rising also features I Hate Suzie actor Daniel Ings and Silent Witness actress Emily Taaffe as Kelly’s estranged father and beloved mother. Other cast includes Nenda Neururer (A Brief History of Struggle), Solly McLeod (Boxing Day), Alex Lanipekun (Spooks), and Robyn Cara (Ackley Bridge).
The series, which premieres in 2022, is written by Pete McTighe (A Discovery of Witches) and Charlotte Wolf, alongside Charlene James (A Discovery of Witches), Roanne Bardsley (Free Rein), Gemma Hurley (Host), and Laura Grace (Das Boot). Industry director Ed Lilly is the lead director and associate producer on the series, which is executive produced by Serena Thompson for Sky Studios, Julian Stevens (The Fall), and McTighe. Wolf is associate producer.
The Rising was commissioned by Zai Bennett, managing director of content at Sky UK, and Manpreet Dosanjh, commissioning editor for Sky Studios. NBCUniversal Global Distribution will handle international sales.
Stevens said: ““The unique concept behind The Rising grabbed me instantly. It’s a powerful story with a strong and unexpected protagonist at the heart of it. We explore subverting tropes throughout, giving agency to our central character and allowing much of narrative to be told from her perspective. It’s a pleasure to be working with Sky and our brilliant team on such a compelling and dynamic show.”
Jane Millichip, Sky Studios’ chief content officer, said: “Following a successful production collaboration on The Third Day, The Rising is the first series produced entirely in-house at Sky Studios. It re-enforces our ambition and commitment to building high-quality production capability that sits alongside our work with independents.
Hotel Beau Séjour is produced by De Mensen and created by Nathalie Basteyns, Kaat Beels, Sanne Nuyens & Bert Van Dael for Eén. LS Distribution (Mediawan group) distributes the Dutch-Language television series.
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