‘The Rook’: Emma Greenwell To Topline Starz Spy Series; Joely Richardson, Olivia Munn & Adrian Lester To Co-Star
Emma Greenwell (Love and Friendship, The Path) is set as the lead in Starz’s supernatural spy thriller series The Rook. Joely Richardson (Nip/Tuck, Red Sparrow), Olivia Munn (X-Men: Apocalypse, The Newsroom) and Adrian Lester (Riviera, Hustle) also star in the series from Lionsgate and Liberty Global. Rounding out the cast are Ronan Raftery (Mortal Engines, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), Catherine Steadman (Downton Abbey, Breathless) and Jon Fletcher (Genius: Einstein, The Messengers). Production is underway in London for the series, executive produced byTwilight creator Stephenie Meyer and The Night Manager‘s Stephen Garrett, which will air on Starz in the U.S., and across Liberty Global’s international platforms. Kari Skogland (The Handmaid’s Tale, Starz’s Power) is set to direct the premiere episode.
Based on the novel by Daniel O’Malley, The Rook is adapted and co-produced by playwrights and screenwriters Sam Holcroft and Al Muriel. It stars Greenwell as Myfanwy Thomas, a young woman who wakes up in a London park suffering total amnesia and pursued by shadowy paranormal adversaries. Grappling with supernatural abilities of her own, she must fight to uncover her past and resume her position within Britain’s secret service, the Checquy, before the traitors who stole her memory can finish what they started.
Richardson will play Lady Farrier, Myfanwy’s mentor and ally who sits at the head of the Checquy, defending her tenuous hold on its secrecy.
Munn is Monica Reed, a bold American intelligence officer with subtle supernatural powers who crashes into the Checquy investigation of her former lover’s death.
Lester will play Conrad Grantchester, the suave and charismatic deputy to Farrier, who ultimately challenges her role as King.
Raftery, Steadman and Fletcher will play the four Gestalt siblings – Raftery as Robert, Steadman as Eliza and Fetcher as twins Teddy and Alex.
Lisa Zwerling and Karyn Usher serve as executive producers and showrunners on the series, whose worldwide distribution is handled by Lionsgate.
Skogland is repped by WME. Greenwell is reppted by WME, Troika and Thruline Entertainment. Richardson is repped by Gersh and ARG. Munn is repped by CAA and Atlas Artists. ARG reps Lester. Raftery is repped by WME and Troika. Steadman is repped by Piers Nimmo Management and ICM Partners. Paradigm and Ryan LeVine at Jackoway Tyerman rep Fletcher.