“Thor” star Tom Hiddleston is set to front a 10-part political thriller for Netflix, Variety has confirmed.
Produced by “Sex Education” firm Eleven, “White Stork” will find Hiddleston, whose most recent credits have largely related to the Marvel universe, playing politician James Cooper, whose parliamentary ambitions and personal life are thwarted when he is the subject of a vetting process by Asher Millan.
The series is created, written and executive produced by “Jericho” scribe Chris Dunlop. It is directed by Kristoffer Nyholm (“Taboo,” “The Enfield Haunting”).
As reported by Variety, the series was previously with AMC, and has been in development for several years. It was formerly titled “Spadehead.”
The project marks something of a departure for Hiddleston, who has most recently graced the big screen as Thor’s nemesis Loki under the “Thor” and “Avengers” franchise. He’s also set to lead Disney Plus series “Loki,” which is currently filming.
The British actor garnered critical acclaim back in 2016 for a star turn as night manager-turned-spy Jonathan Pine in BBC One and AMC’s hit co-production “The Night Manager.”
Eleven’s “White Stork” comes about during a critical period for Netflix U.K., which is slowly unveiling a slate of local originals that will look to compete with local broadcasters. The production company’s teen drama “Sex Education” has been a major hit in the market, with Netflix predicting that the show’s second season will reach 40 million views within a month of launching.
The streamer has employed clever marketing tactics for its local productions, most recently leaning into an impact campaign for “Sex Education,” based around an episode from season two that centred on sexual assault.
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