Fox will star alongside Downton Abbey alum Joanne Froggatt in Last Light, a limited thriller series based on a novel by Alex Scarrow, at Peacock. The five-episode thriller will be produced by MGM International Productions and is set to film in Prague. Dennie Gordon will direct and executive produce with William Choi, Sydney Gallonde, Rikke Ennis, Patrick Renault and Peter Settman serving as executive producers.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series will center on petrochemical engineer named Andy Nielson along with his wife Elena (Froggatt) and their two children. While Andy is on a business trip in the Middle East, away from his family, he realizes that the world’s oil supply has been compromised. This discovery gives Andy and his family a head start to find one another as the world starts to become unhinged. They must sacrifice everything to try and be together again.
“Last Light is the perfect combination of an action-packed limited series with a compelling family drama at its heart,” said Lisa Katz, president scripted content at NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. “Led by fan-favorites Matthew Fox and Joanne Froggatt, this sweeping international saga spans several continents that provide a stunning global backdrop, yet is grounded in a relatable and topical story. We can’t wait to share this with Peacock audiences.”
Fox will also serve as an executive producer on the series, which is his first TV role since Lost wrapped its six-season run on ABC in 2010. He has been in a number of films since, the most recent of which was 2015’s western, Bone Tomahawk. Patrick Massett and John Zinman will adapt Scarrow’s book to TV and will also serve as showrunners.
“This is a timely thriller about society’s dependency on oil and its devastating effects on our planet,” said MGM International Productions president Rola Bauer. “Diego Piasek, our head of development told me about Dennie connecting with this important message. Dennie is a multi-genre talented female director and her vision with Patrick and John, has shaped an urgent message for our audiences. We started this journey with Sydney and now with all our platform partners involved, we are poised to have this message heard in every corner of the globe.”
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