Richard Gere has been cast in eight-part BBC Two drama MotherFatherSon, alongside Helen McCrory (the Harry Potter series) and Billy Howle (On Chesil Beach).
Gere will play self-made American media mogul Max, whose 30 year-old son Caden (Howle) runs his UK newspaper and is set to follow in his father’s footsteps. Max is estranged from his British heiress wife Kathryn (McCrory); when Caden’s self-destructive lifestyle spirals out of control, the consequences threaten both the family and Max’s business empire.
Written by American Horror Story writer Tom Rob Smith, the eight 60-minute episodes will be made by BBC Studios Drama London for BBC Two, commission by channel controller Patrick Holland.
Filming will begin this summer in London and on location in Spain.
James Kent (Testament Of Youth) will direct, with Sharon Bloom (Silent Witness) and Lisa Osborne (Little Dorrit) producing. Executive producers are Hilary Salmon for BBC Studios, Elizabeth Kilgarriff for the BBC, Alan Poul and Rob Smith. The film will be distributed internationally by BBC Studios.
Piers Wenger, controller of BBC Drama, said, “The scripts for MotherFatherSon seal Tom Rob Smith’s reputation as one of the most individual writers of his age. We are thrilled that in Richard, Helen and Billy he has found the perfect eponymous lead characters to bring his series to life.”