The two part production is based on Robert Wilson’s bestselling detective novels and will be Sky Atlantic’s second UK original drama commission following Hit + Miss.

Lord Of The Rings and The Debt actor Marton Csokas [pictured] is to play detective Javier Falcon in a two part drama for Sky Atlantic HD based on Robert Wilson’s bestselling Javier Falcon novels.

Hayley Atwell, Emilia Fox, Kerry Fox, Santiago Cabrera, Charlie Creed Mile and Bernard Hill have also joined the cast of the production, which starts shooting in Seville, Spain this week.

The first part - Falcon: The Blind Man Of Seville - is being directed by Pete Travis (Endgame) and written by Stephen Butchard (House of Saddam).  It follows Falcon’s investigation into a brutal killing which stirs up forgotten memories for the detective. As he investigates the crime he finds himself drawn to the widow of the victim, played by Atwell.

The second part will be The Silent And The Damned in which a suicide takes the detective to an exclusive area of Seville where wealthy neighbours keep their secrets well hidden.

The two part series is Sky Atlantic HD’s second original UK drama commission; following Hit + Miss starring Chloë Sevigny, which premieres on the channel in May 2012.

It is being produced by UK independent production company Mammoth Screen for Sky Atlantic HD. Mammoth Screen was behind Tom Stoppard’s Parade or BBC2/HBO and Blandings, a six part comedy series for the BBC.

It will be a co-production with Canal + Spain, Network Movie, ZDF and ZDF Enterprises.  

Julia Stannard (United, The Awakening) is producing, with Michele Buck and Damien Timmer executive producing for Mammoth Screen and Huw Kennair Jones for Sky. executive producers for Canal+ are Daniel Cebrián and Susana Herrera.  Peter Nadermann, Klaus Bassiner and Wolfgang Feindt are executive producers for ZDF.

It will be distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

Falcon is part of Sky’s commitment to increase its investment in original British content by 50% over the next three years. By 2014, the company expects to invest £600 million a year in British programmes across its portfolio of channels.