Anna Chancellor is set to star as Lord Vetinari, The Patrician of Ankh-Morpork, and architect of the city’s normalized wrongness and ramshackle system of governance. This is super exciting as the character in the book series is male. Chancellor said about her new gig, “It’s been so exciting to join such a wonderfully creative team – from writer Simon Allen to the stunning production design and a truly talented group of actors – to help realize Terry Pratchett’s brilliantly anarchic yet strangely real and moving world. With the combining characteristics of Dracula and Elvis – Lord Vetinari has sprung to life in the most alarmingly joyful way.”
James Fleet will play The Archchancellor, a wizard, magical advisor, and the Head of the Unseen University. Fleet commented, “I’m delighted to be playing the Archchancellor. I think the writing and design catch the spirit of Terry Pratchett’s work and create a world of jeopardy and humor.”
Ingrid Oliver stars as the Head of The Assassins’ Guild, Doctor Cruces and recognizes how fun the role is by saying, “It’s a joy to be part of The Watch and take on the role of Doctor Cruces. She’s such a fascinating character and pretty badass.”
Originally a male in the Terry Pratchett book series, Ruth Madeley will portray the wiry Throat, the city’s best snitch, with a gang of freelance henchmen at her beck and call. Madeley stated that she’s excited to be a part of the world and “the character of Throat was male in the original books so for the team to cast me was extra exciting. I’m really looking forward to seeing how Throat develops and what mischief she can bring.”
Hakeem Kae-Kazim play Captain John Keel, former leader of The Watch and mentor to Sam Vimes, determined to save the corrupt and chaotic city.
Bianca Simone Mannie stars as the cunning Wonse, a wizard hopeful in waiting that is frequently underestimated.
According to BBC America, the adaptation is set in the “fictional city of Ankh-Morpork, where crime has been legalized, The Watch is a uniquely anarchic drama. The series centers on a group of misfit cops as they rise up from decades of helplessness to save their corrupt city from catastrophe. The Watch is an inclusive genre-bending series inspired by the legendary ‘City Watch’ subset of Sir Terry Pratchett’s bestselling “Discworld” novels and its many iconic characters.”
These actors join cast members Adam Hugill playing Constable Carrot Ironfoundersson, an idealistic new recruit, raised by dwarfs, but really a human abandoned at birth. Richard Dormer will play Sam Vimes, Captain of The Watch, disempowered by a broken society that’s reduced his department’s jurisdiction to almost nothing. Jo Eaton-Kent as Constable Cheery, the ingenious non-binary forensics expert, ostracized by their kin and finding a new home and identity. Marama Corlett is the mysterious Corporal Angua who is tasked with Carrot’s training and keeping the rookie alive. Lara Rossi plays the formidable Lady Sybil Ramkin, last scion of Ankh-Morpork’s nobility, who’s trying to fix the city’s wrongs with her chaotic vigilantism. Sam Adewunmi is the wounded and wronged Carcer Dun, out to hijack destiny itself, take control of the city and exact a terrible revenge on an unjust reality.
Craig Viveiros is serving as director and executive producer on the show. Simon Allen is the lead writer and executive producer. The Watch is being co-produced by BBC America and the late author’s production company Narrativia.
Production on the eight episode series begins at the end of the month in Cape Town, South Africa and the show is set to premiere on BBC America’s 2020 slate alongside Doctor Who and Killing Eve.
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