The Ernest Dickerson-directed pilot episode impressed them enough, because AMC eventually ordered a 10-episode season for the new crime drama series Low Winter Sun, which stars Mark Strong, and Lennie James, with Ruben Santiago Hudson and Erika Alexander in supporting roles.
As a recap... the series will center on...
A contemporary story of murder, deception, revenge and corruption in a world where the line between cops and criminals is blurred, "Low Winter Sun" begins with the murder of a cop by a fellow Detroit detective. Seemingly the perfect crime, in reality the murder activates forces that will forever alter the detective's life, and pull him into the heart of the Detroit underworld.
The show is expected to especially emphasize its racial themes.
In my recent interview with Dickerson, he called it a really dark police story involving murder, deception, betrayal and more that make for some really good drama.
As we already reported, Lennie James plays a character, who is described as "part cop, part perp" to Mark Strong's corrupt detective Frank, who murders his partner, thinks he's committed the perfect crime, but in reality, not quite so. And then shit hits the fan!
Ruben Santiago Hudson will play the commander of the police precinct, a 25-year veteran of the force who has, thus far, survived the down and dirty arena of Detroit crime and politics.
Erika Alexander will play Louise “LC” Cullen, who's described as a strong and intimidating cop who is completely matter-of-fact and straightforward in everything she does.
Ernest Dickerson directed the pilot episode, from a script penned by Chris Mundy, who's also the executive producer on the project, based on the dark 2006 British crime drama miniseries of the same name.
I guess I'll need to hunt down and watch the original BBC drama before the AMC version debuts. The network continues to impress with its bold programming choices, several of them hits, and I'm looking forward to this.
It premiere this summer.
In the meantime, here's the brand-spanking new first trailer: