In exciting news for Peaky Blinders fans, Academy Award-winning actor Adrien Brody has joined the cast of the gritty period drama series. Joining lead actors Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy and Helen McCrory, Brody is rumoured to play a character with a ‘formidable presence’, that writer Steven Knight wrote with the actor in mind.
Adrien Brody is an American actor who reached worldwide recognition in 2002’s The Pianist, which won him the Oscar for Best Actor. Since then he’s alternated between big budget films and quiet indie dramas, as well as holding a lead role in 2014 TV series Houdini.
He’s joining Peaky Blinders in time for season four, which is currently being filmed. It’s been a big year for the 1920s-set drama series, with their well-received third season and a nomination for ‘Best Period Drama’ at the National Television Awards.
In response to the casting announcement, BBC Drama Controller Piers Wenger stated that Adrien Brody ‘is a world class actor, famous for producing mesmerising performances. I cannot wait to see him in action alongside the rest of Peaky Blinders’ superb cast, bringing Steven Knight’s extraordinary writing to life on BBC Two.’
A synopsis for season four reveals that it begins with main protagonist Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) receiving an ambiguous letter at his country house on Christmas Eve. Soon he realises that his gang are in danger, leading Tommy back to the streets of Birmingham.
The next series is slated to air in late 2017.