Back in November, Amazon Prime Video announced a brand new thriller series titled The Rig. The six-part epic thriller produced by Wild Mercury Productions (part of Banijay UK), created by new writer David Macpherson, directed by John Strickland (Line of Duty, Bodyguard), and set to launch exclusively on Prime Video in over 240 countries and territories.
The Rig will be the first Amazon Original Series filmed exclusively in Scotland, on an oil rig and at FirstStage Studios, the new Scottish film and TV studio space in Edinburgh. Now the series has announced it’s principal cast including Iain Glen (Game of Thrones, Titans), Emily Hampshire (Schitt’s Creek) and Martin Compston (Line of Duty).
The series follows the crew of the Kishorn Bravo oil rig, stationed off the Scottish coast in the dangerous waters of the North Sea. When the crew are due to return to the mainland, a mysterious and all-enveloping fog rolls through and they find themselves cut off from all communication with the shore and the outside world. As they endeavour to discover what’s driving this force, bonds are broken, allegiances formed and generational fault lines exposed. The crew of the Bravo will be driven to the limits of both their loyalties and their endurance, into a confrontation with forces beyond their imagination.
Iain Glen plays Magnus MacMillan, Offshore Installation Manager of the rig and leader of the crew, Emily Hampshire plays Rose Mason the scientist and oil company rep, a fresh face on-board the rig.
Martin Compston plays Communications Officer Fulmer Hamilton. Rochenda Sandall (Criminal: UK, Small Axe) plays Medic Cat Braithwaite. Owen Teale (Game of Thrones, A Discovery of Witches) is Head Driller Lars Hutton. Richard Pepple (Bridgerton, Cobra) is crew boss Grant Dunlin and Mark Bonnar (Guilt, Quiz) I sDeck Foreman Alwyn Evans.
Calvin Demba (Life, Last Christmas) plays Drill Hand Baz Roberts, Emun Elliott (Guilt) is rig mechanic Leck Longman. Abraham Popoola (Cruella) is rig crane driver Easter Ayodeji, Stuart McQuarrie (Des) is Head Chef Colin Murchison and Molly Vevers (The Spanish Princess) plays roustabout Heather Shaw.
Magnus and his crew aboard the Kinloch Bravo oil rig are stationed off the Scottish coast in the dangerous waters of the North Sea. When they are due to be collected and return to the mainland a mysterious and all-enveloping fog rolls through. The rig is hit by massive tremors, and they find themselves cut off from all communication with the shore and the outside world. As the crew endeavour to discover what’s driving this unknown force, a major accident forces them to ask questions about who they can really trust. Bonds are broken, allegiances formedand generational fault lines exposed. The crew of the Bravo will be driven tothe limits of both their loyalties and their endurance, into a confrontation with forces beyond their imagination.
The Rig is aiming for a late 2021/early 2022 launch.
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