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Thomas Brodie-Sangster, David Thewlis to Star in Disney+ Series ‘The Artful Dodger’ – The Hollywood Reporter

Thomas Brodie-Sangster, David Thewlis to Star in Disney+ Series ‘The Artful Dodger’ – The Hollywood Reporter

Disney+ unveiled the lead cast of its upcoming Australian period drama The Artful Dodger Wednesday at its Asia-Pacific content showcase event in Singapore. Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Pistol, The Queen’s Gambit), David Thewlis (Landscape architects, Fargo) and Australian actress Maia Mitchell (Good Problems, The Fosters) will lead the cast, with Brodie-Sangster taking on the role of Jack Dawkins aka “The Artful Dodger”, Thewlis playing Fagin and Mitchell playing Lady Belle Fox.

The Artful Dodger, which was first announced in May, is described as an international character-driven drama set in 1850s Australia, putting a twist on the classic Charles Dickens character, the Dodger. The eight-episode series finds Dodger living a double life as a surgeon who still can’t shake his penchant for crime.

“From high-octane heists to life-and-death operations, glittering parties to colorful streets, this series is a rock’n’roll story with an Australian connection,” says Disney.

Jeffrey Walker (Young rock, Commons, Modern Family) serves as the show’s set director and co-executive producer, with other episode directors including Corrie Chen (New Gold Mountain, Bad Behavior) and Gracie Otto (Heartbreak High, The Clearing). The series is written by James McNamara, Andrew Knight, Vivienne Walshe and Dan Knight, with Miranda Tapsell.

The supporting cast includes a deep lineup of Australian talent, such as Damon Herriman (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Judy and Punch), Miranda Tapsell (Great wedding, The sapphires), Tim Minchin (Upright, Californication), Susie Porter (Wentworth, Gold), Kym Gyngell (Love Me, Black Snow) Damien Garvey (Nautilus, Jack Irish), Jessica De Gouw (The secrets She Holder, The Drover’s Wife), Andrea Demetriades (The End, Seven Types of ambiguity), Luke Carroll (Upright, Getting ready) and English-born, Australian export Huw Higginson (Total Control, Janet King). Newcomers Lucy-Rose Leonard, Nicholas Burton, Jude Hyland, Finn Treacy and Albert Latailakepa will also feature.

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The Artful Dodger is a co-production with Sony Pictures Television and produced by Beach Road Pictures and SPT’s Curio Pictures. The series is co-created and executive produced by Beach Road Pictures’ David Maher and David Taylor. Jo Porter represents Curio Pictures as executive producer. James McNamara (co-creator and co-executive producer), Andrew Knight (co-executive producer and writer), Jeffrey Walker (co-executive producer and director) and Ross Allsop (producer) round out the production team.

The series will be filmed in New South Wales, Australia, with financial support provided by the state through Screen NSW’s Made In NSW fund.

The series is expected to launch on Disney+ in late 2023.

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