Prolific filmmaker Asim Abbasi has been announced as the director for the second episode of the highly anticipated series The Famous Five, reports BBC. The show, based on Enid Blyton’s beloved stories, will feature a talented cast, including Diaana Babnicova as George, Elliott Rose as Julian, Kit Rakusen as Dick, and Flora Jacoby Richardson as Anne. Completing the quintet of adventurers is Kip, the Bearded Collie Cross, playing the role of Timmy the dog.
With Abbasi taking the reins for the second episode, expectations are soaring for an equally compelling and exciting instalment. Abbasi, known for his acclaimed works such as Churails and Cake, is set to bring his unique vision and storytelling prowess to the series.
Produced in co-production with German ZDF and executive produced by Nicolas Winding Refn and Matthew Read, the series will follow the thrilling escapades of the daring young explorers as they embark on action-packed adventures filled with mysteries, dangers, and secrets. Set in the picturesque backdrop of the South West of the UK, the show promises to captivate audiences with its modern take on the classic tales and the strong bond of camaraderie between the brave young heroes.
Joining the aforementioned five are Game of Thrones‘ infamous Joffrey Baratheon, Jack Gleeson as Wentworth, Ann Akinjirin (Moon Knight, I May Destroy You) as Fanny, James Lance (Ted Lasso, Bronson) as Quentin and Diana Quick (Father Brown, Forever Young, Houdini and Doyle) as Mrs Wentworth. BBC Studios, which has a minority stake in Moonage Pictures, the production company behind The Famous Five, will handle international distribution. The series has already been presold to France’s TF1, indicating its global appeal and anticipation.
Fans of Blyton’s timeless stories and newcomers alike can look forward to embarking on this unforgettable odyssey with The Famous Five, where the spirit of adventure and the bond of friendship take centre stage. The show is slated to be a delightful treat for families seeking action, mystery, and heartwarming moments on the screen.
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