Florence Pugh, the fast-rising young British actress, has landed the starring role in the BBC TV adaptation of John le Carre’s spy novel The Little Drummer Girl

Florence Pugh, the fast-rising young British actress, has landed the starring role in the BBC TV adaptation of John le Carre’s spy novel The Little Drummer Girl

Florence Pugh, the fast-rising young British actress, has landed the starring role in the BBC TV adaptation of John le Carre’s spy novel The Little Drummer Girl

Florence Pugh, the fast-rising young British actress, has landed the starring role in the BBC TV adaptation of John le Carre’s spy novel The Little Drummer Girl.

Pugh, 21, will play Charlie — a young thespian who is recruited by an Israeli spy chief and persuaded to become a double agent. 

Her mission is to help track down Khalil, a shadowy Palestinian terrorist mastermind.

Filming on the six-part drama will begin early in 2018, with master film-maker Park Chan-wook directing. (His previous films include The Handmaiden and Oldboy, which were huge successes on the independent film circuit.)

Park has a stunning visual style and intends to make good use of locations. Le Carre’s 1983 novel moved through London, Mykonos, Munich, Vienna, Bonn and Tel Aviv. 

Executives at production company The Ink Factory, the BBC and its U.S. partner, the AMC network, haven’t yet decided where to film the six-hour series.

The BBC struck gold with the TV version of le Carre’s The Night Manager, which was shot in exciting locations. The Little Drummer Girl is set in the late Seventies and early Eighties, and the TV version aims to keep to the same time period.

The casting of Pugh is a major coup for the Oxford-born actress. Her first film, The Falling, was released in 2014 and she made an instant impact.

Pugh starred in the 2016 film Lady Macbeth which, on Wednesday, received 15 nominations in the British Independent Film Awards — including one for best actress

Pugh starred in the 2016 film Lady Macbeth which, on Wednesday, received 15 nominations in the British Independent Film Awards — including one for best actress

Pugh starred in the 2016 film Lady Macbeth which, on Wednesday, received 15 nominations in the British Independent Film Awards — including one for best actress

The BBC struck gold with the TV version of le Carre’s The Night Manager (above), which was shot in exciting locations. The Little Drummer Girl is set in the late Seventies and early Eighties, and the TV version aims to keep to the same time period

The BBC struck gold with the TV version of le Carre’s The Night Manager (above), which was shot in exciting locations. The Little Drummer Girl is set in the late Seventies and early Eighties, and the TV version aims to keep to the same time period

The BBC struck gold with the TV version of le Carre’s The Night Manager (above), which was shot in exciting locations. The Little Drummer Girl is set in the late Seventies and early Eighties, and the TV version aims to keep to the same time period

A cinema film of The Little Drummer Girl was released in 1984, with a miscast Diane Keaton in the main role

A cinema film of The Little Drummer Girl was released in 1984, with a miscast Diane Keaton in the main role

A cinema film of The Little Drummer Girl was released in 1984, with a miscast Diane Keaton in the main role

She followed that with Lady Macbeth which, on Wednesday, received 15 nominations in the British Independent Film Awards — including one for best actress.

Pugh was in the TV series Marcella, starring Anna Friel, and earlier this year filmed the upcoming movie Fighting With My Family.

She’s currently playing Cordelia in director Richard Eyre’s film of King Lear, with Anthony Hopkins in the title role, and a stellar cast that includes Emma Thompson, Emily Watson, Jim Carter, Jim Broadbent and Christopher Eccleston.

The next le Carre TV programme will be a six-part adaptation of The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, which will be shown on the BBC in the next few months. It should be handy for those who have read the author’s latest novel, A Legacy Of Spies, which focuses on several key characters from the earlier work.

A cinema film of The Little Drummer Girl was released in 1984, with a miscast Diane Keaton in the main role.

Other parts for the new Drummer Girl have yet to be cast. I am told it is very early in the process; and my revelation that Pugh has been cast is unconfirmed — though I know for certain that the actress will be very busy working for Mr Park for most of 2018.

The casting of Pugh is a major coup for the Oxford-born actress. Her first film, The Falling (pictured), was released in 2014 and she made an instant impact

The casting of Pugh is a major coup for the Oxford-born actress. Her first film, The Falling (pictured), was released in 2014 and she made an instant impact

The casting of Pugh is a major coup for the Oxford-born actress. Her first film, The Falling (pictured), was released in 2014 and she made an instant impact

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