David Thewlis hit the ground running back in the mid-1980s as a working actor in such projects as Summer Season and Little Dorrit before finally catching more widespread acclaim with Mike Leigh’s 1993 film Naked and the ’95 bio-pic Total Eclipse (where he went toe-to-toe with a young Leonardo DiCaprio). Of course, he’s probably best known by filmgoers of 2021 for his turns in the Harry Potter films and in the 2017 iteration of Wonder Woman. Simply put, Thewlis is a thespian that is nigh chameleon-like in his ability to lose himself in various parts; he’s equal parts art house cinema and big budget Hollywood spectacle, sauntering and slinking back and forth between art and commerce without breaking a sweat. To prove that very point, our Seven Years in Tibet-watching pals over at The Hollywood Reporter announced earlier today that Thewlis has officially joined the cast of the HBO limited series Landscapers.
Landscapers tells the true-life story of an everyday couple thrust into the unwelcome spotlight when they become accused of murder after two victim’s bodies are found residing in the back garden of a home in Nottingham, England; Tea and crumpets, anyone?
Working alongside David Thewlis in the limited series will be Olivia Colman of Broadchurch fame. Colman – whose husband Ed Sinclair wrote the series – has been a long-hauler on Landscapers, having signed on to act in the project fifteen months back. Also essaying roles in the series will be actors Kate O’Flynn (Bridget Jones’s Baby), Dipo Ola (We Hunt Together), Karl Johnson (Sons and Lovers), Samuel Anderson (Another Life), Daniel Rigby (Flowers) and Felicity Montagu (Hank Zipzer).
In a press release, David Thewlis praised the upcoming HBO production, saying that “This is without a doubt the very finest project I have worked on for many years. Everything about Landscapers is magical, there is nothing like it and I’m impatient to get to work so that its brilliance can be shared with the rest of the world.”
Will Sharpe (Flowers) the director of the four episode Landscapers added in his own statement that “We cannot wait to unearth for you the bizarre shape-shifting truths that lie buried in the unsettling yet deeply romantic world of Landscapers.”
Production is currently underway in the United Kingdom on Landscapers and we’ll endeavor to bring any updates on the production as they become known to us.