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Peacock announced today that Eddie Redmayne will star in and executive produce the new Sky and Peacock Original series The Day of the Jackal.

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Eddie Redmayne — Photo credit: Ari Michelson / Netflix Inc.

Academy Award®, Tony Award, and BAFTA Film Award winner Eddie Redmayne (The Good Nurse, Trial of The Chicago Seven, The Theory of Everything) is set to star in the new original television series The Day of the Jackal in the lead role of the Jackal. He will also serve as executive producer on the project.

Based on the seminal Frederick Forsyth thriller and subsequent award-winning 1973 film adaptation of the same name from Universal Pictures, The Day of the Jackal is a bold, modern reimagining of the beloved and respected novel and film. While staying true to the DNA of the original story, this contemporary drama will delve deeper into the chameleon-like antihero at the heart of the story in a high octane, cinematic, globetrotting cat-and-mouse thriller, set amidst the turbulent geo-political landscape of our time.

BAFTA nominee Ronan Bennett (Top Boy, Gunpowder) is attached as writer and showrunner, with BAFTA nominee Brian Kirk (Game of Thrones, Luther) set to direct the series.

Commissioned by Sky Studios and Peacock, The Day of the Jackal will be produced by Carnival Films (Downton Abbey, The Last Kingdom), part of Universal International Studios, a division of Universal Studio Group.

Said Gareth Neame, CEO & Executive Producer at Carnival Films:

“We are excited to bring to life Ronan Bennett’s re-imagining of Forsyth’s revered thriller in the complex world in which we live today and are incredibly fortunate to have an actor of Eddie’s calibre as our Jackal. Paired with Ronan’s screenplay and Brian Kirk’s direction, this is a first-class creative team.”

Production on the series will commence this year. Gareth Neame and Nigel Marchant are Executive Producers for Carnival Films. Frederick Forsyth will serve as Consulting Producer and Christopher Hall is Producer. Sam Hoyle is Executive Producer for Sky Studios.

The series will be available on Peacock in the US and on Sky in the UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. NBCUniversal Global Distribution will handle international sales of the series.

Stay tuned for updates.


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The Day of the Jackal: Eddie Redmayne to Star in Sky & Peacock Original Series