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Charlie Murphy and Jack Gleeson to lead thriller series Safe Harbor
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IFTA Winner Charlie Murphy (Peaky Blinders), Jack Gleeson (Game of Thrones), and Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones) are to star in a Dutch-Belgian thriller series from Ozark co-creator Mark Williams.

Irish actors Charlie Murphy and Jack Gleeson are set to star alongside Alfie Allen in a new thriller series, Safe Harbor. The Dutch-Belgian thriller comes from Ozark co-creator Mark Williams. As well as writing and showrunning, Williams will produce the series through his Zero Gravity label alongside Germany’s Night Train and the Netherlands’ Submarine. Emerging Dutch actor Martijn Lakemeier will also play a starring role in the eight-part drama.

Safe Harbor follows hacker Tobias (Allen) and his ambitious best friend Marco (Lakemeier), who are intent on cracking into the tech billionaires club. They are plucked from obscurity and plunged headfirst into organised crime when they cross paths with the Irish mob. Leading the family’s operations in Holland are Sloane (Murphy) and her brother Farrell (Gleeson), who enlist their services to hack into the security system of Rotterdam harbour, Europe’s largest shipping port, to secure the undetected deliveries of drug shipments.

Deadline reports that “a big-name star is being sought for a patriarch role [...] in the Irish mob”, who will play the father of Murphy and Gleeson’s characters. The series is set to stream on Dutch streamer Videoland and Belgium’s Streamz.

Production is underway in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, with Williams directing along with Arne Toonen. Shooting is reported to continue in Ireland and Belgium.

Night Train is financing the show and will handle worldwide distribution rights. The series will be shopped by Night Train’s sales subsidiary, Eccho Rights. Williams and Submarine’s Femke Wolting are executive producers alongside Night Train’s Herbert L. Kloiber, James Copp and Adam Barth.

Murphy is a four-time IFTA winner, for her performances in Peaky Blinders, Love/Hate, and Happy Valley. Gleeson first broke out in the role of Joffrey Baratheon in Game of Thrones. Following a break from screen acting, Gleeson’s most recent screen work includes the latest season of Sex Education and the upcoming film In The Land of Saints and Sinners. Allen is also best known for his performance in Game of Thrones, as Theon Greyjoy.

“At the core of this exciting, edge of your seat series is a family of friends who find themselves in dangerous, life-changing situations with some very bad players who force our heroes to challenge themselves and each other to grow as people,” said showrunner Williams. “It all adds up to an entertaining show especially when you throw in the high-octane action in exotic European port locations and tense thrills along with splashes of romance and humour.”

Williams’ Zero Gravity banner has also produced Liam Neeson vehicles Blacklight, Honest Thief and The Marksman.

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