When ‘The Serpent’ was announced, we knew Tahar Rahim would lead the cast as Charles Sobrhaj, one of the most elusive criminals of the past century.
Now we know that Jenna Coleman (Victoria), Billy Howle (Dunkirk), and Ellie Bamber (Nocturnal Animals) have joined the leading cast of the BBC and Netflix Co-Production. The Mammoth Screen-Produced show will have eight parts and its filming has already started in Thailand.
Jenna Coleman will portray Marie-Andrée Leclerc, who was Sobhraj’s accomplice, and Howle and Bamber will play Herman and Angela Knippenberg. Herman Kippenberg is a junior diplomat at the Dutch Embassy in Thailand who walks into Sobhraj’s crime web, setting off a snowball of events that takes him to persecute Sobhraj to make him pay for his crimes.
The series is written by Richard Warlow and Toby Finlay and directed by Tom Shankland and Hans Herbots. The producers are Warlow, Shankland, Preethi Mavahalli, Damien Timmer, Lucy Richer, and Carolyn Newman.
‘The Serpent’s cast also includes Alice Englert (Top of the Lake) Gregoire Isvarine (The Inside Game), Mathilde Warnier (The Widow), Sahajak Boonthanakit (Only God Forgives), Chicha Amatayakul (Girl From Nowhere), Fabien Frankel (Last Christmas), Surasak Chaiyaat (Love Destiny), Armand Rosbak, Ilker Kaleli, Ellie de Lange, Ruby Ashbourne-Serkis, and Amesh Edireweera.
Coleman said about her casting that “The Serpent intoxicated me into the dark, seductive world of Charles Sobhraj. I’m so looking forward to delving into hippie trail depths and bringing to life this unfathomable real-life story alongside Tahar, Billy, Ellie, Tom, Richard and the wonderful cast and production team for the BBC and Netflix.”