Guy Ritchie is revisiting the very genre that slingshot him to superstardom with Netflix’s The Gentlemen series, and considering what we’ve gleaned from the first teaser trailer, the man who redefined British crime dramas has managed to recapture lightning in a bottle.
This eight-part drama follows Eddie Halstead (Theo James), who has inherited his English aristocrat father’s estate to become the new Duke of Halstead. Only then does he discover this considerable land holding sits atop Europe’s biggest weed farm owned by none other than the legendary Mickey Pearson (Matthew McConaughey).
According to Deadline, “It’s all about old money, new money, and show me the money.”
“Has this straight-up soldier got what it takes to master the dark arts of the British criminal underworld and take control of the entire operation?” poses Netflix’s official description.
Commissioned by Miramax Television, the pilot script has been co-written by Guy Ritchie himself, and Peaky Blinders producer Matthew Read. Ritchie has also directed the first two episodes and served as executive producer alongside original producers/longtime collaborators Ivan Atkinson, Marn Davies, and Bill Block.
As for talent in front of the cameras, aside from White Lotus alum Theo James, you can expect Vinnie Jones as Geoff Seacombe, Kaya Scodelario as Claire Redfield, Daniel Ings as Freddy Halstead, Joely Richardson as Lady Sabrina, Alexis Rodney as Stevens, Chanel Cresswell as Tammy, and Max Beesley as Henry Collins.
Breaking Bad/Better Call Saul fixture Giancarlo Esposito and Peter Serafinowicz (Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace, John Wick: Chapter 2) have also been cast in yet-to-be-disclosed roles; along with Michael Vu, Jasmine Blackborow, Harry Goodwins, Dar Salim, Ruby Sear, and Pearce Quigley.
At this stage, as much as we’d love to re-welcome them to the universe, it’s unclear whether Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Colin Farrell, or Hugh Grant will make an appearance (cameo or otherwise).
Netflix’s The Gentlemen series has finally set an official release date: March 7th, 2024 — check out the first teaser trailer above.
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