Jude Law To Star In HBO And Sky Drama ‘The Third Day’ | TV News
HBO and Sky just finished collaborating on the limited series, Chernobyl. To say it was a success would be an understatement: the series garnered critical acclaim and has quickly been touted as one of the greatest TV shows of all time. While some of that praise – such as currently being the highest rated TV show ever on IMDb – might be due to recency bias, the show has undoubtedly been a success.
Thus, it’s no surprise to hear that Sky and HBO are teaming up for another production. The two companies will co-produce a six-part limited series about the secretive inhabitants of a mysterious island off the British coast. It’s called The Third Day, and Jude Law is already on board to star.
He will play Sam, a man who encounters the island’s secretive inhabitants and their strange, beguiling rituals. Soon, fantasy and reality begin to blur for Sam, triggering past traumas and bringing him into conflict with the locals.
BAFTA winner Marc Munden (Utopia) will direct the series, while Kit de Waal and Dean O’Loughlin will serve as writers. The series will shoot in the UK in July with a plan to air next year on Sky Atlantic in Europe and HBO in North America.
The two companies also have another project in the pipeline – the period drama Catherine the Great, starring Academy Award winner Helen Mirren. That doesn’t yet have an official premiere date, but it should arrive later this year.
The Third Day has a lot to live up to after the success of Chernobyl. It doesn’t have the fascination and tragedy of a real-life story to fall back on, but it does have some key creative forces. Law has already starred in a well-received miniseries for Sky, Paolo Sorrentino‘s The Young Pope. We’ll see if this can hit similar heights.