Coming off the back of much acclaim for his role opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler, Riz Ahmed has got an amazing year ahead of him. On the big screen, he’s got Jason Bourne and Rogue One, two of the biggest movies of the year. And as if that wasn’t sweet enough, he’s also one of the two leads in HBO’s new limited series, The Night Of.
Ahmed shares centre stage with John Turturro in the eight-part crime drama, which is inspired by the BBC’s miniseries, Criminal Justice. HBO has confirmed that the series will premiere in the US this July, and they’ve launched the first teaser trailer to set the tone.
From creators Steven Zaillian and Richard Price, The Night Of is an eight-part limited series that delves into the intricate story of a fictitious murder case in New York City. The series follows the police investigation and legal proceedings, all the while examining the criminal justice system and the purgatory of Rikers Island, where the accused awaits his trial.
Peyman Moaadi, Poorna Jagannathan, Frank Ridley, Bill Camp, Glenne Headly, Jeannie Berlin, Amara Karan, and Michael K. Williams complete the supporting cast.
Steve Zaillian, the Oscar-winning writer-director best known for penning the likes of Schindler’s List, Gangs of New York, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, created the series alongside Oscar nominee Richard Price (Ransom, The Wire). Zaillian is thought to have directed all the episodes on the series.
While The Night Of is being billed as a limited series, HBO recently found a lot of success in this area in the form of True Detective. That, too, was initially going to be a one-off, before the show’s immense popularity led to it being renewed for a second season, bringing with it a whole new cast. The BBC’s original series also spawned a second season with a new cast, and there’s a good chance HBO could do the same here if it’s a hit this summer.
The Night Of doesn’t have a premiere date just yet, but it’s set to debut sometime in July. With a bit of luck, Sky Atlantic will have it at the same time in the UK.