Out gay actor Ben Whishaw is returning to television as a romantic young gay man drawn into the nefarious world of espionage in London Spy, a five-part miniseries airing in Britain on November 9.
London Spy is the story of a chance romance between two people from very different worlds, one from the headquarters of the Secret Intelligence Service, the other from a world of clubbing and youthful excess.
Whishaw plays Danny – gregarious, hedonistic, romantic and adrift, who falls for the anti-social enigmatic and brilliant Alex (played by [Edward] Holcroft). Just as the two of them realise that they’re perfect for each other, Alex is found dead. Danny, utterly ill-equipped to take on the complex and codified world of British espionage, must decide whether he’s prepared to fight for the truth.
You may recall Holcroft from this watery scene in Kingsman: The Secret Service.
London Spy was penned by gay writer Tom Rob Smith and directed by by Jakob Verbruggen (The Fall) and promises a good dose of dark and twisty intrigue, if the trailer can be believed.
Charlotte Rampling and Jim Broadbent also star.
No word yet of a US release date. Watch the trailer below: