“Slow Horses”: Gary Oldman Joins Apple TV+ Spy Novel Adaptation

Apple TV+ is getting Gary Oldman (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; Leon) back into the spy game, tapping the award-winning actor for spy drama Slow Horses. Executive produced by Graham Yost (Justified, Sneaky Pete) and based on Mick Herron’s spy novel series, the adaptation will be written by Will Smith (Veep, Avenue 5) with See-Saw Films (Top of the Lake) producing.

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AMC

Originally published in 2010, Slow Horses was the first in a series of novels that include: Dead Lions, The List, Real Tigers, Spook Street, London Rules, The Drop (US title: The Marylebone Drop), and Joe Country.

Here’s a look at an overview of the first novel, with Oldman set to portray Jackson Lamb:

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Penguin Random House

Slough House is a dumping ground for British intelligence agents who’ve screwed up a case in any number of ways—by leaving a secret file on a train or blowing a surveillance. River Cartwright, one such “slow horse,” is bitter about his failure and about his tedious assignment transcribing cell phone conversations.

When a young man is abducted and his kidnappers threaten to broadcast his beheading live on the Internet, River sees an opportunity to redeem himself.

Is the victim who he first appears to be? And what’s the kidnappers’ connection with a disgraced journalist? As the clock ticks on the execution, River finds that everyone has his own agenda.

Jamie Laurenson, Hakan Kousetta, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gail Mutrux, and Douglas Urbanski also serve as executive producers. Creative Director for Europe Worldwide Video Jay Hunt and Apple’s Heads of Worldwide Video Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht, commissioned the project for the streaming service.

About Ray Flook

Proudly serving as TV Editor, Ray started with Bleeding Cool in 2013 as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought aboard as staff in 2017. Counting John Cusack as his pop culture "spirit animal," his "word fu" stays strong as he continues trying really hard to be the sheppard...

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