Based on John le Carré’s best-selling literary masterpiece of the same name, The Little Drummer Girl is a passionate love story and a deeply immersive thriller. As audacious now as when the book was first published, it portrays a world in which the lines between hero and villain, and between love and hate, are dangerously in flux. The six-part miniseries stars Emmy® and Golden Globe®Award winner Alexander Skarsgård (Big Little Lies) as Becker, twice Academy Award-nominated Michael Shannon (The Shape of Water) as Kurtz and BAFTA-nominated Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth) as Charlie.
From master spy novelist John le Carré
Set in the late 1970s, the pulsating thriller follows Charlie (Pugh), a young, fiery but unfulfilled British actress and idealist whose resolve is tested after she meets the mysterious Becker (Skarsgård,) while on holiday in Greece. It quickly becomes apparent that his intentions are not what they seem, and her encounter with him entangles her in a complex plot devised by the spy mastermind Kurtz (Shannon).
Charlie takes on the role of a lifetime as a double agent in the ‘Theatre of the Real’, but despite her natural mastery of the task at hand, she increasingly finds herself inexorably drawn into a dangerous world of duplicity and compromised humanity. Blurring the fine lines between love and hate; truth and fiction; and right and wrong; The Little Drummer Girl weaves a suspenseful and explosive story of espionage and high-stakes international intrigue.
This layered and complex international thriller, from the executive producers of Golden Globe® and Emmy® award-winning series The Night Manager also marks the television debut of visionary filmmaker, Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, The Handmaiden). The award-winning director helms all six episodes of this landmark drama, based on John le Carré’s exhilarating and deeply human masterpiece. The Little Drummer Girl was filmed at locations across the globe, including the streets of London and Prague and architectural phenomena such as the Parthenon on the Athenian Acropolis and the Temple of Poseidon on Greece’s Attica Peninsula.
A handsome, troubled Israeli Intelligence Officer tasked with making Charlie fall in love with Michel – whom he impersonates. Becker painstakingly fabricates the love affair between Charlie and Michel via love letters and hotel-room courtships but is reticent about his developing feelings for Charlie. He is torn between his instincts as an agent and his growing concern for Charlie as he draws her into a web of deceit and danger.
A fiery English actress recruited by Israeli Intelligence to infiltrate the Palestinian revolutionary network and lead them to its mastermind, Khalil. Charlie is tasked with playing out a passionate love story with Israeli officer Gadi (Joseph) Becker, who poses as Khalil’s brother, Michel. She is drawn into a perilous quest for identity when she falls in love with both Becker and Michel.
A brusque, scarred and touchingly human Israeli Intelligence Officer. Kurtz is a spymaster who hopes to prevent large-scale military action by eliminating Palestinian radicalism with less human cost – through brilliantly intricate infiltration. He is determined to flush out his nemesis Khalil, the Palestinian orchestrator of multiple bombings in Europe.