John Simm has taken the lead role in ITV’s new conspiracy thriller, White Dragon, which has commenced filming in Hong Kong.
Simm takes the role of Professor Jonah Mulray who receives a devastating international phone call about the death of his wife, Megan (Dervla Kirwan), who has been working in Hong Kong.
He’s poleaxed with grief, but has to galvanise himself to board a plane for Asia to identify his beloved wife’s body.
Megan has died in a car accident on the beautiful mountain roads at the top of Tai Po overlooking Hong Kong, and although a notorious black-spot, Jonah feels he must unravel the circumstances of her death following a emotional voicemail left by his wife just seconds before her death.
With the help of Sally Porter (Emilia Fox) from the British Consulate, Jonah is taken to the mortuary and in the saddest of surroundings he realises his wife has gone forever.
Heartbroken Jonah is interviewed by Hong Kong detectives Daniel Tsang, Felix Chang and Wilfred Chow about Megan’s death, but frustratingly they appear to be going through the motions.
“Is there more to the police investigation than the officers are revealing?
The series was created and written by screenwriting newcomers Mark Denton and Jonny Stockwood, and commissioned by ITV’s Head of Drama, Polly Hill.
Hill said: “We’re delighted John Simm has agreed to take on the role of Jonah Mulray whose life is devastated when his wife Megan is killed in a car accident.
“White Dragon is a taut and tantalising thriller with a compelling narrative which keeps you gripped from the outset.”
The series will premiere on ITV before airing as an Amazon Prime Exclusive in the US.