Peter Mullan is to star in a two-part adaptation of Iain Banks’ Stonemouth which will air on BBC One Scotland and BBC Two in 2015.
The Tyrannosaur star will be joined by Gary Lewis, Sharon Small, Christian Cooke and Charlotte Spencer in the first TV adaptation of Banks’ work since his death in 2013.
Stonemouth is a rite-of-passage tale delving into love, loyalty and vengeance, focusing on the character of Stewart Gilmour (Cooke), who returns to the village of Stonemouth for his best friend’s funeral.
Run out of town a year earlier by girlfriend Ellie Murston’s criminal family, Stewart is forced to face up to his own past whilst uncovering the sinister truth behind his friend’s apparent suicide.
Charlotte Spencer (Glue, Line Of Duty) plays Ellie Murston and her father Don, the no-nonsense head of Stonemouth’s most notorious criminal family is played by Peter Mullan (Top Of The Lake, Sunshine On Leith).
Sharon Small (Mistresses, Inspector Lynley Mysteries) plays Don’s wife and Ellie’s mother, Connie, with Gary Lewis (Gangs Of New York, Filth) as local businessman Mike MacAvett.
The show is being produced by BBC Scotland and Slate North for both BBC One Scotland and BBC Two.
Christopher Aird, BBC Scotland’s Executive Producer on Stonemouth, said: “I am so pleased some of the best acting talent in the country will be appearing in Stonemouth. The scripts are really strong and we are very excited to be bringing Iain Banks’ novel to the screen in 2015.”
Andrea Calderwood, Slate North, added: “I’m delighted that such a fabulous cast is joining us for Stonemouth – with David Kane’s great scripts and such a strong creative team, it feels like we will be doing Iain Banks proud.”