Just as Peaky Blinders began filming season 4 this week in Liverpool, it was reported by Deadline that Oscar-winner Adrien Brody will be joining the cast for this season of the 1920s gangster drama. Brody’s role on the British crime drama has not yet been disclosed, nor how long he will be featured on the series. This will be his first recurring television role.
He will join a cast including series regulars Cillian Murphy, Natasha O’Keefe, and Paul Anderson. Tom Hardy will also return for this season. Other returning cast members include Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson, Joe Cole, Sophie Rundle, Finn Cole, Aimee-Ffion Edwards, and Kate Phillips.
Irish director David Caffrey will be directing this fourth season. The season will begin with the discovery of a letter by Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) that threatens to bring down the family gang. As all other seasons have, the fourth series will include six episodes. The crime-drama series has already been renewed up until season 5, meaning we can expect more from Romani/Irish crime family for at least two more years.
In a statement, creator Steven Knight said the following about the decision to cast Brody and season 4:
He genuinely was the actor in my head when I wrote the part. I’m sure he will be a formidable presence in the world of the Peaky Blinders.
BBC Drama Controller Piers Wenger said the following about Brody’s casting in a statement:
[Adrien Brody is] a world class actor famous for producing mesmerizing performances. I cannot wait to see him in action alongside the rest of Peaky Blinders‘ superb cast bringing Steven Knight’s extraordinary writing to life on BBC Two.
Brody won the Oscar for Best Actor in 2002 for his role in Roman Polanski’s WWII drama The Pianist. Since then he has had roles in films such as Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel and Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. He can next be seen in crime drama Unchained with John Malkovich and Antonio Banderas, as well as period epic Emperor where he will play Charles V.
Look for season 4 of Peaky Blinders on Netflix in the US and on the BBC in the UK near the end of 2017.