Emily Blunt (A Quiet Place) is slated to star in The English for BBC and Amazon Studios, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The series will also star Chaske Spencer (Twilight), Rafe Spall (The Salisbury Poisonings), Tom Hughes (A Discovery of Witches), Toby Jones (Marvellous), Stephen Rea (The Shadow Line), Valerie Pachner (The Kingsman), and Malcolm Storry (The Princess Bride).
The English is set in the mid-American landscape of 1980 and follows Cornelia Locke, played by Blunt, as an Englishwoman who arrives in the West, seeking revenge on the man responsible for killing her son. Eli Whipp, played by Spencer, teams up with Blunt’s character to find her mortal enemy. “The chance to make a Western with Emily Blunt and the cast is so delicious I’m still wondering if it’s one of those weird dreams we were all having during lockdown,” joked creator Hugo Blick (Black Earth Rising). “If not, a thrilling, romantic, epic horse-opera is heading to your screen sometime next year, and I couldn’t be more excited,” via The Hollywood Reporter.
Executive producer Greg Brenman (King Charles III) added, “Hugo Blick has created a compelling, modern love story set against the epic landscape of a Western. The English is a true adventure that will tell us as much about the times we live in today as the period in which it is set,” via The Hollywood Reporter.
The English, which has already begun filming in Spain, will feature six episodes and will be available to stream on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in the U.K., alongside Amazone Prime Video in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.