Crackle is gaining momentum to fall in step with other premiere streaming services.
Sony’s online entertainment section is beginning to solidify, as Deadline reports Luke Pasqualino (who previously starred in BBC’s The Musketeers) is set to star in their new series Snatch. The actor has been around for quite some time, and his talents can be seen in such shows as Borgias on Showtime and the UK version of Skins.
Snatch, the televised series, is currently based on the 2000 film of the same name that featured Brad Pitt and Jason Statham, and was directed by Guy Ritchie.
Pasqualino is reported to play Albert Hill, who will be starring in the show with his co-lead, Charlie Cavendish (whose role has been filled by Rupert Grint of Harry Potter fame). The character of Albert is the intelligent but careful emotional center, as he seeks to avoid following in his father’s footsteps.
While this is the age of reboots, Snatch is looking to add to the world of the movie, instead of taking the specific scenario from the original. The new series will follow different characters and new situations, as we watch a group of young hustlers get way over their heads as they find a truckload of stolen gold bullion.
The character of Albert will be joined by Billy Ayers, who is described as the stubborn, aggressive-prone male that still seems to attract women in spite of his flaws. It was recently announced that Ayers will be played by Lucien Laviscount, whom viewers might recognize during his recent stint in Scream Queens.
The series is in the hands of Alex De Rakoff, who created, writes, and executive produces, and Dougray Scott, who directs the series. Scott has also previously worked with Pasqualino, so the promise for repeat solid performances is strong.
Snatch is scheduled to begin production for their first season next week, and will be filming predominantly in Manchester, England. The first season is currently contracted for 10 episodes and will premiere sometime in 2017.
The newly-minted Snatch serves to branch out from Crackle’s previously comedic roots. It will be joining fellow drama series The Art of More (which is already on its second season) and StartUp, which will premiere on Crackle on September 6.