Anna Friel said in a press release: “I’m thrilled to be working on Hans Rosenfeldt’s first English drama. Scandinavian storytelling is hugely inspiring but we Brits usually have to settle for doing a remake, so to be working with Hans on an original piece for ITV is a true privilege. Marcella is a complex woman and a wonderful layered character. Hans’ marvellous scripts have drawn a fantastic cast and crew together. I can’t wait to begin.”
ITV have announced that Marcella will also star Downton Abbey’s Laura Carmichael, Nicholas Pinnock (Fortitude, Captain America), Ian Puleston-Davies (Coronation Street, Being Human), Nina Sosanya (W1A, Last Tango in Halifax), Ray Panthaki (named BAFTA breakthrough Brit 2014, Convenience), Jamie Bamber (Law & Order: UK, Battlestar Galactica), Sinead Cusack (Jekyll and Hyde, Eastern Promises), Patrick Baladi (The Office, Mistresses), and Harry Lloyd (Game of Thrones, The Theory of Everything).
Set in contemporary London, Marcella is shocked to the core when her husband Jason (Nicholas Pinnock) leaves her unexpectedly, saying that he no longer loves her.
Heartbroken, Marcella returns to the Met’s Murder Squad. Ten years ago Marcella gave up her fast-tracked police career to marry and devote her life to her family. With the abrupt end to her marriage and isolated from her 13 year old daughter and 10 year old son, Marcella throws herself into work to stop herself from falling apart.
Marcella wants to return to the serial killer case that she first worked on in 2005. She’s got a hunch that she wants to follow up on, a hunch she couldn’t follow through with due to falling pregnant with a second child. Has the killer re-appeared or is a copycat murderer responsible for these recent deaths?
How will Marcella cope returning to duties when she is so fragile and vulnerable? Will throwing herself into her work provide the answers she’s seeking, or lead her dangerously into territory that she should evade at all cost?
Marcella will be directed by Charles Martin (New Worlds, Skins, The Returned) and Andrew Woodhead (Fortitude, Spooks, Law & Order: UK) is producer. Second director is Jonathan Teplitzky, whose directing credits include Broadchurch and the movies Burning Man and The Railway Man. Henrik Georgsson (The Bridge, Wallander) will also direct.