Deadline is reporting that Clara Rugaard, Daniel Ings, Emily Taaffe, Nenda Neururer, Solly McLeod, Alex Lanipekun and Robyn Cara have signed up to star in Sky’s The Rising, a supernatural crime thriller series inspired by Belgian drama Hotel Beau Séjour.
Clara Rugaard (whose credits include I Am Mother and Teen Spirit) will be playing the role of Neve Kelly, a woman who discovers she is dead. She’s scared and confused by this new existence but, when she realises she has been murdered, she’s furious. She’s determined to find her killer and get justice, believing that it was someone she knew. The series will be a story about love, justice, and the cost of pursuing the truth in a world that wants to keep it hidden.
The report states that Daniel Ings (whose credits include I Hate Suzie and The English Game) and Emily Taaffee (whose credits include Silent Witness and His House) will be playing the role of Kelly’s estranged father and mother. The roles for the rest of the cast wasn’t revealed in the report.
Executive producer, Julian Stevens, released a statement saying:
The unique concept behind The Rising grabbed me instantly. It’s a powerful story with a strong and unexpected protagonist at the heart of it. We explore subverting tropes throughout, giving agency to our central character and allowing much of narrative to be told from her perspective. It’s a pleasure to be working with Sky and our brilliant team on such a compelling and dynamic show.
Sky Studios’ chief content officer, Jane Millichip, added:
Following a successful production collaboration on The Third Day, The Rising is the first series produced entirely in-house at Sky Studios. It re-enforces our ambition and commitment to building high-quality production capability that sits alongside our work with independents.
The series is being written by Pete McTighe, Charlotte Wolf, Charlene James, Roanne Bardsley, Gemma Hurley and Laura Grace. Ed Lilly is lead director and associate producer on the series, with the series being executive produced by Serena Thompson of Sky Studios, Julian Stevens and Pete McTighe. Charlotte Wolf will also serve as associate producer. The eight-part series is aiming to commence production next month in Lake District, England.