Deadline is exclusively reporting that Waleed Zuaiter has signed up to join the second season of Sky crime drama series Gangs of London.
The synopsis of the first season is as follows:
Set in the heart of London, the series focuses on the city being torn apart by the turbulent power struggles of international gangs that control it and the sudden power vacuum that’s created when the head of London’s most powerful crime family for the last twenty years, Finn Wallace, is assassinated. With rivals everywhere and with no idea who ordered the hit, it’s up to his impulsive son Sean Wallace, and the help of the Dumani family headed by Ed Dumani, to take Finn’s place. While Ed looks to maintain order, Sean’s crusade to find his fathers killer causes ripples in the world of international crime within the streets of London, which consists of the Albanian mafia headed by Luan Dushaj, the Turkish mafia, Pakistani drug cartel, Jamaican yardies, Chinese triads, Italian ‘Ndrangheta, Welsh travellers, and various other criminal elements. One man that gets caught up in the crime families rift is Elliot Finch, who up until now has been a lowlife chancer with a mysterious interest in the Wallace family. But as the wind of fate blows, Elliot finds himself transported into the inner workings of the largest criminal organisation in London.
The report doesn’t state what role Waleed Zuaiter (whose credits include Baghdad Central and Oslo) will be playing in the series, which is currently in production. The casting announcement comes after recent reports of Corin Hardy, Marcela Said and Nima Nourizadeh being brought on board to direct the episodes of the second season, with Tom Butterworth now acting as lead-writer this time round. The second season is being executive produced by series creator Gareth Evans, Matt Flannery, Thomas Benski, Hugh Warren, Helen Grégory, Jane Featherstone and Gabriel Silver.
The first season of Gangs of London starred Joe Cole, Asif Raza Mir, Sope Dirisu, Lucian Msamati, Michelle Fairley, Mark Lewis Jones, Valene Kane, Narges Rashidi, Jing Lusi, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Brian Vernel, Orli Shuka, Richard Harrington, Jude Akuwudike, Emmett J. Scanlan, Colm Meaney, Aled ap Steffan, David Bradley, Paapa Essiedu, Adrian Power, Ray Panthaki, Constantine Gregory, Garry Cooper, Darren Evans, Garmon Rhys, Serena Kennedy, Aksel Ustun and Kwong Loke.