Disney+ has revealed the main cast of the upcoming Australian historical drama Talented people Wednesday at the Asia-Pacific content showcase event in Singapore. Thomas Brodie-Sangster (pistol, Queen’s Gambit), David Thewlis (landscaper, Fargo) and Australian actress Maia Mitchell (Good Trouble, The fostering) will lead the cast, with Brodie-Sangster taking on the role of Jack Dawkins, aka “The Artful Dodger,” Thewlis playing Fagin, and Mitchell playing Lady Belle Fox.
Talented people, which was first announced in May, is described as an international character drama set in 1850s Australia, inspired by Charles Dickens’ classic Dodger character. The eight-episode series follows Dodger’s double life as a surgeon who still can’t give up his penchant for crime.
Disney said: “From high-octane robberies to life-or-death surgeries, glittering parties to colorful streets, this series is a rock’n’roll story that is connected contact with Australians.
Jeffrey Walker (young rock, Shared, Modern Family) serves as the show’s production director and co-executive producer, with other episode directors including Corrie Chen (New Yellow Mountain, Bad Behavior) and Gracie Otto (hurt Tall, The Clearing). The series was written by James McNamara, Andrew Knight, Vivienne Walshe and Dan Knight, with Miranda Tapsell.
The supporting cast includes a talented cast of Australians, such as Damon Herriman (Once upon a time in Hollywood, Judy and punch), Miranda Tapsell (top wedding, jades), Tim Minchin (straight, California), Susie Porter (Wentworth, Yellow), Kym Gyngell (Love and cherish I, Black Snow) Damien Garvey (nautilus, Jack Irish), Jessica De Gouw (The secret She hold, The of the driver Wife), Andrea Demetriades (The End, seven Types of ambiguity), Luke Carroll (straight, prepare) and Huw Higginson was born in England, exported from Australia (total Control, Janet King). Newcomers Lucy-Rose Leonard, Nicholas Burton, Jude Hyland, Finn Treacy and Albert Latalakepa will also be in attendance.
The Artful Dodger is a co-production with Sony Pictures Television and produced by Beach Road Pictures and SPT’s Curio Pictures. The film was co-created and executive produced by David Maher and David Taylor of Beach Road Pictures. Jo Porter represents Curio Pictures as executive producer. James McNamara (co-creator and co-executive producer), Andrew Knight (co-executive producer and screenwriter), Jeffrey Walker (co-executive producer and director) and Ross Allsop (producer) complete the team manufacturing.
The series will be filmed in New South Wales, Australia, with financial support provided by the State Government through Screen NSW’s Made In NSW fund.
The film is slated to premiere on Disney+ in late 2023.