The famously British Tom Hiddleston and secretly British Hugh Laurie are teaming up for television. According to The Hollywood Reporter, both have signed on to star in a limited series adaptation of John le Carré’s novel The Night Manager. The 1993 spy thriller centers on Jonathan Pine, a soldier-turned-night manager at a luxurious hotel. Price becomes embroiled in espionage intrigue involving a beautiful woman, then later goes undercover to take down an upper-class black marketeer named Richard Onslow Roper. Le Carré’s novels have previously been fodder for TV and movie adaptations including Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Constant Gardener, and The Spy Who Came In From The Cold. Spooks writer David Farr will pen this adaptation.
The BBC will air the series in the U.K., while multiple U.S. networks have reportedly made offers for a straight-to-series pick-up. It will be the first return to TV for Hugh Laurie since House left the air in 2012. While Hiddleston has some British television credits to his name, this will also be a notable return to the small screen after the explosion of his film career. There’s no official word yet on which characters the actors will portray—although they’ll presumably be playing the two male leads, not the beautiful woman.