Starz debuts new featurette about the world of The Rook
Starz has released the first featurette for their upcoming supernatural spy thriller The Rook, highlighting the Checquy, a British Intelligence Service which consists of people with special abilities. Starring Emma Greenwell, Joely Richardson and Olivia Munn, you can check out the video in the player below.
The Rook will follow the story of a woman named Myfanwy Thomas, who is pursued by shadowy paranormal adversaries while grappling with extraordinary abilities of her own. She suddenly wakes up in the rain beside London’s Millennium Bridge suffering from total amnesia — surrounded by dead bodies, all wearing latex gloves. She must fight to uncover her past and resume her position as a high-ranking official of Britain’s most secret (supernatural) service called the Checquy before the traitors who stole her memory can finish what they started.
The series will be led by Emma Greenwell (The Path) as Myfanwy Thomas, Joely Richardson (Nip/Tuck) as the female head of the Chequey named Linda Farrier, and Olivia Munn (X-Men: Apocalypse) as Officer Monica Reed who described as “a bold American intelligence officer with subtle paranormal abilities”.
Also starring are Paula Patton (Somewhere Between) as the lead villain, and Adrian Lester (Hustle) as Conrad Grantchester, along with Ronan Raftery (The Terror) and Catherine Steadman (Downton Abbey) as the Gestalt siblings. Shelley Conn (Mistresses) and James D’Arcy (Agent Carter) have also been cast for key recurring roles.
The Rook is adapted and co-produced by award-winning playwrights and screenwriters Sam Holcroft (Rules for Living) and Al Muriel (Precious & Rich), based on the novel by Daniel O’Malley. It is executive produced by Stephen Garrett (The Night Manager). Lisa Zwerling and Karyn Usher have both signed on as the series’ showrunners, replacing The Twilight Saga author Stephenie Meyer, who have left the show due to creative differences.
The series is scheduled to debut on June 30.