Marton Csokas, Emilia Fox, Hayley Atwell, Kerry Fox, Santiago Cabrera and Bernard Hill join Sky Atlantic’s Falcón

by Lisa McGarry

Sky Atlantic HD has today announced the start of production for the first two-part FALCÓN story, based on Robert Wilson’s bestselling Javier Falcón novels, which starts production in Seville this week.

The role of Javier Falcón, a Chief Inspector in the Seville police, will be played by Marton Csokas, best known as Elven Lord Celeborn in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy as well as appearing alongside Helen Mirren in The Debt. Falcón is a brilliant detective whose personal and professional life is compromised by dark secrets from the past in this ambitious and complex new series.

The first episode of the two part series ‘FALCÓN: The Blind Man of Seville,’ follows Falcón‘s investigation into a brutal killing which stirs long forgotten memories. As Falcón investigates the crime, and finds himself drawn to the widow of the victim, he finds that the recent crimes in Seville seem to have echoes with his own family history.

Joining Csokas in FALCÓN: The Blind Man Of Seville are Charlie Creed-Miles (The Fifth Element, Harry Brown) as Ramirez, Falcón’s deputy in the Seville Police and Hayley Atwell (Captain America, Any Human Heart) as Consuelo Jimenez, the widow of a murder victim who may also be the number one suspect. Emilia Fox (Silent Witness, The Pianist) will play Ines, the estranged wife of Falcón, whilst Kerry Fox (Cloudstreet, Shallow Grave) is his sister, Manuela.

Veteran actor Bernard Hill (Titanic, The Lord of The Rings) takes the role of Ramon Salgado, wealthy art dealer and friend of Falcón’s father, the renowned, but now deceased artist Francisco Falcón. Santiago Cabrera (Merlin, Heroes) will play Judge Esteban Calderon

Falcón himself is a complex and layered character, with a psychological darkness which mirrors the brutal darkness which surrounds him in Seville. An innately sexual and charismatic character, Falcón is forceful and focussed, willing to ignore the distinction between the law and criminals and embrace his own flaws and addictions when he has to.

The second FALCÓN story to be filmed will be The Silent and the Damned, in which a suicide takes Falcón to an exclusive area of Seville where wealthy neighbours keep their secrets well hidden and there’s more in the freezer than just food.

FALCÓN will be Sky Atlantic HD’s second original UK drama commission; following HIT + MISS, starring Chloë Sevigny, which premieres on the channel in May 2012.