EXCLUSIVE: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Game of Thrones alum Alexander Siddig has been tapped to play opposite Charlie Hunnam in Apple’s extensive international drama series Shantaram, based on Gregory David Roberts’ best-selling novel. It comes from Paramount Television Studios and Anonymous Content.
Shot across two continents, Shantaram tells the story of Lin (Hunnam), a man on the run from an Australian prison who wants to get lost in the bustling city of Bombay. Cut off from family and friends by distance and destiny, he finds a new life in the slums, bars and underworld of India.
Siddig will play the series-regular role of Khader Khan, the venerable kingpin of Bombay’s underworld who acts as a surrogate father to Lin.
Shantaram is written and executive produced by Steven Lightfoot, who also serves as showrunner. Richard Sharkey, Bharat Nalluri, who is set to direct six episodes, Steve Golin, Nicole Clemens, Andrea Barron, Justin Kurzel and Eric Singer are also lead producers.
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The series, which was recorded two episodes before filming was stopped at the end of February 2020, plans to start production in May on the remaining 10 episodes.
Siddig’s recent TV credits also include Netflix The spy and Epix Deep State. In functions he was recently seen in 21 brother and Skyline. Siddig is rapped by Zero Gravity Management, Markham, Froggatt & Irwin and Del Shaw.
The Shantaram novel is described as an exploration of love, forgiveness and courage on the long road to redemption. It has been published in 39 languages in 42 territories worldwide and has so far sold more than 6 million copies.