AMC+ and AMC have set both the premiere date for revenge thriller The Beast Must Die and given the green light to Moonhaven. You can watch the trailer for The Beast Must Die using the player below.
The AMC+ Original six-part series The Beast Must Die, starring BAFTA Award-winning actor Jared Harris (Chernobyl, Mad Men) and Cush Jumbo OBE (The Good Wife, The Good Fight), will premiere on Monday, July 5 on AMC+ and on Monday, July 12 at 10:00PM ET/PT on AMC. The remaining episodes will continue to debut on AMC+ one week ahead of their AMC linear airings on Mondays at 10:00PM ET/PT.
After learning the police investigation into the fatal hit and run of her young son Martie has been dropped, Frances Cairnes (Jumbo) takes matters into her own hands. Posing as a novelist researching a new murder-mystery, Frances ingratiates herself with the family of George Rattery (Harris), the man she suspects is responsible, and sets a plan in action to kill him.
She’s tracked by detective Nigel Strangeways (Billy Howle, The Serpent, MotherFatherSon), who has reason to believe his department covered up George’s involvement in the incident. Suffering from PTSD following the recent death of his partner, Strangeways throws himself into pursuing justice for Martie.
But when he discovers an “undercover” Frances living with George and his family, Strangeways finds himself working to both prove George’s guilt and head off Frances’s plans for revenge before anyone else dies.
Based on the novel by Nicholas Blake (pseudonym of Poet Laureate Cecil Day-Lewis CBE) and shot on the stunning Isle of Wight, the additional cast members for The Beast Must Die includes Geraldine James (Downton Abbey, Back to Life), Nathaniel Parker (The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, The Outcast), Maeve Dermody (Marcella, Carnival Row), Douggie McMeekin (Chernobyl, Harlots), Mia Tomlinson (The Lost Pirate Kingdom) and Barney Sayburn.
A New Regency & Scott Free Production for BritBox UK and AMC and AMC +, The Beast Must Die is created for television and written by Gaby Chiappe (Their Finest) and directed by Dome Karukoski (Tolkien). Emma Broughton (The Little Drummer Girl), David W. Zucker (The Terror), Gaby Chiappe, Nathaniel Parker, Marina Brackenbury (The Letter from the King) and Ed Rubin (The Woman in White) serve as executive producers.
Sarada McDermott (Bridgerton) serves producer. Arnon Milchan (Little Women), Yariv Milchan (Malcolm & Marie) and Michael Schaefer (Malcolm & Marie) serve as co-executive producers. Joanie Blaikie (The Woman in White) serves as co-producer.
AMC Networks has also greenlit Moonhaven, a new series for AMC+ and AMC that will premiere next year. Created by Peter Ocko (Lodge 49, Black Sails, Elementary, Pushing Daisies), who will also serve as showrunner, the series is focused on a utopian colony on the Moon that may hold the keys to preserving life on Earth, which has become increasingly perilous.
The suspense thriller focuses on Bella Sway, a lunar cargo pilot and smuggler 100 years in the future who finds herself accused of a crime and marooned on Moonhaven, a utopian community set on a 500 square mile Garden of Eden built on the Moon to find solutions to the problems that will soon end civilization on Mother Earth.
A skeptic in Paradise, Bella is sucked into a conspiracy to gain control of the artificial intelligence responsible for Moonhaven’s miracles and teams with a local detective to stop the forces that want to destroy Earth’s last hope before they are destroyed themselves.
“What so intrigued us about ‘Moonhaven’ is that it is a suspense thriller set a century in the future that, at its heart, could not be more relevant today,” said Dan McDermott, president of original programming for AMC Networks and AMC Studios. “Peter and his writing team have constructed some unforgettable characters and a story we know will captivate viewers and probe complex and deeply emotional issues that are top of mind today and have the potential to threaten existence on the only planet we have ever called home.”
“I’m incredibly excited to go to the Moon with AMC,” Ocko said. “They have always been a great partner in supporting shows that are truly different from the rest and I look forward to staying true to that brand.”
An AMC Studios production, Moonhaven is executive produced by Ocko and Deb Spera, who is a non-writing executive producer. AMC Networks has ordered six one-hour episodes.