Peacock has provided Vital Thrills with a first look at the apocalyptic thriller Last Light, premiering on the streaming service on Thursday, September 8. All five episodes will drop at launch.
From director Dennie Gordon (Jack Ryan), the series stars Matthew Fox, Joanne Froggatt, Alyth Ross, Taylor Fay, Amber Rose Revah, Victor Alli, Tom Wlaschiha, and Hakeem Jomah. Last Light is based on Alex Scarrow’s best-selling novel of the same name (See on Amazon).
In the series, petro-chemist Andy Yeats (Fox) knows how dependent the world is on oil; if something were to happen to the world’s oil supply, it would set off a chain reaction: transportation would grind to a halt, supplies would cease to be delivered, law enforcement would be overwhelmed.
While on a business trip to the Middle East, Andy realizes that his worst fears are coming true and his family is separated at this crucial moment.
His teenage daughter, Laura (Ross), is alone at home in London while his wife, Elena (Froggatt), and young son, Sam (Fay), are in Paris.
Amid this chaos, each family member will sacrifice everything to find one another, despite the distance and the dangers that separate them.
Last light is executive produced by Dennie Gordon, Matthew Fox, William Choi, Sydney Gallonde, Rikke Ennis, Patrick Renault, Diego Piasek, Patrick Massett, and John Zinman (Friday Night Lights, The Blacklist). The co-executive producers are Rola Bauer and Steven Johnson, and the producer is Veronika Lencova.
The show is produced by MGM International Television Productions in association with Peacock, Viaplay Group, MBC, and STAN. It was filmed in Prague, Paris and Abu Dhabi.
“I am so excited to share this work with all of you. This project has been a career high for me; the ability to tell an important story with an international team of actors and artists, with MGM International Television Productions and Peacock, a studio and streamer that has allowed me tremendous creative freedom,” said Dennie Gordon.
“We knew that we were telling a ripped from the headlines story. But we didn’t realize that things would escalate as they have, and that we would be living all these events as we were shooting in real time.
“Our thriller is told against the backdrop of a family separated by world events, and I was privileged and thrilled to have Matthew Fox come out of retirement for this special series.
“We had a couple of intense obstacles while making this including shooting during the heights Covid. But I speak for all of us when I say we each gave 1000% every single day because this was a labor of love that meant so much to all of us.
“I was deeply inspired by Alfonso Cuarón‘s brilliant film Children of Men, a scenario we can envision just around the corner. And like that film we hope to give our audience a shred of hope at the end; what is possible if we all come together to affect change???
“Thank you for your interest in Last Light. I hope you will connect with Andy Yeats and his family, and we hope that this series will start the conversations we all might have about our dependency on oil and how we survive climate change.”
LAST LIGHT CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS
MATTHEW FOX (“Lost”) will play Andy Yeats, an ex-pat living in London, and one of the world’s leading petro-chemical engineers. Andy’s brilliant and very in demand, but his drive and ambition have sometimes been to the detriment of his family life.
JOANNE FROGGATT (“Liar,” “Downton Abbey”) will play Elena Yeats, a smart, caring, and beautiful mother to Sam.
ALYTH ROSS (“Traces,” “Emerald”) will play Laura Yeats, a passionate and informed university student committed to confronting the mounting crisis of climate change.
TAYLOR FAY (“Judge Rinder,” “The Making of Alex”) will play Sam Yeats, an eight-year-old fighting a degenerative eye disease that is slowly taking away his sight.
AMBER ROSE REVAH (“The Punisher”) will play Mika Bakhash, the one with connections in the British government and the targeted oil company.
VICTOR ALLI (“Belfast,” “Grantchester”) will play Owen Jones, a brilliant college student who has been working his way through school.
TOM WLASCHIHA (“Game of Thrones,” “Stranger Things“) will play Karl Bergmann, a worker for the British Government.
HAKEEM JOMAH (“Rashash,” “Kidnap”) will play Khalil Al-Qatani, the head of a big oil company.