Yesterday, AMC announced that Jared Harris (Mad Men, The Crown) has been cast as the lead actor in the their new anthology drama series, The Terror, an adaption of the 2007 best-selling novel of the same name by Dan Simmons.
The Terror is set in 1847, when a Royal Naval expedition crew searching for the Northwest Passage is attacked by a mysterious predator that stalks the ships and their crew in a suspenseful and desperate game of survival.
According to the press release, Harris will play Francis Crozier, Captain of the HMS Terror and second in command of the expedition.
He is a brilliant sailor and captain, but an Irishman who has reached his glass ceiling in the British Royal Navy and has become disillusioned with its pomp and politics.
In addition, the cast also includes Ciaran Hinds (Game of Thrones, Rome) as Sir John Franklin; Paul Ready (Cuffs, Utopia) as Henry Goodsir; and Adam Nagaitis (Houdini and Doyle, Suffragette) as Cornelius Hickey. They will all play integral members of the crew aboard the ships.
Production begins this winter in Budapest with the 10 one-hour episodes, set to premiere on AMC in 2017.