British actor Benedict Cumberbatch will play the role of the murdered ex-FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko in the HBO series Londongrad. About it informs Variety.
The publication notes that the plot of the series is based on the book “The Terminal Spy” by journalist Alan Cowell. The film will be directed by Brian Vogel, who won an Oscar for the documentary Icarus about the doping scandal with Russian athletes. Benedict Cumberbatch will co-produce the series.
In September of this year, it became known that the production of the series about Litvinenko is also being carried out by the ITV channel. The role of Litvinenko is to be played by Scottish actor David Tennant. American actress Margarita Levieva will play the role of the wife of an ex-FSB officer in the series. The series will be executive produced by George Kaye.
Earlier in the UK passed premiere screenings of an opera about the poisoning of Litvinenko.
The first act shows Litvinenko’s work in the Russian FSB and tells about the refusal to kill Boris Berezovsky. In the second act, Litvinenko emigrates to London, where he meets with former colleague Andrei Lugov and journalist Anna Politkovskaya. The finale shows Litvinenko’s death.
The head of the British opera company Wasfi Kani said that out of respect for the widow of the deceased, the authors of the production did not try to present the history or biography of Litvinenko in a deliberately distorted or exaggerated form.
The music for the piece was written by Anthony Bolton, a British investor who enjoys composing music. For inspiration, Bolton read The Death of a Dissident by Marina Litvinenko and Alexander Goldfarb.
Former FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko died on November 23, 2006 in London due to polonium-210 poisoning. In January 2007, The Sunday Times reported that Scotland Yard had announced the disclosure of the case to Alexander Litvinenko’s widow, Marina. British investigators were able to establish that a lethal dose of polonium-210 was added at the Millennium Hotel to the tea that Litvinenko drank by ex-FSO officer Andrei Lugov and his business partner Dmitry Kovtun. However, due to the refusal of the Russian authorities to extradite Lugovoy and Kovtun, the case was closed.
In January 2016 was made public the report of the judicial investigation in the case of Alexander Litvinenko, in which it was alleged that Lugovoy and Kovtun were involved in the poisoning. At the same time, Russia denies any involvement in the death of Litvinenko.