Stephen Merchant's 'The Outlaws' Series Gets Some Movement with Christopher Walken Set to Star
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It was first announced Stephen Merchant had a new series coming out, called The Offenders, which is now named The Outlaws. While the title has changed, it seems the premise is the same, revolving around a group of seven strangers thrown together for community service.
Since the series announcement, there's been some casting, with Christopher Walken set to take the lead, starring opposite Merchant, Rhianne Barreto, Gamba Cole, Darren Boyd, Clare Perkins, Eleanor Tomlinson, Jessica Gunning and Charles Babalola, reports BBC Media Centre.
The six-part series is heading to BBC One and BBC iPlayer in the U.K., followed by a premiere on Amazon Prime in the U.S.
In a statement, Merchant (The Office) talks about how he came up with the idea, saying, "The Offenders (now The Outlaws) is a long-standing passion project for me. My parents used to work in the community service world and I was always intrigued that the many and varied people they dealt with only had one thing in common: they’d committed a crime."
The story is set in Bristol, England, and the seven strangers' community service is referred to as a "payback sentence."
According to the description, on the surface each character seems pretty straight-forward, but as the series progresses, we learn each person's backstory and it's quite complicated. And, from there, one of the members of their group is being sought out by a criminal gang.
This newfound crew bands together to protect their own.
The Outlaws is described as "part crime thriller, part character study, with humor and heart," according to BBC Media Centre.
You can look for The Outlaws this fall.
Are you looking forward to seeing Christopher Walken in a British dramedy?