Line of Duty fans are going to love new Amazon Prime thriller The Rig

Daniella Scott
·3-min read

From Cosmopolitan

If, like us, you've always struggled to fill the colossal hole left in your TV life when The Bodyguard ended back in 2018, we've got good news for you; the director behind The Bodyguard and Line of Duty has announced his next show - and it's about to start filming. The tense thriller, named The Rig, will air exclusively on Amazon Prime. Here's everything we know about the series.

What is The Rig going to be about?

The six-part series is set aboard the Kishorn Bravo oil rig, stationed off the Scottish Coast in the turbulent waters of the North Sea, and follows the dramatic story of the rig's isolated crew.

The official series synopsis says, "When the crew are due to return to the mainland, a mysterious and all-enveloping fog rolls through and they find themselves cut off from all communication with the shore and the outside world.

"As they endeavour to discover what's driving this force, bonds are broken, allegiances formed and generational fault lines exposed. The crew of the Bravo will be driven to the limits of both their loyalties and their endurance, into a confrontation with forces beyond their imagination."

Filming is due to start in Scotland on an oil rig later this month. The six-part series will also be shot at FirstStage Studios in Edinburgh, reports Deadline.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

Who has been cast in The Rig?

Lots of big names have signed up for the project, including Line of Duty's Martin Compston, Game Of Thrones star Iain Glen and Schitt’s Creek actor Emily Hampshire. As well as the series leads, Deadline listed the entire cast and the roles they'll be playing: Small Axe star Rochenda Sandall will be playing medic Cat Braithwaite, Game of Thrones actor Owen Teale will play head driller Lars Hutton, and Bridgerton's Richard Pepple will play crew boss Grant Dunlin.

Rounding out the cast, Life actor Calvin Demba will play drill hand Baz Roberts, Emun Elliott will play rig mechanic Leck Longman, Cruella's Abraham Popoola will play rig crane driver Easter Ayodeji and Stuart McQuarrie will play head chef Colin Murchison.

Glen will star as the leader of the rig crew, while Compston will play a communications officer and Hampshire will star as scientist and oil company rep Rose Mason.

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The team behind the series is also full of TV big-hitters, with Line of Duty's John Strickland not only directing but is also executive producing alongside Human's Derek Wax. Fleabag's Kelly Valentine-Hendry acted as casting director on the project, and since she led the casting for Broadchurch and The Rig is set in Scotland, we're not surprised it's such a stellar line-up.

Photo credit: Getty
Photo credit: Getty

Do we have a trailer and release date for The Rig?

Sadly, we don't have either of these things, but we do know the six-part series starts shooting in late March, so hopefully it will land on Amazon Prime Video some time in early 2022.

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