Babylon

Danny Boyle has a new project out this year, but it won’t be found in theaters. Instead, it’ll be premiering later this year on television.

Babylon stars Brit Marling as Liz Garvey, a PR manager hired by Chief Constable Richard Miller (James Nesbitt) to give the London police department an image makeover. Of course, that’s easier said than done, as she’s dealing with outspoken, taser-happy cops, a bloodthirsty media, and a staff none too thrilled to take orders from an American with little law enforcement experience.

But as tough as those challenges are for her, they should be great fun for us watching at home. Between Boyle’s direction and a biting script by Peep Show creators Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, Babylon promises to be sharp, energetic, and very funny. Watch the first trailer after the jump.

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Here are the first promo photos for the cop show Babylon, which comes from director Danny Boyle and Peep Show writers Sam Bains and Jesse Armstrong. The show revolves around an American media guru who arrives in London to put a new PR spin on the city’s cops.

The cast is led by Brit Marling and James Nesbitt, playing the PR advisor and the chief constable of the London police, respectively, but the ensemble features Paterson Joseph, Bertie Carvel, Ella Smith, Martin Trenaman, Jim Howick, Cavan Clerkin, Jill Halfpenny, Adam Deacon, Jonny Sweet, Nick Blood, Stuart Martin, Andrew Brooke and Daniel Kaluuya. Read More »

Danny Boyle

Briefly: Danny Boyle has done a bit of television over the course of his career (especially if you count that little foray with the 2012 Summer Olympics) and now he’s prepping to make his biggest foray into the medium. Boyle has signed with Channel 4 in the UK to make Babylon, a “police drama” that will be “set in the world of modern policing.”

We don’t know much more about the show than that, but it will be written by Sam Bains and Jesse Armstrong (of the series Peep Show) and the pilot will be exec produced by Robert Jones. The pilot will shoot later this year, with a planned 2014 air date for the show. [Broadcast, via The Playlist]

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