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BBC America's "Copper" Finally Has A Cast! And... Wait. Who Are These People?

By Rob Payne | Industry | January 5, 2012 |

By Rob Payne | Industry | January 5, 2012 |

I mean, besides Jason Bourne’s main squeeze and Lola from Run Lola Run, Franka Potente. When BBC America announced their first original program, the Gangs of New Yorkian “Copper,” last summer, a few of our more brilliant commenters suggested that Damian Lewis would be a good fit for the show, if not the titular Irish policeman himself. Apparently the producers didn’t get that memo, or the actor is just too busy on “Homeland,” because relative newcomer Tom Weston-Jones has been cast as lead Kevin Corcoran.

So far, it seems, Weston-Jones’ most prominent role is in the BBC series “MI-5” which is one of those shows I keep meaning to watch but never get around to. But I hear good things. Also cast, as a doctor’s wife who witnessed her brothers lynched in a Five Points riot, is Tessa Thompson, who is either best known for “Heroes” after it got bad or “Veronica Mars,” the only episode I’ve seen was the one in which Joss Whedon had a cameo. Thompson was also in the remake of When a Stranger Calls, but all I remember from that movie is wondering how someone as beautiful as Camilla Belle could look so sad even before the stranger called. Potente, in her first regular TV series role (which is probably the most exciting news here), will play the owner of a brothel, which means she’ll be this show’s version of Cameron Diaz. I’d call that an upgrade.

Outside of Potente, the best thing about any of this is that we’re finally hearing more about this highly anticipated (by some of us, i.e. me) new series which is still set to premiere this coming summer. I imagine we should hear about more actors rounding out the cast and shooting ought to begin by March or April if they’re really going to have anything on the air by June (or July or August). So, other than waiting to see if we’re in the Darkest Timeline or not, we should have some regular, interesting television news to look forward to in the near-ish future.

Okay, I might be more slightly interested than you are, but that’s only because the pickings are still slim out there. Winter came, all right, and the White Walkers have blighted the landscape. But, how could you not stand to watch something like this every week?

It’s got to be better than wandering around in a pristine farm during a non-zombie zombie apocalypse, anyway.

Rob Payne also writes the indie comic The Unstoppable Force, tweets on the Twitter @RobOfWar, and his ware can be purchased here (if you’re into that sort of thing). He almost didn’t include that video, but he felt it made his point fairly well.

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