‘The Little Drummer Girl’ first look: 5 photos from 1970s-set ‘The Night Manager’ follow-up

The first promotional photos have been revealed for the BBC’s upcoming adaptation of John le Carré’s The Little Drummer Girl.

Made by the same team as 2016’s acclaimed The Night Manager mini-series, the new six-part thriller is the television debut of South Korean director Park Chan-wook (Old Boy, The Handmaiden, Stoker).

The cast’s big names include Alexander Skarsgård (Big Little Lies, True Blood), Michael Shannon (The Shape of Water, Nocturnal Animals), Max Irons (The White Queen) and Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), alongside British newcomer Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth).

The official synopsis reads: “Set in the late 1970s, The Little Drummer Girl weaves a dynamic and exciting story of espionage and international intrigue; of love and betrayal. In this high-stakes drama, set against the background of rising tensions in the Middle East, a young, brilliant actress Charlie prepares for her ultimate role in ‘the theatre of the real’.”

Director Park Chan-wook previously commented: “Of le Carré’s many masterpieces, the one I love ahead of any other is The Little Drummer Girl. At the core of this story is an extremely painful, but thrilling, romance. This is what makes the story universal, reaching beyond borders and languages and remaining incredibly current.”

The Night Manager is out now on DVD.

The Little Drummer Girl is expected to air this autumn on BBC One in the UK and on AMC in the US.