What is it about European cities that make them ripe for intriguing spy films and tv miniseries? The old world charm of centuries old cities with ancient architecture and real cobblestone streets? The richness of history steeped in political and military conflicts that shape world politics today? The lure of great snow skiing?
Well for the exquisitely talented British actor Richard Armitage recently cast as the lead in the EPIX 10 part television mini series Berlin Station from Paramount TV, probably all three.
And rumors had been flying around for a few days–with www.RichardArmitageNet.com presciently pointing out recent Richard Armitage Twitter follows related to the mini series Berlin Station as potentially linking him to it. RANet was spot on–as usual. Snap!
According to TV Line (Thanks to Teresa A for the link!):
“[Richard] Armitage [(near right)] will play the starring role of Daniel Meyer, the cerebral, newly-anointed CIA case officer who goes from being an analyst at Langley to an undercover agent in Berlin tasked with finding an informant. [Michelle] Forbes [(far right) meanwhile, will portray Valerie Edwards, the no-nonsense administrator who serves as a Berlin Station Section Head.”
Then, of course, Richard Armitage teasingly tweeted about his participation in Berlin Station and pointed to an article in Variety about his participation in this project. I get goosebumps whenever Richard Armitage’s projects are touted in Variety–one of the premiere entertainment industry news outlets.
Deadline Hollywood shares a bit more about Richard Armitage’s Berlin Station character of Daniel Meyer in stating:
“Daniel learns to contend with the rough-and-tumble world of the field agent — agent-running, deception, the dangers and moral compromises.”
And Yahoo News also shares a Hollywood Reporter article about Richard Armitage being cast in Berlin Station.
So Richard Armitage will be going back to familiar spy drama territory for him when he portrays spy Daniel Meyer in Berlin Station–and getting a luxurious 10 episodes in which to develop his character. Yet every character Mr. Armitage inhabits is unique and nuanced. I will be interested to see how Mr. Armitage distinguishes this new spy role from his past spy character portrayals of Lucas North on BBC One’s Spooks (2008-2010), [(right)] and ITV’s Chris Ryan’s Strike Back Origins (2010) .
If I were to hazard a guess … With RA’s Lucas North character being a tormented soul who never rebuilt an enduring personal life after being held prisoner by a foreign power, and with RA’s John Porter character [(right)] suffering the professional betrayal of someone whom he thought was his closest friend and colleague and yet forgives him, could this new character of Daniel Meyer be all about the job and forgoing emotions?
With the character of Daniel Meyer is being referred to as “cerebral”, connotes for me someone who focuses on reason and intellect–rather than his passions and desires. Perhaps Richard Armitage will portray Berlin Station’s Daniel Meyer as a modern day Sherlock Holmes? All reasoning and logic, but no passion.
Though Richard Armitage’s forte is passion filled angst–with restraint. Richard Armitage’s character portrayals of Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit trilogy films (2012, 2013, & 2014) and of John Proctor on stage in The Crucible (2014) [(right)] were tour de force character driven performances. And I hope that passion will be in the Daniel Meyer character somewhere. Though I am not solely referring to romantic passion, it would be nice to see him portray a character with an enduring romantic relationship. I can dream. Ha!
And I have to believe that the director and producers will capitalize on the character nuances and shadings that Richard Armitage will bring to his character of Daniel Meyer in Berlin Station. My guess is that there will be some deep dark secret that will be slowly revealed about the character to make us sympathize with him. And if anyone can make you sympathize with any character, it is Richard Armitage portraying him.
So I look forward to learning more about Richard Armitage’s new lead role as Daniel Meyer in Berlin Station with filming to occur yet in 2015, for an unspecified 2016 broadcast date.
P.S. And let’s hope that Richard Armitage’s character Daniel Meyer doesn’t die–poignantly or in a blaze of glory. *wink*