22nd Apr2013

‘Banshee’ – Series Preview

by Phil Wheat

Banshee-screen

Acclaimed writer, director and producer Alan Ball (True Blood, Six Feet Under, American Beauty) brings his brand new action drama series, Banshee to the UK on Monday 29th April. Banshee stars Antony Starr (Rush) as Lucas Hood, an ex-con and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, Philadelphia, where he continues his criminal activities, even as he’s hunted by the shadowy gangsters he betrayed years earlier.

Going hell for leather, this series opener follows Lucas as he makes his way to Banshee to find his former partner-in-crime and lover (Ivana Milicevic, Casino Royale). The good news is that they are indeed reunited. However, the bad is that his ex has since changed her name to Carrie and created a new life for herself complete with defence attorney hubby (Rus Blackwell, Battle Los Angeles) and two kids. Shovelling salt into the wound, Carrie is also no longer in possession of the diamonds that scored Lucas a stint in the clink in the first place. British actor Ben Cross (Chariots of Fire, Star Trek) also features as Rabbit, a ruthless Ukranian gangster who has been hunting Lucas and Carrie, his former top thieves, for 15 years.

Ulrich Thomsen (Festen) stars as Kai Proctor, an intimidating, wealthy, local Amish businessman who believes he is above the law, Frankie Faison (The Good Wife, The Wire) plays Sugar Bates, a wise, powerful former boxer and ex-con who now owns the local watering hole, Hoon Lee (Premium Rush) is Job, a dangerous transvestite computer hacker who assists Lucas in his criminal enterprises and Matt Servitto (The Sopranos) plays Brock Lotus, the longest-serving deputy in the Banshee sheriff department, who is threatened by Hood’s new role as sheriff.

Check out the trailer below:

Banshee begins on Monday 29th April, at 10pm, on Sky Atlantic HD.

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