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David Tennant leads 'Broadchurch' cast in US remake

Posted Oct 3, 2013 by Mathew Wace Peck
David Tennant has been cast by the American producers “Broadchurch”, in the same role he played in the UK version of the popular British series, it is being reported.
David Tennant  at San Diego Comic Con (2009)
David Tennant, at San Diego Comic Con (2009)
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In August, it was announced that Fox had commissioned a US version of ITV’s original, which investigates the mysterious death of an 11-year-old boy, Danny Latimer (Oskar McNamara), in the fictional seaside town, Broadchurch.
Tennant played Alec Hardy, the lead detective brought in to solve the case. In the British version of the series, the West Lothian-born actor used his natural Scottish accent. However, for the US version, the BBC reports that it is understood that he will adopt an American one.
Broadchurch was created and written by Chris Chibnall, who will act as an executive producer, alongside Dan Futterman and Anya Epstein, for the Fox remake. Chibnall will also be on writing duties for the opening episode.
In the series, Hardy’s deputy, Ellie Miller, was played by Olivia Colman (Tyrannosaur). However, there’s no word yet whether she or someone else will take the role in the remake.
However, both actors are expected to be back together in their respective roles for a second season on the British version, which was announced back in April, during the closing credits of its final episode.
Other stars of the first season of Broadchurch included Jodie Whittaker (Venus) and Andrew Buchan (The Fixer) as Danny’s mum and dad, David Bradley (Adventures in Space and Time), Vicky McClure (Line of Duty), Pauline Quirke (Birds of a Feather) and Jonathan Bailey (Leonardo).
Oskar McNamara as Danny Latimer  in the ITV drama Broadchurch
Oskar McNamara as Danny Latimer, in the ITV drama Broadchurch
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Again, it is currently not known how many of the original characters will be returning for season 2. Speaking to Radio Times this week, Whittaker said, “I could be in all of it, I could be in none of it […] I’m forever texting writer Chris Chibnall just to remind him of my existence!”
Tennant isn’t the first British actor to be cast in the same role in an American remake, but follows Mark Strong (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) who, did just that in the original UK and subsequent US versions of the crime thriller, Low Winter Sun.
Tastes of Tennant
Broadchurch won’t be the first time that Tennant has ventured Stateside since leaving Who. In 2009, he starred in NBC’s Rex Is Not Your Lawyer, which, unfortunately, didn’t proceed beyond its pilot episode. A taste of Tennant with an American accent can be seen/heard in the above video, a scene from Rex Is Not Your Lawyer, courtesy of the Radio Times.
Tennant, 42, is most well known for playing the Tenth Doctor in Doctor Who, the world’s longest-running science-fiction drama series, now in its 50th year. Taking over the role of the Doctor from Christopher Eccleston (Shadowline) in 2005, Tennant handed over to the current actor to play him, Matt Smith (How to Catch a Monster), in 2010. Tennant will reprise his role as the Doctor alongside Smith and John Hurt (1984) in this November’s anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor.
The first season of Broadchurch UK premiered in the Canada and the USA on, respectively, 4 and 7 August. Meanwhile, Broadchurch US is expected sometime during the 2014-15 season.