Richard Gere returns to TV for BBC family drama

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From Digital Spy

Richard Gere is the latest Hollywood mega-star coming to TV, but he'll be making the jump across the pond to do it.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel actor has signed on to star with Peaky Blinders' Helen McCrory and On Chesil Beach's Billy Howle in BBC Two's MotherFatherSon, from The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story writer Tom Rob Smith.

MotherFatherSon is the story of a billionaire American media tycoon, Max (Gere), with outlets in London and elsewhere who is grooming his son Caden (Howle) to take over his empire – if Caden's self-destructive lifestyle doesn't bring down the entire family first.

(Helen McCrory on The One Show)

McCrory co-stars as Max's former wife Kathryn, herself a wealthy British heiress who has estranged from the media mogul since the breakdown of their marriage many years earlier.

MotherFatherSon will be the first recurring TV project for Richard Gere in nearly 30 years, and he seems primed to delve into the eight-part drama.

"It's been almost 30 years since I worked in television," he said. "I'm so pleased to be working now with the BBC on this extraordinary eight-hour project with such talented people and which resonates so much to the time we live in."

Co-star McCrory added: "Tom Rob Smith has written the most astonishing script – completely original and full of surprises."

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More casting will be announced soon, ahead of MotherFatherSon going into production on its first series this summer in London.

"The scripts for MotherFatherSon seal Tom Rob Smith's reputation as one of the most individual and original writers of his age," BBC Drama Controller Piers Wenger said.

"We are thrilled that in Richard, Helen and Billy he has found the perfect eponymous lead characters to bring his series to life."

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