BBC grabs 'West Wing' actor for 'Burn Up'
Burn Up is a two-part drama created by Full Monty writer Simon Beaufoy and produced by Life of Mars' Kudos with Calgary-based Seven24 Films for the BBC in the UK and Global Television in Canada.
Whitford is joined in the talent lineup by Scream actress Neve Campbell and Spooks' Rupert Penry-Jones. Penry-Jones stars as the head of an oil company, who finds his life unravelling as he's pulled into a high-stakes game of power and international intrigue. Campbell plays his colleague Holly, whose covert collaboration with environmentalists puts her in great jeopardy, and Whitford plays Chris's best friend Mack, a charismatic yet unscrupulous oil industry lobbyist.
Kudos Film and Television's Stephen Garrett said: "As a lifelong fan of the political thriller, it's been incredibly satisfying to marry it to the most urgent issue facing us as the century unfolds – a potent cocktail of fiction and fact that we hope will enlighten as much as it will entertain."
Directed by Omar Madha (Spooks, Clocking Off), pre-production and shooting start later this month in Calgary, Canada, arriving in London in early 2008.
BBC commissioning editor for drama Lucy Richer said: "Burn Up is a highly authored piece wholly of this unique moment in time. The exciting mix of US, Canadian and UK talent, the awesome backdrop of the Canadian wilds combined with Simon's taut and provocative script makes for an epic proposition."