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Peaky Blinders Boss Is 'Tempted' To Cast Samuel L Jackson

Esquire (UK) logo Esquire (UK) 13/11/2017 Morgan Jeffery
Peaky Blinders Boss Is 'Tempted' To Cast Samuel L Jackson © Noam Galai / Getty Images Peaky Blinders Boss Is 'Tempted' To Cast Samuel L Jackson

Peaky Blinders is a hot ticket in Hollywood, with everyone from Samuel L Jackson to Julia Roberts wanting in on the BBC drama series.

With such big names vying for a part, series creator Steven Knight has admitted that it's "so tempting" to devise roles for these A-listers.

"Because they're such good actors," he told Digital Spy. "But then you don't want to start twisting the story around to fit them in.

"But it's always incredibly flattering and wonderful [to hear]. And it's not only just actors. It's producers and directors – and musicians, especially. We get a lot of love for the show."

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Of course, Peaky has featured a number of famous faces in the past - from Sam Neill to Paddy Considine to the upcoming Adrien Brody – and Knight admitted that it's often "a compromise" as to how long they'll stay with the series.

"With the bigger names, they come and go, and have commitments," he explained. "With the… I suppose you would call them the 'known' cast that we bring in, you have to be careful not to overplay it.

"Sam [Neill] was just so brilliant in his role [as antagonist Chester Campbell], but the time had come. I think you have to move on."

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As well as Brody, Game of Thrones veteran Aidan Gillen will appear in the new series of Peaky Blinders alongside the returning Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory and Tom Hardy.

The series returns to BBC Two on Wednesday, 15 November 15 at 9pm.


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