Ivan Mbakop, Arica Himmel, Dax Rey Join Giancarlo Esposito in AMC’s ‘The Driver’ – The Hollywood Reporter

AMC’s Upcoming British Drama Remake Driver enhanced its cast with three new additions, The Hollywood Reporter have learned.

Actor and filmmaker Ivan Mbakop, who starred in Netflix’s Red Notice and played Detective Caudle in Marvel’s Hawk Eye mini-series, joined the six-part series, alongside Arica Himmel, who played teenage Rainbow Johnson on ABC’s Black-ish prequel version Mixture and just starred in the Disney+ rom-com Prom Pactand youngster Dax Rey, who co-stars Kevin Hart and Wesley Snipes in the Netflix limited series True story and Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris in the Apple TV+ feature Swan Song.

All three join Giancarlo Esposito (Break, better call Saul), Zackary Momoh (sleeping doctor, Harriet) and Paula Malcomson (atonement).

Set to premiere on AMC and AMC+ and slated to begin production in August, the series comes from creator Danny Brocklehurst (Safe, Go home) and Sunu Gonera (Snow, Class ’09), with Theo Travers (Billion,House of Lies) set as showrunner.

The film stars Esposito as Vince, a taxi driver whose life is turned upside down when he agrees to be a driver for the New Orleans-based Zimbabwean gangster (played by Momoh), a man notorious for exploiting undocumented immigrants in southern US ports. Mbakop will play Zenzo, the hot-tempered brother of The Horse, while Rey will play Luke, the son of The Horse. Meanwhile, Himmel will play Michaela, Vince’s daughter.

A three-part 2014 BBC original, created by Brocklehurst with Jim Poyser and produced by It’s a sin and Year and Year banner Red Production, which follows David Morrissey as a taxi driver hired by a criminal gang.

Esposito, Gonera, Brocklehurst, Morrissey and Travers will executive produce alongside Josh Kesselman and Danny Sherman from Thruline and Barry Jossen and Tana Jamieson of A+E Studios. The series is produced by AMC Studios in association with A+E Studios and Thruline Entertainment.

Mbakop is represented by Identity Agency Group, Himmel is represented by CESD, Untitled Entertainment and Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein, and Rey is represented by Take 3 Talent Agency, Osbrink Agency and imPRint.

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