Emmy winner Ewan McGregor (Big fish, Fargo, Ob-Wan Kenobi) signed on to star in the British drama series A gentleman in Moscow at Paramount+. McGregor will replace Kenneth Branagh in the role of “Count Alexander Rostov who, in the aftermath of the Russian Revolution, discovers that his golden past places him on the wrong side of history, in the adaptation of the internationally bestselling novel by Amor Towles which will go into production later later this year.”
McGregor’s character synopsis continues: “Spared from immediate execution, he is banished by a Soviet court to an attic room in the opulent Metropol Hotel, threatened with death if he sets foot outside again.” As the years pass and some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history unfold outside the hotel’s doors, Rostov’s reduced circumstances allow him to step into a much larger world of emotional discovery. As he builds a new life within the walls of the hotel, he discovers the true value of friendship, family and love.
McGregor will serve as executive producer of the series alongside showrunner Ben Vanstone (All creatures big and small, The Last Kingdom); program director, Tom Harper (War and peace, Peaky Blinders), Xavier Marchand (Nautilus, Mrs. Harris goes to Paris); and author Amor Towleswhich adapts the screenplay, whose novel has sold more than four million copies worldwide.
Paramount+ International Original A gentleman in Moscow will be produced by eOne in association with VIS, the international studio division of Paramount Global, and will air on Showtime in the United States