Tom Hiddleston to explore The White Darkness for Pachinko’s Soo Hugh

Tom Hiddleston

Tom Hiddleston
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Tom Hiddleston reportedly lined up his next post-Loki first season role, with Variety reports that the British star is set to appear in a new Apple TV+ series titled white darkness. This show is written by Soo Hugh, whose current series, Pachinkois getting rave reviews for the tech company’s streaming arm.

The White Darkness in question is, surprisingly, none of the hundreds of jokes that immediately greeted the announcement of the online series name; it’s actually a reference to Antarctica, the least messed up frontier on the planet so far. Hiddleston will star in the series as Henry Worsley, a retired British soldier looking for adventure who decided, in 2016, that he was going to cross Antarctica on foot, after a number of previous successful expeditionsand whose Wikipedia page you should probably go ahead and stay away if you don’t want to be spoiled on the end of this particular trip.

Hugh is adapting the miniseries from the nonfiction book of the same name by Daniel Grann. Hugh, whose past projects include The whispers and Terror– is currently in the middle of Apple’s release of Pachinko, an epic exploring the life of a Korean family living in the tumultuous mid-20th century. She will reconnect with white darkness with Pachinko producer Theresa Kang-Lowe; Black Swan screenwriter Mark Heyman will serve as the series’ co-showrunner.

As for Hiddleston—always committeded to a second season of Loki, in addition to all the other Marvel obligations he has on his plate – all of this feels pretty familiar at this point. He made a habit for a few years now– going back to his turn nominated for the Emmy Awards in The night manager-to break up its broader genre franchise work with more focused, limited-cover television projects. (This is actually his second Apple series this year; The Essex Serpentstarring Claire Danes, comes out next month.) And it’s hard to deny the acting appeal of Worsley’s story: One man against a continent, fueled by nothing but his own determination to carry on? It’s the heroic good stuff here, the kind of inspirational story that can ignite the hearts of viewers of all ages and creeds, as long as, once again, they stay well away from this Wikipedia page.

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