Well, we thought we’d reached the peak(y) of all the new casting news for the fourth season of Steven Knight’s period gangster epic Peaky Blinders last week with the announcement that Oscar-winner Adrien Brody (The Pianist) was joining the Shelbys for some serious Birmingham-set drama, but it seems we’ll have to buckle up and enjoy what is turning out to be quite the surprising ride.
Two further casting announcements have just been made, with Deadline reporting that not only will Aiden Gillen (Game Of Thrones, Queer As Folk) be heading back to 1920s England along with Brody, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy and the rest of the gang this time around, but that Charlotte Riley will also be reprising her role as May Carleton when the show returns.
“We have a dream team gathered for series four of Peaky Blinders, coming to us for love of the series which is great,” commented Knight about the eyebrow-raising news. “Adrien Brody, Aidan Gillen and Charlie Murphy give us a wealth of talent to work with. And with Tom Hardy and Charlotte Riley returning, we couldn’t have hoped for more.”
Production on the fourth season has already hit the streets of Liverpool, with Tom Hardy spotted rejoining the cast as Alfie Solomons on set. This came as a relief to fans who were concerned that the actor’s commitment to other films and his own series, Taboo, might get in the way of him reprising his role as the London gangster when the show returned. Taboo was renewed for a second season earlier this month.
Deadline also revealed that season 4 of Peaky Blinders “will kick off when Tommy receives a mysterious letter on Christmas Eve and realises the Peaky Blinders are in danger of annihilation. As the enemy closes in, he flees his country house and returns to the streets of Small Heath, Birmingham where a desperate fight for survival begins.”
This sounds like it could be the best season yet.
More as we have it.
Peaky Blinders season 4 release date
It’s going to be a late-2017 start for Peaky Blinders season 4 (at best) we reckon. October is looking likely, but we’ll let you know when we have an official air date.