Charlie Hunnam to Star on Apple’s ‘Shantaram’ TV Series Adaptation

He will play Lin, a man who has escaped an Australian prison and carves out a new life in Bombay

Last Updated: September 16, 2019 @ 8:50 AM

Charlie Hunnam has been cast as the lead in Apple TV+’s “Shantaram” adaptation, which has been ordered to series at the forthcoming streaming service, an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.

An international drama series based on Gregory David Roberts’ 2004 novel, “Shantaram” follows the story of Lin (Hunnam), a man who has escaped an Australian prison and carves out a new life in Bombay.

The 10-episode series is written by Eric Warren Singer (“American Hustle”) with Justin Kurzel (“Assassin’s Creed”) set to direct the first two episodes. Singer and Kurzel executive produce the series along with former “Fear the Walking Dead” showrunner Dave Erickson, Nicole Clemens, Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin, Andrea Barron and Richard Sharkey.

“Shantaram,” which is produced by Anonymous Content and Paramount Television, has been in development at Apple for straight-to-series consideration since June 2018. Production is expected to begin in Australia and India in October.

Hunnam is best known for his role as Jax Teller on FX’s “Sons Of Anarchy.” His film credits include “Pacific Rim,” “Triple Frontier,” “King Arthur: Legend Of the Sword” and the upcoming “Jungleland.”

He is repped by CAA, Brillstein Entertainment Partners, and Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern.

Deadline first reported Hunnam’s casting.

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