The writer of Peaky Blinders Steven Knight is set to reunite with actor Stephen Graham in a 12-part drama series which is about illegal boxing in the 1880s of east London world, that is titled A Thousand Blows.
Stephen Graham, who plays Hayden Stagg in Peaky Blinders, is set to star in A Thousand Blows
On Disney+ the upcoming show is set to be released in which Graham would be seen playing underground boxing veteran Sugar Goodson at the same time as an executive producing the drama.
It is a noticeable welcoming reunion of both the British film icons, after a glaring view from Graham in the final season of Knight’s much-loved BBC drama series about the troubled Shelby Family. Incidentally, it also view a solitary return to the underground world of bare-knuckles boxing for Graham, who was eminent as Tommy in Guy Ritchie’s 2000 hit Snatch.
The new series is an ideal prolongation of themes for the fans of Knight and the Peaky Blinders. Though the series will have no connection to the Shelbys, it hints a similar sudden attack back into England’s seedy underbelly in the wake of major economic disruption.
According to the official synopsis, The thrilling series will follow Hezekiah and Alec, two best friends from Jamaica who find themselves shove into the spirited and violent melting pot of post-industrial revolution London’s East End, in accordance to the official synopsis.
The executive producer and creator of Peaky Blinders, Knight expressed his excitement for the upcoming project, saying: “I’m really thrilled to be working on this project with Stephen as well as the very talented production team and group of writers. I always love to delve into untold history, and this is a story that really deserves to be told.”
Graham, who was starred in the final season of Peaky Blinders, feels himself ‘privileged’ to work with Knight one more time and commended Matriarch Productions for teaming up on A Thousand Blows.
The actor told Deadline: “To be able to work with Steve again and the talented team of writers we have for this project is truly wonderful, and to tell the story of these incredible characters during this period of time in London is a joy.”
“Aside from having the privilege of bringing the role of Sugar Goodson to life, I am also extremely proud that Matriarch is co-producing this show whilst helping to create opportunities for people in front of and behind the camera, instilling the ethos of providing training within production that otherwise would be difficult for some to pursue as a career. ‘Don’t count the days… Make the days count.’ – Muhammad Ali,” he added in a statement.
Last month only, Steven Knight told fans the Peaky Blinders spin-off film is almost written fully. Speaking with British radio station Heart FM, “within 18 months” the shooting would be commencing as confirmed by Knights.
“We’re going to shoot it at the studios in Digbeth, and on location in Digbeth in Birmingham,” he said during the interview. “Digbeth and Small Heath (are) where the Peaky Blinders actually roamed, so it’s like Peaky’s coming home.” Just last month, Knight outlined plans to release a new series about Enzo Ferrari, the visionary behind the iconic automotive company.