(Excerpts from a DenofGeek interview with Steven Knight last week)
How far do you see the series running? You’re a busy man, but what’s your long-term aim for Peaky Blinders?
My hope would be to go to the Second World War, that’s long-term. Three series would be great.
For series two and onwards then, is your cast locked down?
Yeah. All the main players [Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill, Helen McCrory, amongst others] are up for it and really enthusiastic and Sam is tweeting all over the place in New Zealand about how he can’t wait. Without giving too much away, there’s going to be two new villains in the second series, we’re going to have some good names, good actors to play those.
You already have those actors in place?
In my mind.
But not yet on paper?
Yeah, getting there. Getting there.
Will it be anyone you’ve worked with before?
I don’t know yet, we’ll find out. I’d like to work with Tom Hardy [Knight recently directed Hardy in forthcoming feature Locke] again, he’s fantastic.
Could there be a part for Jason Statham in Peaky Blinders’ second series?
We wanted him in the first series.