Stan picks up Daniel Craig series Purity

Alex Kidman 2 June 2016

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Stan has announced its next exclusive, and it’s for a series starring Daniel Craig that hasn’t actually commenced production yet.

As such, don’t expect to be sitting down on the sofa watching Purity any time this year; production is slated to commence in 2017 for US channel Showtime, where it will be shown first. Stan’s claim is that it will have episodes "immediately following the premiere on Showtime in the US"; in the past this has typically happened pretty much as they’ve finished airing (or in the case of the first episode of Ash Vs Evil Dead, as an actual world premiere).

Purity is based on a best-selling novel by author Jonathan Franzen ("Freedom", "The Corrections"), and is described by Showtime as "a morally complex story of youthful idealism, extreme loyalty and cold-blooded murder". Sounds like a fun evening.

Daniel Craig will star and also act as one of the show’s executive producers over the 20-episode run. The announcement of the show’s pickup pretty much puts the nail in the coffin of Daniel Craig’s run as James Bond, although reports from the set of Spectre strongly suggested that this was a role he wasn’t particularly keen to return to in any case.

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