Four friends who have been bound together by tragedy all their lives are forced to face the past in the most horrifying way as THE FIVE, from the fiendishly smart mind of internationally acclaimed thriller writer Harlan Coben, comes to Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD from July 4th, 2016, courtesy of STUDIOCANAL.
When they were 12-years old, Mark, Pru, Danny and Slade were out together in the woods. Mark’s five-year-old brother Jesse was bothering them, so they told him to get lost. Jesse ran away and was never seen again… Twenty years later, Danny – now a detective – learns that Jesse’s DNA has been found at a murder scene. Is Jesse alive? The four friends must reunite to discover the shocking truth.
Starring Tom Cullen (Downton Abbey, The Trials Of Jimmy Rose), O. T. Fagbenle (Looking, The Interceptor), Sarah Solemani (Him And Her, The Bad Education Movie), Lee Ingleby (The A Word, Detective George Gently) and Geraldine James (Utopia, State Of Play) and written by international best-selling crime author Harlan Coben (Tell No One). THE FIVE also comes from Nicola Shindler’s RED PRODUCTIONS; the stable that created Happy Valley, Ordinary Lies and Last Tango In Halifax with a screenplay by BAFTA and Emmy® award-winning writer Danny Brocklehurst (Clocking Off).
Lets take a closer look at who The Five are.
Tom Cullen – Mark
It is hard to forget hunky Welshman Tom Cullen from his run on Downton Abbey as Mary Crawley’s season 4 man, the charming Lord Gillingham. However, don’t be fooled by his dashing good looks, this classically trained son of two former actors offers up much more than just a pretty face. Splitting time between the U.K and Los Angeles, Cullen has built up an impressive body of work on both sides of the pond. He recently played the role of Joe Rose in the ITV drama The Trials of Jimmy Rose, and is looking forward to an upcoming part in a new American series, Knightfall produced by blockbuster action star Jeremy Renner. On The Five, Cullen plays Mark Wells, Jessie’s tortured older brother. Mark has never quite recovered since his younger brother’s disappearance. Now a lawyer, he spends his free time helping out with missing person’s cases. With renewed hope of Jessie’s existence, Mark is hell-bent on discovering the truth about what really happened the day that Jessie disappeared.
O. T. Fagbenle – Danny
O.T or Olatunde Olateju Olaolorun Fagbenle is quite the modern century Renaissance man. Born in London to Nigerian parents, Fagbenle spent some of his childhood in Spain where he first discovered his talent for music. In his youth, he travelled all over Europe playing the saxophone with various orchestras. The young talent then expanded his interests to acting, receiving the first serious accolades for his craft on the stage. Eventually moving to film and TV, Fagbenle recently won a MViSA award for BEST MALE ACTOR for his role in The Interceptor, and appeared in the American HBO series, Looking. In The Five, Fagbenle plays Danny Kenwood, an often sarcastic but charming detective. Danny is the first to find Jessie’s DNA at the scene of a crime he is investigating, and he immediately alerts his childhood friends so they can try to solve this mystery together.
Sarah Solemani – Pru
A native Londoner, Sarah Solemani attended Cambridge University where she was an active member of the Footlights Dramatic Club. Post graduation, Solemani was a resident writer for The Old Vic Theatre, and wrote two plays produced at the Soho theatre. The multifaceted beauty with a knack for comedy then landed roles on BBC Three comedies Him & Her, and Jack Whitehall’s Bad Education which was subsequently made into a feature film. Just to keep us guessing, in The Five, Solemani tackles an entirely different kind of role. Her authentic portrayal of Dr. Pru Carew illustrates the actress is equally as capable of dramatic acting as she is comedic. Unlike her peers, in the time following Jesse’s death, Pru left England to work as a doctor in the states. She returns to England after two years to help look into Jessie’s disappearance, and possibly confront Mark about feelings from the past.
Lee Ingleby – Slade
While we know Lee Ingleby from his portrayal of Jim McGovern, struggling father to an Autistic son in BBC drama The A Word, and Detective John Bacchus in the BBC’s Detective George Gently, in The Five Ingleby too takes on a much different role. Ingleby plays Slade, a complicated and solitary figure who takes up the resident mysterious bad boy role of the crew. He runs a homeless shelter, and despite his close relationship with Mark, there are many things he does not know about Slade’s questionable past.
Geraldine James – Julie
Four time BAFTA TV Award nominee, Geraldine James has had a long and seasoned acting career beginning on the stage where she was nominated for a Tony award for her performance as Portia in The Merchant of Venice opposite American screen legend Dustin Hoffman. She then expanded into television and film later on in her career with roles in The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo, Sherlock Holmes and most recently on the small screen as MI5 Spy Milner on Channel 4’s Utopia. In The Five, Geraldine takes on the challenging role of Julie Wells, mother to Jessie and Mark. Julie is a mother who, after grieving her son for twenty years, is suddenly given hope again. Her life is turned upside down, and she is frantic because as perfect as she may seem on the outside, she has a few secrets of her own as well.
The Five is available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD from July 4, 2016, courtesy of STUDIOCANAL
A thrilling ten-part series that will keep you guessing right to the very end, THE FIVE is an unmissable maze of twists, turns and dark secrets that is about to become your next essential box set.