Luke Evans to star in The Great Train Robber

Luke Evans to star in The Great Train Robber

Luke Evans has been cast in 'The Great Train Robber'.

The 'Clash of the Titans' actor will play seasoned crook Bruce Reynolds in a new two-part BBC One drama about the infamous heist of the August 1963 Royal Mail train from Glasgow.

The first 90-minute episode will recount the actions of Bruce, who died aged 81 last week, on the night of the robbery and its immediate aftermath.

Luke will be joined by actor Jack Roth - who plays ringleader Bruce's childhood friend Charlie Wilson - Paul Anderson as professional thief Gordon Goody and Neil Maskell, who plays accomplice Ronald 'Buster' Edwards.

Martin Compston has signed on to star as racing driver Roy James, the heist's getaway driver, while Jack Gordon is due to play Ronnie Biggs, who was hired to find a replacement train driver.

The second installment, 'A Copper's Tale', will take a different angle and follow detective Tommy Butler and his team of crime fighters on a mission to catch the robbers.

The BBC drama comes after the success of ITV's 'Mrs Biggs', which saw Sheridan Smith play Ronnie Biggs's wife Charmain. The show chronicled her life from when she first met the crook to finding out he was behind the Great Train Robbery and secretly emigrating to Australia with him after he escaped from prison.

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