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Stephan James to Lead and Executive Produce Psychological Thriller Series Beacon 23

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Stephan James is set as the male lead in the psychological thriller series adaptation Beacon 23 for Spectrum Originals and AMC Networks.

James will co-lead opposite Lena Headey.

The series is created by Zak Penn and is based on Hugh Howey’s book of the same name. Beacon 23 follows two people, whose fates become entangled after they find themselves trapped together at the end of the known universe. Headey’s Aster mysteriously finds her way to a lonely beacon keeper, on his lighthouse in the darkest recesses of space. A tense battle of wills unfolds as James’ keeper begins to question whether Aster is friend or foe as her ability to disguise her agenda and motives could make her a formidable opponent.

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James will play the keeper of Beacon 23, a man living in complete solitude at the edge of the universe, a condition that is eating away at his sanity. Plagued by the scars and secrets of the past, he is thrown into a tense conflict with a woman bearing secrets as deep as his own.

James and Headey via her production company, Peephole Productions will executive produce. Boat Rocker Studios and Spectrum Originals are producing the series. Penn, who developed the series for television, will also serve as executive producer and showrunner. Also executive producing are Ira Steven Behr, Tina Thor, Elisa Ellis, and Katie O’Connell Marsh for Boat Rocker Studios.

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The series was co-commissioned by Spectrum Originals and AMC Networks, Beacon 23 will have a nine-month exclusive run for Spectrum before becoming an AMC original with a second window across AMC Networks platforms.

James’ credits include Amazon’s Homecoming, Selma, If Beale Street Could Talk, Quibi’s #FreeRayShawn, and more. Up next he will star in the feature film National Champions and the Apple TV drama series Surface.

Beacon 23 does not yet have a release date.

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