Game of Thrones star Sean Bean in first trailer for new murder mystery

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GoT's Sean Bean in trailer for murder mysteryAdrienn Szabo - Disney+

Shardlake, the new series starring Arthur Hughes and Sean Bean, has released its first trailer.

The Disney+ series, which is based on CJ Sansom’s novels, follows Matthew Shardlake (Hughes) as he investigates the death of a commissioner in a remote town during the Tudor era.

The trailer shows the titular character being sent on his journey by Thomas Cromwell (Bean), with the clip hinting at intrigue, treachery and drama.

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“Drenched in mystery, suspense and deception, this four-part drama,, is an eerie whodunnit adventure set in 16th century England during the dissolution of the monasteries,” reads the synopsis.

“Shardlake’s sheltered life as a lawyer is turned upside down when Cromwell instructs him to investigate the murder of one of his commissioners at a monastery in the remote town of Scarnsea.

“The commissioner was gathering evidence to close the monastery and it is now imperative for Cromwell’s own political survival that Shardlake both solves the murder and closes the monastery. He leaves Shardlake in no doubt that failure is not an option.

“Cromwell insists that he is accompanied by Jack Barak (Anthony Boyle), where the duo are met with hostility, suspicion and paranoia by the monks who fear for their future and will seemingly stop at nothing to preserve their order.”

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In addition to the aforementioned trio, the cast for the drama includes Babou Ceesay, Paul Kaye, Ruby Ashbourne Serkis, Peter Firth, Matthew Steer, Brian Vernel, Irfan Shamji, David Pearse, Miles Barrow, Mike Noble and Kimberley Nixon.

The novel has been adapted by Stephen Butchard, with Justin Chadwick behind the camera for all four instalments. The show is based Sansom's 2003 novel Dissolution, which was subsequently followed by six sequels.

Shardlake will premiere on Disney+ in 2024.

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