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Battle of the 'Titanic' TV Series: Chris Noth and Neve Campbell Join 'Blood and Steel'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Aug 31st 2011 8:45AM
Chris NothApril 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the 'Titanic' sinking on her maiden voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. To mark the occasion not one, but two, epic TV series are being produced about the disaster.

Production is already underway on the 'Titanic' mini-series, which has been penned by 'Downton Abbey' creator Julian Fellowes and will star 'Law & Order' vet Linus Roache among others.

Now casting is being finalized for a rival 12-part series 'Blood and Steel.'

According to Deadline, Derek Jacobi ('The King's Speech,' 'I, Claudius'), Chris Noth ('Sex and the City'), Neve Campbell ('Scream') and Kevin Zegers ('Gossip Girl') are all in various stages of negotiations to join the project.

'Titanic: Blood and Steel' will focus on the design and construction of the luxury liner, with the drama set against the class-bound backdrop of Edwardian Belfast, Northern Ireland, where financial pressures may have led to fatal compromises.

Based on an idea by Fabrizio del Noce, the series was written by Matthew Faulk, Mark Skeet and Stefano Voltaggio. It is being executive-produced by De Angelis Group president Guido De Angelis and directed by Ciarán Donnelly ('The Tudors').

Group managing director Andrea Zoso told Variety that "This story, never told before, examines the tensions, politics and financial pressures involved in building the Titanic. The ship, which put comfort before safety, was conceived as a way of connecting Europeans to America. We have lined up an international cast that reflects these two cultures."

Jacobi has reportedly signed on to play Lord William Pirrie, Chairman of shipbuilders Harland & Wolff, with Zegers playing Mark Muir, a metallurgist who discovers potentially fatal flaws in the quality of metal being used to build the liner.

Noth is expected to play the "Mr. Big" of the time, financier J.P. Morgan, a role that was previously linked with James Gandolfini. Campbell will take on the role of a reporter covering the maiden voyage who may have ulterior motives.

Other confirmed cast members include Ophelia Lovibond ('Mr. Popper's Penguins'), Ian McElhinney ('Game of Thrones') and Martin McCann ('The Pacific').

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