Thandie Newton will be the centre of the next investigation for AC-12 as the Crash star has joined the cast of BBC Two's nerve-shredding Line of Duty from creator Jed Mercurio. Newton follows in the footsteps of Lennie James, Keeley Hawes and Daniel Mays, and her character might be AC-12's most formidable antagonist to date. 

Newton will play DCI Roz Huntley who is described as the Anti-Corruption Unit's "most devious opponent yet." Plot details remain mostly a mystery, but According to The Radio Times, Huntley and her team's work on Operation Trapdoor falls under scrutiny when the finer details of the case are questioned.  Facing extensive pressure from work and home, Huntley "will do anything to stop her life unraveling."

Filming will get underway in Belfast next month, and Thandie Newton can't wait to get started.

“I watched the last three seasons of Line of Duty with breathless admiration for its creators, both behind and in front of the camera. I couldn't be more thrilled to be joining them now.”

Line of Duty has built a reputation for its compelling and often duplicitous characters, and it sounds as though DCI Huntley will be a fine addition to the series. 

After a two year wait, Line of Duty returned to BBC Two earlier this year for its most audacious run yet. Millions of viewers were enthralled with the investigation into Sgt. Daniel Waldron (Daniel Mays), and nobody could predict what was going to happen next. The feature-length finale wrapped up several long-running story arcs and delivers cinematic action infused with powerhouse performances. 

Thankfully, we won't have to wait two years before Line of Duty returns to our screens as Jed Mercurio has promised fans it will arrive mid-2017. Compston, McClure, and Dunbar will all reprise their roles as AC-12's lead investigators with series newcomers Jason Watkins, Lee Ingleby and Royce Pierreson also amongst the cast.

TAGS: Jed Mercurio, line of duty, Thandie Newton, BBC

Chris Suffield    

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