Get Millie Black, a Channel 4 and HBO co-production, has cast Tamara Lawrance in the lead role, with Tanya Hamilton directing.
Get Millie Black, a six-part crime noir created by Motive Pictures, follows the incomparable Millie-Jean Black, a police investigator forced to leave Scotland Yard and return home to Jamaica, where she is soon on a missing persons case that threatens to uncover more than she is willing to face.
Also starring Joe Dempsie, Gershwyn Eustache Jnr and Chyna McQueen, marks the screenwriting debut of Booker Prizewinning author Marlon James. Production began this week in Jamaica, with additional shooting in London to come.
Marlon James' Get Millie Black is a true original; a vivid, blistering slice of contemporary noir driven by a truly iconic woman, the formidable Millie-Jean Black. Returning to her roots from her troubled life in London, to work missing persons cases for the Jamaican police force, Millie soon picks up the trail of an investigation that begins in the steaming streets of downtown Kingston and works its way up to the hill plantations of the post-colonial elite. Events eventually explode onto the international stage, propelling Millie back to the UK, where pretty soon everyone is out to get Millie Black.
Marlon James has created a deeply personal and wholly authentic version of a Jamaica never seen on screen before. Get Millie Black explores the troubled legacy of racism, slavery, sexuality, classism and cycles of trauma in the post-colonial landscape of Britain and Jamaica, always told through the unique perspective of Millie – a girl born on the Rock, raised in London, who claims to be both British and Jamaican, yet somehow belongs to neither place. It is a story peopled by a host of unforgettable characters; transgender 'gully queen' Hibiscus, the sibling Millie left behind; her brilliant partner on the Jamaican police force, Curtis, who is forced to keep his love life secret from his colleagues; game-playing Scotland Yard Inspector Luke Holborn; and Hit Girl, go-go-club owner and underworld entrepreneur.
Tamara Lawrance as Millie-Jean Black, a police detective forced to quit Scotland Yard and return to the country of her birth, Jamaica, to work missing persons cases for the JPF (Jamaican Police Force), Millie is a woman caught between worlds and conflicting versions of herself.
Joe Dempsie (Pieces of Her, Adult Material) as Luke Holborn, a British detective who shows up in Kingston on the trail of a major investigation that's set on a collision course with Millie's. Bringing all the baggage of Scotland Yard with him, Holborn's presence on Millie's home turf is destined to be triggering in all sorts of ways.
Gershwyn Eustache Jnr as Curtis, as a gay cop, Curtis can go only so far in his own police force; as Millie Black's partner, he's about to have his whole life shattered.
Chyna McQueen as Hibiscus, Millie's sister and one of the Sunlight Ladies, a band of Queer outcasts living hand-to-mouth yet exuberantly in the gullies that run throughout Kingston. Hibiscus is the sister Millie never bargained for. Millie is the sister Hibiscus never knew she needed.