Netflix has released the trailer for the upcoming limited series Collateral, starring Carey Mulligan. The Oscar-nominated actress plays a single-minded detective in present-day London who is determined to discover the darker truth behind a shooting that people are quick to call a random act of violence. The series hails from Oscar-nominated The Hours and The Reader scribe David Hare, who wrote all the episodes, and is directed by standout Jessica Jones and The Defenders filmmaker S.J. Clarkson, who directs all the episodes.
Collateral is actually a BBC production and not a show that originated in Netflix’s content farm, but the streaming service holds distribution domestically while the show will air on BBC2 in the UK. If you enjoy British crime dramas like Broadchurch, Luther, and The Fall this series looks to be in that vein a bit, although it’s certainly tackling some heady issues like racism and class warfare.
Mulligan has been making fascinating choices lately, turning in an absolutely stellar performance in the Netflix drama Mudbound and before that a swell turn in Far from the Madding Crowd. She gives her best performance yet in Paul Dano’s directorial debut Wildlife, which premiered at Sundance and will be released later this year, and she’ll play Gloria Steinem in Mudbound director Dee Rees’ upcoming An Uncivil War.
For now, though, Mulligan is getting her “tough cop” on and it looks to be well worth a watch. Check out the Collateral trailer below. All four episodes of the series debut on Netflix on March 9th.
Here’s the official synopsis for Collateral:
In Collateral, a young man is shot dead delivering a pizza in South London.
The detective in charge, DI Kip Glaspie (Carey Mulligan), quickly discovers that the pizza manager inexplicably sent Syrian refugee Abdullah Asif (Sam Otto) instead of the regular delivery driver.
The killing seems professional but the only witness, a young woman strung out on drugs on the street corner, gives the police a false name and address. Kip tracks down Abdullah’s home, a set of garages, to find his sisters. They are scared and Kip’s convinced they’re hiding something.
Set over the course of four days, the spiraling repercussions surrounding Abdullah’s murder are explored. Politician David Mars (John Simm) becomes instantly embroiled in the drama through his turbulent relationship with his ex-wife Karen who took delivery of the pizza. While Jane Oliver (Nicola Walker), a compassionate vicar, struggles to conceal her affair with the sole witness to the crime.
Refusing to accept this is a random act of senseless violence, Kip is determined to discover if there is a darker truth, as the death of one individual, who has lived out of the sight of respectable society, begins to resonate through the institutions that shape our lives.