James Norton, who you may know from hit TV series like War & Peace (2016) and Grantchester (2014-2017), stars in the forthcoming AMC series McMafia, premiering February 26.
Norton plays Alex Godman, the son of Russian mafia exiles. Godman was raised in England to keep him out of harm’s way and avoid being swept up in the criminal lifestyle. As Godman says in the first official trailer, “I was born with a silver spoon in my mouth. I run my own firm. I’m very happy with my life.”
Whether or not he wants to be involved in the gangster life, it’s in his blood, and he may not have a choice in the matter:
During an interview with Digital Spy, Norton referenced another iconic mafioso in film: “We talked a lot about Michael Corleone in The Godfather, because we had a sort of similar premise.”
Could he possibly be referring to this unforgettable moment?
His character — more than reluctant, actually — does not seem to be enjoying the fast-paced intensity that comes with moving money for the mafia. But it is highly entertaining TV-watching for the rest of us.
The eight-part series is inspired by journalist Misha Glenny‘s 2008 nonfiction book, McMafia: A Journey Through the Global Criminal World, which examines how the Chechen Mafia sold its name to other groups to use as identification, which would result in immediate street clout for the buyers. It created a sort of “chain” franchise of gangs.
The AMC and BBC co-production was created by Hossein Amini (The Snowman) and James Watkins (Eden Lake).
You can look for the series premiere of McMafia on Monday, February 26, on AMC. It also stars other familiar faces, like Juliet Rylance (American Gothic), David Strathairn (Darkest Hour), Aleksey Serebryakov (Ladoga), and David Dencik (AMC’s Top of the Lake: China Girl).
This trailer is pretty intense… are you McLovin it? (Sorry, we had to go there!)