Stanley Tucci, Christopher Eccleston to star in new drama

London: Actors Christopher Eccleston, Stanley Tucci, Michael Gambon and Sofie Grabol will star in Sky Atlantic`s new drama `Fortitude`.

Jessica Raine, Johnny Harris, Richard Dormer, Luke Treadaway and Nicholas Pinnock will also star in the 12-part hour-long drama series, reported Digital Spy.

`Fortitude` centres on a mysterious death in the Arctic Circle and will be filmed in Iceland and the UK.

Surrounded by the savage beauty of the Arctic landscape,
`Fortitude` is one of the safest places on earth, until a brutal murder threatens the future of the entire town.
`Game of Thrones` actor Dormer will play local chief of police Sheriff Dan Anderssen, with Tucci cast as his new partner - DCI Morton, a newcomer to the town.

The town`s conflicted governor Hildur Odegard will be portrayed by `The Killing` star Grabol, with Gambon as Henry Tyson, a wildlife photographer with only weeks to live.

"Our audience loves great, world-class story-telling and so Fortitude is a perfect fit for Sky Atlantic," said Julia Barry, Director, Sky Atlantic.

"We`re thrilled to welcome Stanley Tucci - in his first British television role ? and the rest of this amazing group of actors to the channel."

Fortitude` has been devised by Low Winter Sun writer Simon Donald and will air on Sky Atlantic in late 2014.