Keira Knightly, Ben Whishaw soar with Netflix’s Black Doves

Keira Knightly, Ben Whishaw soar with Netflix’s Black Doves

By Michael Pickard
February 5, 2024

First Look

FIRST LOOK: Keira Knightley and Ben Whishaw headline upcoming Netflix spy thriller Black Doves, which will launch in 2024.

Set against the backdrop of London at Christmas, it is described as a sharp, action-filled and heartfelt story of friendship and sacrifice that follows Helen Webb (Knightley), a quick-witted, down to earth, dedicated wife and mother — and professional spy.

For 10 years, she’s been passing on her politician husband’s secrets to the shadowy organisation she works for: the Black Doves. When her secret lover Jason (Andrew Koji) is assassinated, her spymaster, the enigmatic Reed (Sarah Lancashire) calls in Helen’s old friend to keep her safe.

Sam Young (Whishaw, above) is a suave, Champagne-drinking assassin. But having been out of the game since a failed job with disastrous consequences, he’s come home to a London that has moved on without him. As his past threatens to catch up with him, his task is to protect Helen as she investigates who killed Jason and why. Together, they set off on a mission that will lead them to uncover a vast, interconnected conspiracy. One that links the murky underworld of London to a looming geopolitical crisis – and leads them to question the cost of the moral choices they’ve made.

Created and written by Joe Barton (Giri/Haji, The Bastard Son and the Devil Himself, The Lazarus Project), Black Doves is produced by Barton’s Noisy Bear and Sister (Chernobyl, This Is Going To Hurt, The Power) for Netflix.

It is directed by Alex Gabassi (The Crown) and Lisa Gunning (The Power).

Executive producers are Joe Barton for Noisy Bear, Jane Featherstone (Chernobyl, This Is Going To Hurt), Chris Fry (Kaos, Giri/Haji) for Sister and Keira Knightley.

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