Sex Education producer Eleven has announced the young cast of the upcoming BBC and Netflix eight-part horror series Red Rose, according to Variety. Currently filming on location in Bolton, North West England, Red Rose follows a group of British students who download a menacing app that exposes them to an evil entity. The series is written by twin screenwriters Michael and Paul Clarkson, who collaborated on Netflix horror series The Haunting of Bly Manor as writers and co-producers.
The revealed cast includes Amelia Clarkson (The Last Kingdom), Isis Hainsworth (Metal Lords), Ali Khan (The School For Good and Evil), Ellis Howard (Catherine the Great), Ashna Rabheru (Sex Education), Adam Nagaitis (The Man with the Iron Heart), Natalie Gavin (Line of Duty), and Samuel Anderson (Doctor Who). Laurence Olivier Bursary winner Natalie Blair and Harry Redding (currently appearing in To Kill a Mockingbird on London’s West End) will make their television debuts on Red Rose. Casting is by Kharmel Cochrane (The Northman).
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In a statement, Michael and Paul Clarkson said:
“We are thrilled with the talented cast that we’ve assembled in ‘Red Rose.’ They have so brilliantly captured the spirit of the North with their nuanced, devastating and hilarious performances. We can’t wait for the rest of the world to fall in love with them, just as we have. They’re doing Bolton – and us – proud.”
Red Rose is a co-production between Eleven and Entertainment One (eOne) for BBC Three and Netflix. The horror series is directed by Ramon Salazar (Elite), Henry Blake (County Lines) and Lisa Siwe (The Bridge). It is executive produced by Joel Wilson, Carissa Hope Lynch and Jamie Campbell for Eleven, Nawfal Faizullah and Mona Qureshi for the BBC and Polly Williams. Olivia Trench co-executive produces for Eleven and Camilla Bray (Lynn + Lucy) joins as producer.
“We are delighted that Michael and Paul’s fantastic scripts have attracted such a brilliant cast of rising stars, and we’re sure audiences will love this gang of misfits as they fight to survive Red Rose,” BBC’s Faizullah said.
What We Know About the Red Rose Story
Red Rose follows a group of friends during a summer in the Bolton moors whose lives are impacted by a sinister app. Rumors surround the mysterious app, and eventually lead Rochelle Jones to download Red Rose. The app encourages users to undertake increasingly dangerous challenges and threatens them with consequences if they don’t follow through. Rochelle unveils a world of horror, seemingly in the form of a supernatural entity, and the friend group must come together to battle evil.
The series style has been compared to horror favorites It Follows, Get Out and Scream. Red Rose is an exploration of the complicated relationship between teens and their online personas and, at its core, is a tale of friendship.
Red Rose will air on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer in the U.K. and Netflix for the rest of the world. Worldwide distribution is managed by eOne.