The series from Apple Studios and UCP is based on the nonfiction book by David Grann about British explorer Henry Worsley. Martin Scorsese is currently filming his feature film adaptation of Grann’s “The Killers of the Flower Moon.” Hiddleston will star as Worsley, “a devoted husband and father, a former soldier, a man of deep honour and sacrifice, but also a man deeply obsessed with adventure, manifesting in an epic journey crossing Antarctica on foot,” per the announcement.
‘Pachinko’ creator Soo Hugh is developing the series and will serve as co-showrunner with Mark Heyman, whose previous credits include the feature “Black Swan” and the Paramount+ series “Strange Angel.” Theresa Kang-Lowe executive produces through Blue Marble Pictures. This is the second partnership for Hugh, Blue Marble Pictures and Apple TV+ following ‘Pachinko’ which Hugh wrote, produced, and showran, and Kang executive produced. It also marks the second partnership for Apple TV+ and Hiddleston after the period drama ‘The Essex Serpent’, which costars Claire Danes and will debut on Apple TV+.
Hiddleston most famously portrayed Thor’s trickster brother Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since his debut in 2011’s Thor. He has most recently provided his voice to the character in the animated series Marvel’s What if…? and starred in the Disney+ series focusing on the chaotic character, Loki.
So far, there is currently no announced release date or release window for The White Darkness. The upcoming limited series adaptation of the award-winning non-fiction book will air exclusively on Apple TV+.