British actor Tom Hiddleston is set to make his live-action American television debut in a new miniseries based on a John le Carré novel.

Hiddleston, who charmed Marvel movie lovers as the villainous Loki in "The Avengers" and "Thor," will star in AMC's "The Night Manager," alongside fellow Brit Hugh Laurie. The twisty plot description, per The Hollywood Reporter:

Night Manager follows Jonathan Pine, a British soldier turned luxurious hotel night auditor. Pine crosses paths with a French-Arab woman named Sophie with ties to Richard Onslow Roper, an English black marketeer who specializes in weapons. The woman provides Pine with incriminating documents, which he forwards to a friend in British intelligence. After Sophie winds up dead, Pine works with intelligence operatives and goes undercover as part of a sting against Roper to avenge Sophie's death.

While Laurie is well-known to American TV audiences thanks to his titular starring role on long-running Fox series "House," Hiddleston has only recently appeared on U.S. television in voiceover parts, guesting on "Robot Chicken" and "Family Guy." This new miniseries offers a meatier small screen role than he's previously tackled.

"The Night Manager" will most likely run for either six or eight installments. No word yet on when the AMC project will begin production, or when the series is expected to make it on the air.

[via: The Hollywood Reporter]

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