"West Wing" actor Whitford warms to BBC thriller

Cast member Bradley Whitford poses at the premiere of "An American Crime" during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah January 19, 2007. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

CANNES (Hollywood Reporter) - Bradley Whitford, of “The West Wing” and “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” fame, has signed up for his first U.K. TV project, “Burn Up,” a miniseries for BBC2.

Whitford, will play an unscrupulous oil industry lobbyist in the taut environmental thriller, which also stars Neve Campbell and Rupert Penry-Jones.

The drama tells the story of a group of oil executives, environmental activists and politicians as their loves and loyalties collide in the battle between economic success and ecological responsibility.

Penry-Jones stars as the new head of Arrow Oil, who finds his life unravelling in a high-stakes game of power and international intrigue. He’s caught between loyalties to his best friend, Mack (Whitford), and his pro-environment colleague, Holly (Campbell).

Shooting on the Anglo-Canadian co-production will start shooting this month in Calgary and London, and will hit screens next year.

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