'Peaky Blinders' season 5 adds 'Me Before You' star Sam Claflin to its cast along with Brian Gleeson, Neil Maskell, and Anya Taylor-Joy
With the Shelbys returning to take over the world on the brink of a financial breakdown, a plethora of new cast is joining the old Birmingham drama
Following its announcement of moving to BBC 1 from BBC 2, writer Steven Knight's Birmingham-based-periodical drama 'Peaky Blinders' is set to cast Sam Claflin in its league of new actors. Set in the early 20th century Birmingham, the show follows the story of the notorious gang who call themselves the Peaky Blinders after their strategy of tying blades to the front of their peaky-caps, which can be later used to slit the enemy's eyes, thus blinding them in the middle of a fight. As the fifth season is set to hit the screens in 2019, the gang will return with some of its old characters, along with new ones.
Sam Claflin is the latest addition to the plethora of actors, which includes Brian Gleeson, Neil Maskell, and Anya Taylor-Joy. Although it is not yet known which role the actor will take up, the 32-year-old has been pretty excited about the opportunity. In a statement, the 'Adrift' actor mentioned, "From Steven Knight’s writing to the consistently brilliant production, I couldn’t feel more privileged to be invited to join this iconic show." The actor had also taken to Instagram earlier to tease his fans about his upcoming debut in the show. Posting a picture of the iconic peaky-cap, he simply captioned the post as, "By order of the...", (and we all know what comes after that!).
As the world enters into the financial breakdown of 1929, and the new characters join the old gang, Claflin's character will also be joined by the 'Split' actress Taylor-Joy, who too said, "I could not possibly be more excited to be joining such a talented group of people. I can’t wait to get in and play this character.” Gleeson who is also set to join the show, (but it is yet not known what role any of these actors will play), showed a similar excitement about joining the most sophisticated gang of murderers in history. He said, "Looking forward to kicking around in the mud of Northern England with an exceptional cast and crew. The scripts are wild and pertinent - a classic Peaky brew.”
Of course, the old gang is coming back too. Cillian Murphy is set to take up his role as the Blinders' leader, Thomas (Tommy) Shelby, who is standing at the brink of an age when the financial breakdown will eventually lead on to a new war, a more deadly, inhuman one. As the new MP and with his son growing up, Thomas will have to take some extremely tough calls in order to protect his family from the ongoing political turmoil. Helen McCrory will also return to play the deceitful yet diligent Aunt Polly whose son has recently joined the gang, and as she watches her favorite nephew get into the world to change it once and for all, Polly will have to look out for any impending threat.
Paul Anderson will be back to play the maudlin, drunken elder brother of Thomas, Arthur Shelby. We can easily hope to see Arthur charged up in his old Peaky Blinder aggression which had somewhat dimmed down in the last season. However, Joe Cole will probably not return as his character, the youngest of the Shelby brothers, John, who was murdered in cold blood in the last episode. However, with John missing from the scene the focus might shift towards John's gypsy wife, Esme who is played by Aimee Ffion Edwards. Other than them, we can easily expect the return of the rest of the gang, which includes Finn Cole as Polly's son Michael, Sophie Rundles as the only Shelby daughter, Eda, Charlotte Riley as May, and Natasha O'Keefe as Lizzie.