Naomie Harris and Jodhi May are lined up to appear in a new BBC drama set in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.
Made by Tiger Aspect, the two-part drama called Sweet Delta sees Harris, best known for performances in films such as Pirates of the Caribbean and 28 Days Later, play a PR executive who is the daughter of a wealthy Nigerian businessman.
When she is sent to raise the profile of an oil company in the Niger Delta, she is thrown into the world where her father grew up and is faced with news that a militant group has kidnapped three Western oil workers.
One of these is the husband of Claire Unwin, played by May.
Sweet Delta had been written by Guy Hibbert, whose previous credits include the drama Omagh.
BBC controller of drama commissioning Ben Stephenson said: “Guy Hibbert has created an authored, original, thrilling drama with emotional heart and a huge visual and political backdrop.”
Hibbert said the drama showed a “dangerous and unstable part of the world” that has never been portrayed before on screen.
The BBC2 drama was commissioned by controller of BBC fiction Jane Tranter.