(Written for BritScene)
British actor Dominic Monaghan has landed a new show on BBC America, announcements confirm this week, which sees the actor globetrotting in search of “the biggest, scariest and weirdest insects on the planet.”
Best know for his role as Charlie in J.J. Abrams TV series Lost and as Lord of the Rings hobbit Merry, BBC America, OLN and Channel 5 announced on Tuesday that Monaghan is set to lead the new travel-adventure series titled Wild Things, which sends the actor around the globe in search of big and bizarre insects.
Already in production, travel and animals have always been an interest for Monaghan, as he explained to BBC America that, “I have been obsessed and interested in nature all my life,” he said. “This show brings together years of excited preparation by finally creating a series that demonstrates my love for travel, animals, adventure and people.”
Co-commissioned by Canada’s OLN and the UK’s Channel 5, Wild Things is being produced by Cream Productions and Wildfire Television and distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.
Perry Simon, BBC Worldwide America GM, believes that the series “introduces our audience to creatures typically only seen in fantasy or science fiction,” and comments that, “We are among the many fans of Dominic’s work, and it is his genuine love and knowledge of these creatures and the production team’s global ambition that inspired us to make this series an important part of our slate of new originals.”
The series will premiere on BBC America in late 2012.