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Tim Roth replaces Ian McShane in ‘Last King Of The Cross’ – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE:Tim Roth (Eight haters, lie to me) replaces Ian McShane in Paramount+’s hot Australian drama series Last King of the Cross.

Roth takes on the role of antagonist Ezra Shipman in the serialized crime drama produced by Helium Pictures after McShane pulls out due to health issues.

McShane was originally cast for Shipman in late March. He is also expected to reprise his role opposite Keanu Reeves in John Wick: Chapter 4. Deadline contacted its representatives.

The show’s Producer/Executive Producer and Helium Founder, Mark Fennessy, said: “It is unfortunate that Ian cannot join us and we wish him a speedy recovery. We’re so thrilled to have the super-brilliant Tim Roth join our cast as Ezra and can’t wait to see him bring another unforgettable character to life.

Based on John Ibrahim’s best-selling autobiography, the ten-part book Last King of the Cross is presented as “a lyrical story of two brothers”, following Ibrahim and his brother Sam “who organize the streets but get lost in their rise to power. The elevated serialized drama charts John Ibrahim’s rise from a poor immigrant with no education, no money and no prospects, to Australia’s most infamous nightclub mogul in Sydney’s Kings Cross – a mini-Atlantic City, barely half a mile long with every form of crime on offer.

Shipman’s character is introduced as a “cunning and very famous” underworld boss in Kings Cross. According to the producers,For three generations, Ezra was Sydney’s most powerful and feared man, but now he faces his impending death. For all his power and material success, and all he had to do to maintain it, there is no one to continue his legacy. Enter John Ibrahim.

Helium produces, with Cineflix Rights attached as an international distributor. Filming is currently taking place in and around Sydney, with Lincoln Younes (Grand Hotel, Tangle, Barons) playing the main character of John Ibrahim.

Additional cast includes Callan Mulvey (300: Birth of an Empire, outlaw king), Tess Haubrich (spider head, Alien: Alliance), Claude Jabbour (Eden, Stateless), Maria Tran (Truy Sat, Echo 8), Matt Nable (Riddick, Bike Wars: Brothers in Arms), Damian Walshe-Howl (Underbelly, Janet King).

Roth is represented by CAA, Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer and Markham, Froggatt & Irwin.