Brazilian star Caio Blat to star in brand new BBC series McMafia alongside James Norton and Juliet Rylance

I’m very excited to be involved in McMafia – it has a fantastic international flavour and the incredible cast reflects this. Antonio works for a powerful Mexican cartel – he’s a very seductive and mysterious character – no one really ever knows the truth where he’s involved.Caio Blat
Date: 20.03.2017     Last updated: 20.03.2017 at 15.00
Category: BBC Worldwide
BBC Worldwide today announces that Caio Blat will join the distinguished international cast of BBC One’s unprecedented fast paced thriller McMafia, an eight-part series inspired by Misha Glenny’s best-selling book and created by Hossein Amini (Drive) and James Watkins (The Woman In Black).

Blat will play the character of Antonio Mendez – a mysterious gangster whose origins and identity mean that no one really knows who he is. 

Co-produced by BBC, AMC and Cuba Pictures, in association with Twickenham Studios, McMafia charts Alex Godman’s (James Norton) journey as he is drawn deeper and deeper into the criminal world. Joining James Norton will be David Strathairn (The Bourne Ultimatum, Good Night and Good Luck) playing Semiyon Kleiman, a well-connected Israeli businessman with a twinkle in his eye that betrays deeper secrets, Faye Marsay (Love Nina, Game Of Thrones) portraying Katya, Alex’s sister and Juliet Rylance (The Knick, Frances Ha) as Alex’s strong-willed and morally upright British girlfriend, Rebecca.

Aleksey Serebryakov (The Method, Leviathan) as Dimitri, Alex’s father and the exiled head of the Russian mafia and Maria Shukshina (Yolki 3, Terrorist Ivanona) as Oksana, Alex’s socialite mother, round out the cast in the thrilling global drama.

Caio Blat on his casting in the series comments: “I’m very excited to be involved in McMafia – it has a fantastic international flavour and the incredible cast reflects this. Antonio works for a powerful Mexican cartel – he’s a very seductive and mysterious character – no one really ever knows the truth where he’s involved.”

McMafia tells the story of Godman (Norton) who is the English-raised son of Russian exiles with a mafia history, and has spent his life trying to escape the shadow of that criminal past, building his own legitimate business and forging a life with his girlfriend Rebecca (Rylance). But when his family’s past murderously returns to threaten them, Alex is forced to confront his values to protect those he loves.

What starts out as a story of survival and revenge becomes an epic tale of a man’s struggle against the lures of corruption in the modern world and in himself. McMafia is impressive and intimate, glamorous and gritty, global in scale and forensic in detail.

The writing team led by Hossein Amini and James Watkins includes David Farr (The Night Manager, Spooks, Troy - Fall Of A City), Peter Harness (Doctor Who, Wallander, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell) and Laurence Coriat (Wonderland, Me Without You). James Watkins has confirmed he will direct all episodes for the eight-part series.

McMafia is a co-production by the BBC, AMC and Cuba Pictures in association with Twickenham Studios, distributed internationally by BBC Worldwide. It is executively produced by Nick Marston, Dixie Linder, Ben Hall, and Robyn Slovo for Cuba Pictures, Matthew Read for BBC One and Hossein Amini, James Watkins and Misha Glenny. Paul Ritchie is producing. Filming is underway in London, Russia and Croatia.