David Gyasi is leaving the cast of The Interceptor due to a leg injury.
Doctors say the actor requires a period of rest leaving him unable to carry on with the drama. O-T Fagbenle is to step into the role of Ash. Filming will re-commence next month in London.
“I’m very disappointed to not be able to continue filming this role, but I look forward to working with the BBC in the future. The Interceptor team have been wonderful to work with and I wish them and O-T the very best of luck with the production.” – David Gyasi
The Interceptor is an eight-part series about a state-of-the-art law enforcement team whose unswerving mission is to hunt down some of Britain’s most dangerous and ruthless criminals. It delves into the adventures of a dedicated surveillance team known as the UNIT. Keeping their quarries under ultra-tight surveillance, they take us into the real world inhabited by the criminals of today. And it’s easy to recognise because it’s the same world the rest of us inhabit.
“We’re incredibly sorry to be losing David from The Interceptor. He’s a very talented actor and we hope to find another opportunity to work with him again in the future. In the meantime, we’re delighted that O-T Fagbenle has been able to join us and look forward to welcoming him on board.” – Kate Harwood, Head of Drama Production England
The cast for the drama was announced last month with David in the lead role along side former EastEnders actress Jo Joyner who is to star as Lorna. Other cast members include Waking The Dead actor Trevor Eve as well as Robert Lonsdale, Ewan Stewart, Lorraine Ashbourne, Anna Skellern, Gary Beadle and Lee Boardman.
O-T Fagbenle will now lead the cast as Ash, whose dream of bringing down the biggest fish in the criminal underworld comes a step closer when he’s recruited to the UNIT – his knowledge of the street could be priceless, but with it comes an uncompromising way of doing things.
“I’ve admired David Gyasi since meeting him, he’s an incredible talent and beautiful person. It’s an honour to take over from him. I’m thrilled to be a part of this wonderful BBC production.” – O-T Fagbenle
The series is written by Tony Saint and made by BBC Drama Productions for BBC One.