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Jorge Dorado-directed survival thriller The Head has begun shooting in the Canary Islands as an international co-production between Spain’s Mediapro Studio, HBO Asia and Hulu Japan.

The Head Tomohisa Yamashita HBO Asia 8 Sept 2019 The series, which star’s Money Heist’s Professor, Álvaro Morte alongside Tomohisa Yamashita (Code Blue), Laura Bach (Sprinter Galore, Rita) and Amelia Hoy (Killng Eve), is written by Àlex Pastor and David Pastor (Carriers, The Last Days, Incorporated).

With dialogue in English and Danish, The Head is set in Antarctica’s Polaris VI international base. A small group of scientists from several countries are in charge of the base during the long polar nights. But in the middle of winter, the base stops communicating with the outside world.

Javier Méndez, chief content officer of The Mediapro Studio said: “The Head is an example of the direction we’re headed in, with ambitious and complex international projects based on great stories. The Head is a major step in the Studio's strategy to guarantee that the best stories reach our clients around the world; to do so, we have excellent partner like Hulu Japan”.

Mediapro Studios' head of international production Ran Tellem said: “The moment Hulu Japan joined us, we felt it is more than just a regular collaboration. The opportunity to include a Japanese character in this international thriller was a challenge we embraced from the first moment. Having Tomohisa as part of our cast is a great addition to The Head. Together with his acting abilities and charm, he brings a fresh approach, a new world rarely seen on European shows.

“We feel it will be a great impact for both the Japanese viewers of the series, as it will be to audiences in Europe and other regions of the world. We are excited and eager to meet Tomo on the set and get busy. We are also delighted that HBO Asia has come on board, so The Head will get a wider distribution across Asia,” added Tellem.

Jonathan Spink, CEO, HBO Asia said: “Following the success of Miss Sherlock, the first HBO Asia Original co-production with Hulu Japan, we look forward to bringing yet another production in collaboration with Hulu Japan.

The series, described by its creators as a “claustrophobic thriller with a central mystery”, will premiere in Asia as an HBO Asia original.