Suits’ Patrick J. Adams Boards Netflix’s Lockerbie Limited Series

Patrick J. Adams has lined up his next TV gig.

The Suits star has boarded Lockerbie, a limited series for Netflix and the BBC about the December 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over the titular Scottish town, our sister site Deadline reports.

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Rounding out the cast are Connor Swindells (Sex Education), Merritt Wever (Nurse Jackie), Peter Mullan (Ozark), Tony Curran (Your Honor), Phyllis Logan (Downton Abbey), Eddie Marsan (Ray Donovan),  Lauren Lyle (Outlander), Andrew Rothney (The Spanish Princess), Parker Sawyers (P-Valley), James Harkness (Raised by Wolves), Khalid Laith (Vigil) and Amanda Drew (The Gold).

Interestingly, the Netflix/BBC original is one of two limited series in development about the infamous terrorist attack; the other, also named Lockerbie, is earmarked for Peacock and Sky, and will star Colin Firth.

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Patrick J. Adams will star in Netflix’s Lockerbie Gilbert Flores/Golden Globes 2024

The Netflix/BBC series, which will consist of six episodes, centers on “the joint Scottish-U.S. investigation which sought to bring the perpetrators to justice,” according to the official logline. The specifics of Adams’ role have not been disclosed.

Colin Firth will star in Peacock’s <em>Lockerbie</em> <cite>Leon Bennett/Getty Images</cite>
Colin Firth will star in Peacock’s Lockerbie Leon Bennett/Getty Images

The Peacock/Sky series will consist of five episodes and is based on the book The Lockerbie Bombing: A Father’s Search for Justice by Jim Swire and Peter Biddulph. Firth will star as Jim Swire, an English doctor who lost his daughter, Flora, in the tragedy, and has doggedly pursued justice, along with his wife Jane, ever since.

On Dec. 21, 1988, 259 passengers — including 35 Syracuse University students who had been studying abroad — and crew were killed when Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie 38 minutes after take-off. Eleven Lockerbie residents also lost their lives, as the plane came down.

Two Libyan intelligence officers were charged in 1991 by U.S. prosecutors with plotting and carrying out the bombing, but then-dictator Muammar Gadhafi wouldn’t let them be turned over to U.S. authorities. After years of negotiations, Libya allowed the suspects to be tried by Scottish judges in the Netherlands; one was convicted and sentenced to life in prison (and died of cancer in 2012), the other was acquitted.

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