Australian Original series The Artful Dodger to premiere November 29 exclusively on Disney +
Disney+ has announced its new blockbuster Australian Original series The Artful Dodger is set to drop on the streaming giant on November 29.
Starring English actor Thomas Brodie-Sangster and LA based Aussie star Maia Mitchell, the eight-part drama is a spin-off from the Charles Dickens classic novel Oliver Twist.
Set in 1850’s Australia, it follows the adventures of one-time teen thief Jack Dawkins, also known as ‘The Artful Dodger’, 15-years after the story of the Dickens novel ended.
In the series, Jack now practices as a surgeon in the colony of Port Victory.
The story centres on what happens when Jack’s former gang-leader arrives in Australia to lure his former pickpocketing protégé back into a life of crime.
Disney + has announced that it’s new blockbuster Australian Original series The Artful Dodger is set to drop on the streaming giant on November 29 Pictured: Thomas Brodie-Sangster in London in 2022 – plays the title role of the one time pickpocket who becomes a doctor
Set in Australia in the 1850s the series is a spin-off from the Charles Dickens classic novel Oliver Twist and follows the adventures of one-time teen thief Jack Dawkins, ‘The Artful Dodger’, 15-years after the story of the book ended
The story centres on what happens when Jack’s former gang-leader Fagin arrives in Australia to lure his former protege back into a life of crime Pictured: Harry Potter star David Thewlis as Fagin in a scene from Disney+ series The Artful Dodger
Meanwhile, Jack has a romantic involvement with Lady Belle, the Governor’s daughter.
Played by Maia Mitchell, the attractive upper crust lady is a threat to Jack’s own ambitions, since Belle is out to become the colony’s first female surgeon.
Joining The Queen’s Gambit star Brodie-Sangster in the action-filled series is veteran British favourite David Thewlis (Harry Potter) from the Netflix drama The Sandman.
Thewlis plays Dickens’ iconic Fagin character, once a key ally of The Artful Dodger, after they once led a gang of thieves in the slums of London.
Also featured in the cast is Once Upon a time in Hollywood Aussie actor Damon Herriman, Miranda Tapsell from Top End Wedding and comedian and singer Tim Minchin, star of Foxtel’s Upright.
Wentworth star Susie Porter is also featured, along side fan favourite Kym Gyngell (Black Snow), Jack Irish star Damien Garvey and Jessica De Gouw.
Pictured: Star of the teen Beach movies Maia Mitchell plays Lady Belle, who has ambitions to become the colony’s first female surgeon
The supporting cast also features Nicholas Burton, Lucy-Rose Leonard, Vivienne Awosoga and New Zealand actor Albert Latailakepa.
The Artful Dodger is created by David Maher, David Taylor and James McNamara.
McNamara, Andrew Knight, Vivienne Walshe, Dan Knight and Miranda Tapsell make up the writing team.
The series is directed by Jeffrey Walker (Lambs of God), Corrie Chen (SBS’ New Gold Mountain) and Gracie Otto (Heartbreak High)
Pictured: A scene from The Artful Dodger