The Rig is a recently announced horror series on Amazon Prime Video, directed by John Strickland (Bodyguard, Line Of Duty) and follows the crew on the fictional Kinloch Bravo oil rig stationed off the Scottish coast on the dangerous waters of the North Sea. When the group of workers is due to return to the mainland, an eerie fog descends, and a mysterious force begins to take hold as the team find themselves suddenly cut off from all communication with the outside world. Then all sorts of unimagined terrors begin to hit the rig.
As the crew try to discover what’s driving this unknown force, a huge accident forces them into considering who they can really trust. Bonds are broken, allegiances formed and generational fault lines are exposed. The crew of the Kinloch Bravo are then driven to the limits of both their loyalties and endurance...
The Rig release date...
All six episodes of The Rig will be launched exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in over 240 countries in 2022, but as the thriller is currently filming there's no word on an official release date yet. We'll be sure to update when we hear!
The Rig — who’s starring in it?
Casting for The Rig has just been announced and the crew on Kinloch Bravo oil rig features Line of Duty star Martin Compston (pictured above) playing Communications Officer Fulmer Hamilton. Game of Thrones actor Iain Glen plays Magnus MacMillan who is Offshore Installation Manager of the rig and leader of the crew.
For Martin Compston it also means teaming up with his Line Of Duty co-star from series 5, Rochenda Sandall, who plays the rig's medic Cat Braithwaite, while another Game Of Thrones star Owen Teale plays the rig's Head Driller, Lars Hutton.
Other well-known stars include Emun Elliot as rig mechanic Leck Longman, Bridgerton's Richard Pepple as crew boss Grant Dunlin, Mark Bonnar playing foreman Alwyn Evans, Abraham Popoola is crane driver Easter Ayodeji, Des star Stuart McQuarrie is the Head Chef Colin Murchison and Molly Vevers is roustabout Heather Shaw. Schitts Creek star Emily Hampshire (pictured above) plays rig worker Rose Mason.
Where The Rig is filmed...
The Rig will be the first Amazon Original Series filmed exclusively in Scotland. Filming will take place on a Scottish oil rig and also at FirstStage Studios, a new studio complex established at Leith docks by BAFTA-winning producer Bob Last and Jason Connery, son of the late James Bond star Sean Connery. The studio buildings in Edinburgh were once the home of engineering firm VA Tech. In 2017 they were used to make Disney/Marvel's blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War. See our first look pictures with The Rig cast members Emily Hampshire and Martin Compston at these Leith studios.
'The Rig' — what else do we know?
The thriller has been created by new writer David Macpherson and is produced by Wild Mercury Productions (Troy: Fall Of A City, Humans).
Growing up near Alness on the Cromarty Firth, David would often watch on in wonder at the oil rigs that loomed high above the water, watching as these mighty beasts were towed into the bay for repair.
'Oil rigs and that world always been a part of my life growing up,' Macpherson recently told The Herald. “When they are in getting repaired at Invergordon, they tower over the town and you see them wherever you are.
'My dad used to build rigs at the yard in Nigg and then, when we were a bit older, he started working offshore. He would always come back with lots of stories about all the strange things that happened out there.
'That world has fascinated me because it is such a big part of Scotland’s story,” he continues. “There’s so much tied up in it, yet it is also still a very hidden world. Unless you actually work out there, it is very hard to imagine what it is really like.
'Even with my dad and lots of my friends working offshore, having heard all the stories, it is nothing compared to being there and up close.'
'I always wanted a strong Scottish element to the cast,” he adds. 'Someone said to me yesterday: ‘It’s like we have got the Scottish Avengers’. The offshore world is like a microcosm of the whole country and we wanted to reflect that as well. Oil is an international business so it was great to get [the Canadian actor] Emily Hampshire on board.'
Derek Wax, Managing Director of Wild Mercury says: “The Rig is a character-driven, epic thriller, full of heart-grabbing action and bold, original ideas. David Macpherson captures life on a North Sea oil rig with extraordinary authenticity."
“The Rig is a brilliant story, expertly told, in the most dramatic of settings,” says Georgia Brown, Director of European Amazon Originals for Prime Video. “It asks searching questions about nature and the environment, about what it takes to survive and to be human.”
The Rig — behind the scenes
Amazon Prime has hired a pair of Aberdeen oil companies to help supply the set. Henk Kombrink, director of NSC in Aberdeen, recently got a call from the studio about helping to furnish the set. “They just Googled us”, he said. “A guy organising all the props for filming made a few phone calls and, in the end, I got the gist of what it was for. We thought, ‘oh this is all very secretive’, but then he was quite open about it.”
NSC primarily supplies geological materials to businesses and academic institutions around the world, is now providing 17 metres of authentic core for the set of The Rig, along with specialised maps. Henk Kombrink says: “It is really nice to see that this is really broadening our horizons in terms of what we provide and this is definitely the first time a core will be featuring in a drama series like this.”
Other films and TV dramas set on oil rigs or in the North Sea...
The claustrophobic and isolated settings of oil rigs have provided dramatic backdrops for several thrillers over the years including 2016 film Deepwater Horizon, which starred Mark Wahlberg and Kurt Russell and was based on tragic real life events when an oil rig exploded in 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico. There was also Sector 7 (2011) in which members of a crew were brutally mutilated by an attacking sea creature plus other high-octane thrillers The Thing Below (2010) and The Rig (2010) starring William Forsythe.
British viewers may also remember the 1980s series Triangle on BBC1 starring Larry Lamb and Kate O’Mara set aboard a North Sea ferry. The soap-opera style drama, filmed on board a real ferry, ran for three series between 1981 and 1983 but became the butt of jokes thanks to its stilted dialogue, clichéd relationships and the ongoing filming challenges caused by the inclement weather at sea.
Is there a trailer for The Rig?
With filming of The Rig ongoing, there isn't a trailer released yet from Amazon Prime. We'll be sure to post when it arrives. There is however a video chat by Emily Hampshire and Martin Compston talking about The Rig. Schitt’s Creek actor Emily reveals that she now loves the drink Irn Bru, thanks to her Scottish co-star Martin. Take a look right here...
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