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'The Rig' on Amazon Prime – cast, release date, filming news and everything else you need to know about the new supernatural thriller

'The Rig' will star Line Of Duty's Martin Compston as Communications Officer Fulmer Hamilton.
'The Rig' will star Line Of Duty's Martin Compston as Communications Officer Fulmer Hamilton. (Image credit: Getty)

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, but as the thriller has only just started filming there's no word on a 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 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, is rig Abraham Popoola as crane driver Easter Ayodeji, Des star Stuart McQuarrie is the Head Chef Colin Murchison and Molly Vevers is roustabout Heather Shaw. 

Where The Rig is filmed... 

It 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.

'The Rig' — what else viewers can expect... 

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.”

Line of Duty

'The Rig' will have the same director as hit crime thriller Line of Duty (cast above). (Image credit: BBC/World Productions Ltd)

'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). 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.”

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 only just starting, there isn't a trailer released yet. We'll be sure to post when it arrives.