The Rig on Prime Video — cast, plot, first looks and all about the new supernatural thriller

First Look! The Rig on Prime Video will star Martin Compston as Fulmer Hamilton.
First Look! The Rig on Prime Video will star Martin Compston as Fulmer Hamilton. (Image credit: Amazon Prime Video)

The Rig is a horror thriller series arriving 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 finds 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 tries 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 is driven to the limits of both their loyalties and endurance.

Here's everything you need to know about The Rig on Prime Video...

Mark Bonner in Amazon's The Rig.

Mark Bonner as Alwyn Evans in Amazon Prime Video's The Rig. (Image credit: Amazon Prime Video)

The Rig release date...

All six episodes of The Rig will be launched exclusively on Prime Video in over 240 countries in 2022, but there's no word on an official release date yet but we believe it will be towards the end of December. We'll be sure to update when we hear.

Is there a trailer for The Rig?

There isn't a trailer released yet for The Rig. We'll be sure to post when it arrives from Prime Video. 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.

The Rig cast — who’s starring in the oil rig horror?

Casting for The Rig is very strong. The action on Kinloch Bravo oil rig features Line of Duty star Martin Compston playing Communications Officer Fulmer Hamilton (pictured above and below). 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 season 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 (see first look picture above), Abraham Popoola is crane driver Easter Ayodeji, Des star Stuart McQuarrie is the Head Chef Colin Murchison and Molly Vevers is roustabout Heather Shaw. Schitt's Creek star Emily Hampshire plays rig worker Rose Mason, while Calvin Demba (The Golden Circle) plays another rig worker Baz (see both pictured below).

See some of the main cast in action in the first look pictures of The Rig below...

Amazon's The Rig stars Martin Compston as Fulmer.

The Rig has Martin Compston in the thick of the action as Communications Officer Fulmer. (Image credit: Amazon Prime Video)

Iain Glen as Magnus in The Rig.

Iain Glen as Magnus in The Rig. (Image credit: Amazon Prime)

Emily Hampshire as Rose Mason in The Rig.

Emily Hampshire as Rose Mason in The Rig. (Image credit: Amazon Prime Video)

The Rig

The Rig star Iain Glen with SNP politician Angus Robertson on the Amazon Prime set in Leith. (Image credit: Mark Mainz)

Where The Rig is filmed? The locations revealed...

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 the Leith studios.

What else do we know about The Rig?

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 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 (opens in new tab). “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.”

Daisy Mount, Development Executive for UK Scripted Originals, spoke to the Edinburgh International TV Festival 2022 when she said: "We are looking for shows that are very entertainment first, we're looking for shows that are bold and unique and feel very specific to Prime Video, that you could only find on a streamer like ours. And The Rig really delivers in that respect, but also what we really challenge ourselves on is shows that don't compromise on character and emotional heart and I think what David Macpherson, the writer, has done here really delivers on that."

First look! The Rig stars Martin Compston and Emily Hampshire meet SNP politician Angus Roberston on the Scottish set.

First look! The Rig stars Martin Compston and Emily Hampshire meet SNP politician Angus Roberston on the Scottish set of 'The Rig'. (Image credit: Mark Mainz)

The Rig — behind the scenes

Amazon Prime has hired a pair of Aberdeen oil companies (opens in new tab) 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 organizing 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 meters of authentic core for the set of The Rig, along with specialized 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.”

Calvin Demba as Baz in The Rig.

Calvin Demba as Baz in 'The Rig'. (Image credit: Amazon Prime Video)

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. The 2016 film Deepwater Horizon 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 onboard 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.

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