Just finished watching True Detective? If you want another dark, edge-of-your-seat thriller, Giancarlo Esposito (Better Call Saul)’s new crime thriller Parish is set to be your next essential watch.

The Breaking Bad star plays a man who long ago left a life of crime and turned to a path of redemption but is drawn back into a world of violence and danger when his son is murdered. He may have moral intentions and a desire for justice, but his decisions come back to haunt him. It’s arriving from AMC later this year.

What do we know about Parish so far?

The upcoming American series is in fact based on the British show The Driver, starring David Morrissey , which aired back in 2014 on BBC One. It’s not a straight remake but shares the key concept of its central character, a taxi driver, being dragged into the seedy underworld of crime and violence.

Esposito is best known for his villainous roles like Gus Fring in the Breaking Bad universe and Stan Edgar in The Boys, but Gary Parish, his character in AMC’s new series, is somewhere in the morally grey zone. He has a chequered past, having been a criminal in his heyday but now a family man who eschews breaking the law.

When he’s approached by a gangster who has a business in trafficking undocumented immigrants in the US to assist in a job, Gary is reluctant but accepts. Despite insisting that after the job is over he’ll permanently “be out”, things go sideways and his son is violently murdered. Now seeking justice and retribution, Gary is set on a path that comes with enormous risks to him and the rest of his family.

Parish’s official trailer, which gives a glimpse at the series’ seedy depiction of underbelly crime, ends with Gary declaring “I’m tired of being a passenger in my own life”, while the song “Am I, Good Man?” By Them Two plays in the background.

– Parish _ Season 1, Episode 6 – Photo Credit: Alyssa Moran/AMC

What else do we know?

Starring opposite Esposito are Arica Himmel (Mixed-ish), Paula Malcomson (Ray Donovan), Bonnie Mbuli (Noughts + Crosses), Skeet Ulrich (Scream) and Bradley Whitford (The Handmaid’s Tale). The series’ six hour-long episodes arrive in the US on 31st March, though a UK release date has yet to be confirmed- for now though, you can watch the trailer below.


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