Rafe Spall to star ITV’s Harry Price: Ghost Hunter

Cast announced for supernatural film

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ITV has announced the cast for new 120’ film, Harry Price: Ghost Hunter written by Jack Lothian (Doc Martin, Ashes to Ashes).

Rafe Spall (Life of Pi, The Shadow Line) leads the cast as the famous, real-life paranormal investigator and sceptic Harry Price. He will be joined by Cara Theobald (Downton Abbey, The Syndicate) who will play Sarah Grey, one of Harry’s team in his paranormal investigations; Richie Campbell (DCI Banks, The Frankenstein Chronicles) will play Albert Ogoro, Harry’s friend; and Lewis Reeves (Unforgotten, Uncle) will play journalist, Vernon Wall.

Further casting includes Tom Ward (The Frankenstein Chronicles, Death in Paradise) as MP Edward Goodwin and Zoe Boyle (Downton Abbey, Sons of Anarchy) as Edward’s wife, Grace.

Produced by Bentley Productions, the film is based on Neil Spring’s novel ‘The Ghost Hunters’ which is a mix of real history and fiction in 1920s London at a time of rapidly emerging technology.

An expert at sleight of hand and with a keen eye for identifying charlatans and tricksters, our story begins as Harry has fallen on hard times in recent years, professionally and ethically losing his way.  He’s resorted to making his living as a fake medium and fraudulent ghost hunter, conducting séances for unsuspecting families who think their lives have been made a misery by ghostly mischief making.

Harry’s duplicitous lifestyle has also had serious consequences when, after conducting a séance for a soldier looking for solace, the young man later takes his own life on the doorstep of Harry’s home.

A couple of months later, Harry is offered the chance to investigate the haunting of a local MP’s home. With the prospects of leading his political party, Edward Goodwin can ill-afford the scandal as his wife Grace begins to hallucinate and act bizarrely, believing their family home to be haunted. With the possibility she may be committed to an asylum, ghosts from Harry’s past influence his decision to take the case and he begins to think it might be time to take a new path.

Together with the Goodwin family maid, Sarah Grey, whose own mother has fallen prey to con artist mediums in the past, their detection and investigative skills complement one another and they make a formidable partnership.

Rafe Spall said: “I’m delighted to be portraying Harry Price for ITV.  It’s a fantastic piece of history that has mass appeal and I can’t wait to start filming”.

Executive Producer, Jo Wright said: “It’s a great thrill to be making Harry Price: Ghost Hunter for ITV. Bentley Productions is developing a raft of new and exciting projects and this is one of my favourites.  To be able to combine the book by Neil Spring with a script by Jack Lothian has been a delight, and we look forward to making this for our ITV audience.”

Harry Price: Ghost Hunter begins filming in London from end of August and throughout September 2015. The film is directed by Alex Pillai (Being Human, Da Vinci’s Demons).