The actor, who plays Adam Groff on the show, has joined the cast for SCOOP, which focuses on the infamous interview between BBC presenter Emily Maitlis (Anderson) and Prince Andrew, Duke of York (Rufus Sewell).
Swindells will play Jae Donnelly, the photographer who captured the infamous photograph of Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein in Central Park.
The logline for the film, which is being directed by Philip Martin, reads: “The inside track of the women that broke through the Buckingham Palace establishment to secure the scoop of the decade, leading to the catastrophic fall from grace of The Queen’s ‘favourite son’.
“SCOOP is the insider account of the inner workings of the Palace and the BBC – twin bastions of the British Establishment – spotlighting the journalists whose tenacity and guts broke through the highest of ceilings and into the inner sanctum and calculations of a man with everything to lose.”
Joining the cast alongside Swindells is Romola Garai as Newsnight editor Esme Wren, Lia Williams as BBC news and current affairs director Fran Unsworth, Amanda Redman as Netta, the mother of producer Sam McAlister, and Charity Wakefield as Princess Beatrice.
Billie Piper and Keeley Hawes were previously announced alongside Anderson and Sewell. The script for the film is being written by Peter Moffat and Geoff Bussetil; there is currently no release date.
Swindells debuted on Sex Education in 2019, and is set to reprise his role in the upcoming fourth season. It will be the last batch of episodes featuring original cast member Emma Mackey, who recently revealed she wouldn’t appear in a prospective fifth season.
“It's just always tricky, it's different when you're playing a character that is sort of stuck in time. You know, we're playing 17-year-olds, and we're all almost 30, it is a bit weird,” she told Total Film.
“It's a blessing because it is a launchpad and it is something that has given us opportunities in different ways but it's something that I want to gracefully exit from, and be happy that it exists and protect it and enjoy it in the time that it has existed in, but yeah, it needs to be left alone now I think,” she added.
Sex Education seasons 1-3 are streaming on Netflix. Season 4 is in production.
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