Welsh actor Rhys Ifans has been tipped to play paedophile Jimmy Savile in a chilling new BBC1 series.
The 53-year-old star, known for starring in Notting Hill and Enduring Love, has reportedly been approached by television bosses over the upcoming role.
Titled The Reckoning, the new BBC mini-series is set to follow the life of Savile and give a ‘voice to his victims’.
According to a television insider, producers are confident in Ifans’ acting talents, and have eyed him for the sinister role.
“Producers have approached Rhys,” a source told The Sun.
“They think he has the acting ability and could be made to look like Savile.
“Obviously it will be a dark role to take on.
Although an air date for the new season is yet to be confirmed, filming is anticipated to start shortly and the release date is tipped for 2021.
“Filming will get under way soon so the BBC need to sign someone,” the insider continued.
“If not Rhys they are likely to select an unknown actor.”
A representative for Rhys has been contacted by the MirrorOnline for comment.
It was only after Jimmy Savile’s death in 2011 that hundreds of victims came forward with allegations of sexual abuse.
The former DJ and Top Of The Pops presenter has since been identified as one of the UK’s most prolific sexual predators.
BBC producer Jeff Pope recently opened up about the upcoming mini-series.
“We must understand why a man like Savile seemed to remain immune for so long to proper scrutiny and criminal investigation,” the television boss said.
BBC’s Pete Wegner added: “The story of Jimmy Savile is one of the most emotive and troubling of our times.
“We do not intend to sensationalise these crimes but to give voice to his victims.
“We will work with survivors to ensure their stories are told with sensitivity and respect and to examine the institutions which Jimmy Savile was associated with and the circumstances in which these crimes took place.
“Drama has the ability to tackle sensitive real life subjects and consider the impact of a crime on its survivors and what lessons can be learnt to stop this ever happening again.”
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