Cillian Murphy has been cast in the new BBC Two drama Peaky Blinders.

The Dark Knight star will take the lead role in the new six-part gangster drama which was written by Steven Knight (Eastern Promises) and will be directed by Otto Bathurst (Black Mirror).

The series follows Tommy (Murphy), a ruthless mobster whose family control the "lawless post-war slum neighbourhoods" of Birmingham in 1919.

Tommy's family are known as the 'Peaky Blinders' due to their practice of sewing razor blades into the peaks of their caps, reports Deadline.

Tommy finds his leadership under threat when a Belfast police chief arrives and challenges the crime family's reign.

Peaky Blinders will begin shooting in September and will air on BBC Two in 2013.