Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston are set to star together on The Night Manager for US satellite channel AMC.

The Hollywood Reporter has stated that AMC has given the adaptation of John le Carré’s 1993 novel of the same name a straight-to-series order.

The network will co-produce the drama along with BBC One and Ink Factory, with a view to filming a six- or eight-part miniseries.

Hiddleston is set to play former British soldier Jonathan Pine, now a hotel night auditor, who is up against Laurie’s Richard Onslow Roper, a black market dealer.

The show will mark Laurie’s return to TV following his run on the hugely successful House which, at its peak, was the world's most-watched show.

Hiddleston is probably best known for playing Marvel super villain Loki, Thor's adoptive brother and nemesis.