Colin Farrell is to star in a new BBC Two series based on Ian McGuire's popular book, The North Water.

The series will be helmed and adapted by award-winning writer and director Andrew Haigh.

Speaking of Farrell's casting, Haigh said: "Casting the right leads is the most important part of any project and I’m thrilled to have Colin Farrell on board.

"I am a huge admirer of his work and can’t wait to see him bring Drax vividly to life."

According to Deadline, Farrell is set to play "a harpooner and brutish killer whose amorality has been shaped to fit the harshness of his world, who will set sail on a whaling expedition to the Arctic with Patrick Sumner, a disgraced ex-army surgeon who signs up as the ship’s doctor.

"Hoping to escape the horrors of his past, Sumner finds himself on an ill-fated journey with a murderous psychopath. In search of redemption, his story becomes a harsh struggle for survival in the Arctic wasteland."

Farrell is currently working on Guy Ritchie’s crime drama Toff Guys alongside Matthew McConaughey, Henry Golding, Hugh Grant and Jeremy Strong.

He can next be seen in Disney's live-action remake of the animated classic Dumbo, which is released in cinemas nationwide on March 29.