James D’Arcy has been replaced as Cassian Pewe in Grace
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Season three of Grace will see some changes when it returns this evening (March 19) The new series begins on ITV1 and ITX tonight at 8pm with a two-hour film, which is adapted from Peter James’ novel Dead Like You. Character Cassian Pewe is going to be making a comeback but fans may notice another actor will be taking on the part.
Why was James D’Arcy replaced as Cassian Pewe in Grace?
James D’Arcy, who is best known for his roles in Broadchurch and Agent Carter, portrayed Pewe in season two of Grace.
He appeared in episode two called Dead Man’s Footsteps but won’t be reprising the role in the new series due to contractual obligations.
The actor was only able to do one film and it seems he had other commitments, which meant he couldn’t film on the new series.
According to IMDb, D’Arcy is going to be appearing in the TV series This Little Show of Mine and the eagerly-anticipated new Christopher Nolan film Oppenheimer, which reunites the actor with the director after the pair worked together on Dunkirk.
He is also going to be in Banking on Mr Toad, which is in pre-production.
Stepping in as the new Pewe is actor Sam Hoare, whom most audiences will know from Showtrial, Miss Scarlet and the Duke, The Ex-Wife and The Capture.
Speaking about the guest cast joining the show each week, actor Richie Campbell told media including Express.co.uk: “They are really good.
“Obviously, we’re the core team but a lot of it relies on their great cast coming in and great storytelling, so you have to find the right people.
“And definitely so far, from day one, casting’s been brilliant on this.”
Campbell hailed new actor Hoare as “fantastic” and said the casting change up wouldn’t be too intrusive for audiences.
Speaking separately about Hoare joining the cast, Roy Grace star John Simm said: “We are hoping that the new Cassian will slip seamlessly into the fold.
“As an actor Sam absolutely did. From day one he was brilliant.
“He’s such a lovely guy. He’s perfect for Cassian. I would say that he is Roy’s main adversary.”
Simm continued: “I can’t remember what happens to him in the books.
“I stopped reading them after about book 12 because when we were filming, I started getting really confused as to what case we were working on.
“I thought it would take a long time to get anywhere near where Roy is in the books but because we will be filming four in the next series we are catching up quite quickly.”
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Campbell said Branson’s feelings towards Pewe were the character had “come with baggage” when he becomes the boss.
He explained: “There is a conversation about who he is and what he’s done previously at the Met and obviously him and Grace don’t get along.
“For Branson that’s all he knows of him but in the final episode this series he sees the human side of him and he appreciates him I think.”
Adding: “What is really good about Grace as a drama is it shows there are pressures at every level. We knew that Vosper constantly had people down her throat but with Cassian he really starts to explain to Grace and Branson that it’s not just about us guys going out and arresting people. It is bigger than that.”
Grace season 3 starts tonight on ITV1 at 8pm
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