Matt Smith Wins Nick Cave’s Approval For Role As Bunny Munro In TV Adaptation Of Cave’s Novel

Matt Smith has received Nick Cave’s nod of approval for his upcoming role as Bunny Munro in the TV adaptation of Cave’s novel ‘The Death of Bunny Munro,’ as revealed in a recent interview with the Guardian.

After wrapping up his role in ‘An Enemy of the People,’ the actor is ready to dive into the complex world of Bunny Munro. Described as a lothario and alcoholic, Munro’s character presents a significant challenge, one that Smith acknowledges with the following words:

“It’s out of the frying pan and into the fire… I’ve only met Nick Cave once, but I think he said [about the adaptation]: ‘Finally, someone has had the balls to tell this unholy tale.’ Bunny Munro is a character who it’s near impossible to get on board with. I was in America recently, and I met a woman who said: ‘I work with people who are really, really bad people, in prisons basically – and there is not a man on Earth I despise more than him [Munro].'”

Early Interest And Development

The journey to bring ‘The Death of Bunny Munro’ to the screen began as early as 2010, initially catching the interest of actor Ray Winstone. It wasn’t until November of the previous year that Sky Studios announced the development of the six-part series, with Smith officially taking on the lead role. Matt previously said the following about his role:

“To work alongside Nick Cave on ‘The Death of Bunny Munro’ feels like a great honor. It’s a brilliant exploration of love, grief, and chaos. At its heart a deep, difficult, and tender story about a father and son, coping with loss and change.”

A Father-Son Odyssey

Cave’s novel, which explores themes consistent with his musical and literary work, including violence, love, and death, promises a rich narrative for the series. The singer’s literary debut came in 1989 with ‘And The Ass Saw The Angel.’

The story focuses on Bunny Munro and his son dealing with grief by taking a wild road trip across England after Munro’s wife’s suicide. The series is set to start filming in Spring 2024 throughout Southern England, with the release date still pending.