Smith, known for his roles in the series Doctor Who and The Crown, as well as films including Mapplethorpe and Morbius, will also executive produce the adaptation for the U.K. broadcaster Sky.
Published in 2009 by Faber & Faber, The Death of Bunny Munro is the second novel from Cave, the Australian rock singer known for his work with the bands the Birthday Party and the Bad Seeds. It follows Bunny Munro, a widower who takes his son on a long road trip around England; a critic for Kirkus called it “profane and profound by turns—not for everyone, but Cave still knows how to command an audience.”
Smith will play Bunny in the series, which will be written by Pete Jackson. Cave will serve as an executive producer.
This will be the first of Cave’s books to get a television adaptation, although he told NME earlier this year that his first novel, And the Ass Saw the Angel, is also being adapted for the screen.
“To work alongside Nick Cave feels like a great honor,” Smith told Deadline. “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.”
Michael Schaub is a contributing writer.