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SAS: Rogue Heroes FIRST LOOK: Jack O’Connell and co-star Connor Swindells film dramatic scenes


Jack O’Connell and Connor Swindells were seen filming dramatic scenes for BBC One drama SAS: Rogue Heroes in Gloucestershire on Thursday.

The Skins star, 30, and Sex Education actor, 24, shot action-packed scenes in a quarry, with the former crash landing with a parachute in a stunt that saw him briefly dragged on the ground.

Connor, meanwhile, had been covered in fake blood and dirt for the scenes, and when cameras began rolling he appeared worse for wear as he looked around himself with an exasperated expression. 

Going for it: Jack filmed a stunt stunt that saw him briefly dragged on the ground

SAS: Rogue Heroes FIRST LOOK: Jack O’Connell (pictured) crash landed in a dramatic parachute stunt as he shot action-packed scenes with co-star Connor Swindells in Gloucestershire on Thursday

Jack transformed into his character Paddy Mayne, who was one of the founding members of the SAS, by wearing an olive-green flight suit, helmet and lace-up boots that protected him during the stunt. 

He was seen grappling with his parachute during the scene after seemingly landing into the quarry, and for the shoot it appeared he was struggling to release the parachute after deploying it.

Connor also wore the same uniform as Jack but he also had goggles places over his brunet locks that were brushed into a tousled style for the scenes. 

His character, David Stirling, was also a founding member of the SAS, a commando force that operated behind enemy lines during the North African campaign of the Second World War.  

Dramatic: Connor, meanwhile, had been covered in fake blood and dirt for the scenes

Stress: When cameras began rolling he appeared worse for wear as he looked around himself with an exasperated expression

Dramatic: Connor (pictured) was covered in fake blood and dirt for the scenes, and when cameras began rolling he appeared worse for wear as he looked around himself with an exasperated expression

Intense: Jack was seen grappling with his parachute during the scene after seemingly landing into the quarry, and for the shoot it appeared he was struggling to release the parachute after deploying it

Intense: Jack was seen grappling with his parachute during the scene after seemingly landing into the quarry, and for the shoot it appeared he was struggling to release the parachute after deploying it

Thrilling: During the scene, Connor got into character and appeared to look for his fellow soldiers using a torch

Night shoots: The cast appeared to be filming long into the night

Thrilling: During the scene, Connor got into character and appeared to look for his fellow soldiers using a torch

Exhilarating: Connor also appeared to film scenes with a parachute, as he was seen clambering over rocks with the item still attached to his suit

Exhilarating: Connor also appeared to film scenes with a parachute, as he was seen clambering over rocks with the item still attached to his suit

The SAS began with five officers and 60 other ranks when it was first conceived, and their first mission was a parachute drop supporting Operation Crusader in 1941 which ended in disaster, and may well be what Jack and Connor were filming. 

During their first skirmish 22 men were killed or captured, however their second mission was a huge success after the SAS successfully destroyed 60 aircraft over three airfields.

Colonel Stirling, who Connor plays, was captured by enemy combatants in 1943 and Mayne, played by Jack, replaced him as commanding officer of the SAS.

SAS: Rogue Heroes is being adapted from Ben Macintyre’s book of the same name, it follows real-life Special Forces unit, the SAS, and will show how they were formed during the Second World War. 

In character: Connor was seen smiling on set

History: Connor's character, David Stirling (right), was a founding member of the SAS, a commando force that operated behind enemy lines during the North African campaign of the Second World War

History: Connor’s character, David Stirling (right), was a founding member of the SAS, a commando force that operated behind enemy lines during the North African campaign of the Second World War

Brief break: Jack was seen preparing himself for the next scene

Successor: Colonel Stirling was captured by enemy combatants in 1943 and Mayne, played by Jack, replaced him as commanding officer of the SAS

Successor: Colonel Stirling was captured by enemy combatants in 1943 and Mayne (right), played by Jack (left), replaced him as commanding officer of the SAS

Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight is working on the project, while other actors set to make an appearance include Dominic West, Alfie Allen, and Sofia Boutella.

According to Variety filming has already underway for the drama for over a month, and it is being directed by The Serpent’s Tom Shankland.   

Dominic has been cast as lothario Dudley Wrangel Clarke in the new BBC One drama, a real-life World War II spy who was known to be surrounded by women who were referred to as ‘Dudley’s Duchesses’.

Clarke was seen as a master of espionage during the Second World War, and was once arrested in Madrid while wearing a dress. 



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