Jessica Brown Findlay (“Downton Abbey”) is set to star in Origin Pictures’ upcoming three-part mini-series adaptation of “Jamaica Inn” for UK’s BBC One.
The story is based on “Rebecca” and “The Birds” author Daphne du Maurier’s 1936 gothic novel. Philippa Lowthorpe (“Call The Midwife”) helms the project from a script by Emma Frost (“The White Queen”).
Set in Cornwall around the 1820s, Brown Findlay plays the young Mary Yellan who is sent to live with her aunt (Joanne Whalley) at the eerie, isolated Jamaica Inn. She arrives to find her once carefree aunt is firmly under the heel of her domineering new husband Joss (Sean Harris).
She soon realises something strange is going on as the inn is never open to the public, and learns Joss is a member of a gang of murderous shipwreckers. She also falls for Joss’ younger brother, a petty thief named Jem (Matthew McNulty).
Ben Daniels and Shirley Henderson also star. Shooting begins this week in Cornwall, Yorkshire and Cumbria for an airing sometime in 2014.
Alfred Hitchcock adapted the project into a 1939 film, while the book was also made into a 1983 TV adaptation.