Alessandro Nivola (“Jurassic Park III”) and Gemma Arterton (“Murder Mystery”) are set to lead the cast of a three-part adaptation of Rumer Godden’s 1939 classic sexual repression-themed novel “Black Narcissus” for BBC One, DNA TV and FX Productions.
Arterton plays Sister Clodagh, leader of the nuns of St Faiths, who travel to Nepal to set up a branch of their order in the remote palace of Mopu. Clodagh finds herself increasingly attracted to Mr Dean (Nivola), a dissolute English colonial and First World War veteran whose combative relationship with the head sister of the order awakens hidden longings in both.
But as the repressed memories of Clodagh’s past become entangled with the tragic history of Princess Srimati, history seems doomed to repeat. Are there really ghosts here in the Himalayas, or are the nuns just succumbing to long-repressed primal desires?
BAFTA-winning writer Amanda Coe (“The Trial of Christine Keeler”) pens the series with renowned cinematographer Charlotte Bruus Christensen (“A Quiet Place,” “Fences”) making her directing debut. Filming begins in October in Jomsom, Nepal and Pinewood Studios.
The property was previously adapted into the Oscar-winning 1947 film by Powell and Pressburger.