Matthew Rhys (“The Americans,” “Brothers and Sisters”), Matthew Goode (“Watchmen,” “Burning Man”) and Anna Maxwell Martin (“The Bletchley Circle,” “Bleak House”) are set to play older versions of the characters made famous in Jane Austen’s “Pride And Prejudice”.
The trio has been cast in Origin Pictures and BBC1’s three-part serial adaptation of the acclaimed 2011 novel “Death Comes To Pemberley” by iconic crime writer P.D. James (“Children of Men,” “Death in Holy Orders”).
The pastiche serves as a kind of thriller-oriented sequel to ‘Pride’ and is set six years into the marriage of Elizabeth Bennett (Martin) and Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy (Rhys). Goode will play the now older version of George Wickham.
When Elizabeth’s wayward sister Lydia arrives for the annual ball, she brings a shocking halt to the proceedings and a murder investigation unfolds a web of secrets that threatens everything.
Juliette Towhidi (“Calendar Girls”) penned the adaptation while Daniel Percival (“Crossing Lines”) directs. Filming begins next month in Yorkshire.
This follows several projects in recent times have explored the world of Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” in unexpected ways. BBC rival ITV had great success in 2008 with the romantic fantasy “Lost in Austen”. That mini-series starred “Da Vinci’s Demons” stars Elliot Cowan and Tom Riley as Darcy & Wickham respectively, a young Gemma Arterton as Elizabeth Bennet, and Hugh Bonneville (“Downton Abbey”) and Alex Kingston (“Doctor Who”) as Mr. and Mrs. Bennet.