Based on the novel by Wilkie Collins the BBC have announced the leads for their five part adaptation of psychological thriller The Woman In White.
Ben Hardy will star as Walter Hartright alongside Jessie Buckley as Marian Holcombe. The cast also includes Dougray Scott, Charles Dance, Art Malik (Sherlock), Joanna Scanlon (The Thick Of It), Vicki Pepperdine (Getting On) and Riccardo Scamarcio (London Spy).
Ben Hardy says: “I have always admired and been a fan of the BBC’s period dramas and I’m so thrilled to be playing the leading role of Walter in this classic story.”
After Walter Hartright encounters a ghostly woman dressed in all white on a moonlit road, he soon finds himself drawn into a mysterious and disturbing world. Romance, suspense, and danger combine as secrets come to the fore in Wilkie Collins’ haunting tale of insanity and identity. Viewed by many as the first psychological thriller novel, The Woman In White will take viewers on a chilling ride down the shadowy paths and corridors of English country houses and ultimately into the depths of the Victorian madhouse.
Jessie Buckley says: “It’s really exciting to be playing a woman like Marion who has such a strength and rooted integrity. In the midst of this Victorian male puppeteered world where suspense, interrogation and speculative intoxication is what drives this story forward you find Marion, who is undefined by her sex and undefined by her society. She is the Janis Joplin of her time and I can’t wait to learn from this wonderful woman.”
Director Carl Tibbetts, says: “I am excited to be directing this bold contemporary reimagining of Wilkie Collins classic Victorian thriller. We have a fantastic cast who will bring some of his best loved characters to vivid life.”
The Woman in White is a 5×60’ series and will be produced by Origin Pictures for BBC One. Adapted for television by Fiona Seres, the series will be executive produced by David Thompson for Origin Pictures and Sarah Stack for the BBC. Produced by Sarah Curtis and directed by Carl Tibbetts (Black Mirror, Humans) filming has begun for 13 weeks around Belfast in Northern Ireland.