ITV has commissioned a seven part drama Vanity Fair, based on the novel by William Thackery, from Mammoth Screen, starring Olivia Cooke as Becky Sharp
Written by Gwyneth Hughes (Dark Angel, The Girl, Miss Austen Regrets) and produced by leading production company Mammoth Screen, Vanity Fair is being made with Amazon Studios.
Olivia Cooke – the 23 year old Oldham-born actress and star of Steven Spielberg’s forthcoming film Ready Player One – plays Thackeray’s timeless heroine Becky Sharp.
Gwyneth Hughes’ adaptation of Thackeray’s literary classic is set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, and follows Becky Sharp as she attempts to claw her way out of poverty and scale the heights of English Society. Her story of “villainy, crime, merriment, lovemaking, jilting, laughing, cheating, fighting and dancing”, takes her all the way to the court of King George IV, via the Battle of Waterloo, breaking hearts and losing fortunes as she goes.
Commented Damien Timmer from Mammoth “We’re so proud to be working with ITV and Amazon on this most glorious of stories – the combination of Olivia Cooke, Gwyneth Hughes and Thackeray will be an irresistible one, and we look forward to watching Becky Sharp conquer the 21st century!”
Vanity Fair will be filmed on location in and around London, with additional shooting in Budapest, from September 2017.
Olivia Cooke as Becky Sharp
key behind the scenes crew
Gwyneth Hughes as Writer
William Thackeray as Original Author
Gwyneth Hughes as Executive Producer
James Strong as Executive Producer
Tom Mullens as Executive Producer
Damien Timmer as Executive Producer
Julia Stannard as Producer
James Strong as Director
Currently in production for 2018
network and production companies
ITV – Mammoth Screen – Amazon Studios