BBC Completes ‘The Last Kingdom’ Casting; Filming Begins
Dubbed as BBC’s answer to “Game of Thrones,” it was announced by the British network that “The Last Kingdom” has completed its cast list and has started filming the series. Read on to learn more about this update.
Back in September, we reported that BBC has cast Alexander Dreymon (“American Horror Story”) in the lead role for “The Last Kingdom.” The up-and-coming actor will play Uhtred, a warrior whose loyalties will be tested and whose character is the center of the story. Is Uthred a Viking or a Saxon?
Joining Dreymon in the series are Rutger Hauer (“True Blood”), Matthew Macfadyen (“MI-5”), David Dawson (“Ripper Street”), Ian Hart (“Boardwalk Empire”), Tobias Santelmann (“Hercules-The Thracian Wars”), Emily Cox (“Circle of Life”), Peter Gantzler (“Italian For Beginners”), Joseph Millson (“24:Live Another Day”), Alexandre Willaume (“Over the Edge”), Thomas W. Gabrielsson (“A Royal Affair”), Rune Temte (“The Accident”), Henning Valin Jakobsen (“The Bridge”). The series will also feature young actors like Tom Taylor, Madeleine Power and Jocelyn Macnab.
BBC has also announced in a press release that the production of the show will be set in both Hungary and several parts of the United Kingdom.
The story of “The Last Kingdom” is based on the novel “The Saxon Stories,” which was written and published by Bernard Cornwell. The television adaptation will be done by Stephen Butchard, a BAFTA-nominated writer.
"In the hands of Stephen Butchard we believe it will make original and engrossing television drama. In part the epic quest of our hero Uhtred, it is also a fascinating re-telling of the tale of King Alfred the Great and how he united the many separate kingdoms on this island into what would become England. Our cast has been drawn together from eight different European countries, providing us with the unique opportunity to create a truly international show, tap into a rich seam of talent and bring them to a new global audience," said Gareth Neam, one of the executive producers of the show in the BBC press release.
The series is set to run for eight episodes, for release in 2015 on BBC Two in the United Kingdom and BBC America in the United States, as this is a joint production between the two networks.
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