Paul Dano and Lily James Might Star in War and Peace Miniseries

By Alex | 2 years ago
Paul Dano and Lily James Might Star in War and Peace Miniseries

BBC Worldwide and The Wenstein Company might add several young and prominent Hollywood stars for their latest collaboration on adapting a classical novel. There have been several reports that the upcoming miniseries entitled “War and Peace” might star Paul Dano (“Sopranos”) and Lily James (“Downton Abbey”). Read on to find more about the “War and Peace” miniseries, which will air in 2015.

Deadline exclusively reported that stars Paul Dano and Lily James were offered for the lead roles in the network’s most “ambitious project yet.” There have been no news on what roles would Dano and James take for the miniseries.


Dano and James were not new in the Hollywood scene. Dano got acclaimed for his breakthrough roles in “Little Miss Sunshine,” “There Will Be Blood” and Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave.” He also starred alongside his girlfriend, Zoe Kazan, in the indie film “Ruby Sparks.” On the other hand, James was known for her role as Lady Rose MacClare in BBC’s “Downton Abbey.” She will also star in the upcoming live adaptation of Walt Disney’s “Cinderella” in 2015.

The latest “War and Peace” adaptation, which was first reported in 2013, will be made into a six-part miniseries. It was based on Leo Tolstoy’s literary masterpiece, “War And Peace,” which was dubbed as one of the greatest movies of all time. It was adapted by Andrew Davies (“Bridget Jones’ Diary”). The upcoming adaptation is considered to be a highly anticipated project for BBC as it collaborates with The Wenstein Company.

“Not just a great novel it’s a wonderful read and it’ll make a wonderful serial. A thrilling, funny and heartbreaking story of love, war and family life,” said Davies in the BBC article.

This is not the first time that “War and Peace” was adapted. The novel’s first movie adaptation was in 1915, and several films followed since then. BBC made a TV adaptation based on the series in 1972. It starred award-winning actor Anthony Hopkins (“Westworld“) in the titular role. After its successful run, the novel was then adapted by several countries for two more series.

That’s the latest scoop on the upcoming “War and Peace” miniseries from BBC and The Wenstein Company. The series might star Paul Dano and Lily James, but there have been no confirmations about the casting news. Until then, stay tuned on Movie News Guide (MNG) for more news and updates on your favorite TV series, upcoming movies and Hollywood celebrities.

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