Casting for the six-part BBC adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s novel “War and Peace” has been completed. The series, which is a collaboration between BBC and The Weinstein Company, will be headlined by Paul Dano, Lily James, and James Norton, with Andrew Davies at the helm. Read on for more about this story.
As announced in Variety, Paul Dano (“12 Years a Slave”), Lily James (“Downton Abbey”) and James Norton (“Happy Valley”) will be leading the cast of BBC’s “War and Peace,” the story of which will focus on three central characters.
Dano will be tackling the role of Pierre Bezukhov, described as “a bumbling, chaotic idealist” who inherits a fortune and James will be playing Natasha, the charming daughter of Count Rostov, described as “the most appealing heroine of literature.” Norton, on the other hand, will play the role of Prince Andrei, Natasha’s lover, described as a cool but reserved character similar to “Pride and Prejudice’s” Mr. Darcy.
Rounding up the cast are Ade Edmondson (“Holby City”) who will play the role of the Count, opposite Greta Scacchi (“The Trojan Horse”) as the Countess. The rest of the supporting cast include Stephen Rea (“The Honourable Woman”) as Prince Kuragin, Aisling Loftus (“Mr. Selfridge”) as Sonya, Jack Lowden (“The Tunnel”) as Nikolai Rostov and Tom Burke (“The Hour”) as Dolokhov. They will be bringing a layer of betrayal, intrigue, drama and comedy to the story.
Filming for “War and Peace” is set to commence in January in locations like Russia, Latvia and Lithuania. Andrew Davies, who wrote the screenplay for “Bridget Jones” and “Pride and Prejudice” will be adapting Tolstoy’s masterpiece to the small screen.
"When I came to 'War and Peace' for the first time, rather late in life, I was struck by how fresh and modern the characters and relationships felt. It's a story of the hopes and dreams of youth, set against the titanic background of the Napoleonic Wars,” said Davies about the project as published on BBC.
Regarded as one of the most important literature pieces ever published, the novel “War and Peace” was first released in 1869. It charts the lives of Russian aristocrats during the French invasion.