The cast for writer Andrew Davies’ adaptation of Leo Toltoy’s War and Peace has been announced by BBC One.
Leading the cast will be Hollywood actor Paul Dano, Downton Abbey’s Lily James and Happy Valley’s James Norton.
Of his casting as Prince Andrei Bolkonsky, Norton Says, ““I’m thrilled to be entrusted with Andrei in this exciting adaptation. It’s a privilege to bring to life one of Tolstoy’s wonderfully rich and conflicted characters. And to get to work alongside talents such as Tom Harper, Andrew Davies, Lily James and Paul Dano is very exciting – I can’t wait to get started.”
Meanwhile Lily James, who’ll play Natasha Rostova added, ““I am very excited and privileged to be playing Natasha, in this co-production between BBC and The Weinstein Company, of Tolstoy’s classic War And Peace. It is amazing to be part of such a prestigious cast and to appear in such a beautiful and rich adaptation by Andrew Davies.”
The cast will also Stephen Rea, Ade Edmondson, Great Scacchi, The Musketeers’ Tom Burke and Mr Selfridge’s Aisling Loftus. The drama will be directed by Tom Harper and is set to bring the classic to life for a modern audience on a truly epic scale.
Ben Stephenson, Controller BBC Drama Commissioning says: “The impressive array of talent assembled for this drama production is testament to the ambition and scale of this iconic story that we will bring to life for a new generation.”
BBC One controller Charlotte Moore concluded that, “War and Peace will be a major event drama on BBC One and it is only fitting that Tolstoy’s epic masterpiece has attracted such a fine cast of actors to Andrew Davies’ stunning scripts.”
War and Peace will air in 2015