Filming has commenced on a new five-part adaptation Wilkie Collins’ novel, The Woman In White, which will air on BBC One.
Starring Ben Hardy (X-Men, EastEnders) as Walter Hartright and Jessie Buckley (War And Peace, Taboo) as Marian Halcombe, the series is being produced by Origin Pictures and has been adapted for television by Fiona Seres.
After Walter Hartright encounters a ghostly woman dressed in all white on a moonlit road, he soon finds himself drawn into a mysterious and disturbing world. Romance, suspense, and danger combine as secrets come to the fore in Collins’ haunting tale of insanity and identity.
Viewed by many as the first psychological thriller novel, The Woman In White will take viewers on a chilling ride down the shadowy paths and corridors of English country houses and ultimately into the depths of the Victorian madhouse.
Hardy and Buckley will be joined by Olivia Vinall (Apple Tree Yard) as Laura Fairlie, Charles Dance (And Then There Were None, Game of Thrones) as Mr Fairlie and Dougray Scott (The Replacement, Mission: Impossible II) as Sir Percival Glyde.
Other cast include Art Malik (Sherlock), Joanna Scanlon (The Thick Of It), Vicki Pepperdine (Getting On) and Riccardo Scamarcio (London Spy).
Seres said: “The Woman In White is a powerful, poignant story and I have absolutely loved adapting this epic for the screen.
“I’m thrilled it’s attracted such an exciting, high-calibre cast who I know will bring it to life in a unique and intimate way.”
David Thompson of Origin Pictures, added: “We’re delighted to be bringing Wilkie Collins’ gripping novel to the screen.
“The story’s rich canopy of characters will be well-served by a wonderful multi-talented cast.
“We’re very excited to see this mix of new and exciting talents and much loved TV stars combine to bring a fresh and dynamic take to this classic tale.”