David Thewlis, Ken Stott and Miranda Richardson are to lead the cast of BBC One’s adaptation of JB Priestley’s classic play An Inspector Calls.
Thewlis will play the titular Inspector while Stott and Richardson will play Arthur and Sybil Birling.
The trio will be joined by Chloe Pirrie (The Game, Black Mirror), Kyle Soller (Poldark, Anna Karenina) and Sophie Rundle (Happy Valley, Peaky Blinders) and Finn Cole (Peaky Blinders).
Directed by Aisling Walsh, An Inspector Calls is being produced by Drama Republic which was responsible for The Honourable Woman and directed by Aisling Walsh and will air on BBC One later this year as part of its season of classic 20th century literature adaptations.
The play, set in 1912 and written by English dramatist JB Priestley, sees an inspector call unexpectedly to interrogate the wealthy Birling family following the suicide of a young woman from the local town.
As their world unravels, each member of the family is revealed to have unwittingly played a part in her demise.
Thewlis said: “An Inspector Calls is a British classic and I am thrilled to be working on this beautiful screen adaptation with Aisling Walsh.”
Greg Brenman, managing director and executive producer of Drama Republic, said: “It’s an incredible honour to be working with such a dream cast and director on this timeless classic, revered by generations all over the world.”
Lucy Richer, Commissioning Editor for BBC Drama, added: “The mysterious and elusive Inspector Goole has fascinated audiences for generations and David Thewlis is the perfect actor to bring him to life.
“We’re delighted that he, Ken Stott and Miranda Richardson are heading up this stellar cast to bring one of the nation’s favourite stories to BBC One.”