Weinstein Co. Boards Julian Fellowes ITV Period Drama, Alison Brie Joins Cast
Tom Hollander and Ian McShane will also star in the 'Downton Abbey' creator's adaptation of Anthony Trollope's novel 'Doctor Thorne.'
Just as tissues are being readied for the upcoming sixth and final season of Downton Abbey, The Weinstein Company has jumped aboard creator Julian Fellowes' next TV period drama.
Doctor Thorne, adapted from Anthony Trollope's tale of love and family strife in rural 19th century England, is a three-parter for British broadcaster ITV, produced by Hat-Trick and due to start shooting this month.
Among the cast, announced Wednesday, Tom Hollander will play the titular character, with Community's and Mad Men's Alison Brie and Deadwood star Ian McShane also confirmed. They will be joined by Rebecca Front (Humans), Richard McCabe (Peaky Blinders), Phoebe Nicholls (Fortitude, Downton Abbey), Gwyneth Keyworth (Game of Thrones), Kate O’Flynn (No Offence), Edward Franklin (The Brain Hack, Doctors), and two newcomers in Stefanie Martini and Harry Richardson. Another castmember is Cressida Bonas, a U.K. tabloid favorite following her relationship with Prince Harry.
Following their acquisition for North American right, Bob and Harvey Weinstein will executive produce alongside Fellowes with Hat Trick’s head of drama, Mark Redhead, Christopher Kelly and Ted Childs.
Set in a country village, the story of Doctor Thorne centers on a small village and covers the Downton-friendly themes of fortune, poverty, illegitimacy, marriage and entitlement. It is being directed by Niall McCormick (The Long Walk to Finchley, The Game) and produced by Helen Gregory (Case Histories, Cider With Rosie).
"Doctor Thorne is a wonderful example of Trollope's gift for understanding the tangles we humans get into," said Fellowes, who is also set to start work on his much-talked about New York-set pre-Downton drama for NBC, The Gilded Age.
"He is sharply observant, critical and merciful in equal measure and, above all, highly entertaining. With the cast we have assembled, I am confident we can bring all of these qualities to the screen."