Ben Kingsley to Star in 'Cousin Bazilio' Adaptation for TV

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David Ashton will write the screenplay adapting the classic female adultery tale for Lavender Pictures and Nevision.

Ben Kingsley is behind a TV adaptation of the classic Portuguese female adultery novel Cousin Bazilio.

The Gandhi and Tut star will appear in and produce the TV miniseries through his and Daniela Lavender's indie shingle, Lavender Pictures, along with co-developer Nevision. Cousin Bazilio is based on a novel written by Jose Maria de Eca de Queiroz in 1878 about a battle between two women: Juliana, an embittered maid, and her employer, Luisa, who is in a volatile affair with her cousin, Bazilio.

Kingsley will play the role of a counselor to Luisa as the book is turned into two 90-minute episodes as part of an event miniseries to be penned by McLevy writer David Ashton. "Lavender Pictures is excited to be joining forces with Nevision to bring this unique erotic thriller to life on screen," Kingsley said in a statement.

"Cousin Bazilio is a great story and David’s adaptation promises to be as explosive as the novel," James Cabourne, executive chairman of Nevision, added in his own statement. Kingsley's recent credits include Robert Zemeckis' The Walk and An Ordinary Man, and he voiced The Jungle Book's panther, Bagheera, in Jon Favreau's recent reboot of the classic children's tale.