Luke Pasqualino (Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome), Tom Burke (Great Expectations), Santiago Cabrera (Merlin), Howard Charles, Peter Capaldi (The Hour), Tamla Kari (Cuckoo), Maimie McCoy (Loving Miss Hatto), and Hugo Speer (Bedlam) have all been cast in BBC One’s drama series The Musketeers, which is being co-produced by BBC America. Production on the series is set commence next month, with BBC One eyeing a 2014 premiere.
Pasqualino has been cast as D’Artagnan, a skilled fighter from rural Gascony who meets the three Musketeers whilst on a mission to right the wrong of his father’s death; Burke as Athos, one of the three musketeers who rejected his noble roots to fight the good fight; Cabrera as Aramis, a skilled fighter and shrewd pragmatist; Charles as Porthos, a larger than life character, who has come from humble beginnings to become a solider in the most elite regiment in the land; Capaldi as Cardinal Richlieu, a key figure in France who will stop at nothing to achieve his objectives; Kari as Constance Bonacieux, the wife of a cloth merchant who soon finds herself involved with The Musketeers; McCoy as Milady, Cardinal Richlieu’s “secret weapon”; and Speer as Captain Treville, the brave and respected commander of The Musketeers.
Created by Adrian Hodges, The Musketeers is a new adaptation of the legendary tale of the three musketerrs. The series is set on the streets of seventeenth century Paris where law and order is more an idea than reality and follows the three Musketeers: Athos, Aramis and Porthos who are far more than King Louis XIII’s personal bodyguards. They stand resolutely for social justice, for honour, for valour, for love and for the thrill of it. The drama series is being produced by BBC Drama Productions in association with BBC Worldwide and BBC America. The executive producers are Jessica Pope and Adrian Hodges.
Speaking of the cast, creator and lead writer Adrian Hodges said: “I’m thrilled to be working with such a dynamic, talented and attractive ensemble cast on our new version of The Musketeers. This series is all about passion, romance, heroism and action, and I can’t think of a better group of actors to embody those diverse qualities. I’m thrilled by their ability and commitment and honoured they’ve chosen to come on board to help us create what we hope will be our modern and original take on this great story and its classic characters.”
While Ben Stephenson, Controller of BBC Drama, added: “The ambition of this drama is clearly illustrated with such a world class mix of talent – the perfect team to take the audience on thrilling action adventures every week.”