Eddie Marsan (Ray Donovan), Bertie Carvel (Hidden), Alice Englert (Beautiful Creatures), Marc Warren (Mad Dogs), Samuel West (Fleming), Charlotte Riley (Easy Virtue), Enzo Cilenti (Prisoners Wives) and Paul Kaye (Game of Thrones) have been in cast in BBC One’s upcoming seven part drama series Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, which is a co-production with BBC America and Canada’s Space channel
Marsan has been cast as Mr Norrell; Carvel as Jonathan Strange; Englert as Lady Pole, who Mr Norrell raises from the dead; Riley as Arabella, the love interest of Jonathan Strange; Cilenti as Childermass, who convinces Mr Norrell to journey to London to help the government in the war against Napoleon; and Kaye as Vinculus, the magician of Threadneedle Street
Based on the bestselling novel by Susanna Clarke, Jonathan Strange And Mr Norrell is set during the Napoleonic Wars in an England where magic once existed and is about to return. The series was adapted for television by Peter Harness (who is writing all 7 episodes), with Toby Haynes attached to direct. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is being produced by Cuba Pictures and is being co-produced with BBC America, in association with Feel Film, Far Moor, Screen Yorkshire and Bell Media’s Space. The executive producers are Matthew Read, Nick Marston, Justin Thomson-Glover, Patrick Irwin, Tally Garner and Dixie Linder. Toby Haynes is attached to direct. Production on the series is slated to commence in November on location in Yorkshire, Canada and Croatia.
“It has been a passion of ours for almost a decade to bring Susanna Clarke’s extraordinary novel to the screen”, said Nick Marston, CEO of Cuba Pictures. “Now, thanks to the great support of the BBC, it is actually happening. Peter Harness has written a first-rate adaptation and Toby Haynes is ready to weave his magic from the director’s chair. There is a huge ambition from the whole team to do justice to Susanna’s work and to bring the book to a brand new audience.”
While Ben Stephenson, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning, added: “We have secured the most original, talented and dynamic cast and team to produce BBC One’s brand new adaptation of Susanna Clarke’s award-winning novel Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. This cements our reputation for bold and ambitious drama and I can’t wait to see Bertie and Eddie bring these wonderful characters to life in a unique and exciting way.”