David Thewlis (Harry Potter) has been set as the lead in BBC One’s upcoming adaptation of the J.B. Priestly classic An Inspector Calls, which hails from screenwriter Helen Edmunson and director Aisling Walsh (A Poet In New York), TVWise has learned.
An Inspector Calls is set in 1912 and tells the story of the Birling family, who, following the suicide of a young woman from the local town, is called upon by a police inspector investigating the death. As their world unravels, each member of the family is revealed to have unwittingly played a part in her demise.
David Thewlis, best known for his role as Remus Lupin in several of the Harry Potter feature films, will play the Inspector in the one-off drama. “An Inspector Calls is a British classic and I am thrilled to be working on this beautiful screen adaptation with Aisling Walsh,” he said.
Joining Thewlis in the cast is Ken Stott (The Hobbit) as Arthur Birling and Miranda Richardson (Mapp & Lucia) as Sybil Birling. Chloe Pirrie (The Game), Kyle Soller (Poldark), Sophie Rundle (Happy Valley) and Finn Cole (Peaky Blinders) also star.
This adaptation was penned by Helen Edmunson and is being produced by The Honourable Woman indie Drama Republic. Howard Ella is set as the producer, while Lucy Richer, Greg Brenman and Roanna Benn will executive produce. Filming is set to commence next month in Yorkshire.
An Inspector Calls is one of four literary adaptation that the BBC has commissioned as part of their season on 20th Century Literature. The other three classic being adapted for the small screen are DH Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Laurie Lee’s Cider With Rosie and LP Hartley’s The Go-Between. All four are expected to air on BBC One later this year.