Jamie Dornan (The Fall), Freya Mavor (Skins), Alice Englert (Beautiful Creatures) and Joe Dempsie (Game of Thrones) have joined the cast of Channel 4’s upcoming four part drama New World, a follow up to the 2008 drama The Devil’s Whore.
Dornan has been cast as an outlaw and idealist named Abe; Mayor as Beth, the daughter of the Count of Abbington; and Englert and Dempsie as two colonists in New England. The four join a cast which also includes Eve Best, who is portraying Angelica (a role played by Andrea Riseborough in The Devil’s Whore). Production on the four-parter is slated to commence this month, with Channel 4 eyeing a 2014 premiere.
“New Worlds is a compelling four part drama capturing the political struggles of the period following the English Civil War both at home and overseas”, said Channel 4’s Head of Drama, Piers Wenger. “The combination of Peter and Martine’s scripts and Charles Martin’s direction has attracted a diverse and glittering cast and we’re greatly looking forward to seeing their work brought to the screen”
A follow-up to the 2008 drama The Devil’s Whore, New World was penned by Peter Flannery & Martine Brant and is described as a gripping story of love and loss and the human price paid for the freedoms we enjoy today which spans two continents and the period up to the Glorious Revolution. The drama follows Angelica, now Countess of Abingdon, in the 1680s. The restored Monarchy of Charles II has betrayed its promise of tolerance and reverted to tyranny with the likes of Torture, show trials, summary executions. At Fanshawe House, we rejoin Angelica (Eve Best) from The Devil’s Whore, now Countess of Abingdon, striving to protect her daughter Beth (Freya Mavor) from a country yet again on the brink of chaos. But when Abe (Jamie Dornan) – outlaw and idealist – breaks into Beth’s sheltered world he jolts her into consciousness and asks her if she can standby as the liberties won with her father’s Civil War blood are destroyed? Meanwhile in New England the colonists struggle throw off the distant but steely control of the English Crown and Hope (Alice Englert) and Ned (Joe Dempsie) find themselves on the brutal frontline. The drama is being produced by Company Pictures with Johann Knobel serving as the producer. The executive producers are Peter Flannery, Martine Brant and John Yorke. Run helmer Charles Martin is attached to direct.