New casting details are announced as filming gets underway on ITV and Amazon Studios’ adaption of William Makepeace Thackeray’s Vanity Fair.
Thackeray’s literary classic is set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars and follows Becky Sharp (Olivia Cooke) as she tries to claw her way out of poverty and scale the heights of English Society.
Cooke will be joined by a star-studded cast including musician and actor Johnny Flynn as Dobbin, Martin Clunes as Sir Pitt Crawley, Frances de La Tour as Miss Matilda Crawley, Suranne Jones as Miss Pinkerton and Michael Palin as Thackeray himself.
Further talent attached to the project includes Claudia Jessie in the role of Becky’s confidante Amelia Sedley with Simon Russell Beale and Claire Skinner playing her parents and David Fynn her brother Joss. Tom Bateman takes the role of Captain Rawdon Crawley while Charlie Rowe is George Osborne.
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Leading production company Mammoth Screen is bringing the drama to fruition, with involvement from Amazon Studios. Filming is underway in Budapest, with the shoot set to continue in locations in and around London.
ITV will premiere the drama next year before it’s made available in the U.S as an Amazon Prime Exclusive
“Vanity Fair is a massive rollercoaster of a story and we’ve assembled an ensemble cast of real range to do it justice, from fast rising stars like Johnny Flynn and Tom Bateman to stage legends like Simon Russell Beale and household names like Suranne Jones and Martin Clunes, all orbiting Olivia Cooke’s irresistible Becky as she conquers the 21st century. We hope Thackeray would approve –and with Michael Palin playing him, why wouldn’t he?!” – Damien Timmer, MD of Mammoth Screen
Vanity Fair has previously seen a number of film and Television adaptions as well as some radio versions. The scripts for this one are being written by Gwyneth Hughes.