James Bond star Eva Green heading for big new BBC period drama

Filming will begin on the new six-part drama in November

The BBC has announced the cast of the forthcoming six-part adaptation of acclaimed novel The Luminaries.

James Bond actress Eva Green will star in the period drama set in 19th century New Zealand, alongside Eve Hewson.

Author Eleanor Catton, who has penned the screenplay for the TV series, won the Man Booker Prize in 2013 for her tale of love set during the New Zealand gold rush, and remains the youngest ever winner in the award’s history.

Bridge Of Spies actress Eve will play principal character Anna Wetherell in the BBC2 drama, with Casino Royal and Penny Dreadful star Eva playing the other lead, Lydia Wells.

Eva said: “Eleanor has written a series of brilliant screenplays.

“I loved her original novel and it’s so exciting that her own screen adaptation reveals yet more exquisite material.”

New Zealand actor Marton Csokas will feature alongside the female stars, with Claire McCarthy directing.

The story centres on Eve’s character travelling to New Zealand from Britain, and is mapped on the movements of the zodiac.

Catton has taken on the challenge of adapting her own vast book – more than 800 pages, the longest of any Booker winner – for the screen, and has enjoyed the new process.

She said: “I’ve had tremendous fun adapting this novel for the screen and feel incredibly lucky to be working with such fantastic people across different art forms.

“Writing a novel is a solitary business, but writing for the screen is emphatically collaborative, and to see the world of The Luminaries enlarged and enriched in ways that go far beyond the scope of my own imagination has been a humbling and hugely exhilarating experience.”

Filming for the adaptation is taking place from November, with further announcements to be made.

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