Here’s your very first look at ITV’s forthcoming adaptation of Vanity Fair.
Set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, William Makepeace Thackeray’s novel tells the story of strong-willed Becky Sharp, as she attempts to claw her way out of poverty and scale the heights of upper-class English society.
Olivia Cooke (Ready Player One, Me, Earl and the Dying Girl) will star as Becky Sharp, while Thackeray will be played by Monty Python‘s Michael Palin.
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Rounding off the A-list cast are Doctor Foster‘s Suranne Jones who will play Miss Pinkerton, Doc Martin himself, Martin Clunes, as Sir Pitt Crawley, and Johnny Flynn (Genius) as William Dobbin.
Tom Bateman (Murder on the Orient Express), Simon Russell Beale, Charlie Rowe, Frances de La Tour, Claudia Jessie (Line of Duty) and Claire Skinner (Outnumbered) also star.
“We’re thrilled to be working with ITV on what is truly a timeless tale of navigating around hierarchical society and class, and the parallels that exist today,” said Morgan Waddell, Amazon Studios’ head of international series.
“Olivia is joined by a renowned ensemble cast and we’re excited to be debuting this contemporary take to our customers next year.”
Vanity Fair is going to premiere on ITV and will air as an Amazon Prime Exclusive in the US.
Gwyneth Hughes has adapted Thackeray’s original for TV. Filming is already under way both in Budapest and on location in and around London.
ITV’s head of drama Polly Hill praised Hughes’ “stunning scripts” and promised that its version of Vanity Fair “will really connect with a modern audience”.
And Damien Timmer, managing director of Mammoth Studios (whose previous hits include both Poldark and Victoria), hailed the “ensemble cast of real range”, adding: “We hope Thackeray would approve – and with Michael Palin playing him, why wouldn’t he?”
Vanity Fair is due to premiere on ITV and Amazon Prime Video in 2018.