‘The Luminaries’ is a gold rush fairytale

After playing a powerful young woman in Penny Dreadful, Eva Green is once again a Victorian-era heroine.

Adapted from New Zealand author Eleanor Catton’s 2013 novel, The Luminaries is set in the midst of the gold rush. It will be set in the landscapes of New Zealand, where many Europeans settled, sometimes ambitious, sometimes desperate. It is clear that there is a lot of envy for the island.

After the success of Penny Dreadful or other notable roles in films such as Dark Shadows or Miss Peregrine and the Special Children, the former James Bond girl will once again be at the centre of the plot. She will embody a mysterious fortune-teller with troubled intentions. Irish actress Eve Hewson (The Knicks) and Himesh Patel (Yesterday) will also join her in The Luminaries.

Eva Green is back on the small screen. The actress from “Casino Royale” has landed a role in the series “The Luminaries” which is broadcasted on the British channel BBC Two in England and on TVNZ1 in New Zealand. The series, which consists of six sixty-minute episodes, is based on Eleanor Catton’s novel “The Luminaries” published in 2013. Filming of the television adaptation began in New Zealand in November 2018 under the direction of director Claire McCarthy (“Ophelia”) and author Eleanor Catton.

The plot takes place in 1860 during the gold rush in New Zealand. The story follows the life of Walter Moody, a gold digger who settles on the west coast of New Zealand near a gold mining area in order to make his fortune. However, his plans take an unexpected turn when he stumbles upon a group of twelve men and mysteries surrounding a series of unsolved crimes. “The Luminaries” will also tell the story of Anna Weltherell, a young adventurer who left Britain to start a new life in New Zealand.

Reflections on a modern gold rush

When we talk about the gold rush we can even say that today New-Zealand’s tourism is peaking.

Eva Green will play the role of Lydia Wells, whose details have not yet been revealed. She will play the part of Eve Hewson, who will play Anna Wetherell, and will reunite with Marton Csokas, with whom she played Francis Carver in “Sin City: I Killed for Her”. “I am delighted to join Working Title and this great team. Eleanor has written a series of brilliant screenplays. I love her novel and it’s exciting to see that her adaptation on the small screen reveals even more potential,” said Eva Green.

Fremantle holds the international rights to the new series produced by Working Title Television, BBC, Fremantle, Silver Reel and Southern Light Films. Eleanor Catton’s novel was critically acclaimed when it was first published and won the Man Booker Prize in 2013, making her the youngest recipient of this most prestigious award in the literary world.

A mystical plot

Anna Wetherell (Eve Hewson) is a young woman who decides to change her life. Along the way, she meets Emery Staines (Himesh Patel) and has high hopes for her future. But the enchanting Lydia Wells (Eva Green) is determined to set a trap for Anna, who is determined to thwart the rendezvous between these soul mates.

The series is a series of desire, manipulation and betrayal. Six one-hour episodes will make up this first season. Apart from these few pieces of information, the release of The Luminaries has not received much media attention. We know that the author herself has contributed to the adaptation of her novel, which suggests that the adaptation will be rather faithful to it.