First look at ‘Sanditon’ and ‘Downton’ stars in ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’ series

Sanditon star Theo James returns to our screens this year in The Time Traveler’s Wife.

HBO’s upcoming series is based on Audrey Niffenegger’s best-selling 2003 novel of the same name.

Niffenegger’s book was previously turned into a hit movie in 2009, featuring Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams.

This new television adaptation of The Time Traveler’s Wife comes from the makers of Sherlock.

Best known for her roles in Game of Thrones, Vigil, and The Good Fight, Scottish actress Rose Leslie is playing Clare.

The Time Traveler’s Wife has been adapted this time by Scottish writer Steven Moffat, best known for his work on Sherlock, Doctor Who, and Dracula.

The book’s synopsis reads: “A most untraditional love story, this is the celebrated tale of Henry DeTamble, a dashing, adventuresome librarian who inadvertently travels through time, and Clare Abshire, an artist whose life takes a natural sequential course.

“Henry and Clare’s passionate affair endures across a sea of time and captures them in an impossibly romantic trap that tests the strength of fate and basks in the bonds of love.”

Playing time traveler Henry is 37-year-old English actor Theo James, who has starred in Sanditon and all three Divergent movies.

Discussing Theo James’ role in The Time Traveler’s Wife, writer Steven Moffat has told Entertainment Weekly: “I think he’s going to really shock people with just how good he is, because he has to play several different Henrys.”

He explained: “He has to play this sort of not particularly likable, but rather charming punk Henry that she first meets from the library who’s such a disappointment to her. And he has to play the wise elder statesman Henry that she turns the young punk into, but who’s still a bit more devilish than he seems.”

Moffat added: “We were just marveling today in the cutting room at the contrasts in his performance when he plays a scene with himself, which he quite often has to do. He can make himself a different Henry just in such small details.”

Entertainment Weekly also unveiled this first photo from the series:

The Time Traveler’s Wife will premiere in the US on HBO in 2022.

It’s expected to air on Sky in the UK shortly after its American debut.

Sanditon is returning for a second season next year, although Theo James won’t be back as Sidney Parker.

The actor had already signed for The Time Traveler’s Wife when the surprise announcement was made that Sanditon would also be filming new episodes this summer at the same time, despite the show having been cancelled in 2020.

Theo James and Rose Leslie both previously starred in Downton Abbey, playing Mr Pamuk and housemaid Gwen.

Downton Abbey: The Complete Collection box set is available on DVD on Amazon.