The BBC has released the first promotional photos for its new adaptation of The Woman in White.
Based on Wilkie Collins’ psychological thriller novel, first published in 1859, the five-part mini-series began filming around Belfast in Northern Ireland earlier this year.
The cast is led by Ben Hardy (X-Men, EastEnders) as Walter Hartright and Jessie Buckley (War and Peace, Taboo) as Marian Halcombe.
They’ll be joined by Olivia Vinall (Apple Tree Yard) as Laura Fairlie, Charles Dance (And Then There Were None) as Mr Fairlie and Dougray Scott (The Replacement) as Sir Percival Glyde, alongside Art Malik (Sherlock), Joanna Scanlon (The Thick of It), Vicki Pepperdine (Getting On) and Riccardo Scamarcio (London Spy).
Jessie Buckley commented: “It’s really exciting to be playing a woman like Marion who has such a strength and rooted integrity. In the midst of this Victorian male puppeteered world where suspense, interrogation and speculative intoxication is what drives this story forward you find Marion, who is undefined by her sex and undefined by her society. She is the Janis Joplin of her time and I can’t wait to learn from this wonderful woman.”
Ben Hardy added: “I have always admired and been a fan of the BBC’s period dramas and I’m so thrilled to be playing the leading role of Walter in this classic story.”
The official synopsis reads: “After Walter Hartright encounters a ghostly woman dressed in all white on a moonlit road, he soon finds himself drawn into a mysterious and disturbing world.”
The Woman in White is expected to air in the UK on BBC One this Christmas.