‘Vanity Fair’ preview: The makers of ‘Victoria’ are adapting the classic book for ITV

A new poster have been unveiled for ITV’s upcoming Vanity Fair mini-series.

Starring Olivia Cooke (Ready Player OneBates Motel) as heroine Becky Sharp, the seven-part period drama is based on English novelist William Makepeace Thackeray’s novel.

The story was first published as a 19-volume monthly serial in the 1840s and is widely regarded as the “principal founder” of the Victorian domestic novel.

Adapted by Gwyneth Hughes (Dark AngelMiss Austen Regrets), Vanity Fair began filming in Budapest, Hungary earlier this year and is being produced by the makers of Poldark and Victoria.

The cast also includes Johnny Flynn (Genius), Martin Clunes (Doc Martin), Frances de La Tour (The History Boys), Suranne Jones (Doctor Foster), Michael Palin (Monty Python), Tom Bateman (Murder on the Orient Express), Charlie Rowe (Salvation), Claudia Jessie (Line of Duty), Simon Russell Beale (Spooks) and Claire Skinner (Outnumbered).

The official synopsis for Vanity Fair reads: “Gwyneth Hughes’ adaptation of Thackeray’s literary classic is set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, and follows Becky Sharp as she attempts to claw her way out of poverty and scale the heights of English Society. Her story of “villainy, crime, merriment, lovemaking, jilting, laughing, cheating, fighting and dancing”, takes her all the way to the court of King George IV, via the Battle of Waterloo, breaking hearts and losing fortunes as she goes.”

Vanity Fair is expected to air in the UK this autumn on ITV and will premiere in the US as an Amazon Prime Exclusive.