TV: Paul Dano and Lily James Circling BBC’s ‘War And Peace’ Miniseries

July 29, 2014 | Posted By In Television, TV Casting | 3337 Views

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Deadline reports that Paul Dano, 30, and Lily James, 25 have been offered the leads in BBC’s six-part adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic “War And Peace.”

The Andrew Davies-scripted “War and Peace” (which is set to air next year in the U.K) is set against the backdrop of the reign of Alexander I and follows various characters, including Pierre Bezukhov, the illegitimate son of a count and Natasha Rostov, Pierre’s love interest and the daughter of a nobleman. Dano is circling the role of Pierre, while James is up for the role of Rostov.

“Needless to say, adapting ‘War And Peace’ is a tremendous but exciting task,” said Harvey Weinstein in a statement back in October regarding the miniseries, which is a co-production between BBC Worldwide, The Weinstein Co. and Look Out Point. “There’s no one I’d rather be partnering with than Lookout Point’s Simon Vaughan and the BBC’s Ben Stephenson and Faith Penhale on this production, whose incredible visions are second to none in bringing classic literature to the screen in the most sophisticated way possible.”

Dano, whose prolific career as a character actor include films like “There Will Be Blood,” “Little Miss Sunshine” and “12 Years a Slave,” will next be seen as the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson in Bill Pohlad’s “Love & Mercy.” James, best known for playing Lady Rose MacClare on “Downton Abbey,” is expected to become a household name once she debuts in the titular role for Disney’s live-action “Cinderella.”


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Alfonso Espina is a Toronto-based freelance writer and graduate of the Journalism program at Ryerson University. He has written for The Huffington Post, Tribute Magazine, Next Projection, Pop Wrapped, MuchMusic, Flicks And The City, and Screen Invasion.