Just days after its announcement, casting on the Sky Atlantic/BBC America biopic of 007 author Ian Fleming is already shaping up nicely.
The four-part miniseries revolves around a formative time in the author's life, when Fleming was hired to work in deep cover in World War II Germany. Rounding out the cast will be Annabelle Wallis ("Pan Am"), Rupert Evans ("Hellboy"), Lesley Manville ("Law & Order: UK"), Anna Chancellor ("The Hour"), Samuel West ("Mr. Selfridge") and Lara Pulver ("Sherlock"). The cast joins the already announced Dominic Cooper, who will play the titular role of the spy-turned-author.
Wallis will reportedly play Muriel Wright, the original inspiration for the classic 'Bond Girl'. Rounding out the Fleming clan will be Evans as his brother Peter and Manville as their mother Eve. Anna Chancellor will take on the role of Lieutenant Monday, the inspiration for Miss Moneypenny. West will portray Admiral John Godfrey, said to be the inspiration for 007's "M". Godfrey was Fleming's superior officer who he worked with closely during WWII and who put him in charge of Operation Golden Eye.
Perhaps most enticing is the casting of Pulver, who absolutely floored me with her portrayal of Irene Adler in the BBC's "Sherlock" episode. Pulver will play Ann O'Neill, an on-again/off-again significant other of Fleming's who would go on to become his wife after war. O'Neill was said to be heavily influential in Fleming's life and his writing, as the first 007 book "Casino Royale" was published one year after they wed. "I am thrilled to be playing Ann, a real life high society siren worthy of Fleming’s finest fictional femme fatales," Pulver said. "In extraordinary times Ann had the ear of politicians as powerful as Churchill and counted artists like Lucian Freud among her friends, yet was consumed by a torrid romance with the great Ian Fleming; a twisted and passionate love that would last the rest of their lives."
Filming is set to begin next month in Budapest for a fall release. With the cast shaping up the way it is, "Fleming" may be one to keep an eye on.