All for one, and one for all!
The BBC announced today the key cast members of their series adaptation of the classic Alexandre Dumas story "The Three Musketeers."
Luke Pasqualiano ("Skins", "The Borgias") will take on the role of D'Artagnan, joining forces with the three musketeers in Atho, Aramis and Porthos, played by Tom Burke ("The Hour"), Santiago Cabrera ("Merlin", "Heroes") and Howard Charles. The swashbuckling group will take on the villainous Cardinal Richelieu, played by "The Thick of It"'s Peter Capaldi.
This latest adaptation of the classic novel is produced, created, and written by "My Week With Marilyn"'s Adrian Hodges, and is described by the BBC as "a fresh and contemporary take on the classic characters." (Hopefully not in 3D like the latest abomination starring Milla Jovovich.)
The "contemporary take" quote does not imply that the heroes will be brought into modern times, however. The series will remain set in 17th century Paris, with the musketeers finding themselves in a new adventure each week.
"I'm thrilled to be working with such a dynamic, talented and attractive ensemble cast on our new version of The Musketeers. This series is all about passion, romance, heroism and action, and I can't think of a better group of actors to embody those diverse qualities," Hodges said.
The series is a co-production between BBC One and BBC America, likely to air its 10 episode run on both networks early next year.
Said Ben Stephenson, controller of BBC Drama: "The ambition of this drama is clearly illustrated with such a world-class mix of talent -- the perfect team to take the audience on thrilling action adventures every week."