In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the publication of literary classic "Pride And Prejudice" the BBC is paying tribute to author Jane Austen with a new mini-series, and it appears the network has found its leading man.
Matthew Rhys, best known to US audiences for his star-making turn on FX's Cold War espionage thriller "The Americans," has reportedly joined the cast of "Death Comes To Pemberley," a suspense novel which features Austen's classic characters. The actor joins the cast as Mr. Darcy, the aloof love interest of Elizabeth Bennet in Austen's novel, joining Anna Maxwell Martin ("Becoming Jane") as Elizabeth and Matthew Goode ("Watchmen") as George Wickham.
"We’re delighted to be filming this witty, original and beautifully imagined book from Britain’s best loved crime writer-murder and Jane Austen, a delicious combination! This will be a very unexpected and audacious period drama. And we are so pleased with the cast that have been drawn to it, Matthew Rhys Anna Maxwell Martin, Matthew Goode and the others will bring real sparkle to the screen," said executive producer David Thompson of the project.
"Death Comes To Pemberley" picks up six years into the happy marriage of Darcy and Elizabeth, where a mysterious murder leads to an investigation that could tear apart the palatial estate of Pemberley.
Rhys said, "Exciting as it is, one of the challenges of a part such as Darcy are the comparisons that will be drawn to those who’ve institutionalized him in the past. The beauty of Pemberley is that it is an entirely new and different Darcy 6 years on."
Filming of the series begins next month in Yorkshire for a holiday season premiere.