For those who are still mourning the loss of Jessica Brown Findlay from 'Downton Abbey' (her swan song episode as Sybil Crawley still brings tears to my eyes), I have good news for you. According to Deadline, the British brunette will star in BBC One's three-parter, 'Jamaica Inn,' based on Daphne du Maurier's classic 1936 gothic novel.
I haven't read the book myself (nor did I see the 1939 Alfred Hitchcock film adaptation starring Charles Laughton and Maureen O'Hara) but the plot sounds downright curious and up the alley of whoever fancies a good mystery.
The story is set in 1820s Cornwall, England, and follows spirited Mary Yellan (Brown Findlay), a young woman who is forced to live with her aunt (Joanne Whalley) after the death of her mother. When Mary arrives at the eerie, isolated Jamaica Inn, she discovers things aren't exactly as she remembered as a child. Her once carefree aunt is now firmly under the spell of domineering husband Joss (Sean Harris), who is using the inn as a front for a smuggling ring. And of course there is a bit of romance thrown into the mix to further complicate matters. As Mary attempts to navigate her new surroundings, she falls for bad boy Jem (Matthew McNulty), who happens to be her uncle's brother, and "begins questioning her own morals and loyalties until an ultimate test reveals her true self."
The series was written by Emma Frost ('The White Queen) and will be directed by BAFTA winner Philippa Lowthorpe ('Call The Midwife'). Shooting starts this week with a 2014 airdate that has yet to be confirmed.