The BBC will be producing the latest in the neverending line of adaptations of Alexandre Dumas's 1844 novel 'The Three Musketeers.' This one's simply titled, for some reason, 'The Musketeers,' and now we have our first photo of the titular swashbucklers.
Pictured above are Aramis (Santiago Cabrera, 'Merlin,' 'Heroes'), Porthos (newcomer Howard Charles), D’Artagnan (Luke Pasqualiano, 'Skins'), and Athos (Tom Burke, 'The Hour,' 'Only God Forgives'). They're the titular Musketeers of the drama, but it feels like someone's missing...
Oh, right! Peter Capaldi! The actor has become a very big name since the announcement that he will take over as the star of 'Doctor Who' this Christmas, but he'll also be appearing in 'The Musketeers' next year as the villainous Cardinal Richelieu -- and he's nowhere to be spotted in this photo.
Now, seeing as Capaldi's involvement with the series would only build the hype around it, his exclusion from this initial photo (you know, he could have been a spectral presence hovering above the swashbucklers, or something) seems to indicate to me that the BBC is either teasing audiences who want to see the actor as the iconic villain or deliberately excluding him from the marketing, so that he's not associated with such a villainous role right as he takes on the part of one of television's biggest heroes. That's a lot of conjecture for just one promotional photo, but either answer would make sense.
'The Musketeers,' which is headed up by 'Primeval' writer Adrian Hodges, will air for a limited run of ten episodes in 2014. Will you be tuning in?