As Downton Abbey comes to a close, Julian Fellowes’ latest project, an adaptation of Anthony Trollope’s Doctor Thorne, is on its way to the U.K.’s ITV with a cast including Tom Hollander, Ian McShane, and Alison Brie.
The period drama follows Dr. Thomas Thorne (Hollander) who lives with his peniless niece, Mary (Stefanie Martini), who falls for Frank Gresham (Harry Richardson). The Greshams were a wealthy family until Frank’s father, Francis Gresham Senior (Richard McCabe), lost all of their money. The family manages to get by on a loan acquired by Dr. Thorne from railway tycoon Sir Roger Scatcherd (McShane). But now, it’s up to Frank to marry up in order to save the family from financial ruin. Frank’s mother, Lady Arabella (Rebecca Front) sets her eye on a young, rich American heiress named Miss Martha Dunstable (Alison Brie).
“Doctor Thorne is a wonderful example of Trollope’s gift for understanding the tangles we humans get into,” Fellowes said in a release. “He is sharply observant, critical and merciful in equal measure and, above all, highly entertaining. With the cast we have assembled, I am confident we can bring all of these qualities to the screen.”
Directed by Niall McCormick, additional casting for the project includes Phoebe Nicholls, Gwyneth Keyworth, Kate O’Flynn, Edward Franklin and Cressida Bonas. The Weinstein Co. has acquired the North American rights for this three-part drama which begins filming this month.
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