From the pages of Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel War and Peace comes BBC and the Weinstein Company’s latest adaptation of the epic tale starring James Norton, Paul Dano, and Lily James. The first trailer for the upcoming miniseries – set to air stateside on Lifetime, A&E Network, and History – has arrived.
War and Peace follows five families as Napoleon invades Russia – though the series focuses in on the intertwining story lines of Andrei Bolkonsky (Norton), Pierre Bezukhov (Dano), and Natasha Rostova (James).
“What [writer Andrew Davies] has done brilliantly is concentrate on their journey,” executive producer Bethan Jones told EW of the project. “It’s such a huge, heavy book, but the themes about the loves and losses of these young people are timeless.”
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The joyous moments of love and new life turn to violence on the battlefield as an ominous warning reveals: “Everything ends in death. Everything.”
The cast of the six-part series includes Gillian Anderson, Stephen Rea, and Jim Broadbent. War and Peace is set to air in January 2016 on Lifetime, A&E Network, and History.