Manchester by the Sea director making Howards End miniseries with Hayley Atwell
Hayley Atwell, Matthew Macfadyen, and Tracy Ullman are taking up residence in Howards End.
The trio have been cast in the BBC’s four-part limited series based on the classic E.M. Forster novel. Starz is also joining as co-producer, per an announcement Wednesday.
Manchester by the Sea filmmaker Kenneth Lonergan is writing the miniseries, which will explore the changing landscape of social and class divisions in turn-of-the-century England through the prism of three families: the intellectual and idealistic Schlegels, the wealthy Wilcoxes from the world of business, and the working-class Basts.
Atwell (Agent Carter) will play Margaret Schlegel, Macfadyen (Ripper Street) will portray Henry Wilcox, and Ullman (The Tracey Ullman Show) will play Aunt Juley Mund.
Hettie Macdonald (White Girl) is directing.
Published in 1910, Howards End was previously adapted to the big screen in 1992, with a cast including Anthony Hopkins, Vanessa Redgrave, Helena Bonham Carter, and Emma Thompson (who won the Oscar for best actress).
The Howards End limited series will film in and around London. The hourlong episodes will air on BBC One in the U.K. and Starz in the U.S.