25/07/2008. Contributed by Jessica Martin
ITV has told SFcrowsnest about their new cast members set to star in its reinterpretation of the 1960s spy-fi TV series The Prisoner. They're going all arty with Ruth Wilson of Jane Eyre fame, and Hayley Atwell of Mansfield Park fame. Oh, Mr Number Six, I do declare, my heart's all a-quiver. And nuke me sideways, Jericho's mystery man, Lennie James, also gets a part. The Prisoner combines a wide range of genres, including espionage, thriller and SciFi.
This news comes on the heels of their recent announcement that Jim Caviezel will play the title role of Number Six and Ian Gandalf McKellen will co-star playing the role of Number Two.
New cast members of The Prisoner include: Ruth Wilson (Jane Eyre, Capturing Mary) in the role of Number 313; Hayley Atwell (Brideshead Revisited, Mansfield Park) as Number 41-5; Lennie James (Jericho, 24 Hour Party People) as Number 147; and Jamie Campbell-Bower (Sweeney Todd, Rocknrolla) as Number 11-12.
Ruth Wilson is a BAFTA and Golden Globe-nominated actress better known for her portrayal of Jane Eyre; she also starred in Stephan Poliakoff's Capturing Mary and A Real Summer.
Hayley Atwell is soon to appear as Julia Flyte in the forthcoming movie remake of Brideshead Revisited; her previous work includes the television adaptations of The Ruby in the Smoke and The Line of Beauty, as well as Mansfield Park for ITV.
Lennie James has had a career on television, film and in theatre. Most recently he has appeared in both series of the CBS show Jericho as the mysterious Robert Hawkins. His film works include Michael Winterbottom's 24 Hour Party People and Guy Ritchie's movie Snatch.
Jamie Campell-Bower is best known for his portrayal of Anthony, alongside Johnny Depp in Sweeney Todd. He has recently filmed Rocknrolla, Guy Ritchie's latest directorial project.
Patrick McGoohan served as the creator, producer, writer and director of the 1960s series. While the original series, which debuted in 1967, was a riff on Cold War politics, ITV’s reinterpretation will, they said, reflect 21st Century concerns and anxieties, such as liberty, security, and surveillance, and showcase the same key elements of paranoia, tense action and socio-political commentary seen in McGoohan’s enigmatic original.
ITV is co-producing the six-part series with AMC and Granada International, with a worldwide premiere in 2009.
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