'Penny Dreadful' Alum Eva Green to Star in BBC Drama 'The Luminaries'

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Penny Dreadful actress Eva Green, Into the Badlands actor Marton Csokas, and Robin Hood alum Eve Hewson are to star in the BBC's six-part drama, The Luminaries.

The series based on Eleanor Catton's Man Booker Prize-winning novel is to begin filming in November. The story takes place during the 1860s gold rush in New Zealand.

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The saga is about Julia Day, a woman who falls in love with a much younger man.

"Eleanor has written a series of brilliant screenplays. I loved her original novel and it's so exciting that her own screen adaptation reveals yet more exquisite material," Green said in a statement.

Marton Csokas and Eve Hewson (Jesse Grant/Getty Images for AMC; Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

"I've had tremendous fun adapting this novel for the screen and feel incredibly lucky to be working with such fantastic people across different art forms," Catton added. "Writing a novel is a solitary business, but writing for the screen is emphatically collaborative, and to see the world of The Luminaries enlarged and enriched in ways that go far beyond the scope of my own imagination has been a humbling and hugely exhilarating experience. I couldn't be happier that the brilliant Claire McCarthy is at the helm, and I can't wait to see this incredible cast bring the story to life."

By Karen Butler

Originally published in UPI Entertainment News.

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