Back in November of last year, I talked about this miniseries project based on Ken Follett’s best-seller book Pillars of the Earth. The show’s produced by Tandem Communications, Muse Entertainment and Ridley & Tony Scott’s Scott Free Films, and has been acquired by cable network Starz.
The Pillars of the Earth is a sweeping epic of good and evil, treachery and intrigue, violence and beauty. This sensuous, spirited and passionate story is set against a backdrop of war, religious strife and power struggles which tears lives and families apart. In that time, there rises a magnificent Cathedral in Kingsbridge.
It’s got a pretty decent budget of $40 million and was shot on location in Hungary and Austria. Last week the first trailer was released (thanks Prairiegirl!):
This looks like a captivating story and I’m a big fan of historical period dramas — medieval or otherwise. It boasts a stellar, mostly-British cast, including Prairiegirl and my favorite Rufus Sewell, which is always a huge plus. Here’s what the British author said on Oprah’s site about the casting: “… Ian McShane as the dark soul Waleran Bigod, who believes he is God’s will; the intense and multifaceted Rufus Sewell as Tom Builder—probably the most popular character I ever wrote. Matthew Macfadyen, who portrays the complex Prior Philip with unrelenting strength; the highly regarded Sarah Parish as the manipulative and dangerous Regan Hamleigh. Then there’s the wonderful young talent: the lovely and truly gifted Hayley Atwell playing our heroine, Aliena and Eddie Redmayne as our hero, Jack … I’ve been looking at footage regularly since Pillars went before the cameras in June 2009, and the cast is so good I can hardly believe it.”
I’m hopeful it lives up to the hype. It’ll arrive in the US sometime in July, looking forward to it!
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Also looking very, VERY forward to this, and eight episodes altogether. I’ll let you know if I cave in and add Starz to my cable channel lineup!
Hey, if you do, we gotta watch this together, Becky. LOTS of great actors in addition to Rufus, but he’s definitely gonna be the eye candy! 🙂
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