Note: This was my April Fool's joke for 2014. Sorry for any confusion or false hopes this post may have caused! It was fun writing about my dream cast though! :)
In 2012 I had the joy of reading Charles Dicken's A Tale Of Two Cities for the first time and really loved it! (Read my thoughts in this guest post.) My dear friend Melody was reading the book at the same time and we had such fun not only discussing the book but also dreaming about what a great TV miniseries it would make and who we would cast in the main roles. Now to my surprise and extreme delight I heard a rumor that there is indeed a new adaptation in the works! They are filming now in France and England!
And to top that they have announced some of the cast!!!
Kimberley Nixon as Lucie Manette
She made such a sweet Sophy Hutton in Cranford and I'm convinced she is the perfect choice for the angelic Lucie!
Tom Hiddleston as Sydney Carton
He's proved he can play villains and heroes with the same amount of incredible skill and I am so excited at the prospect of him playing the amazing man that is Sydney Carton! He'll also do Carton's comedic side justice. Hope they make his hair dark for this role. And as much I love him I am kinda disappointed that they didn't choose Benedict Cumberbatch.
J.J. Feild as Charles Darnay
Well, he does resemble Tom Hiddleston quite a bit and has a charming easy manner. I think he could be quite believable as the kind and honorable tudor who is in love with sweet Lucie.
Jonathan Pryce as Dr. Manette
Not sure he is quite frail enough but he will probably make a good father for Lucie.
Imelda Staunton as Miss Pross
As has been said before, no period drama is quite complete without an Imelda Staunton! Not sure she is quite old enough but she could definitely be a fierce protector for her "Ladybird", Lucie Manette
Alun Armstrong as Jerry Cruncher
No Charles Dickens adaptation is quite the same without Mr. Armstrong! This is delightful casting because I saw him in my mind while reading the book! He will be an amazing "master of the house"!
Andy Serkis as John Barsad
He was the perfect evil French villain in Little Dorrit and now ironically he is changing sides and taking on the role of the British scoundrel Barsad! I'm super excited by this casting!
David Suchet as Jarvis Lorry
He actually played John Barsad in A Tale Of Two Cities (1980) but I think he will be wonderful as the kind lawyer friend of Dr. Manette. I do wish he was playing one of the French characters though because his accents are a dream!
Brendan Coyle as Ernest Defarge
Wow! Bet you never expected he'd be cast in this role, especially as a Frenchman! Not sure he will be quite right but I always enjoy his roles.
Alex Kingston as Madame Defarge
Wow, she will be so fierce as Madame Defarge! And just imagine all those curls under a red cap! I wonder if she knows how to knit?
Charles Dance as Marquis St. Evermond
No Dickens film is quite the same without him either, he is so good in the villain roles! Perfectly aristocratic and evil!
And rumor is that Andrew Davies who did such an excellent job with Little Dorrit and Bleak House wrote the screenplay for this new miniseries. I approve but am a bit worried about some of the flashback scenes with the Marquis and Madame Defarge's family.
Overall I'm just very excited about this upcoming miniseries!!!
Have you read A Tale Of Two Cities?
Do you approve of these cast choices?
What actors would be in your dream cast?
And by the way, Happy April Fools Day! ;)