From the pages of Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel War and Peace comes BBC and the Weinstein Company’s latest adaptation of the epic tale starring James Norton, (Happy Valley, Belle, Grantchester) Paul Dano, (12 Years A Slave, Prisoners, There Will Be Blood) and Lily James (Cinderella, Downton Abbey) .
The first trailer for the upcoming miniseries has arrived. The six-part series, which is directed by Tom Harper and adapted by Andrew Davies, was shot on location in Russia, Lithuania and Latvia.
The notoriously expansive novel begins in 1805 Russia and revolves around five aristocratic families set against the backdrop of the reign of Alexander I, the lingering effects of his grandmother Catherine The Great’s rule and the events surrounding Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812. Natasha Rostova is one of the novel’s central characters, who ultimately falls in love with Pierre Bezukhov, the awkward illegitimate son who rises in society but leads a tumultuous life as he seeks to overcome his emotions. Andrei Bolkonsky is Natasha’s other suitor who forms the third leg of the love triangle. In King Vidor’s 1956 feature adaptation, the roles were played by Audrey Hepburn, Henry Fonda and Mel Ferrer.