Matthew Rhys Cast As Mr Darcy In BBC’s ‘Death Comes To Pemberley’

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Rhys as his character in "The Americans"

Rhys as his character in “The Americans”

Rhys Takes On The Infamous “Mr Darcy” Role

Matthew Rhys has been cast in BBC’s three-part serial Death Comes To PemberleyDeadline reports. This year marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen‘s Pride And Prejudice, and to celebrate the milestone BBC is preparing the series which is based on the suspense novel by crime writer P.D. James.

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Death Comes To Pemberley follows three popular Austen characters: Elizabeth Bennett, George Wickham and Fitzwilliam Darcy. Rhys joins Anna Maxwell Martin as Elizabeth and Matthew Goode as Wickham. The story is set six years after Darcy and Elizabeth are married, during their preparations for the annual ball at Pemberley. Happiness and disaster collide when Elizabeth’s sister Lydia arrives – and a murder investigation could destroy everything the Darcys hold close.

On the adaptation and playing iconic Mr Darcy, Rhys says: “Exciting as it is, one of the challenges of a part such as Darcy are the comparisons that will be drawn to those who’ve institutionalized him in the past. The beauty of Pemberly is that it is an entirely new and different Darcy 6 years on.” Rhys, who is known for his portrayal of “Philip Jennings” in FX’s The Americans, is happy he won’t have to re-enact Colin Firth‘s emergence from the lake – as is one of the more memorable scenes from BBC’s 1995 Pride And Prejudice.

The series was adapted by Juliette Towhidi and will be directed by Daniel Percival. Executive producers Ed Rubin, Polly Hill and Hugo Heppell are working on Death Comes To Pemberley, with producers David Thompson and Eliza Mellor. The series is expected to air during the end-of-year holiday break.

Source: Deadline