Saturday, September 3, 2011

The Mystery Of Edwin Drood

22 year old Freddie Fox (represented by Tavistock Wood) plays the titular Edwin Drood in The Mystery Of Edwin Drood, a two-part drama for BBC Two by writer Gwyneth Hughes. Freddie, graduated from Guildhall drama school in 2010, and was recently seen in Any Human Heart and The Shadow Line.

An adaptation and completion of Charles Dickens' last novel, Edwin Drood, which was left unfinished at the halfway mark at his death on 9 June 1870, it is psychological thriller about a provincial choirmaster's obsession with Rosa and the lengths he will go to to attain her.

Matthew Rhys stars as John Jasper, the troubled main character whose psyche is split between darkness and light. He has spent his life in the stifling and claustrophobic cathedral town of Cloisterham in a state of frustrated ambition and has become addicted to opium in an attempt to still his ennui and expand his horizons. But the opium is fracturing Jasper's mind so that even as his soul reaches for the sublime in his music, his darker self has conceived a murderous hatred of his nephew Edwin Drood who, he believes, stands between him and the lovely Rosa. The stage is set for a story of mental and moral decline as we discover exactly how far Jasper will go to attain the object of his desire.

 Tamzin Merchant (represented by Curtis Brown), from Brighton, will play 17 year old Rosa Bud. Tamzin played Daenerys in the Game of Thrones pilot and starred as Katherine Howard in the series The Tudors.

A strange, disturbing and modern tale about drugs, stalking and darkness visible, The Mystery Of Edwin Drood is currently in production for transmission later this year.

Kate Harwood, BBC Controller, Drama Series & Serials, says: "Gwyneth's sublime take on and completion of Dickens' unfinished mystery is dark and engaging, amusing and gripping. The casting of Freddie Fox as Edwin Drood and Matthew Rhys as anti-hero John Jasper is a fantastic combination which, alongside the amazing cast of characters, will bring to new life a story that is fresh yet eternally Dickens as we celebrate his bicentenary year."

The Mystery Of Edwin Drood on BBC Two, alongside Great Expectations on BBC One, forms part of the BBC's celebration of Dickens as we go into the bicentenary of his birth, in 2012.

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