Sunday, January 1, 2012

First Look at Birdsong starring Eddie Redmayne

29 year old Eddie Redmayne (represented in the UK by United Agents) and ClĂ©mence Poesy star as the passionate lovers Stephen and Isabelle brought together by love and torn apart by the First World War, in BBC One's adaptation of Sebastian Faulks' epic love story Birdsong.

The two-part adaptation moves between 1910 and 1916, in turns telling the story of Stephen Wraysford's passionate and erotic, but ultimately doomed, affair with Isabelle Azaire before the war, and the enduring effect it has on him as he fights amidst the blood and gore of the trenches.

 This is where he meets Jack Firebrace (Joseph Mawle), a tunneller who is emotional, gregarious and popular with the other men, where Stephen is closed, reserved and distant. In Jack, Stephen sees a version of what he could be as he gradually learns from him what it means to be a man, and to be a father, and in doing so he begins to make peace with his feelings for Isabelle.

The cast also includes Thomas Turgoose (This Is England) Richard Madden (Game of Thrones), one of Screen International's Stars of Tomorrow 2011,  and George McKay, who recently filmed the lead role in another WW1 feature Private Peaceful.

Birdsong will air on BBC One in January.

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