Friday, April 26, 2013

First look at the Musketeers

Currently filming in Prague, Luke Pasqualino (represented by BWH), stars as the young D’Artagnan in the new BBC adaptation of Alexandre Dumas classic The Three Musketeers.

He's joined by Tom Burke as Athos, Royal Shakespeare Company-trained actor Howard Charles as Porthos, and Santiago Cabrera, who played Lancelot in Merlin, plays Aramis.

Tamla Kari (represented by Curtis Brown), who appeared in The Inbetweeners movie and starred in BBC Three comedy Cuckoo, plays Constance Bonacieux, who leads a dull but comfortable life married to a cloth merchant until it is turned upside down when D’Artagnan tumbles into her life, and she becomes involved with The Musketeers.

Set on the streets of seventeenth century Paris, where law and order is more an idea than reality, the series follows Musketeers Athos, Aramis and Porthos. They are far more than King Louis XIII’s personal bodyguards. They stand resolutely for social justice, for honor, for valor, for love – and for the thrill of it. 
D’Artagnan, a skilled fighter from rural Gascony, meets the three Musketeers while on a mission to right the wrong of his father’s death. Although he meets the men in unfortunate circumstances, he finds kindred spirits in the other soldiers. 
Athos, who has rejected his noble roots to become a Musketeer, has a past shrouded in mystery. He quickly befriends D’Artagnan, but is prone to getting in trouble. 
Porthos is a larger than life character, who has come from humble beginnings to become a soldier in the most elite regiment in the land, finding a family in the other Musketeers. Never short of admirers, Aramis has an effortless charm which leads him in and out of love. Despite this, he is a shrewd pragmatist who is ferocious in battle and commands a key place in the brotherhood.

The cast went through extensive combat and sword training before filming began.

Adrian Hodges, who created the ten-part series, said: “The four actors look brilliant together and it seems like they have been working together for years. The camaraderie between them makes each action-packed scene exciting and authentic, and the image we have released today really encapsulates that."

The Musketeers also stars Peter Capaldi, Maimie McCoy and Hugo Speer and is expected to air in 2014.

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