New filming photos have arrived for BBC One’s epic War Of The Worlds adaptation, starring Rafe Spall and Eleanor Tomlinson. The H.G. Wells’s classic novel is being adapted by Doctor Who‘s Peter Harness and marks the first British television adaptation of the alien invasion tale, with filming currently underway in Liverpool.
The series is set in Edwardian England, rather than America, and follows George, played by Spall, and his partner Amy, played by Tomlinson as they attempt to defy society and start a life together against the escalating terror of an alien invasion. Sherlock‘s Rupert Graves plays George’s older brother Frederick, while Trainspotting‘s Robert Carlyle stars as Ogilvy, an astronomer and scientist.
You can check out Tomlinson and Spall on set of the film. No Tripods yet so we’re going have to wait a little longer to actually get a look at the invaders.
Tomlinson said she was delighted to be “taking on the Martians” with Spall. “I’ve been a fan of Craig Viveiros’ work for a while, so creating this world with him at the helm is very exciting” while Spall has described being “thrilled” to be bringing the story to the screen and honored to work alongside Tomlinson in the lead role.
Writer Harness (Wallander) added: “The version of The War of the Worlds that I wanted to make is one that’s faithful to the tone and the spirit of the book, but which also feels contemporary, surprising and full of shocks: a collision of sci-fi, period drama and horror.”
You can check out some more photos of the series’ period setting with Liverpool’s St George’s Hall being transformed into an Edwardian scene.
First syndicated by Pearson’s Magazine in 1897 H.G. Wells’s War Of The Worlds was published as a book the next year. There have been a number of film, television, and of course, radio adaptations. Most productions have updated the novel to contemporary times and settings like the 1953 film taking place in Southern Califonia, while Spielberg’s 2005 Tom Cruise adaptation was set in New York. Even Orson Welles infamous 1938 radio play shifted locations stateside. There has only been one War Of The Worlds’ version that has retained the period setting and that was a direct-to-video adaptation.
No release date for this new War Of The Worlds miniseries has been revealed but it is expected to air later this year.
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