The heartbreaking story of clandestine romance and trench warfare captured in the best-selling novel Birdsong will go before the cameras, with Eddie Redmayne and Clemence Poesy as the passionate but illicit lovers.
The two actors, both fast-rising stars, will lead the three-part television production, which will begin filming on locations in Hungary in the middle of next month.
Birdsong, written by Sebastian Faulks and published to much acclaim in 1993, begins in pre-World War I northern France as a love story between young Englishman Stephen Wraysford, who works in Amiens, and Isabelle Azaire, the much younger, unhappy second wife of a bullying textile factory owner.
(…) The book sold more than three million copies in the UK, and millions more around the globe. Tim Bevan at Working Title snapped up the rights.
Now, award-winning director Philip Martin — he shot Prime Suspect, Hawking and Wallander — will direct Birdsong as a major series for BBC TV and Working Title Television, using a screenplay penned by Abi Morgan.
Clemence is well known to fans of the Harry Potter pictures, in which she plays Fleur Delacour. Interestingly, she will also be appearing in a production of Richard II — however she’ll be playing opposite Ben Whishaw in a version to be directed by Rupert Goold for the BBC and Neal Street Productions.
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