This Week in Period Dramas – Sunday News Roundup 21st May 2017

May 21, 2017

BBC's The Woman In White

We’re introducing a new feature to Lost In Drama, a news roundup titled ‘This Week in Period Dramas’. Expect a post every Sunday, collecting the top filming updates, casting announcements, fascinating interviews and latest movie trailers from across the internet.

First Trailer Released For Cary Fukanaga’s The Alienist

Last Wednesday, Variety revealed the first official trailer for a much-anticipated series – The Alienist, a detective thriller set in 1896’s New York. Starring Dakota Fanning, Daniel Bruhl and Luke Evans, it looks rich in detail and high in drama. The story follows the hunt for a mysterious serial killer, led by criminal psychologist Dr Laszlo Kreizler (Bruhl).

Many period drama fans are already well acquainted with the show’s executive producer Cary Fukanaga, who directed 2011’s big screen Jane Eyre adaptation. Fukanaga is also known for creating the True Detective series, and The Alienist looks set to combine features of those two previous pieces of work. There’s no clear UK release date as yet, but Netflix has been in negotiations to broadcast the series. Check out the trailer below –

BBC Confirms New Adaptation of Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy

The BBC are set to create the first ever adaptation of Vikram Seth’s epic novel A Suitable Boy, one of the longest novels ever published in the English language. Taking on this formidable task is Andrew Davies, who with his experience of writing both 1995’s adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and last year’s War and Peace, will doubtless take on the challenge with skill.

This is a very important step for the BBC, after receiving some well-deserved criticism from both prominent screen actors and Ofcom for the lack of racial diversity in their programming, particularly in their large number of period dramas. A Suitable Boy is set in post-Colonial India, and will feature a completely non-white cast.

Kirsten Dunst and Sofia Coppola Discuss The Beguiled

As The Beguiled made its debut at Cannes Film Festival this week, Variety published an interview with director Sofia Coppola and lead actress Kirsten Dunst. The film is set a girls’ boarding school in the American Civil War, and stars Dunst, Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning and Colin Farrell. You can check out the trailer here, and it’s due to hit UK cinemas on 23 June 2017.

The Variety article is a fun interview that’s worth checking out for fans of historical films, not least because Coppola and Dunst also discuss their joint work in 2006’s Marie Antoinette. There’s also some interesting discussion on the nature of the film as a remake (or not so), female directors, and some behind the scenes snippets from The Beguiled.

A Huge Teaser Trailer Has Been Unveiled by BBC Drama

It’s hard to know where to start with this one! The BBC released a two and a half minute long teaser trailer for all their upcoming shows, and we’ve spotted no less than five upcoming period dramas. There’s appearances there from the Peaky Blinders gang, Ross and Demelza from season three of Poldark, and Romola Garai as the lead in the new adaptation of hit novel The Miniaturist. To top it all off, there’s a brief look at Wilkie Collins adaptation The Woman in White and a prominent appearance by Game of Thrones star Kit Harington in the upcoming historical drama Gunpowder, based on the notorious plot of 1605.

Have we missed any more? Let us know in the comments!

Check in with us next Sunday for our next news roundup.

More about Jen Scouler

Jen Scouler is a magazine journalist, film critic and the founder of Lost In Drama. With degrees in both English Literature and Digital Journalism, she has experience of writing for popular print and online publications. Jen is also devoted to her metaphorical novelist aunties - Aunt Jane, Charlotte and Jo are particular favourites - and is usually found with an Earl Grey tea in hand.

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