LONDON — The Weinstein Company has taken North American rights to “Doctor Thorne,” which has been adapted by “Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes from the novel by Anthony Trollope. Tom Hollander (“Pirates of the Caribbean”), Rebecca Front and Ian McShane star in the drama, which has been greenlit by U.K. broadcaster ITV.
The cast also includes Alison Brie, who played Trudy Campbell in “Mad Men,” Richard McCabe (“Peaky Blinders”), Phoebe Nicholls (“Downton Abbey”) and Gwyneth Keyworth (“Game of Thrones”).
Hollander stars as Dr. Thomas Thorne, who lives in the village of Greshamsbury in Barsetshire, with his young niece, Mary (Martini), a girl blessed with every gift except money. Mary has grown up alongside the Gresham family, whose house, Greshamsbury Park, and status dominate the county. However, Francis Gresham Senior (Richard McCabe) has frittered away the family fortune and now his wife, Lady Arabella Gresham, played by Front (“Humans,” “The Thick of It”), their daughters Augusta (Keyworth) and Beatrice (Nell Barlow), and their handsome brother Frank (Harry Richardson) face losing their home.
The director is Niall McCormick and the producer is Helen Gregory. The three-part drama will be produced by Hat Trick Productions and filming begins in September.
“Doctor Thorne” will be executive produced by Fellowes with Hat Trick’s head of drama, Mark Redhead, Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein, Christopher Kelly and Ted Childs.
Fellowes said: “‘Doctor Thorne’ is a wonderful example of Trollope’s gift for understanding the tangles we humans get into. He is sharply observant, critical and merciful in equal measure and, above all, highly entertaining. With the cast we have assembled, I am confident we can bring all of these qualities to the screen.”
Hat Trick International is handling international distribution.