Mammoth Screen, the producers behind Poldark and Victoria are tackling a new adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray’s Vanity Fair for ITV and Amazon.
Thackeray’s 1848 novel will be adapted into a seven-part drama by Gwyneth Hughes, who penned Dark Angel, and will also have one of the directors of Broadchurch on board, James Strong.
Olivia Cooke – the 23 year old star of Steven Spielberg’s forthcoming film Ready Player One, who is known for her roles in Bates Motel and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl – plays Thackeray’s timeless heroine Becky Sharp.
“Gwyneth Hughes’ adaptation of Thackeray’s literary classic is set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, and follows Becky Sharp as she attempts to claw her way out of poverty and scale the heights of English Society," said ITV in a statement.
“Her story of ‘villainy, crime, merriment, lovemaking, jilting, laughing, cheating, fighting and dancing’, takes her all the way to the court of King George IV, via the Battle of Waterloo, breaking hearts and losing fortunes as she goes.”
Reese Witherspoon as Becky Sharp in 2004
Vanity Fair has been adapted many times in the past, most notably with Reese Witherspoon starring as Becky Sharp in the 2004 film and with Natasha Little in the BBC mini-series in the 90s.
The series will be filmed on location in and around London, with additional shooting in Budapest, from September 2017. It is a co-production between ITV and Amazon Studios.