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February 18, 2013
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The Daily Mail shares some exciting news! And according to them Eddie is set to star in a new BBC mini-series based on the book War and Peace. This is not 100% definite but it sounds like it is a definite possibility!

War and Peace, one of the greatest novels of all time, is to be turned into an epic television drama by the BBC.

Leo Tolstoy’s classic book will be made into a six-part series, it has been announced today.

It will written by the award-winning scriptwriter Andrew Davies, who is best known for his adaptations of Pride and Prejudice, Little Dorrit and Bleak House.

Although the castings have yet to be announced, Les Miserables star Eddie Redmayne has been tipped to take up one of leading roles.

BBC controller Danny Cohen said: ‘War And Peace is truly epic in scale and builds on BBC One’s commitment to bringing audiences drama of the highest quality and impact.

‘Told over six episodes, Andrew Davies will bring his exceptional powers of adaptation to this literary masterpiece.’

The adaptation will be screened on BBC One in 2015 and will be the first adaptation of the novel on British television for 40 years.

Veteran screenwriter Davies, who also scripted the Bridget Jones films and the popular ITV drama Mr Selfridge, said: ‘Not just a great novel, it’s a wonderful read and it’ll make a wonderful serial.

‘A thrilling, funny and heartbreaking story of love, war and family life.

He joked that the interaction between characters and families would be ‘very familiar’ to fans of the soap opera Eastenders, but with ‘not so much yelling and nobody on the dole’.

Davies has expressed his desire to cast an unknown actress to play Natasha Rostova.

But he said the roles of male protagonists Pierre and Andrei will be played by more experienced actors.

Actor and model Eddie Redmayne is the favourite to play one of the lead roles, but Bafta award-winning writer Davies refused to speculate about prospective stars.

Faith Penhale, executive producer and head of drama at BBC Wales, said: ‘Andrew Davies is the master of the classic adaptation and it’s thrilling to be able to bring War And Peace, with its rich cast of characters and epic drama, to BBC One.

‘Today’s audience will be drawn into the sweeping story of life and love during a time of conflict, with a dazzling production that brings to life the great vision and scale of the novel.’

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