Hayley Atwell is going from comic books to classic literature.
The "Agent Carter" actress will star in a limited series adaptation of E.M. Forster's novel "Howards End" for Starz and BBC One, according to Deadline. "Manchester By the Sea" writer/director Kenneth Lonergan is penning the script, and Matthew Macfadyen ("Pride and Prejudice") and Tracy Ullman ("Tracey Ullman's Show") are set to co-star.
The 1992 "Howards End" film adaptation starred Vanessa Redgrave, Anthony Hopkins, and Emma Thompson, who won an Academy Award for her performance.
Atwell will play Margaret Schlegel, who hails from an intellectual and idealistic family. Set at the turn of the 20th century, "Howards End" follows the Schlegels, the wealthy Wilcoxes, and the working-class Basts as they navigate the changing landscape of social conventions and class divisions. Macfadyen will play Margaret's love interest, Henry Wilcox.
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Helen Schlegel falls for Paul Wilcox, but is rebuffed. Her sister Margaret becomes friends with his mother, who promises her the family house, Howards End. Unfortunately, after her death, the will disappears and it appears the inheritance will disappear. Until the widower, Henry Wilcox, becomes attracted to Margaret. Read More