Casting has been announced for BBC One’s upcoming adaptation of William Boyd’s bestselling novel Restless. The two-part drama serial is set to star Hayley Atwell (pictured right in 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger) and Charlotte Rampling, playing the younger and older versions of the central character. Rufus Sewell, Michelle Dockery and Michael Gambon will also appear in the series.
The story focuses on Eva Delectorskaya (Charlotte Rampling), a spy for the British secret service, who has been living a double life. When her daughter (Michelle Dockery) discovers her mother’s deception many memories come to the surface and secrets of the past start to tumble into the present.
In a press release from the BBC, Controller of BBC Drama commissioning Ben Stephenson said “It’s a delight to be able to tell William Boyd’s best seller over three hours on BBC One. The fine cast assembled are a testament to the epic quality of his wartime spy thriller, set across two time periods with an intoxicating female at the centre.”
The drama has been adapted by Boyd himself, and will be made by Endor Productions, in association with the USA’s Sundance Channel for BBC One. Last year, Sundance collaborated on another British drama; the BAFTA winning Appropriate Adult for ITV1.
The BBC have indicated that Restless may form part of their line-up of Christmas television, as the series is currently set to be scheduled for broadcast on BBC One HD and BBC One in late 2012.