The BBC have announced that actor David Thewlis will lead the cast of the BBC One adaptation of JB Priestley’s play, An Inspector Calls.
Thewlis (Harry Potter) will play The Inspector in the detective thriller set in 1912 and had this to say: “An Inspector Calls is a British classic and I am thrilled to be working on this beautiful screen adaptation with Aisling Walsh.”
An Inspector Calls follows the suicide of a young woman in the nearby town, an Inspector calls to interrogate the wealthy Birling family.
Joining Thewlis are Ken Stott (The Hobbit) and Miranda Richardson (Mapp & Lucia) as Arthur and Sybil Birling with Chloe Pirrie (Black Mirror), Kyle Soller (Poldark) and Peaky Blinder’s star Sophie Rundle and Finn Cole.
An Inspector Calls starts filming this month in Yorkshire and is produced by Drama Republic (The Honourable Woman) and will be directed by Aisling Walsh (Room as the Top). Critically acclaimed playwright Helen Edmundson will adapt the play for television as part of the BBC’s season of classic 20th Century literature adaptations which will also include Adrian Hodges’ adaptation of The Go-Between, DH Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover adapted by Jed Mercurio and Ben Vanstone’s adaption of Cider With Rosie by Laurie Lee.
An Inspector Calls will air on BBC One later this year.