Joseph Fiennes, Eva Green, Jamie Campbell Bower and Tamsin Egerton have signed on to the upcoming Starz series Camelot.
Camelot reworks the Arthur story. Fiennes will play the wizard Merlin and Eva Green, in her first television role, will be the powerful sorceress Morgana. The essential roles of Arthur and Guinevere will be played by Jamie Campbell Bower and Tamsin Egerton, respectively.
Fiennes was most recently lead in ABC's Flash Forward but is probably best known for playing the title role in Shakespeare in Love and as Robert Dudley in Elizabeth. Green is best known for her role as the mysterious Bond girl Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale.
Bower gained notice playing the role of Anthony in Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, as well as his performance as Caius Volturi in Twilight: New Moon, and is generating buzz for his role in the upcoming two-part conclusion of the Harry Potter saga, when he plays Gellert Grindelwald in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, Parts I and II. Egerton got her first taste of the Arthurian legend playing the young Morgaine in the mini-series The Mists of Avalon.
"With Joseph Fiennes, Eva Green, Jamie Campbell Bower and Tamsin Egerton in the cast, we've got actors who can bring real passion and intensity to their roles," Starz CEO Chris Albrecht said in a release.
Production is slated to begin this month with the 10-episode series premiering in early 2011.
Camelot is a co-production between the Irish production company Octagon and Take 5 Productions in Canada, developed in association with the UK's Ecosse Films. It will be broadcast on Starz in the US, and on the CBC in Canada, and will be distributed internationally by GK.-TV.
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