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BBC takes on the retelling of the fall of Troy

BBC One has unveiled an all-star cast for David Farr’s (The Night Manager) new eight-part event drama Troy: Fall Of A City.

Louis Hunter (The Fosters) and Bella Dayne (Guerrilla) will star as Paris and Helen, the two lovers whose passionate affair plunges Greece and Troy into war, threatening to bring both empires to their knees. David Threlfall (Shameless) plays Paris’ father, King Priam of Troy, alongside Frances O’Connor (The Missing) as Hecuba, Queen of Troy, and Tom Weston-Jones (Dickensian) as their eldest son Hector.

Joseph Mawle (Ripper Street) will star as Odysseus, Chloe Pirrie (War & Peace) as Andromache, Johnny Harris (This Is England 86-90) as Agamemnon, David Gyasi (Interstellar) as Achilles, and Jonas Armstrong (Dark Angel) as Menelaos, the King of Sparta whose marriage to Helen is destroyed when Paris arrives in his city.

Further casting includes Alfred Enoch (How To Get Away With Murder) as the Trojan general Aeneas, and Aimee-Ffion Edwards (Luther) as Priam and Hecuba’s daughter, Cassandra.

An epic tale of mortals and gods, Troy: Fall Of A City is told from the perspective of the Trojan royal family at the heart of the siege, Troy: Fall Of A City is a rich story of love, intrigue, betrayal and belonging.

Piers Wenger, Controller BBC Drama Commissioning, says: “We now have the perfect cast to bring David Farr’s extraordinary scripts to life, including, in Louis Hunter and Bella Dayne, two of the most exciting upcoming actors cast as two of mythology’s most iconic figures. Troy: Fall Of A City will be like nothing broadcast before; a 3,000 year old tale crafted on a huge scale, ready to enthral and capture the imaginations of BBC One viewers as if it were being told for the very first time.”

David Farr says: “I’m delighted we’ve assembled such a high-quality ensemble cast, mixing some exciting new faces with experienced actors whom I have long coveted and admired. The story we’re telling has an epic and political sweep but is also deeply human and intimate. I look forward to seeing these actors take you on the journey.”

Derek Wax, Executive Producer for Wild Mercury, adds: “These myths may be 3,000 years old but they still have an elemental grip on our imagination, resonating through history as current conflicts bring Homer closer to us than ever. I am thrilled that David Farr’s wonderful scripts have attracted such a brilliant cast, breathing new life into these characters, finding the human intimacy within the epic sweep. Wild Mercury is thrilled to have the creative support of the BBC and Netflix, both true champions of this project, and the prospect of working together to deliver a drama of genuine scale and originality to the screen is enormously exciting.”

Troy: Fall Of A City is produced by Wild Mercury in association with Kudos for BBC One and Netflix, and written by David Farr, Nancy Harris (Good Karma Hospital), Mika Watkins (Lucky Man), and Joe Barton (Humans), and will be directed by Owen Harris (Kill Your Friends, Black Mirror) and Mark Brozel (Humans, Dickensian).

Troy: Fall Of A City is filming on location in Cape Town and will premiere in the UK on BBC One and globally outside of the UK on Netflix.