David Thewlis to Star in New Adaptation of An Inspector Calls

david-thewlis-premiere-war-horse-01David Thewlis will lead the cast of BBC One’s new adaptation of An Inspector Calls. An Inspector Calls is a play written by English dramatist J. B. Priestley, set in 1912 and first performed in 1945.

The Harry Potter and War Horse actor will play The Inspector in the Aisling Walsh-directed drama, which will air as part of the channel’s season of classic 20th century literature adaptations.

Thewlis will be joined by Ken Stott (The Hobbit) as Arthur Birling and Miranda Richardson (Parade’s End) as Sybil Birling.

Chloe Pirrie (Black Mirror), Kyle Soller (Poldark) and Sophie Rundle (Happy Valley) will also star.

Thewlis said: “An Inspector Calls is a British classic, and I am thrilled to be working on this beautiful screen adaptation with Aisling Walsh.”

The adaptation will be produced by Drama Republic, who recently worked on The Honourable Woman for BBC Two. Playwright Helen Edmunson will adapt the play for television.

The Birling family are spending a happy evening celebrating the engagement of Sheila Birling to Gerald Croft – a marriage that will result in the merging of two successful local businesses. Yet, just when everything seems to be going so well, they receive a surprise visit from an Inspector Goole who is investigating the suicide of a young girl.

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