Olivia Cooke to star in new version of Vanity Fair

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Ready Player One (2018) star Olivia Cooke will play Becky Sharp in the new adaptation of the literary classic Vanity Fair produced by Amazon and ITV.

The new adaptation of Thackeray’s 1848 book, written by Gwyneth Hughes of Five Days, will star Cooke as Becky Sharp, an ambitious climber desperate to escape poverty and rise to the top of the English elite. Johnny Flynn (Genius), Martin Clunes (Doc Martin), Frances de La Tour (The Boys in History), Tom Bateman (Murder on the Orient Express), Charlie Rowe (Salvation), Claudia Jessie (Line of Duty), Suranne Jones (Doctor Foster) and Michael Palin (The Death of Stalin) are also part of the cast. Julia Stannard (War & Peace) produced Vanity Fair, which is being directed by James Strong (Broadchurch). Mammoth Screen executive Damien Timmer works with Hughes and James Strong.

Canada’s CBC, Australia’s BBC First, New Zealand’s TVNZ and Spain’s Moviestar + pay TV group are among the first networks to acquire broadcast rights to the period drama. There is still no forecast for Brazil.

In 2004, a film version of Vanity Fair was produced, see.

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