'Americans' star Matthew Rhys cast as Mr. Darcy in 'Death Comes to Pemberley'

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Matthew Rhys, the star of FX's series "The Americans," has been cast as Mr. Darcy in a BBC production of "Death Comes to Pemberley." The mini-series will help to mark the 200th anniversary of the "Pride and Prejudice" publication by Jane Austen.

"Death Comes to Pemberley" is based on a 2011 novel by P.D. James that takes the characters of "Pride and Prejudice" -- most notably Elizabeth Bennet, Fitzwilliam Darcy and George Wickham -- and puts them in a murder-mystery story six years after the events of the original novel.  The story begins when the now-married Elizabeth and Darcy ready themselves for their annual ball. When Elizabeth's sister, Lydia -- along with her husband, Wickham -- arrives, everything comes to a shocking stop. As a murder investigation unfolds, it threatens everything and everyone at Pemberley.

In addition to Rhys as Darcy, Anna Maxwell Martin ( "The Bletchley Circle," "Becoming Jane") will play Elizabeth and Matthew Goode ( "Watchmen") is set to play Wickham. Adapted to a screenplay by Juliette Towhidi (" Calendar Girls") and directed by Daniel Percival, production is expected to begin in June. The BBC will release its three-part, serialized story toward the end of 2013.

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