Amazon Studios announced today that Vanity Fair, the television adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray’s classic novel, will premiere on Friday, December 21, exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in the US. The seven-episode drama series stars actress Olivia Cooke (Ready Player One).
Gwyneth Hughes’ adaptation of Thackeray’s literary classic is set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, and follows Becky Sharp as she attempts to claw her way out of poverty and scale the heights of English Society. Her story of “villainy, crime, merriment, lovemaking, jilting, laughing, cheating, fighting and dancing”, takes her all the way to the court of King George IV, via the Battle of Waterloo, breaking hearts and losing fortunes as she goes.
Directed by BAFTA winner James Strong (Liar, Broadchurch, United) and produced by Julia Stannard (War & Peace, The Great Train Robbery, United), Vanity Fair also stars Tom Bateman (Murder on the Orient Express), Charlie Rowe (Salvation), Claudia Jessie (Line of Duty), Simon Russell Beale (Penny Dreadful), Claire Skinner (Outnumbered), David Fynn (School of Rock), Johnny Flynn (Genius), Martin Clunes (Doc Martin), Frances de La Tour (The History Boys), Suranne Jones (Doctor Foster) and Michael Palin as Thackeray himself.
Filmed in Budapest and London, the series originally premiered on ITV in the UK. Mammoth Screen’s Damien Timmer executive produces the series along with Strong, Gwyneth Hughes, Tom Mullens and ITV’s Polly Hill & Victoria Fea.