Romola Garai and Anya Taylor-Joy lead new cast for The Miniaturist TV series

The three-part thriller will be a winner for period drama fans.

Romola Garai and Anya Taylor-Joy will head the cast in a TV adaptation of Jessie Burton’s award-winning novel The Miniaturist.

A special treat for period drama fans, the three-part BBC 1 thriller will appear on screens later this year after filming wraps in the Netherlands and the UK.

It marks one of several big 2017 roles for Anya, who last month scooped the Empire award for best newcomer following her big screen debut in horror movie The Witch.

In this 17th century story, she plays dreamy country teenager Nella Oortman, who moves to Amsterdam to marry wealthy merchant Johannes Brandt, played by Alex Hassell.

Atonement star Romola portrays Johannes’s cold sister Marin while Paapa Essiedu and I, Daniel Blake’s Hayley Squires appear as the household servants.

When Johannes eventually turns up, he gifts Nella a cabinet replica of their mansion furnished by a mysterious miniaturist, whose tiny creations soon begin mirroring, and even predicting, reality.

“I immediately fell in love with Nella’s resilience and am so looking forward to telling her story and helping to bring this magical book to life,” said Anya, 20.

Romola added: “I’m so happy to be part of this superb adaptation of Jessie Burton’s exquisite, genre bending novel … Marin is a character with an extraordinary journey of true complexity and depth.”

Pleased with the rewriting of her acclaimed 2014 story, Jessie said: “This is an adventure for my book I never dreamed possible.

“The assembled cast is perfect to the vision I had in my mind’s eye in every way, and I know they’ll make magic … I cannot wait to see it on the screen.”

The Miniaturist is produced by Gethin Scourfield with The Forge’s Kate Sinclair and George Faber, and is directed by Guillem Morales with a script adapted by John Brownlow.

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