Cast of New BBC America Drama ‘The Musketeers’ Announced

BBC America recently announced the cast for their new drama series The Musketeers that is set to premiere in 2014. Among the cast are Luke Pasqualino (‘The Borgias’ and ‘Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome’), who will play D’Artagnan, Tom Burke (‘Great Expectations’ and ‘The Hour’), who will play Athos, Santiago Cabrera (‘Merlin’ and ‘Heroes’), who will play Aramis and Howard Charles (from the Royal Shakespeare Company), who will play Porthos.

Set on the streets of seventeenth century Paris, where law and order is more an idea than reality, the series will follow Musketeers Athos, Aramis and Portos, who are far more than King Louis XIII’s personal bodyguards. They stand resolutely for social justice, for honor, for valor, for love – and for the thrill of it.

D’Artagnan, a skilled fighter from rural Gascony, meets the three Musketeers while on a mission to right the wrong of his father’s death. Although he meets the men in unfortunate circumstances, he finds kindred spirits in the other soldiers. Athos, who has rejected his noble roots to become a Musketeer, has a past shrouded in mystery. He quickly befriends D’Artagnan, but is prone to getting in trouble.

Porthos is a larger than life character, who has come from humble beginnings to become a soldier in the most elite regiment in the land, finding a family in the other Musketeers. Never short of admirers, Aramis has an effortless charm which leads him in and out of love. Despite this, he is a shrewd pragmatist who is ferocious in battle and commands a key place in the brotherhood.

Also cast is actress Tamla Kari (‘The Inbetweeners Movie’) as Constance Bonacieux, who leads a dull but comfortable life married to a cloth merchant, but her life is turned upside down when D’Artagnan tumbles into her life and she becomes involved with The Musketeers. And, actor Peter Capaldi (‘The Hour’) will portray Cardinal Richlieu, a shadowy character who will stop at nothing to achieve his objectives, achieving his vision of a thoroughly modern France.

Rounding out the cast is actress Maimie McCoy (‘Loving Miss Hatto’), who will play Milady, the Cardinal’s secret weapon, the most mysterious and beautiful of villains whose motives are often concealed. And, Hugo Speer (‘Bedlam’), who will play Captain Treville, the brave and respected commander of The Musketeers who keeps an eye on the soldiers to ensure they stay out of trouble.

The series was created for television by Adrian Hodges (‘My Week with Marilyn’), who will serve as executive producer and lead writer alongside Jessica Pope (‘The State Within’) and producer Colin Warren (‘Inside Men’). ‘The Musketeers’ is a BBC Drama Production for BBC One, co-produced by BBC America and BBC WorldWide with filming set to commence next month.