Room at the Top actor Matthew McNulty will be appearing in the BBC’s three-part adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn.
The gothic novel presents a dilemma for Mary Yellan (Jessica Brown Findlay) who moves into her Aunt Patience’s (Joanne Whalley) home after the death of her mother, only to find that her Aunt’s tyrannical husband Joss (Sean Harris) is running a smuggling ring under the guise of an inn. Mary wrestles with her conscience when she falls for Joss’ attractive brother Jem Merlyn (McNulty), a possible member of the dubious gang.
Emma Frost, writer, said: “I love Daphne du Maurier’s novels and it’s been a lifelong dream to adapt Jamaica Inn. I hope I have done justice to this wonderful tale of morality, survival and desire. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to adapt it for the screen, and I’m tremendously excited to see how our talented cast and director bring the scripts to life.”
The BAFTA-winning director Philippa Lowthorpe added: “I love Jamaica Inn because it is an exhilarating adventure story set in a wild landscape with brilliant characters, and at its heart is Mary Yellan – a fantastic female heroine. I am delighted that Jessica Brown Findlay is going to play this bold and opinionated, courageous but naive young woman, whose curiosity and fiery nature get her into big trouble. To have Jessica, along with such talented actors as Sean Harris, Joanne Whalley and Matthew McNulty – it’s my dream cast.”
Filming begins this week in Cornwall, Yorkshire and Cumbria.