Based on Kate Mosse’s international bestseller, Labyrinth is a four-hour event miniseries which will take a global audience on a richly compelling journey through the South of France of the present, and the dark and tortured landscape of the Crusades and Cathar massacres of medieval times. Two spirited and charismatic heroines must somehow work together across the centuries in order to save a four thousand year-old secret from falling into the wrong hands.
Jessica Brown Findlay stars as Alaïs Pelletier. Jessica (represented by Troika) made her film debut in the coming-of-age drama Albatross. She also played Rachel in Misfits, and was recently seen as Abi in Black Mirror:15 Million Merits on Channel 4. She also appears in Downton Abbey as the politically engaged youngest daughter, Lady Sybil Crawley.
Jessica began her career as a dancer, training with the National Youth Ballet and was asked at the age of 15 to dance with the Kirov at the Royal Opera House in London for a summer season. It was after this, during her time of study on a Fine Art course at London’s prestigious Central Saint Martin’s College, that Jessica began acting classes, in which she showed great promise and a natural talent.
Vanessa Kirby, recently seen on our screens starring as Estella in the BBC’s Great Expectations, plays Dr Alice Tanner. Alice is a woman who inherits a house in France from an aunt she has never met; she stumbles on an archeological find and has to stop a centuries-old secret from getting into the wrong hands. Vanessa (represented by Ken McReddie Associates) is a 2011 Screen International Star of Tomorrow.
After studying at Exeter University, Vanessa turned down a place at LAMDA drama school last year after being offered the opportunity to appear in three productions at the Bolton Octagon: Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, Ibsen’s Ghosts and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and more theatre roles followed. She also featured in seen in BBC2′s newsroom drama The Hour, playing young debutante, Ruth Elms.
24 year old Tom Felton (represented in the UK by Troika) – who portrayed Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter series – takes on the role of Raymond-Roger de Trencavel, Viscount of Carcassonne, who died in 1209 (also at the age of 24) a martyr, trying to protect his Cathar citizens from genocide.
Executive director Tim Halkin stated: “I am very pleased to have found such an extraordinarily talented young actor who is still the same age as the historical figure of Viscount Trencavel. Trencavel was an incredible young man, very wise, and I’m sure that Tom Felton will live up to his memory and legacy.”
Two intelligent headstrong heroines, 17-year-old Alaïs Pelletier from 13th century Carcassonne and modern-day PhD graduate Dr. Alice Tanner experience an adventure that intertwines their lives. Separated by time, but united in a common destiny, both protagonists display tremendous courage, steadfastness and loyalty on their respective quests.
As the parallel storylines set in the southwest of France unfold, both ancient and modern-day conspiracies are unearthed, all revolving around three hidden books – The Book of Words, The Book of Potions and The Book of Numbers. Together, these tomes hold the secret of the true Grail, which dates back to the Ancient Egyptian era many years before Christ.
Alaïs and those closest to her must battle to protect the secret. She soon discovers she can trust no one – least of all her cruelly manipulative sister, Oriane.
Back in the present day, Alice faces a race against time to put together the curiously familiar pieces of a jigsaw puzzle representing her long-buried history.
The cast also includes Katie McGrath, Sebastian Stan, Emun Elliott, Tony Curran and John Hurt.
Labyrinth has recently completed shooting on location in Carcassone, France and in Cape Town, South Africa, and is a Tandem Communications/Film Afrika coproduction in association with Ridley Scott and Tony Scott’s Scott Free Films. It is set for broadcast in Spring 2012.