All for one, and one for all!
That famous phrase is the first thing that came to mind when I saw the first images from BBC America's upcoming "The Musketeers," the latest adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' "The Three Musketeers" novel set to air in 2014.
The images show Luke Pasqualino ("Skins") as young D'Artagnan, who joins the Musketeers for many an adventure. Tom Burke ("The Hour") plays Athos, Santiago Cabrera ("Merlin") stars as Aramis, and Howard Charles (Royal Shakespeare Company) plays Porthos.
Created by Adrian Hodges ("My Week with Marilyn," "Survivors," "Primeval"). the 10-episode first season also features Peter Capaldi ("The Hour") as the villainous Cardinal Richelieu.
Says BBC America, "The series is set on the streets of 17th century Paris, where law and order is more an idea than reality. More than King Louis XIII's personal bodyguards, Athos, Aramis and Porthos stand resolutely for social justice, for honor, for valor, for love--and for the thrill of it. ... Together with D'Artagnan, they are a crack-team of highly trained soldiers."
"The Musketeers" is a BBC Drama Production for BBC One, co-produced by BBC America and BBC WorldWide. Filming began in March.
Here's more from an earlier BBC America release:
Set on the streets of 17th century Paris, where law and order is more an idea than reality, the series follows Musketeers Athos, Aramis and Porthos. They 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.
Constance Bonacieux (Tamla Kari) 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.
Cardinal Richlieu (Capaldi), while striving to achieve his vision of a thoroughly modern France, is a shadowy character who will stop at nothing to achieve his objectives. Milady (Maimie McCoy) is the Cardinal's secret weapon, the most mysterious and beautiful of villains whose motives are often concealed.
The King relies on the advice of The Cardinal, his shrewd wife Queen Anne and also Captain Treville (Hugo Speer), the brave and respected commander of The Musketeers who keeps an eye on the soldiers to ensure they stay out of trouble. The series bursts with escapism, adventure and romance and is set to thrill audiences with cracking stories.
Tom Burke (from left), Santiago Cabrera, Luke Pasqualino and Howard Charles star in "The Musketeers." (BBC photo)
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