‘War Of The Worlds’: Gabriel Byrne & Elizabeth McGovern Lead Cast In Sci-Fi Series From Canal+, Fox & AGC

Gabriel Byrne (Hereditary) and Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey) will lead the ensemble cast in Urban Myth Film’s TV series reimagining of classic sci-fi tale War Of The Worlds.

Also starring will be Léa Drucker (Le Bureau Des Légendes), Natasha Little (Silent Witness), Daisy Edgar Jones (Cold Feet), Stéphane Caillard (Marseille), Adel Bencherif (The Prophet) and Guillaume Gouix (The Returned) with additional casting underway.

AGC Television has joined Canal+ and Fox Networks Group Europe & Africa, as a partner on the English-language series and will co-finance and co-distribute. AGC will distribute to the North American market and co-distribute with StudioCanal in Latin America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and the Middle East with FNG Content Distribution handling Europe and Africa (excluding French speaking territories). StudioCanal, as a shareholder of Urban Myth Films, helped put the production finance together.

Written and created by Howard Overman (Misfits) and based on H.G. Wells’ classic story, production is now underway in the UK and France on the 8 x 60 minute series. Gilles Coulier (Cargo) will direct the first four episodes. Richard Clark (Versailles) will helm episodes five to eight. The creative team includes director of photography David Williamson (De Dag) and production designer Richard Bullock (Les Misérables).

Set in contemporary Europe, the reimagining will follow the pockets of humanity left on earth following an apocalyptic extra-terrestrial strike. The series is due to debut later this year on Canal+ in France, and on Fox in more than 50 markets.

The BBC is releasing another TV version of the oft-adapted H.G Wells story later this year. Rafe Spall and Eleanor Tomlinson are among cast.

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