Downton Abbey star Lily James for War and Peace adaptation!

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As we have previously reported, the upcoming fifth series of Downton Abbey will be the last for one of its stars, as Lily James bows out to take part in the new Disney production of Cinderella.

And it would seem that the work is just pouring in for the actress, who plays wild child Lady Rose in the hugely popular ITV period drama, as it has now been reported that after that she is being lined up for a role in a new BBC adaptation of the epic novel, War and Peace!

According to Deadline, James, who has recently been linked romantically to former Doctor Who star Matt Smith, will play the part of the original Leo Tolstoy’s book’s leading lady, Natasha Rostova.

Reportedly joining James will be 12 Years A Slave star Paul Dano, who is rumoured to be playing her lover, Pierre Bezukhov, who is a high-riser in society, despite being of illegitimate roots as the story of French invasion of Russia plays out around them.

The man behind previous adaptation successes such as Jane Austen’s Pride And Prejudice and Charles Dickens’s Little Dorrit, Andrew Davies, is penning the new series, which will be due for broadcast on our BBC screens next year, and is being brought to us by The Weinstein Company as part of its new venture into European TV.

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Discussing the new adaptation in a previous interview, Davies is quoted by The Independent newspaper as saying of the project:

“War And Peace is not just a great novel, it’s a wonderful read and it’ll make a wonderful serial.

“A thrilling, funny and heart-breaking story of love, war and family life. The characters are so natural and human and easy to identify with, and Natasha Rostova just beats Lizzie Bennet as the most lovable heroine in literature.”

Meanwhile James, who can be seen in the Sir Kenneth Branagh directed live action adaptation of Disney’s Cinderella later this year, will be joining the rest of the cast for the fifth series of Downton Abbey which is due to hit our screens this autumn – Watch an interview with Lily James, who plays Lady Rose, in the clip below:

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