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Tom Hardy’s lovely fiancé, Charlotte Riley has got a new - and pretty damn awesome - part. It’s a mini-series, produced by Ridley & Tony Scott; a follow up to Pillars of the Earth called World Without End. Charlotte is the main character.

Cynthia Nixon, Miranda Richardson, Ben Chaplin, Peter Firth (MI5), Charlotte Riley (The Duchess) and Tom Weston-Jones (Enlightenment) lead the cast of the mini, based on the novel by The Pillars of the Earth author Ken Follett. Michael Caton-Jones (Rob Roy) is directing from a script by John Pielmeier, who also adapted The Pillars of the Earth for Tandem and Scott Free. The two companies are co-producing World Without End with Canada’s Take 5 Prods. and Galafilm.

Set in England 200 years after the events in Pillars, World chronicles tough times for ordinary citizens who are being hit with enormous taxes by the King, the Church as England teeters on the brink of a devastating 100-year war with France, and Europe is bracing for a terrible plague, which will wipe out a third of the continent’s population. The mini centers on Caris (Riley), a visionary woman who, with her lover Merthin, builds a community that stands up to the Crown and the Church. 

Nixon will play the beautiful and deadly schemer Petranilla, Richardson will play the strong and determined Mother Cecilia, Chaplin will play the mysterious Sir Thomas Langley, and Firth (MI5) will play the ruthless Earl Roland. Also cast in the project are Rupert Evans (Hellboy) as the duplicitous Godwyn; Nora von Waldstaetten (Carlos) as streetwise peasant girl Gwenda; Oliver Jackson-Cohen (The Raven) as the rough and dangerous Ralph; Megan Follows (Heartland) as Maud, a lady fallen from grace; and Sarah Gadon (Cosmopolis) as the attractive and intelligent Philippa. Filming on the mini will take five months. It begins July 11 in Hungary, where the producers created a 12,000-square-meter backlot and built a whole medieval town and bridges, with additional location shoots in Slovakia and Austria.

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