Howards End has some new company. Deadline reports Julia Ormond (pictured), Philippa Coulthard, and more have joined the upcoming Starz mini-series.
Based on the E.M. Forster novel, the drama “explores the changing landscape of social and class divisions in turn of the century England through the prism of three families: the intellectual and idealistic Schlegels, the wealthy Wilcoxes from the world of business, and the working class Basts.”
Ormond will play Ruth Wilcox, and Coulthard has been cast as Helen Schlegel. The two join fellow new cast members Joseph Quinn, Rosalind Eleazar, and Alex Lawther. Earlier, it was announced Hayley Atwell, Matthew Macfadyen, and Tracey Ullman will also star in the Starz mini-series from filmmaker and playwright Kenneth Lonergan.
Read a more in-depth synopsis below:
It focuses on Margaret Schlegel (Atwell), an intelligent, idealistic, bohemian young woman who is courted by the older Henry Wilcox (Macfadyen), a self-made conservative businessman, after his wife Ruth Wilcox (Ormond) dies unexpectedly. Meanwhile, Margaret’s passionate and capricious younger sister Helen Schlegel (Coulthard) takes up the cause of Leonard Bast (Quinn), a young bank clerk who falls on hard times at work and at home with his partner Jacky (Eleazar). In the absence of their parents, who have died, the sisters’ loving but interfering Aunt Juley (Ullman) tries to keep the young ladies and their brother Tibby (Lawther) on the straight and narrow.”
What do you think? Have you read Howards End? Will you watch the mini-series?