War & Peace – first trailer

The trailer for BBC One’s lavish adaptation of War & Peace has been released.

The mini-series stars Lily James, Paul Dano and James Norton.

James stars as the romantic and impulsive Natasha Rostova with Paul Dano as the socially awkward but noble Pierre Bezukhov. Gillian Anderson, James Norton and Jim Broadbent co-star.

Tolstoy’s expansive novel begins in 1805 Russia and revolves around five aristocratic families set against the backdrop of the reign of Alexander I, the lingering effects of his grandmother Catherine The Great’s rule and the events surrounding Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812.

This version has been adapted for the BBC by Andrew Davies, who wrote the Colin Firth version of Pride And Prejudice, so it has some high expectations to live up to.

War & Peace is expected to air on BBC One in early 2016.

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