Every single television studio is looking for the next Game of Thrones, and Britain’s SKY is no exception, as they’ve joined up with production company Bad Wolf for a show based on Deborah Harkness’ historical fantasy novel, A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES.
First published in 2011, A Discovery of Witches is the first part of Harkness’ “All Souls Trilogy” which has sold over 3.5 million copies worldwide. It was followed in 2012 with Shadow of Night and in 2014 with The Book of Life.
Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner at Bad Wolf bought the rights to adapt all three books in 2016 with Kate Brooke (Mr. Selfridge) acting as writer and showrunner and Tranter, Gardner and Harkness acting as exec. producers.
On the show, Palmer will play Diana, a young scholar at Oxford college who learns she’s the descendant of Salem witches when she unlocks an enchanted manuscript. This leads to a romance with a 1,500 year old vampire named Matthew.
Repped by WME, Management 360, Shanahan Management and Sloane Offer Weber and Dern, Palmer was seen recently in two indie thrillers, fellow Aussie Cate Shortland’s Berlin Syndrome, which received solid reviews out of Sundance, and 2:22. She also co-starred in Message from the King opposite Luke Evans and Chadwick Boseman, which premiered at Toronto last year and debuted on Netflix recently. She also appeared in Mel Gibson’s Oscar-nominated Hacksaw Ridge last year.
Like Palmer, Goode is a veteran actor who has been appearing in movies and on television for almost 15 years, most notably on CBS’ The Good Wife and the PBS show Downton Abbey. He’s also appeared in dozens of films, including Watchmen, Park Chan-wook’s Stoker, and the Oscar-nominated The Imitation Game. He was most recently seen in Robert Zemecki’s Allied last year and A Sense of an Ending this year.
Goode is repped by CAA and Dalzell and Beresford.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor