Watch Cooke as Becky Sharp below in a brand new trailer released by ITV, as she rests her soft-shoed feet on a globe of the world, waves of blood-red fabric falling from her reclining figure. 'Her rules', reads the text. Oh ho ho.
Set against the Napoleonic Wars, our heroine Becky tries to escape the trappings of poverty and escalate into the heights of English Society – all the way up to the court of King George IV.
Vanity Fair, coming to ITV this Autumn
Herein lies a tale of love and loss, with a skewering of English life, and lots of good humour. Or – in the words of Thackeray – of 'villainy, crime, merriment, lovemaking, jilting, laughing, cheating, fighting and dancing'.
Cooke is joined by an exciting cast including man of the moment Johnny Flynn – who later this year is playing alongside Kit Harrington in True West. Flynn is joined by Martin Clunes (Doc Martin) as Sir Pitt Crawley, Frances de La Tour (The History Boys) as Miss Matilda Crawley, Suranne Jones (Doctor Foster) as Miss Pinkerton and Michael Palin as Thackeray himself.
Despite being the most English of stories, the ITV adaptation was shot in Budapest, as well as at locations in and around London.
ITV's head of drama Polly Hill said: 'Vanity Fair feels like the perfect classic to adapt for ITV, and Gwyneth Hughes’ stunning scripts bring the novel to life in a way that will really connect with a modern audience. The question was always who would be our perfect Becky Sharp and that is undoubtedly Olivia Cooke! So we are thrilled she has agreed to play Becky, in what promises to be a very exciting new drama for ITV next year.'
The series will premiere on ITV in the UK before transferring to Amazon Prime Exclusive in the US.
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13 Apr 18 – 31 Aug 18, Air and date times TBD