Fans Deborah Harkness’ All Souls Trilogy have reason to celebrate as the author has announced that a television series based on her best selling novels has begun filming. The series will be titled A Discovery of Witches after the first book’s title.
The All Souls Trilogy centers on Diana Bishop, one of the most powerful yet reluctant witches the world has seen in centuries. Diana spends her days researching historic alchemical texts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford when she isn’t teaching classes on the history of the fascinating subject. When she mysteriously manages to pull a book from the stacks that has long been thought lost, she finds herself in the center of a massive conspiracy that could tear the world apart.
It’s about that time that Matthew Clairmont steps into her life. He’s tall, intelligent, handsome…and a vampire. Diana and Matthew soon find their destinies completely intertwined as they travel across the world and through time itself to recover the enigmatic “Ashmole 782” and discover just what it is that’s hidden in its depth.
Harkness’ world is beautifully created in the conceit that there are four races of humanoid species. Witches, vampires, daemons, and humans who interact on a daily basis though the humans seem completely oblivious to that fact. For those who haven’t read the series, I won’t give much more away than that. You should get yourself to a bookstore and read up to prepare for the feast that’s coming.
Harkness has been quoted that she walked onto the set of the new series and actually cried because the production team had so painstakingly brought her vision to life.
Oh, and about that casting news…
We already knew that Teresa Palmer had been cast as Diana Bishop…
…and Matthew Goode would be taking on the role of Matthew Clairmont.
On Monday, however, Harkness released a host of new names to the list, and they are exciting to say the least.
First there’s Owen Teale as Peter Knox, a powerful, ambitious male witch intent on keeping Ashmole’s secrets for himself.
Then there’s Edward Bluemel, who will take on the role of Marcus Whitmore, Matthew’s vampiric son, who he changed during the American Revolutionary War.
Aiysha Hart will be Miriam Shepherd, a fiercely loyal vampire ally of Matthew with more than a few secrets of her own.
And Malin Buska will play Satu Jarvinen, the vicious witch with a taste for torture.
iHorror will keep you posted on all the latest updates for this exciting series as we get them! You can also follow the author, Deborah Harkness, on her Facebook page for all the latest news.