Former Lady Sybil Crawley is taking on a Brave New World. Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, to be exact.
Jessica Brown Findlay, who played the youngest, most socially conscious Crawley daughter for three seasons of the hit ITV series Downton Abbey, was recently cast in Amblin and UCP’s production of Huxley’s 1932 dystopian novel, reports Deadline. She is the third actor to be cast behind Alden Ehrenreich (Solo: A Star Wars Story) and Harry Lloyd (Game of Thrones; Legion). The trio is the TV show’s three lead cast members.
Findlay plays a woman named Lenina Crowne, a Beta Plus Hatchery worker who begins to question her role in New London’s rigid society. New London has achieved utopian society by prohibiting monogamy, history, privacy, family, and money. The New World is preoccupied with instant gratification and sex (sound familiar?), but is also rigid and dictated by rules and structure.
Lloyd plays Bernard Max, a man who also is beginning to question his existence in the world. Together with Lenina, they travel to the Savage Lands where they end up in the middle of a violent war. John the Savage (played by Ehrenreich) saves them and ends up going back to New London with Bernard and Lenina, but John’s inclusion in New London throws the world out of balance.
Brave New World was originally developed over at Syfy in 2015 but ended up at USA Network and ordered straight-to-series earlier this year. Grant Morrison and Brian Taylor took over writing duties in 2016 and Homecoming’s David Wiener joined them to write and be the showrunner of the series.
Black Mirror: San Junipero director Owen Harris will direct the first episode of the series.
Findlay will be seen this summer in ITV and Hulu’s Harlots where she plays Charlotte Wells. The show is in its third season. Lloyd will be seen over on FX, playing a young Charles Xavier when Legion airs Monday, June 24th.