Hayley Atwell has found her next role.
The Agent Carter and Conviction alum is set to star in Kenneth Lonergan's TV adaptation of Howards End. Starz is now onboard as a co-producer with BBC on the four-part limited series.
Additionally, Matthew Macfayden (Ripper Street, MI-5) and Tracey Ullman have signed on for the project, which will be directed by Hettie Macdonald (White Girl).
The drama will explore the changing landscape of social and class divisions in turn of the century England through the prism of three families: the intellectual and idealistic Schlegels, the wealthy Wilcoxes from the world of business, and the working class Basts.
Hayley Atwell will play Margaret Schlegel, Matthew Macfadyen will portray Henry Wilcox, and Tracey Ullman is set as Aunt Juley Mund.
Playground's Colin Callender (Wolf Hall), City Entertainment's Joshua D. Maurer (Papillon) and Alixandre Witlin (The Last Tycoon), and KippSter Entertainment's David A. Stern (The Last Tycoon) will exec produce along with Playground's Sophie Gardiner (Eureka Street) and Scott Huff (The Missing) and Lucy Richer for the BBC. Laura Hastings-Smith (Hunger) is producing.
Howards End will film in and around London before airing on BBC One in the UK and on Starz in U.S. Starz' svp of original programming Karen Bailey will serve as the Starz executive in charge.
"Starz continues our commitment to bring quality drama to the screen with Howards End and we're delighted to once again work in partnership with the BBC and Colin Callender on this literary period piece," said Starz programming president Carmi Zlotnik.
Added Richer: "Kenneth Lonergan is one of our truly great contemporary voices, and his adaptation of this adored timeless classic will surprise and delight a whole new audience with its timely and relevant themes."
Published by E.M. Foster in 1910, Howards End was previously adapted for the big screen in 1992. The film, starring Anthony Hopkins, Helen Bonham Carter, Vanessa Redgrave and Emma Thompson, went onto win three Oscars, including a best actress win for Thompson in the role Atwell is playing in the four-part series.
For Atwell, the role comes after the ABC legal drama Conviction, which ended its run in January after moving from Mondays to Sundays. Although the series has not been canceled, its odds for a season two renewal are slim. Atwell's other roles include Agent Carter, also for ABC, as well as the first Captain America film.
BBC One first ordered the adaptation for Howards End in late 2015, long before Lonergan began gaining notice for his acclaimed drama Manchester by the Sea. He is nominated for two Oscars, best directing and best original screenplay.
This is the latest collaboration between Starz and BBC, which also co-produce The Missing. The two first entered into a multi-year agreement to develop, produce and distribute original drama series back in 2011.