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article imageLuke Pasqualino in first image for 'The Musketeers'

By Mathew Wace Peck     Oct 21, 2013 in Entertainment
Luke Pasqualino leads the cast in “The Musketeers,” and is featured in the first publicity photograph for the BBC’s lavish action-adventure series.
Pasqualino can be seen in the centre forefront of the image, alongside Santiago Cabrera (Merlin), Tom Burke (The Hour) and Howard Charles (of the Royal Shakespeare Company).
The Musketeers has been created by Adrian Hodges – the person responsible for Primeval – and is based on Alexandre Dumas’s 19th-century novel, The Three Musketeers.
Hodges told Digital Spy, “I’m thrilled we can finally release the first image since wrapping filming on The Musketeers. I hope the picture gives a good idea of the look and intensity of the Musketeers themselves, and a hint of the excitement of each powerful, dramatic and action-filled episode.”
The series is scheduled for an early-2014 launch. As well as Pasqualino as D’Artagnan, Cabrera as Aramis, Burke as Athos and Charles as Porthos, their sworn enemy, Cardinal Richelieu, will be played by Peter Capaldi, who is soon to take over from Matt Smith as the Doctor in the BBC science-fiction series, Doctor Who.
Luke Pasqualino, 23, is best known for playing Freddie McClair, one of the second generation of characters in Skins. Since leaving the E4 series, parts have included Paolo in Showtime television drama series, The Borgias, and William “Husker” Adama in the prequel to the reimagined Battlestar Galactica TV series, Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, which was featured by Earl Dittman on Digital Journal in March.
Luke Pasqualino
Luke Pasqualino
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Earlier this year, Hodges enthused to Anglophenia about the cast of actors assembled for The Musketeers. “I’m thrilled to be working with such a dynamic, talented and attractive ensemble cast on our new version of The Musketeers. This series is all about passion, romance, heroism and action, and I can’t think of a better group of actors to embody those diverse qualities,” he said.
“I’m thrilled by their ability and commitment and honored they’ve chosen to come on board to help us create what we hope will be our modern and original take on this great story and its classic characters,” Hodges went on to say.
Prior to the launch of The Musketeers, Capaldi will make his debut as the Twelfth Doctor, in this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special, which sees Smith bow out as the Eleventh Doctor after four years in the role.
Hodges admitted recently that Capaldi’s [casting as the Twelfth Doctor had been a shock. Speaking to Geek Syndicate, he admitted, “Of course, I didn’t exactly anticipate my leading actor becoming the new Doctor Who but you have to roll with the punches.”
Typically, filming on Doctor Who takes up at least nine months of the year, which would seem to preclude Capaldi returning to The Musketeers for season 2. Seeming to confirm this, Hodges added, “All we can really do is turn it as much to our advantage as we can [and] have a kind of ‘series villain’ policy, which I think will keep the show fresh.”
The Musketeers premieres in the UK on BBC One in the early part of 2014. Meanwhile, Capaldi will make his Doctor Who debut on Christmas Day, with his full first season as the Doctor expected to air in the latter half of next year.
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