Back in 2014, we fawned over Jessie Burton’s novel, The Miniaturist. Now, filming has begun for a BBC adaptation of the thrilling period drama that takes us deep into 17th century Amsterdam.
The novel tells the story of a young woman named Nella who moves to the city to marry a wealthy merchant. As a wedding gift, her new husband presents her with a miniature replica of her new home, complete with identical furniture created by a mysterious miniaturist.
Nella starts to notice that the miniaturist’s scenes in the small replica perfectly echo the actual events occurring in her new household. She then realizes that the scenes can clue her in on the dark secrets of the home and its residents, like her new sister-in-law, the frosty Marin.
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Anya Taylor-Joy of horror films The Witch and Split, a nominee for the BAFTA rising star award, stars as Nella, while Romola Garai stars as Marin. Other cast members include Emily Berrington, Paapa Essiedu, Alex Hassell and Hayley Squires.
The Miniaturist won the “Book of the Year” award from both Waterstones and Specsavers in 2014 and spent four weeks as number one on the Sunday Times bestseller list. In an interview, Burton spoke about the new adaptation, saying, “The assembled cast is perfect to the vision I had in my mind’s eye in every way, and I know they’ll make magic.”
Filming is taking place in both Holland and the UK and the three-part adaptation is due to air on BBC One later this year.