Macfadyen is cinema's newest Mr. Darcy

June 15, 2004 at 1:45 PM

LOS ANGELES, June 15 (UPI) -- British actor Matthew Macfadyen has been tapped to play brooding hero Mr. Darcy in the latest film incarnation of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice."

Best-known for playing a spy in the BBC drama "MI-5," Macfadyen has also starred in a number of television movies, such as "The Project," "Warriors" and "Wuthering Heights," Zap2it.com noted.

Also starring in the Working Title film about five amiable sisters looking for love in 18th century England are "Pirates of the Caribbean" actress Keira Knightley, "Saved" star Jena Malone and actress Rosamunde Pike.

Knightley will play heroine Elizabeth Bennet, the love interest of arrogant Mr. Darcy, while Malone will portray her flighty, flirtatious younger sister Lydia, and Pike will play her sweet-natured eldest sister Jane, reported the BBC.

The project is set to begin shooting in July.

The BBC filmed a monstrously popular miniseries version of the novel, starring Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy, in 1996. Several years later, Firth played another Mr. Darcy in the Working Title/Miramax film "Bridget Jones's Diary," a modern romance many critics regarded as an updated version of "Pride and Prejudice."

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