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'Game of Thrones' alum Jonathan Pryce to play Bronte patriarch in BBC biopic

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Karen Butler
Actor Jonathan Pryce arrives for the world premiere of Hysteria in Toronto on September 15, 2011. File photo by Christine Chew/UPI
Actor Jonathan Pryce arrives for the world premiere of "Hysteria" in Toronto on September 15, 2011. File photo by Christine Chew/UPI | License Photo

LONDON, April 24 (UPI) -- Jonathan Pryce is to play the Brontë sisters' father, Patrick, in a TV movie written and directed by Sally Wainwright, BBC One announced.

To Walk Invisible will take a look at the 19th century, British, literary family, which included Emily, author of Wuthering Heights; Charlotte, who penned Jane Eyre; and Anne, who wrote Agnes Grey.

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The women will be played respectively by Chloe Pirrie, Finn Atkins and Charlie Murphy. Their brother Branwell will be portrayed by Adam Nagaitis.

The 2-hour drama will be filmed in and around Yorkshire starting in May.

"This is such an exciting and ambitious project, and we have already had a huge amount of interest in it. Something about the lives of these three brilliant, talented Yorkshire women seems to touch people at a very deep level," Wainwright said in a statement. "I am honored that the BBC have asked me to bring to life this fascinating family in a story set in the heart of West Yorkshire. We have a wonderful cast and I am delighted to be working alongside [producer] Karen Lewis again, and with [executive producer] Faith Penhale."

"I am such an admirer of Sally Wainwright that if she were filming the phone book I would want to be in it! Her film will be a characteristically honest look at the whole Brontë family. I am really looking forward to it," added Pryce, who recently worked on HBO's Game of Thrones.

Executive producer Faith Penhale remarked: "To bring such fresh and exciting talent together for To Walk Invisible is testament to Sally's extraordinary script, which sets out to tell the true story of this iconic literary family. Together with the wonderful Jonathan Pryce, Chloe, Finn, Charlie and Adam will show the Bronte family in a new and original light."

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