July 1 (UPI) -- Ready Player One star Olivia Cooke is set to play Becky Sharp in ITV's seven-part adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's novel Vanity Fair.
The miniseries was written by Gwyneth Hughes and is being produced by Mammoth Screen in collaboration with Amazon Studios. It will be filmed on location in and around London, with additional shooting in Budapest, starting in September.
"Vanity Fair feels like the perfect classic to adapt for ITV, and Gwyneth Hughes' stunning scripts bring the novel to life in a way that will really connect with a modern audience. The question was always who would be our perfect Becky Sharp and that is undoubtedly Olivia Cooke! So, we are thrilled she has agreed to play Becky, in what promises to be a very exciting new drama for ITV next year," Polly Hill, the British network's head of programming, said in a statement. "We're so proud to be working with ITV and Amazon on this most glorious of stories -- the combination of Olivia Cooke, Gwyneth Hughes and Thackeray will be an irresistible one, and we look forward to watching Becky Sharp conquer the 21st century!" added producer Damien Timmer.