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Kenneth Branagh to star in A Gentleman in Moscow for TV

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KENNETH Branagh is to star in and produce a TV adaptation of A Gentleman in Moscow.

Based on the Amor Towles novel of the same name, the period drama will see Branagh playing the protagonist, Count Alexander Rostov, who, after being named an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin.

Living in an attic room during a tumultuous period of Russian history, the Count witnesses events unfold from outside the hotel’s doors.

Tom Harper, whose film credits include The Scouting Book for Boys and The Woman in Black: Angel of Death, is on board to direct the TV series.

The project reteams Branagh with Mark Gordon, who was recently named president and chief content officer at eOne, after their collaboration on Branagh’s own Murder on the Orient Express, in which he starred and directed.

Branagh’s credits as an actor and/or director include Much Ado About Nothing, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Dunkirk. On TV, he was also popular as the famed detective Wallander.

Gordon commented in a statement: “Ken is a world class talent celebrated for portraying captivating and layered characters, and Tom is a master at crafting gripping and thought-provoking television.”