Oscar-winner Jeremy Irons joins Sam Claflin and the prestigious cast of the European Alliance's event series 'The Count of Monte Cristo' directed by Oscar-winner Bille August, produced by Palomar (Italy), in collaboration with Demd Productions (France) and in collaboration with Rai Fiction, which will be shot in Malta over the next few weeks.
For his third collaboration with director Bille-August, Jeremy Irons will play the iconic Abbot Faria, the elderly priest who forms an intense friendship with Edmond Dantès, played by English actor Sam Claflin. Faria plays a key role in the protagonist's revenge plan in Alexandre Dumas' timeless novel "The Count of Monte Cristo", one of the most famous French literary works in the world.
Irons is known for films such as "Lovebirds," "The Mystery of Bulow" (for which he received the Academy Award for Best Actor), "House of the Spirits," and for his memorable role in the TV series "Watchmen."
The cast also includes Ana Girardot as Mercedes, as well as Mikkel Boe F›lsgaard, Blake Ritson, Karla-Simone Spence, Michele Riondino, Lino Guanciale, Gabriella Pession and Nicolas Maupas.
The story told by the series is that of Edmond Dantes, a nineteen-year-old sailor who - unjustly accused of treason - is imprisoned without trial in the Château d'If, a gloomy island-fortress off the coast of Marseille. After many years of imprisonment, he finally manages to escape and, hiding behind the identity of the Count of Monte Cristo, plans to take revenge on those who have unjustly blamed him.
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