Martin Compston, Tuppence Middleton, Rupert Penry-Jones and Weruche Opia are to star in the ITV adaptation of Louise Candlish's thriller, Our House (Simon & Schuster UK).
The four-part drama is being produced by Red Planet Pictures, and filming is already under way in south London.
Middleton, who has played roles in dramas including "Downton Abbey" and "War and Peace", will star alongside Compston (known for TV shows such as "Line of Duty" and "The Nest") as estranged husband and wife Fi and Bram Lawson. Penry-Jones, known for "The Drowning" and "Whitechapel" takes the role of Toby. Opia, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at this year's Bafta's for her role in "I May Destroy You", will play Fi’s best friend and neighbour Merle while Buket Kormur (known for "Honour"), takes on the role of Wendy.
The synopsis reads: "Fiona Lawson (Middleton) arrives home one day to find strangers moving into her house. With all her family’s possessions and furniture nowhere to be seen, Fi believes there’s been a huge mistake and insists her home isn’t for sale. With events spiralling beyond her control, her panic rises as she can’t reach her estranged husband, Bram (Compston).
"As she reflects upon the safe space in which she and her family had made a life together, Fi begins to peel back the layers of her relationship and discovers her husband has disappeared. With her life shattered, she realises the secrets and lies have only just begun. Intertwining the present day with flashback scenes of Fiona and Bram’s life together, their separation and their new relationships with Toby and Wendy, 'Our House' gradually unravels unexpected secrets and shocking revelations, culminating in a nail-biting finale."
"Our House" is adapted from the novel by screenwriter Simon Ashdown, with joint m.d. Belinda Campbell (who has worked on programmes such as"Death In Paradise", "Sanditon") as executive producer. Additionally Sheree Folkson ("Bridgerton", "American Horror Story") will serve as lead director, with Tom Mullens ("Endeavour", "Poldark") as producer. It was commissioned by ITV head of drama Polly Hill and will be distributed internationally by ITV Studio.
Speaking to The Bookseller, Candlish (pictured) said: “I'm overjoyed with the casting, not only with the three hugely popular and charismatic star leads, but also with rising stars Buket Komur and Weruche Opia. I can’t wait to see all this talent sparkling on screen. And, having read Simon Ashdown’s superb script, I can safely say fans of the book are going to be very happy."
Middleton added: “What struck me about Our House is its immense relatability; it’s a story where you catch a glimpse of yourself in the characters, and you get the chilling realisation that what happens to Fi could happen to anyone. What a fantastic opportunity to work alongside ITV and the team at Red Planet Pictures to adapt this artfully plotted novel.”
The news comes two years after the literary thriller won Book of the Year in the Crime and Thriller category at the British Book Awards.