Watership Down: first look pictures released, more join cast

Watership Down, the BBC’s forthcoming adaptation of Richard Adams’ classic, traumatic novel, will be released this Christmas and we’ve now got our first look at the series…

The previously announced cast was already studded with stars but now joining James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Ben Kingsley, Gemma Arterton, Olivia Colman and John Boyega is – deep breath – Peter Capaldi, Rosamund Pike, Daniel Kaluuya, Taron Egerton, Mackenzie Crook, Gemma Chan, Jason Watkins, Rory Kinnear, Craig Parkinson, Henry Goodman, Tom Wilkinson, Lee Ingleby, Charlotte Spencer and Daniel Rigby.

The BBC have also released our first look at the animated series…

Also announced is the news that Sam Smith will be penning and singing an original song for the four-part series, entitled “Fire to Fire”.

Regarding the news Ben Irving, a BBC One executive producer said, “it’s a real testament to the caliber of this adaptation of ‘Watership Down’ that it has attracted such an exciting roll call of names to bring these much loved characters to life. Now — in Sam Smith — we have one of the world’s most successful recording artists, with the perfect new song to serve as the series’ theme. BBC One viewers are in for a treat this Christmas.”

Digital Spy