‘The Musketeers’ Season 3 first pic: Rupert Everett as new villain

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The BBC has released the first official photo of Rupert Everett in the third season of The Musketeers.

Everett will play Philippe Achille, Marquis de Feron, the corrupt Governor of Paris, Head of the Red Guard and illegitimate brother to Louis XIII.

The My Best Friend’s Wedding star commented: “I’m very excited to be joining the cast of The Musketeers for the new series. I love the show and am really looking forward to working with the team.”

Everett follows Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi and Mad Dogs star Marc Warren as the show’s previous villains.

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The adventure drama’s third season began filming in the Czech Republic last month.

Returning cast members include Luke Pasqualino as d’Artagnan, Tom Burke as Athos, Howard Charles as Porthos, Santiago Cabrera as Aramis, Hugo Speer as Captain Treville, Ryan Gage as King Louis, Alexandra Dowling as Queen Anne and Tamla Kari as Constance.

Matthew McNulty (Jamaica Inn, Misfits) has also joined the cast as Lucien Grimaud, a money lender and vicious criminal who clawed his way out of poverty and neglect.

The two new characters will “go up against the Musketeers and bring chaos and sedition to the monarchy and Paris”.

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Liam Keelan, Director of Scripted Content, BBC Worldwide commented: “With an all-star cast and twists and turns throughout, Series 3 of The Musketeers is shaping up to be a must-see for all its fans around the world.”

Hilary Martin, Head of BBC Drama North added: “The third series of The Musketeers promises to be an ambitious and electric piece of drama. We are thrilled our lead writers Simon Ashford and Simon Allen’s fantastic scripts have attracted such exceptionally high calibre actors to join the Musketeers on their exciting journey through war-torn and politically turbulent 17th Century Paris.”

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