Howards End First Look: Hayley Atwell Goes Full-On Costume Drama for Starz

Howards End Starz Hayley Atwell Matthew Macfadyen

She traveled back to the 1940s for Agent Carter; now Hayley Atwell is going back even further in time.

Starz has released the first photo from its miniseries adaptation of the classic E.M. Forster novel Howards End, set in circa-1900 England and starring Atwell as headstrong young woman Margaret Schlegel. (Emma Thompson won an Oscar for playing Margaret in the 1992 film version of Howards End.) And just like Agent Carter‘s Peggy, Margaret seems to have a fondness for hats.

Atwell is joined in the photo by Ripper Street alum Matthew Macfadyen, co-starring as conservative businessman Henry Wilcox, who courts Margaret after his wife Ruth (Julia Ormond) dies suddenly. They’re dining at the landmark Simpson’s-in-the-Strand restaurant in London, which is a great shooting location for period dramas: It opened back in 1828.

The Howards End cast also includes Tracey Ullman (as Aunt Juley), Philippa Coulthard (as Margaret’s sister Helen) and Joseph Quinn (as bank clerk Leonard Bast). Oscar-winning screenwriter Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea) is penning the miniseries, with Doctor Who veteran Hettie Macdonald on board to direct. The four-hour miniseries is slated to air in 2018.

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