Classic book Lord Of The Flies will be adapted for television for the first time and filmed in Australia from April for the BBC.
Written by Jack Thorne (National Treasure, Help, Best Interests) and executive produced by Eleven’s Joel Wilson and Jamie Campbell (Ten Pound Poms, Sex Education), Lord of the Flies is a 4 x 60’ drama for that tells the story of a group of young boys who find themselves stranded on a tropical island.
In an attempt to remain civil, the boys organise themselves, led by Ralph and supported by the group’s intellectual, Piggy. But Jack, in charge of signal fire duty, is more interested in hunting and vying for leadership and begins to draw other boys away from the order of the group and ultimately from hope to tragedy.
Casting is underway for UK children aged between 10 and 13 with casting director Nina Gold.
“I think casting these parts is a daunting job,” says Jack Thorne. “We have to tell a complicated story and it’ll need a remarkable cast, so I’m thrilled that Nina will be in charge of the process. I can’t wait for us all to get dug in.”
Nina Gold says: “I’m looking forward to the challenge of finding exciting, talented, young actors for these characters that are etched on my own childhood memory, now being brought to a modern audience by this brilliant adaptation.”
“There is no-one better suited to the job of casting these extraordinary roles than Nina, so we’re delighted that she will be taking the reins,” says Eleven’s Joel Wilson. “With Nina’s help we’re convinced this group of boys and the journey they take us on will be as indelibly etched on our minds as the book is for those who have read it.”
Lord of the Flies, first published by in 1954 was then an unknown author, has become one of the most popular books on English curricula for the last 70 years. William Golding won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1983.