Charlie Heaton to star in new adaptation of The Elephant Man BelfastTelegraph.co.uk The BBC has announced a new adaptation of The Elephant Man, with Charlie Heaton in the lead role. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/entertainment/film-tv/charlie-heaton-to-star-in-new-adaptation-of-the-elephant-man-37240541.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/entertainment/film-tv/news/article37240538.ece/d5b9e/AUTOCROP/h342/bpanews_06a7501d-da68-4274-84b7-b4dfeddbe6a4_1 Email The BBC has announced a new adaptation of The Elephant Man, with Charlie Heaton in the lead role. The story of Joseph Merrick has been screened many times, most famously with the 1980 movie starring John Hurt. The new, two-part BBC One drama will follow the “extraordinary life” of Merrick from his working class beginnings in Leicestershire and his time in 19th century workhouses, music halls and freak shows. Heaton, best known for the Netflix drama Stranger Things, said he was “extremely excited and honoured” to land the part. “This is such a special role and a challenge for any actor. Joseph has such an incredible story and I can’t wait to go on this journey and bring him to life,” he said. The adaptation will cover “the true events” of Merrick’s story, his “extreme courage, determination and human dignity despite challenges arising from his disability.” Controller of BBC drama Piers Wenger said: “Neil McKay’s scripts, chronicling Joseph’s life in its entirety, will shed new light on this story bringing greater depth and… Read full this story
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