Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer will star in a miniseries adaptation of Australian author Joan Lindsay’s novel Picnic at Hanging Rock about the mysterious disappearances of three schoolgirls and a teacher in 1900.
The six-part drama costars Lola Bessis, Yael Stone, Anna McGahan, Sibylla Budd, Lily Sullivan, Madeleine Madden, Ruby Rees, Inez Curro, and Ash vs Evil Dead actress Samara Weaving. Dormer is set to play English headmistress Mrs. Hester Appleyard in the miniseries, which starts shooting in Australia later this month.
Picnic at Hanging Rock is being produced by FremantleMedia Australia and will premiere on the showcase channel of Australian TV company Foxtel on an as-yet-unannounced date. Lindsay’s novel was previously adapted into a 1975 film by director Peter Weir.
“Picnic at Hanging Rock is celebrated as an iconic, female-led story and we are thrilled to be announcing our strong and diverse cast who will bring the characters to life in the most vivid manner,” said FremantleMedia Australia Director of Drama Jo Porter in a statement. “We have an exceptional mix and depth of established names and exciting young Australian talent who will redefine these characters for a new generation. Natalie Dormer is known for her bold choices in playing powerful, smart, and fearless women. Her rendering of Mrs. Appleyard is sure to be just as intriguing and complex.”