• Patrick McBride

The Luminaries Premieres Sunday 17 May

The Luminaries, an adaptation of the Man Booker-prize winning novel, will begin screening a mini-series this Sunday with TVNZ 1.

Actor Richard Te Are on set.

PHOTO: Patrick McBride

The epic drama filled with talent tells the 19th-century tale of love, murder and revenge as men and women travel across the world to make their fortunes on the wild West Coast in a six-part TV series which will be a must see.

The story line follows Anna Wetherell, who sails from Britain to New Zealand where she meets and falls in love with Emery Staines.

Richard Te Are, who played Teina Pora in Dark Places, and Erik Thomson, from 800 Words and Packed to the Rafters, feature in the series alongside other Kiwi actors such as Yoson An from Mortal Engines and Dead Lucky. Eve Hewson, daughter of U2 lead singer Bono featured in Robin Hood, The Knick and Bridge of Spies, plays Wetherell, while EastEnders actor Himesh Patel and Australian Ewen Leslie (The Cry, Top of the Lake) play Staines and Crosbie Wells respectively. Eva Green, from Casino Royale, Penny Dreadful and Sin City, as Lydia Wells and Marton Csokas, who has starred in the The Equalizer, Lord of the Rings and Into the Badlands) play the roles of Lydia Wells and Francis Carver.