Peter Capaldi to star in The Three Musketeers

'The Thick Of It' actor Peter Capaldi is set to star in the upcoming BBC series 'The Three Musketeers' alongside 'Skins' star Luke Pasqualino

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Peter Capaldi

Peter Capaldi

Peter Capaldi is to star in 'The Three Musketeers'.

The 54-year-old actor - best known for his role as ruthless politician Malcolm Tucker in 'The Thick Of It' - will play Cardinal Richelieu in the BBC 10-part series alongside 'Skins' actor Luke Pasqualino, who will star as D'Artagnan.

Penned by BAFTA-winning screenwriter Adrian Hodges, the Musketeers will be played by 'Great Expectations' actor Tom Burke (Athos), 'Merlin' star Santiago Cabrera (Aramis) and Royal Shakespeare Company actor Howard Charles (Porthos).

Adrian is "thrilled" with the big names on board in his "modern and original take on this great story" - especially Peter's involvement in the project.

He told Guardian.co.uk: "The fact that Peter wanted to do it was wonderful, and in a way it was an endorsement of everything we are trying to do.

"What Peter can bring is a ferocious intelligence, but he has also got that dark side. 'The Thick of It' was a satire but you felt the harshness and the toughness of that character. The way we are presenting Richelieu is as the ultimate pragmatist.

"He is the villain but he is not evil; he has a vision of a new modern France being the dominant force in Europe and he doesn't let anyone get in the way of his vision. That is the connection with Malcolm Tucker - he will do anything for his cause."

Set in 17th Century Paris, the story will follow a team of soldiers protecting King Louis XIII and young fighter D'Artagnan's dream to join the Musketeers of the Guard.

'The Three Musketeers' is due to air in 2014.

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