Juliet Stevenson and Mark Addy have been cast in BBC1's new fantasy series Atlantis. The 13-part tea-time drama - which will also star Sarah Parish (Cutting It, Mistresses) - is being billed as a successor to Doctor Who and Merlin which both landed cult followings when they were aired in the same slot.
The action-packed show draws on Greek legend about the mythical island of Atlantis which sank beneath the sea. Jemima Rooper (Lost in Austen), Robert Emms (War Horse), Aiysha Hart (Djinn) and Jack Donnelly (House of Anubis) will also join the cast when filming commences in April.
Talking about his latest project, Game of Thrones actor Mark Addy said, "I am very excited to be invited along on this epic adventure. The scripts bring to life ancient myths with such a vibrancy and sense of humour, I knew I wanted to be a part of it."
The Politician's Wife actress Juliet Stevenson added, "I am delighted to have joined the cast of Atlantis, and very excited to be working with the team. This genre is new to me, so I am looking forward to a great adventure."
Atlantis has been written and created by Howard Overman (Merlin, Misfits) with the mythical city currently under construction on locations in Wales and Morocco. As part of today's casting announcement, controller of BBC drama commissioning, Ben Stephenson, stated, "The fantastic cast announced for Atlantis is testament to the ambition and scale of Howard Overman's scripts.
"Some of the UK's best loved actors are joining our newest talent to take the BBC1 audience to a rich and wonderful world where any adventure is possible."
Atlantis is expected to air on BBC1 this autumn.