The Musketeers may be minus Peter Capaldi when the swashbuckling drama returns for series two but Hustle and Mad Dogs actor Marc Warren has climbed aboard and could well fill the baddie-shaped hole left by Capaldi’s Cardinal Richelieu.
The British actor will play the Comte De Rochefort, a “dashing and persuasive aristocrat with a talent for sword fighting and a taste for adventure.”
And it looks like Warren’s character shares an evil streak with Capaldi’s Cardinal… Described as a man with many secrets, as the series progresses the plotting Rochefort will be seen drawing everyone around him into his sinister web. Ultimately, we’re told, only the Musketeers and their friends and allies are capable of standing between him and a desperate act that will change all their lives forever.
“I’m delighted to be part of the BBC’s stylish and exciting take on the Dumas classic,” said Warren. “Once I’ve overcome my fear of horses I’m sure it’ll be a walk in the park.”
He will join dashing Musketeers Luke Pasqualino (who plays D’Artagnan), Tom Burke (Athos), Santiago (Aramis) and Howard Charles (Portho) in the Beeb’s lavish retelling of Alexandre Dumas’ beloved novel.
Also returning for a second series are Tamli Kari, Maimie McCoy, Hugo Speer, Ryan Gage and Alexandra Dowling as filming gets underway in Prague for ten new episodes.