RadioTimes.com can exclusively reveal that Hughes will join the cast of the Deborah Harkness adaptation for its upcoming second season to play Christopher “Kit” Marlowe, the real-life playwright (and rival to Shakespeare) who wrote Doctor Faustus and many other works.
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“I’m looking forward to stepping into Deborah’s fantastical world to play such a fascinating man as Kit Marlowe,” Hughes told RadioTimes.com.
“With a rich history to draw from, Kit’s darkness and mercurial nature will be delight to delve in to.”
Hughes’ Marlowe will join the action in a second season that sees star-crossed witch/vampire couple Diana and Matthew (Teresa Palmer and Matthew Goode) thrown back in time to the Elizabethan period, where they seek out a powerful witch teacher to help control Diana’s abilities.
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In the books, Marlowe is presented as an old demon friend of Matthew’s who encounters our heroes when they first arrive back in the 1500s, and who takes a dim view of the pair’s inter-species relationship.
How the TV version of Marlowe will appear remains a mystery – while the TV series is mostly loyal to the books, some changes have been made to the source material – but we’re sure fans will still be delighted to see Hughes take the role. Even if they do have to wait quite a while to see him in action…
A Discovery of Witches S2 will air on Sky One and NOW TV next year