Bertie Carvel And Eddie Marsan Are JONATHAN STRANGE AND MR. NORRELL
Well, it gets better ... the principal cast was announced by the BBC today with Olivier award winning Bertie Carvel cast as Strange opposite impeccable character actor Eddie Marsan as Norrell. Veteran Dr Who and Sherlock director Toby Haynes is at the helm and while there is currently no air date set a 2014 premiere would seem likely.
Here's an official synopsis for the book for those unfamiliar:
In the year 1806, in the midst of the Napoleonic Wars, most people believe magic to have long since disappeared from England -- until the reclusive Mr Norrell reveals his powers and becomes a celebrity overnight. Another practising magician emerges: the young and daring Jonathan Strange. He becomes Norrell's pupil and the two join forces in the war against France. But Strange is increasingly drawn to the wildest, most perilous forms of magic and soon he risks sacrificing not only his partnership with Norrell, but everything else he holds dear.