The Luminaries (2019)


Status: Filming
Character: Lydia Wells
Director: Claire McCarthy
Co-Stars: Eve Hewson, Marton Csokas, Callan Mulvey
Created by: Eleanor Catton
Written by: Eleanor Catton
Based on: The Luminaries, a 2013 novel by Eleanor Catton
Genre: Adventure
MPAA Rating: Not Yet Rated

Adventure mystery set in the midst of New Zealand’s 1860’s gold rush.

Eva Green’s Role

Eva will play Lydia Wells, one of the three main characters of this six part big budget miniseries.

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Eva Green

On joining The Luminaries

“I’m thrilled to be joining Working Title and this wonderful team. Eleanor has written a series of brilliant screenplays. I loved her original novel and it’s so exciting that her own screen adaptation reveals yet more exquisite material.”


Claire McCarthy

On joining The Luminaries

“Ever since I read Eleanor’s incredible novel I’ve been completely captivated by the rich world she has created. What an honor to bring this beautiful and original work to the screen. I’m delighted to be joining forces with such wonderful actors and dynamic creative team.”


Andrew Woodhead, Executive Producer

On The Luminaries

“It is such a privilege to work with Ellie, Claire and our New Zealand partners at Southern Light on this unique and magical story. To now have such an amazing cast led by Eva, Eve and Marton joining us on our Luminaries journey is also truly exciting and a testament to the beauty and brilliance of Ellie’s writing.”

Eva’s character Lydia Wells
Production Trivia & Facts
The book the television miniseries is based on is 2013’s Man Booker Prize winner. It is Eleanor Catton’s second published novel.

The Luminaries marks the second time Eva and Marton Csokas will be working together. They previously worked together in Ridley Scott’s Kingdom of Heaven (2005).

The Luminaries marks Eva’s return to television after three years of absence. This would be her third television series. Her previous television series are Camelot (2011) and Penny Dreadful (2014-2016).

Set on the Wild West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island, the miniseries will be shot on location.

Production started on the second week of November 2018.
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