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A fresh take on Howards End starring Hayley Atwell and Matthew Macfadyen will air in the U.S. in April 2018, according to a trailer released yesterday (December 7).

The new stars certainly have big shoes to fill. Hayley plays Margaret Schlegel, a role made famous by Emma Thompson in the 1992 Merchant Ivory film, while Matthew is her eventual suitor, Henry Wilcox, played originally by Sir Anthony Hopkins.

See if you think they’re up to the challenge:

The four-part miniseries tells the story of the Schlegel sisters, played by Hayley and Philippa Coulthard (The Catch), two intelligent and idealistic young women living together with their hypochondriac younger brother Tibby (The Imitation Game‘s Alex Lawther) in Edwardian London.

The cast is rounded out by Tracey Ullman as Aunt Juley, Julia Ormond as Ruth Wilcox, and Joseph Quinn (Game of Thrones), who plays the unfortunate Leonard Bast.

And that’s not all: adapting E.M. Forster‘s classic novel is Kenneth Lonergan, the Oscar-winning filmmaker behind Manchester by the Sea and You Can Count On Me.

Howards End will air in the U.S. on STARZ in April 2018.

Will you be watching?

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.