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Gabriel Byrne and Elizabeth McGovern are set to star in a new version of The War of the Worlds, the second in the works currently.

Deadline reports the Hereditary and Downton Abbey stars will feature in a modern-day retelling of H.G. Wells‘s seminal sci-fi story, which will unfold over eight episodes on Fox.

It’s written by Howard Overman, the creator of the hit television show Misfits, and will take place in Europe, as a few small groups of humanity left on Earth work to survive after an alien attack.

Production is already underway in the U.K. and France, with Natasha Little (The Night Manager), Lea Drucker (Le Bureau Des Legendes), Daisy Edgar Jones (Cold Feet), Stephane Caillard (Marseille), Adel Bencherif (Spectre), and Guillaume Gouix (The Returned) also in the cast.

It’s certainly got a global outlook, so hopefully we can expect a U.S. outing too.

The BBC is also working on a version starring Rafe Spall and Eleanor Tomlinson and set in the book’s original Edwardian England. It started filming last April, but an air date hasn’t been announced yet.

Which version are you looking forward to?

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.