Hayley Atwell on What Drew Her to Howards End

Hayley Atwell on What Drew Her to Howards End

MCU star Hayley Atwell recently appeared at the Television Critics Association press tour (where she also spoke briefly to us about wanting her own Peggy Carter Marvel movie) to appear on a panel for her new Starz miniseries, Howards End.

Atwell spoke about what was different about this four-part adaptation of E.M. Forster’s famous novel given that it’s been adapted for the screen before, most famously in a 1992 movie starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson.

Mostly, Atwell was attracted to the fact that Manchester by the Sea’s Kenneth Lonergan was the one molding the work this time around. “I think Kenny Lonergan’s adaptation is very fresh,” she said. “It has a lot of energy to it, and there are many scenes of overlapping with the dialogue. So, although we stuck to the script, the script had this fantastic kind of lightness to it and this wit, which meant that despite the constrictions of the costumes and the period, we did feel that we wanted to make it as accessible as possible to modern audiences by not making it feel mannered or held.”

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Hayley Atwell on What Drew Her to Howards End