Mark your calendars! A new book adaptation is coming our way!
In 1686, 18-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to meet her wealthy merchant husband Johannes Brandt, but is instead met by his sister Marin . When Johannes appears, he presents her with a wedding gift: a cabinet that is a miniature replica of their home, to be furnished by an elusive Miniaturist, whose tiny creations mirror what is happening within the house in unexpected ways and seem to be predicting and unraveling the future with unsettling precision.
As Nella begins to uncover its secrets and those of the Brandt household she realizes the escalating dangers that await them all. Does the Miniaturist hold their fate in her hands? And will she be the key to their salvation or the architect of their downfall?
Adapted from Jessie Burton’s internationally best-selling novel,The Miniaturist, a ravishing three-part period thriller, premieres Sunday, September 9, 2018, 9/8c on MASTERPIECE on PBS.
THE AUTHOR'S TAKE
"To see all your characters come to life is such a privilege," Burton tellsTown & Country."It’s absolutely wonderful. For [the miniseries] to be made and to be made quite quickly off the back of publication is a really wonderful thing."
While the author wasn't heavily involved in the production of the show—"I didn’t cast anyone"—Burton did help with the tone of the project, consulting with the screenwriter, and even appearing as an extra in one of the scenes.
"They dressed me up as a merchant’s wife," she says. "Anya [Taylor-Joy] and Alex Hassel as Johannas came towards me, and that was quite surreal because I was like I made you guys up, but now you’re human beings and you’re very real, and we’re all now in this make believe. It’s very strange—I very much felt like the miniaturist sort of making her own fate."
Three Episodes, Three Nights
Nella, played by Anya Taylor-Joy (Split, The Witch), marries a rich Amsterdam merchant to rescue her family from financial ruin and arrives to a house of secrets.
Johannes, impersonated by Alex Hassell (Genius: Picasso), makes a confession to Nella, promising no more secrets. But just as his enemies are closing in, Marin reveals a secret of her own.
As Nella seeks answers from the elusive miniaturist, she must take charge of a household facing a life-or-death struggle, which might include her husband's sister Marin, played by Romola Garai (Churchill’s Secret, The Hour)
Remember: The Miniaturistpremieres on September 9 on Masterpiece PBS at 9 p.m. eastern, 8 p.m. central.
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