Haute 100: Eva Longoria to Star in BBC’s Adaption of Evelyn Waugh’s ‘Decline and Fall’

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While Haute lister Eva Longoria is fresh off of her honeymoon that has not stopped her from racking up new roles. It was announced the newlywed is set to star in a new adaption of Evelyn Waugh’s Decline and Fall, the BBC announced Sunday, June 12th.

Longoria will star alongside actor Jack Whitehall, David Suchet and The Night Manager’s Douglas Hodge. The script will be penned by James Wood. The three part adaption will air this year, as apart of the 50th anniversary of Waugh’s death.

In a statement, Whitehall expressed, “I am extremely pleased to be a part of this amazing adaptation by James Wood. I’ve been a fan of this book since I read it as a teenager, and I just hope that I can do it justice.”

Shane Allen, controller of BBC Comedy Commissioning, added, “One of the greatest comic novels of all time, this satirical masterpiece is long overdue a television debut. Waugh deploys comedy and tragedy to point up prevailing institutional corruption and the dehumanizing consequences of elitism, very timely and apposite for today. James has done a terrific job of getting to the core of it, and the writing has attracted a fantastic cast.”

For those of you unfamiliar with the book, Decline and Fall, which was originally published in 1928, follows “Paul Pennyfeather who is oddly surprised to find himself qualifying for the position of schoolmaster at a boys’ private school in Wales. His colleagues are an assortment of misfits, rascals and fools, including Prendy (plagued by doubts) and Captain Grimes, who is always in the soup (or just plain drunk). Then Sports Day arrives, and with it the delectable Margot Beste-Chetwynde, floating on a scented breeze. As the farce unfolds in Evelyn Waugh’s dazzling debut as a novelist, the young run riot and no one is safe, least of all Paul.”

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