BBC Drama are producing a new adaptation of Joseph Merrick’s tragic story. Charlie Heaton of ‘Stranger Things’ fame is set to star in the titular role. BBC One will air ‘The Elephant Man’ as a two episode limited series.
Heaton is a big acquisition for the BBC drama, he is a star in 2018. The British actor held a central role in ‘Stranger Things’, the Netflix nostalgia trip was the hit of Summer 2016.
It is great to see that the BBC have cast such a strong screen presence in this important tale. David Lynch also tackled the true story, creating a work that is now heralded as a masterpiece.
The story of a vulnerable individual being exploited for the sick entertainment of the public is all too relevant today.