Emily Hampshire has been cast as the co-lead opposite Adrien Brody in the upcoming 10-episode Victorian era “Chapelwaite.”

Adrien Brody (L) and Emily Hampshire (R)

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Set in the 1850s, “Chapelwaite” is based on Stephen King’s 1978 short story “Jerusalem’s Lot,” a epistolary tale told through the correspondence between two friends.  

Emily Hampshire (Schitt’s Creek) stars in “Chapelwaite” as Rebecca Morgan, an ambitious young woman who left Preacher’s Corners, Maine to attend Mount Holyoke College, and has returned home with an advance to write a story for the new and prestigious Atlantic Magazine.

Her writer’s block lifts when Captain Charles Boone (Adrien Brody, Peaky Blinders) relocates his family of three children to his ancestral home in the small, seemingly sleepy town after his wife dies at sea. 

Despite her mother’s protests (everyone in town knows that Chapelelwaite is a “bad house”), Rebecca applies to be governess of the infamous manor and the Boone family in order to write about them. 

In doing so, Rebecca will not only craft the next great gothic novel, she’ll unravel a mystery that has plagued her own family for years.

Charles will soon have to confront the secrets of his family’s sordid history, and fight to end the darkness that has plagued the Boones for generations. 

EPIX (who brought us Belgravia) was set to commence production on “Chapelwaite,” in Nova Scotia this spring with an eye towards a Fall 2020 premiere. But like all other movies and series affected by the global health crisis, the start date of the first series from the network’s Epix Productions is being pushed.

When the new series does arrive, EPIX president Michael Wright, who has worked on Stephen King adaptations before, including the TV mini-series Salem’s Lot, promises that “Chapelwaite” will be an “absolutely terrifying reimagining of classic gothic horror.”

But fear not, the period drama will also offer viewers “an escapist catharsis” with ”unforgettable characters that you care about.” With King’s “relatable and recognizable” characters, Wright considers the author a Charles Dickens for the modern era.

There’s no word if the Charles’ manservant Calvin McCann – a central figure in King’s short story – is replaced by the character of Rebecca, or if he is yet to be cast. 

Emily Hampshire, (who, fun fact, was the voice of Diana Barry in Anne of Green Gables: The Animated Series), shared that she was on her way to begin filming when things were put on pause, and that she “can’t wait” for “Chapelwaite” to start filming. 

What she’s also looking forward to? The costumes.

“I’m just so excited about it, because I love wearing corsets. To go from Stevie’s [on Schitt’s Creek’s] plaids to this out of her time, educated woman in 1850 wearing corsets, is the most exciting thing ever.”

Stephen King’s “Jerusalem’s Lot,” originally published as part of Night Shift, is the prequel to his vampire tale Salem’s Lot, so one question: if they make an appearance here, will the Victorian era undead also wear corsets?

If you enjoyed this post, you’ll want to wander over to The Period Films List. You’ll especially like the Best Period Dramas: Victorian Era List. Also see How Netflix’s Rebecca Can be Killer.