In the new trailer for the upcoming Sky fantasy drama A Discovery of Witches, star Matthew Goode (The Good Wife, Watchmen) laments via voiceover: “Once the world was full of wonders. But it belongs to humans now. We have all but disappeared.”
And who’s the “we” of which he speaks? “Demons, vampires and witches. Hiding in plain sight.”
A Discovery of Witches, based on the first installment of the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness, follows the forbidden romance between Oxford Professor Matthew Claremont (Goode), a vampire, and student Diana Bishop (Teresa Palmer), a witch (“The covenant forbids interspecies relationships”). Meanwhile, Diana discovers a long-lost spell book that “could change everything” if the witches could get their hands on it.
It also appears that all of this could lead to a war between the vampires and the witches. Lurid melodrama, lovely panoramic overhead views of Oxford, and several shots of Goode and Palmer dancing ensue.
Check out the trailer below:
The whole thing has a Harry Potter-meets-Twilight reimagined as a BBC period piece-meets-telenovela vibe to it. Which is to say, it somehow manages to look classy, hot, and awesome all at once.
A Discovery of Witches was originally published in 2011. Shadow of Night, the second book in Harkness’ series, was published in 2012, while the third installment, The Book of Life, reached readers in 2014.
The series is produced by Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner’s Bad Wolf. Kate Brooke adapted the novel and is the series’ showrunner. Tranter, Gardner, and Harkness are executive producers.
A Discovery of Witches is set to air on Sky later this year.