Stellar cast signs on to U.K.'s new Day of the Triffids miniseries

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Dougray Scott, Joely Richardson, Brian Cox, Eddie Izzard, Jason Priestley and Vanessa Redgrave have been lined up for The Day of the Triffids, a modern miniseries update of the classic SF novel for the BBC, Variety reported.

Power will co-produce the miniseries with Canada's Prodigy Pictures, based on John Wyndham's best-selling 1951 novel about an invasion of mobile, carrion-eating plant monsters.

Patrick Harbinson (ER) wrote the script for the two-part miniseries, which will air on the BBC later this year.

The Day of the Triffids is set in the not-too-distant future, when scientists create and cultivate a plant called the triffid that provides an alternative fuel supply, with devastating results.

The book was adapted by BBC Radio in 1953, 1957 and 1968. A BBC TV production followed in 1981. In 2001 writer Lance Dann adapted the story into two hourlong episodes for the BBC World Service. It was also adapted as a feature film in 1962.