James Norton, known for his role in Little Women (2019), takes on the central role of Jude.
As readers of the poignant 2015 novel will know, Jude St. Francis is the protagonist of the story. He is an ambitious and brilliant lawyer who lives and works in New York City and is challenged both physically and emotionally, having been involved in a terrible accident as a teenager.
In addition to the Oscar-nominated Little Women, audiences may also recognize Norton from the TV series “McMafia,” “Black Mirror,” and “Happy Valley,” which earned him a TV BAFTA Award.
Omari Douglas will take on the role of Jean Baptiste “JB” Marion, one of Jude’s best friends from college.
In the novel, JB is described as a painter of Haitian descent who struggles to achieve the recognition he believes he deserves in the art world. As a way of dealing with his personal demons, he develops a drug addiction that ends up alienating his group of friends.
It’s a Sin fans will recognize Douglas because he played Roscoe Babatunde in the critically acclaimed series about the AIDS epidemic. He has also appeared in a number of short films, and his next film role is in the musical biopic ‘Midas Man’.
“Bridgerton” star Luke Thompson has been cast as Willem, who moves from rural Wyoming to the Big Apple to make something of himself.
Willem Ragnarsson, whom Judd and the rest of the characters met in college, successfully broke into the world of acting, and later became a world-famous movie star. He is fiercely loyal to Judd and the pair embark on a friendship that develops into something more.
Thompson is best known for portraying Benedict, Bridgerton’s second-oldest brother in the Netflix drama Regency, but has starred in the likes of “Dunkirk” (2017), “Misbehavior” (2020), and a number of Shakespearean plays, familiar floor plans for “A Little Life.”
Zack White rounds out the cast as Malcolm, “the architect” who comes from a wealthy family. He is also a college friend of Jude, JB, and Willem.
Malcolm Irvine finds success as a celebrated architect, though he initially goes into a doldrums after his college group days.
The actor taking on this role is a relative newcomer to the acting world but has previously appeared in ‘The Witcher: Blood Origin’, ‘Blithe Spirit’ (2020) and the comedy-drama series ‘Urban Myths’.