English comedian Jack Whitehall will play schoolmaster Paul Pennyfeather in the satirical mini-series, which will be based on Evelyn Waugh's novel. If Longoria signs on to the project she will portray Margot Beste-Chetwynde, a wealthy, South American woman who Whitehall's character takes an interest in.

The three-part mini-series will take place in 1920s Wales and principal photography begins in the country next month (Jul16). Guillem Morales will direct.