Lily James and Paul Dano have been cast in an upcoming Tv adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's epic novel War And Peace.

The 12 Years A Slave actor will take on the role of Pierre Bezukhov while Downton Abbey star James will play Natasha Rostova, a role previously made famous by Audrey Hepburn who played the character in the 1956 film version.

Peaky Blinders director Tom Harper will helm the six-part series, and filming is set to begin in January (15) with a premiere later in the year.