Norton joins Heart of Darkness adaptation

20 May, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Norton will voice the central character, Marlow, in the animated adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s classic.

An animated adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s chilling classic Heart of Darkness has added to its all-star voice cast.

James Norton — star of McMafia, Happy Valley and Greta Gerwig’s upcoming adaptation of Little Women — has joined Matthew Rhys, Michael Sheen and Andrew Scott in the project and will voice the main character, Marlow, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.  Award-winning director Gerald Conn, who won 1998 Welsh BAFTA for animated short The Comet’s Tale, is directing via an animation technique he specializes in using sand. Production is taking place across Wales, Ireland and Belgium.

Conrad’s original novella, first published in 1898, was a dark and brooding exploration of human nature and colonialism, telling the story of Marlow, an idealistic seaman captaining a steamboat up the River Congo — then under brutal Belgian rule — in search of a mysterious figure named Kurtz