Rose Leslie and Theo James were exploited as leaders in The wife of the time traveler, HBO drama series based on the novel by Audrey Niffenegger.
Adapted by the old Dr Who chief writer and Sherlock co-creator Steven Moffat, The wife of the time traveler tells the complex love story of Clare (Leslie) and Henry (James), and a marriage with a problem… time travel.
The brand series Game of thrones Leslie returns to HBO. Sa Claire Abshire is fiery, intelligent and unstoppable – and for most of her life she has had an incredible secret. Since the age of six, Clare has had an imaginary friend: a kind and funny man, sometimes old, sometimes young, who appears in the woods behind her house and tells her her story. The visits of the mysterious Henry are the bright spots of the boredom of his childhood. As the years go by and she becomes a beautiful young woman, she begins to realize that her friend is not imaginary – he is a time traveler, who is from the future. And he’s not just any old future – he’s his future. Clare has a literal date with fate. One day she will meet a young man called Henry DeTamble – whom she will know very well but who will not recognize her at all – and she will become the wife of the time traveler.
James Henry DeTamble has a problem. Since the age of eight, he has been traveling through time. It’s not a superpower, it’s a condition – he can’t help it. Sometimes when Henry is stressed or worried – and sometimes for no reason at all – he loses his grip on the present moment and falls naked in the past or the future. One minute he’s cooking breakfast, the next he’s naked in a hoedown in 1973. He can be stuck there for minutes or months, he never knows. His life is a roller coaster of constant danger and survival. Until the day he meets a beautiful redhead in the library where he works. Her name is Clare Abshire and although he has never seen her before, she claims to have known him all her life. Eventually her curse gave her something good – and Clare and Henry are about to have the best of their lives!
Moffat, Sue Vertue and Brian Minchin are the executive producers through their Hartswood films. The company produces in association with Warner Bros. Television, which owns the rights to the title. Warner Bros. ‘ The New Line division was behind the 2009 adaptation of the book starring Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana. The series is currently in pre-production.
The wife of the time traveler was a priority project for HBO, which landed it in 2018 in a very competitive situation with a direct serial order.
“I read Audrey Niffenegger’s The wife of the time traveler many years ago, and I fell in love with it. I actually wrote a Doctor Who episode titled “The Girl In The Fireplace” as a direct response to that, “Moffat said at the time of the series’ sale to HBO. “When, in her next novel, Audrey had a character watching this very episode, I realized she was probably on me. All these years later, the chance to adapt the novel itself is a dream come true. The brave new world of long-term television is now ready for that kind of depth and complexity. It’s a story of happiness forever – but not necessarily in that order.
Niffenegger’s 2003 novel tells the story of Henry DeTamble, a dashing and adventurous librarian who suffers from a genetic disorder that unintentionally takes him back in time, and Clare Abshire, an artist who falls in love with him and has to face his condition. Henry and Clare’s passionate love story lasts through a sea of time and captures the two lovers in an incredibly romantic trap.
Leslie, who played Ygritte on Game of thrones, recently starred in CBS All Access’ The good fight and previously recurring on Downton abbey. She will then be seen in the feature film Death on the Nile. Leslie is replaced by Hamilton Hodell, UTA, Anonymous Content and Peikoff Mahan.
Divergent Franchise star James’ recent TV series credits include Castlevania and Sandition. It is replaced by UTA in the United States, Markham, Froggatt and Irwin in the United Kingdom and Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern.