Sky Arts has tapped Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe to lead the cast of its upcoming project, "A Young Doctor's Notebook". The British company confirmed that the two actors will play a Russian doctor at different ages in the miniseries, which is based on semi-autobiographical short stories by Russian writer Mikhail Bulgakov.
The four-part comedy drama follows the titular doctor who's working in the small village of Muryovo at the dawn of the Russian Revolution in 1917. The Don Draper of "Mad Men" will portray the doctor, who has "a series of bleakly comic exchanges with his younger self," played by the Arthur Kipps of "The Woman in Black".
"I am thrilled to get the opportunity to work on such rich source material with such fantastically talented people whose work I greatly respect, and to continue the relationship with Sky...," Hamm said of being involved in the project. "Clelia Mountford and Big Talk have been championing this project unabashedly and I share their great enthusiasm for bringing something original, dark, funny and moving to light."
Meanwhile, Radcliffe stated, "I have been an obsessive Bulgakov reader for a couple of years now so when the opportunity to become involved in this project came up, I could barely contain my excitement. The book is funny, grotesque and heartfelt in equal measure and I look forward to working with a great group of people to help bring it to life."
James Hunt, the Channel Director of Sky Arts, commented, "Bulgakov's work is fascinating, dark and original and with talent like this, will surprise and entertain our viewers in a wholly unique way." The miniseries is scheduled to premiere in 2013 and will be distributed internationally by BBC Worldwide.