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HBO shares first glimpses of Rose Leslie and Theo James in The Time Traveler’s Wife

FIRST LOOK: Rose Leslie and Theo James are pictured in newly released photo from upcoming HBO adaptation of The Time Traveler’s Wife

HBO shared the first glimpses of Rose Leslie and Theo James in the series adaptation of The Time Traveler’s Wife. 

The network revealed that production had officially kicked off while sharing an Instagram snap of Leslie, 34, and James, 36, as artist Clare Abshire and librarian Henry DeTamble.  

The show is based on the 2003 Audrey Niffenegger novel, The Time Traveler’s Wife, a story about a married couple who deal with time travel in their romance.

Sneak peek: HBO shared the first glimpses of Rose Leslie and Theo James in the series adaptation of The Time Traveler’s Wife which has officially kicked off production

In the photo the duo were seen cozying up on a leather couch while engaging in conversation.  From the looks of the snap it was unclear if they were actually in scene, or sharing a laugh in between takes while in full costume. 

The network described the upcoming series as an ‘intricate and magical love story,’ which has been adapted by executive producer Steven Moffat (Sherlock, Doctor Who) and director David Nutter (Game Of Thrones).  

The Game Of Thrones actress and The Divergent actor were tapped to portray the husband and wife duo sometime back, with a formal announcement coming from Deadline in February.  

Additional credits for Leslie include Downton Abbey and The Good Fight, and she recently became a first time mom with husband Kit Harington. 

And credits for James include Underworld: Awakening, and PBS’ Sanditon — which was recently renewed for a second season following a cancellation in 2019. 

Series leads: Leslie, 34, and James, 36, were tapped as the leads for the series adaptation of the 2003 Audrey Niffenegger novel The Time Traveler's Wife back in February

Series leads: Leslie, 34, and James, 36, were tapped as the leads for the series adaptation of the 2003 Audrey Niffenegger novel The Time Traveler's Wife back in February

Series leads: Leslie, 34, and James, 36, were tapped as the leads for the series adaptation of the 2003 Audrey Niffenegger novel The Time Traveler’s Wife back in February

James announced he would be walking away from the project but wished the cast and crew ‘every success with future series.’ 

Leslie’s character Clare has been described as ‘fiery, clever and unstoppable’ with a longtime imaginary friend — who she will come to learn is James’ character Henry, a time traveler from her future.   

The duo meet by chance in the library where he works, and as he boasts a ‘condition’ that causes him to fall ‘into the past or the future,’ at any given moment, he has no sense of who she is despite her knowing him very well.    

The book was previously adapted into a movie starring Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana, but after Moffat and Nutter got their hands on it it was given a straight-to-series order three years ago. 

Moffat said to Deadline at the time: ‘All these years later, the chance to adapt the novel itself, is a dream come true. The brave new world of long form television is now ready for this kind of depth and complexity…It’s a story of happy ever after – but not necessarily in that order.’

New spin: The 2003 book was previously adapted into a movie starring Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana, but after Moffat and Nutter got their hands on it it was given a straight-to-series order three years ago

New spin: The 2003 book was previously adapted into a movie starring Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana, but after Moffat and Nutter got their hands on it it was given a straight-to-series order three years ago

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