Why Richard?

Matthew Clairmont. Brilliant Scientist. Valiant Warrior. Broken Man. His identities span the breadth of history from a knight on the battlefields of the Crusades and a spy immersed in the intrigue of Elizabeth I's court to modern day Oxford Professor of genetics and Auvergne country gentleman. A Prince of France with a poet’s heart, Matthew Clairmont is a relentless killer crippled by remorse. A character whose emotional depth and complexity encompasses love, loss, and self doubt, he is driven by a determination to come to terms with his predatory nature and make a difference.

Richard Armitage, a dynamic, talented and dedicated actor, has the skill and insight to bring this nuanced immortal to life on the screen. It is not only his uncanny physical resemblance to the character description, but his ability to inhabit the grey area of a character’s morality with conviction and empathy that will bring Matthew Clairmont, a mythical creature, to the screen in a realistic and thought provoking manner. He is the only choice for this role. Richard Armitage is the embodiment of Matthew Clairmont.

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