I haven't seen it, but the casting looks perfect

Stumbled across a description of a BBC version of “Gormenghast” today. Seems they cast Jonathan Rhys-Meyers as Steerpike! Now, I would wager that anyone familiar with the Titus Groan/Gormenghast books would agree this is inspired casting. It makes me want to rent the DVD.

Have you guys ever had similar experience? Wanting to see something on the strength of the choice of actor? (Casting can so make or break a film).

I enjoyed the BBC’s Gormenghast quite a bit. Do rent the DVD if you liked the books, but are willing to accept that no filmed version is likely to capture their exact flavor. Jonathan Rhys-Meyers is very good as Steerpike, but for me the standout performance was that of Christopher Lee, as Flay.