One of the greatest literary works of all time is ready to premiere on the small screen. "War and Peace," a History Channel miniseries based on the novel by Leo Tolstoy, will debut Monday night. The four-part series will play out over a month and will be broadcast on Lifetime, A&E and History Channel.
"War and Peace" tells the story of Napoleon’s 1812 invasion of Russia and how it affects five aristocratic families — the Bezukhovs, Bolkonskys, Drubetskoys, Kuragins and Rostovas — in "the waning days of imperial Russia." The miniseries will star Paul Dano as Pierre Bezukhov, Lily James as Natasha Rostova, James Norton as Andrei Bolkonsky, Gillian Anderson as Anna Pavlovna and Jim Broadbent as Prince Bolkonsky.
Executive producer Bethan Jones told Entertainment Weekly the miniseries has "concentrated" the stories of Bolkonsky, Bezukhov and Rostova. Jones also said that the story told in "War and Peace" still holds up in modern times.
"It’s such a huge, heavy book, but the themes about the loves and losses of these young people are timeless," Jones said.
Lifetime released the official description of "War and Peace," referring to it as "a story of passion, romance, scandal and deceit."
"War and Peace’s lead is Andrei Bolkonsky, a dashing and heroic young man who yearns for glory in war but finds only heartbreak and disillusionment that may or may not be cured by the lovely Natasha Rostov, who desperately needs to marry well to save her family from financial ruin," the description reads. "Meanwhile, the awkward, illegitimate son Pierre Bezukhov suddenly finds himself in possession of great wealth and, consequently, at the mercy of fortune hunters eager to take advantage of his naiveté."
Below is the full Lifetime schedule for "War and Peace":
- Monday, Jan. 18, at 9 p.m. EST
- Monday, Jan. 25, at 9 p.m. EST
- Monday, Feb. 1, at 9 p.m. EST
- Monday, Feb. 8, at 9 p.m. EST
"War and Peace" will begin its four-part run on Lifetime, A&E and History Channel Monday, Jan. 18, at 9 p.m. EST.