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Rupert Everett signs up for Musketeers drama

Rupert Everett in The Musketeers
Image caption Everett will play Philippe Achille, Louis XVIII's illegitimate brother

Rupert Everett is to play a corrupt governor of 17th Century Paris in the third series of The Musketeers.

The actor said he was "very excited" to be cast as the Marquis de Feron, Louis XIII's illegitimate brother, in the swashbuckling BBC drama.

"I love the show and am really looking forward to working with the team," said the 55-year-old, who can currently be seen in period film A Royal Night Out.

Jamaica Inn star Matthew McNulty will also appear in the 2016 series.

The former Misfits actor will play an ambitious criminal who clashes with the Musketeers, played by Tom Burke, Santiago Cabrera, Howard Charles and Luke Pasqualino.

Image caption Tom Burke, Luke Pasqualino, Santiago Cabrera and Howard Charles play Athos, D'Artagnan, Aramis and Porthos in the BBC One drama

Hilary Martin, head of BBC Drama North, said the upcoming series "promises to be an ambitious and electric piece of drama".

"We are thrilled our lead writers Simon Ashford and Simon Allen's fantastic scripts have attracted such exceptionally high calibre actors."

Everett is known for his roles in Another Country and My Best Friend's Wedding, films that saw him nominated for a Bafta.

The acclaimed memoirist is currently filming Tim Burton's latest project, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiars.

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