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The Thick of It actor will star alongside Luke Pasqualino and Tom Burke in 10-part adaptation on BBC1 to air in 2014

As The Thick of It's Malcolm Tucker, Peter Capaldi is familiar with playing a ruthless enforcer whose opponents pay for their dissent with their (political) life.

Now the Bafta-winning actor is to play Cardinal Richelieu in a new BBC1 adaptation of The Musketeers.

The 10-part adaptation is described by screenwriter Adrian Hodges as a "grown-up" take on the novel by Alexandre Dumas, which will use it as a starting point to take them on a whole new series of adventures.

The Musketeers will star Luke Pasqualino (Skins, The Borgias) as D'Artagnan, Tom Burke (Great Expectations, The Hour) as Athos, Santiago Cabrera (Merlin, Heroes) as Aramis and the Royal Shakespeare Company's Howard Charles as Porthos.

Hodges said: "The fact that Peter wanted to do it was wonderful, and in »

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