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Andrew Garfield, Cynthia Erivo, Tom Hardy and more assemble for 1984 audio drama

Andrew Garfield leads the cast of Audible's 1984 credit:Bang Showbiz
Andrew Garfield leads the cast of Audible's 1984 credit:Bang Showbiz

Andrew Garfield will lead the star-studded cast of a new adaptation of '1984'.

The 'Tick, Tick... Boom!' actor will lend his voice to lead character Winston Smith in Audible new thriller, which is based on George Orwell's dystopian classic novel, and will be joined in the audio drama by the likes of Cynthia Erivo as Julia, Tom Hardy as the voice of Big Brother, and Andrew Scott as O'Brien.

In addition, the cast also includes Romesh Ranganathan as Parsons, Natasia Demetriou as Mrs Parsons, Chukwudi Iwuji as Charrington, Francesca Mills as Syme, Katie Leung as Ling, and Alex Lawther as Ampleforth.

Muse frontman Matt Bellamy has teamed up with composer Ilan Eshkeri to work on an original score for the drama, which has been recorded by a 60-piece orchestra at London's famous Abbey Road studios and it includes two reworkings of the 'Plug In Baby' group's most famous tracks.

The drama - which has been written by Joe White and directed by Destiny Ekaragha - stays faithful to the original text and has been officially authorised and endorsed by the Orwell Estate.

The late author's son, Richard Blair, hailed it as a "sensational" piece of work with a "brilliant cast".

Director Destiny added: “This is my first experience directing an audio drama, and what an honour it was to work so closely with a cast of this calibre. I can’t wait for everyone to hear what the Andrews, Cynthia and Tom have done with these iconic characters.”

'George Orwell's 1984' will be released by Audible on 4 April, exactly 40 years after the date of Winston's first diary entry.

Aurelie de Troyer, Head of Regional Content, Europe at Audible said: “This is 1984 like you’ve never heard it before. We’ve assembled a top team of creatives across the board, and the combination of the principal cast and Matt and Ilan’s epic soundtrack is something quite extraordinary. Andrew Garfield was born to play Winston – just wait until you hear his performance.”

It is available to pre-order now exclusively on audible at audible.co.uk/1984.