Are you a Hero or a Villain?
So what is The First Musketeer actually about?
The First Musketeer is a mini series, to be released in 2014. It is a prequel to The Three Musketeers, set around 6 years before Alexandre Dumas’ novel. It is an origin story for the three main characters and uses the back stories provided throughout Dumas’ Musketeer books to track back in time to when the Three Musketeers first met. Similarly to Dumas, we have also used real historical events to inspire the adventures that our young Musketeers go on, the first of which leads them to the younger Richelieu, who has been banished from the court in Paris to Avignon.
For those of you not as familiar with the books here is a character breakdown for the original characters in Dumas’ books, to explain where they are when we first meet them. Be warned; there may be the occasional book spoiler if you read ahead!
Athos: Athos is a troubled young man, who has run away from his old life as the Comte de la Fere, after a tragic event involving a mysterious young woman named Anne.
Porthos: Porthos is a contradiction. He likes nothing more than to show off, but keeps his real life a mystery. He hides behind a gilded exterior, and wishes for nothing more than to one day become a rich nobleman.
Aramis: Aramis is studying to take his Holy Orders in the church. Unfortunately his penchant for attractive women has a tendency to get in the way of his religious path.
Richelieu: Most people will know this character as the powerful Cardinal Richelieu, but in our series he is not yet a Cardinal, and is the Bishop of Lucon. King Louis XIII is currently on the throne, but ascending to the throne at such a young age meant that his mother, Queen Marie, had to act as regent. Growing angry at the Queen’s hold on power, King Louis XIII and his favourite courtier, Charles D’Albert, The Duke of Luynes, had the Queen banished to Blois, along with her closest allies, and due to Richelieu’s close relationship with Marie he too was sent off to Avignon.
Anne de Breuil/Milady De Winter: Anne is a character from Athos’ past. He meets her in his village and falls in love with her. After marrying her he discovers that she is not all she pretends to be, which causes a tragic event leading to the fall of Athos (then known as Olivier, the Comte de la fere) as he runs away from his old life in an attempt to escape the memories of his past.
We’ve introduced the men so far, but now it’s time to shine some more light on the Femmes Fatales of The First Musketeer.
The infamous Milady De Winter, played by Jessica Preddy, makes an appearance, but you’ll have to watch the series to discover her story, whilst the new character of Marion De Lorme, played by Nicole O’Neill, is introduced to the Musketeer mythology for the first time.
Although The Three Musketeers is a story centered on brotherhood, the women are important catalysts in our Heroes’ tales and have the power to affect the fates of the Musketeers with their actions, and teach them never to trust a book by it’s cover.
Who is Ghislain?
Ghislain is a new character from The First Musketeer. Best friends with Lazare since they served together under Henry IV of France, he enjoys the simple things in life. Good wine, good food, and a good fight.
Slightly less enthusiastic about the new young members of their group, he eventually becomes attached to the “lost boys” and helps as much to teach them the ways of a Musketeer as Lazare does.