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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!

Character Breakdown:

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.

 

Behind the Scenes – Fight Rehearsals and extras

As promised here is a little video snippet from our first rehearsals last wednesday.

It covers the scene where Athos and Porthos first meet, their fight, and Athos and Marion’s first meeting.

Enjoy!

Rehearsals 12/12/12

Yesterday was a particularly exciting chapter in The First Musketeer’s story, because it was the first day of fight training! There is little I enjoy more than a clash of swords first thing in the morning and yesterday morning was right on the mark.

With Choreography by the very talented Charles Barrett aka Porthos, who happens to be a prize wining fencer, the routine he and Edward Mitchell rehearsed was thrilling to say the least. Keep your eyes open for footage from the day to be uploaded soon…

The second half of the day was slightly less energetic, with scenes from next year’s series being worked through.

It was a day of first meetings. We rehearsed when Porthos first meets Athos, and when Athos first meets Marion, both with rather violent consequences. I won’t give too much away but watch the rehearsal video to be uploaded soon for more sneak peeks into the world of The First Musketeer…

And of course, no day is complete without a bit of Dirty Dancing.

Meet Ghislain

The First Musketeer

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.