Blake Ritson (Edmund Bertram in Mansfield Park 2007) will play Mr. Elton. My first thought when I heard this was "No! He looks way too nice to be Mr. Elton!" - I wasn't overly impressed by his acting in MP07, but he was admittedly very good-looking. . . too good-looking to be Mr. Elton, I thought. . . but then, I suppose Mr. Elton is supposed to be handsome. I'm still not sure about this one, though.
Rupert Evans (Frederick Hale in North and South) will play Frank Churchill. Yes, yes, yes!! He's got just got just right balance of charm and roguishness to play Frank. Let's just hope they don't give him a horrible wig like they did to the Frank Churchills in the 1996 versions.
Laura Pyper will play Jane Fairfax. I really don't know much about this actress at all. She has a very delicate kind of beauty - quite different to the other Jane Fairfaxes we've seen. I'll be interested to see her perfermance in this production.
So - I'm thrilled with pretty much all of these casting choices, except maybe Blake Ritson. Still, he might turn out to be okay as Mr. Elton.