Eleanor Tomlinson believes in ALIENS after War Of The Worlds research

Eleanor Tomlinson reveals she started believing in ALIENS and claims there could be life on other planets after researching War Of The Worlds role

Orson Welles’s radio adaptation of The War of the Worlds in 1938 is said to have been so scarily realistic that some listeners thought Martians really were invading Earth.

It seems the BBC’s new version of HG Wells’s classic novel might be just as powerful, if actress Eleanor Tomlinson’s reaction to working on it is anything to go by.

Speaking at the premiere of the three-part series, the 27-year-old Poldark star said that when she researched her character Amy, she started rethinking her beliefs about aliens. She added: ‘When you’re talking about light years and you’re talking about time – which is not something I understand at all – I think there are probably planets that have been as we are.

Wow! Speaking at the premiere of War Of The Worlds, Eleanor Tomlinson said that when she researched her character Amy, she started rethinking her beliefs about aliens 

‘Or there are planets that had the potential to be as we are, with living organisms on them. So I think there are other organisms out there, but I don’t think they’re metal machines and I don’t think they are green, big and have googly eyes.’

Miss Tomlinson stars alongside Shaun of the Dead’s Rafe Spall, Rupert Graves and Trainspotting star Robert Carlyle.

Glasgow-born Carlyle plays a bisexual astronomer defending humanity against alien invasion.

He photographs mysterious flashes on Mars which turn out to be images of the beginning of the devastating attack. 

She added: ‘When you’re talking about light years and you’re talking about time – which is not something I understand at all – I think there are probably planets that have been as we are’

Eleanor looked effortlessly stylish at the BBC One preview held at London’s BFI  Southbank on Tuesday. 

The actress showcased her long legs as she slipped into a tiny leather miniskirt for the occasion.  

Eleanor accentuated her tremendous pins with black velour heels and tucked an over-sized T-shirt into the perilously-short miniskirt. 

The Poldark star wore her locks in glamorous curls and finished off her ensemble with a polished make-up look. 

Eleanor will play Amy in the series. The character is looking to start a new life with George (Rafe Spall) – but their hopes for the future are sent into disarray when aliens invade planet earth. 

Stunning: Eleanor looked effortlessly stylish at the BBC One preview held at London ‘s BFI Southbank on Tuesday

Beauty: Eleanor accentuated her tremendous pins with black velour heels and tucked an oversized T-shirt into the perilously short miniskirt (pictured with Craig Viveiros)

Veering away from the 2005 Hollywood version – which starred Tom Cruise, was helmed by Steven Spielberg and was set in the present day – the three-part series takes place in Edwardian England, harking more accurately back to the source text.

The novel – written by H. G. Wells and published in 1897 – sees martians, in the form of giant, spindly-legged machines – attack Earth, on hunt for resources.

The BBC’s version stars Black Mirror’s Rafe Spall, Eleanor  and Trainspotting’s Robert Carlyle. 

Taking to the stage: The Poldark star wore her locks in glamorous curls and finished off her ensemble with a polished make-up look

In the trailer, after the aliens touch down, one authoritarian announces to a crowd: ‘Ladies and gentlemen, it seems that something has arrived in England.’

A UFO is seen hurtling toward Earth, with the characters at first believing it to be a shooting star.  

Writer Peter Harness said of his adaptation: ‘The version of The War Of The Worlds that I wanted to make is one that’s faithful to the tone and the spirit of the book, but which also feels contemporary, surprising and full of shocks: a collision of sci-fi, period drama and horror.

Classic literature: Eleanor took to the stage for a Q&A before the preview alongside Samira Ahmed, Craig and Peter Harness (L-R)

Alien invasion: Veering away from the 2005 Hollywood version, the three-part series takes place in Edwardian England 

Chaotic: Eleanor will play Amy who is looking to start a new life with George (Rafe Spall) – but their hopes for the future are sent into disarray when aliens invade planet earth 

‘There is nothing cosy or predictable about Wells’ novel, and that’s what I want to capture in the show.

‘We have an incredible cast, a brilliant director and a wonderful crew – and I can’t wait for them to explode the terrifying story of the first alien invasion on to our screens.’

The first episode of War Of The Worlds will air on BBC One on Sunday 17 November at 9pm. 

True to form: The novel – written by H. G. Wells and published in 1897 – sees martians, in the form of giant, spindly-legged machines – attack Earth, on hunt for resources

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