I've thought long and hard about this, scanned some pictures of actors with the right look, and I came up with this list. I tried to stay away from the really big names, but managed to find some great new up and coming stars. See what you think about the possibilities.
Let's start with GEORGE, the ambitious idealist who climbed out from the coal mine and rose up the ranks of the union.
#2: CHRIS HEMSWORTH. This Aussie superstar, famous for Thor and Rush, probably wouldn't have any trouble mastering the right British accent to ace the part!
#3: AARON TAYLOR JOHNSTON: Young but talented actor, co-starred with Keira Knightley in War and Peace.
#4: ED SPELEERS, the handsome but cheeky young footman in Downton Abbey.
#5: TRAVIS FIMMEL, alias Ragnar Lothbrok, the gorgeous Aussie star of THE VIKINGS!
I'd be interested to get your take on the best man for the job!
Now for RITA HAWKINS, the feisty, ambitious young pitman's daughter with a smart head for business:
#1: GEMMA ARTERTON, the beautiful and sultry star of blockbusters like Prince of Persia, Clash of the Titans and the forgettable Hansel and Gretel Witchunters.
#2: IMOGEN POOTS, gorgeous new star of That Awkward Moment has the perfect blend of mischief and sexuality.
#3: SOPHIE LOWE, rising Australian actress has the right natural, unspoiled beauty to make a perfect Rita.
I'd be open to suggestions from you for more suitable candidates. After all, it's better to be prepared should Hollywood come calling!!!