November 8, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Dan Stevens continues to make the most of his post-”Downton Abbey” time, now booking a major role in threequel “Night at the Museum 3.” Deadline reports Stevens will play Lancelot – like out of Arthurian legend – opposite Ben Stiller as security guard turned entrepreneur (turned security guard again?) Larry Daley.
The third installment in the family-friendly comedy/action franchise will see Stiller’s Larry across the pond, dealing with museum exhibits at the London Museum coming to life. Somehow his old buddy Theodore Roosevelt – well, a statue of him, anyway – played by Robin Williams also gets shipped over too, so I’m betting we can expect other familiar faces like Owen Wilson’s tiny cowboy and Rami Malek’s ancient Egyptian pharaoh Ahkmenrah to make an appearance too. Lancelot is described as a pivotal role. I just hope he’ll have a Guinevere! Filming under Shawn Levy is expected to begin in early 2014.
Stevens, who played the key role of Matthew Crawley for three seasons on hit series “Downton Abbey,” was most recently seen in Bill Condon’s Wikileaks film “The Fifth Estate” opposite Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Bruhl. He’s also wrapped crime thriller “A Walk Among the Tombstones” with Liam Neeson and indie thriller “The Guest” with Maika Monroe.
October 21, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
in Television, TV Casting
Rose Leslie, one of Screen International’s Stars of Tomorrow 2013, has joined the cast of British Channel 4 series “Utopia” for season two.
Digital Spy reports that season two of critically-acclaimed but little-seen dark thriller will also star Tom Burke (“The Hour”), with Leslie and Burke joining returning members Alexandra Roach, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Adeel Akhtar, and Neil Maskell.
Written by Dennis Kelly and directed by Marc Munden, season one of the show followed an unconnected set of people who found themselves in possession of the manuscript for a legendary graphic novel, leading to their lives imploding as they begin to be pursued by a shadowy and murderous organisation.
Leslie has begun to make a name for herself on the small screen, after a role in the hit ITV drama “Downton Abbey“. She has since moved on to HBO’s “Game of Thrones” where she plays Ygritte opposite Kit Harington’s Jon Snow.
“Downtown’s Abbey’s” Jessica Brown-Findlay has been cast as the lead in “Jamaica Inn”, a BBC adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s novel of the same name, and we have the first photos of her on set!
The novel, set in the 1820s, follows Brown-Findlay’s Mary Yellan, a young woman forced to live with her aunt in the Jamaica Inn after the death of the mother, only to find that the place is the center of a smuggling ring. BAFTA-winning director Philippa Lowthorpe is helming the project from a script by Emma Frost (“The White Queen,” “Shameless UK”). Rounding out the cast is Matthew McNulty (“The Paradise”), Sean Harris (“The Borgias”), and Joanne Whalley (“Gossip Girl”) as Aunt Patience.
Brown-Findlay, known to most as Lady Sybil on “Downton Abbey” has had quite a year! As Up and Comers exclusively reported, Findlay recently wrapped work on “Posh” with Sam Claflin, Douglas Booth, and Max Irons. She also landed the female lead in Paul McGuigan’s “Frankenstein” opposite Daniel Radcliffe.
“Jamaica Inn” will air in three sixty minute parts next year on BBC. Hit the jump for the first images of Jessica on set and head over to This is Cornwall for more photos and video footage.
September 30, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
The newest adaptation of Flaubert classic “Madame Bovary” starring Mia Wasikowska began filming today in Normandy, France, and has rounded out its cast with up and comers Logan Marshall-Green and “Downton Abbey” star Laura Carmichael.
Rose Barreneche scripted the new adaptation of Gustave Flaubert’s first novel and masterpiece, and Wasikowska, who was cast back in March of 2012, will play the titular character of Emma Bovary, a doctor’s wife who lives beyond her means and takes on many adulterous affairs in order to combat the ennui of her life. Henry Lloyd-Hughes plays her husband, while Ezra Miller, Olivier Gourmet, Rhys Ifans and Paul Giamatti also have supporting roles. Sophie Barthes will direct the new adaptation, which is said to be faithful to Flaubert’s text but updated with youthful and modern sensibilities. It will be at least the 6th time the novel has been adapted for the screen.
Marshall-Green, who turned our heads back when he was Trey on “The O.C.,” most recently had some big screen success in Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus” opposite Noomi Rapace. He’s attached to play playwright Tennessee Williams in Carson McCullers biopic “Lonely Hunter” opposite Jena Malone and recently shot a pilot – “Quarry” – for Showtime. Carmichael made her screen debut in Thomas Alfredson’s critically acclaimed “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” before landing the role of Lady Edith Crawley on ITV’s hit ongoing series “Downton Abbey.”
September 30, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Lone Scherfig’s big screen adaptation of 2010 controversial play “Posh” has wrapped up filming, but we’ve confirmed some final bits of casting thanks to a tip from U&C reader Elle: “Downton Abbey” star Jessica Brown-Findlay and fellow British up and comers Olly Alexander, Sam Reid and Matthew Beard as well as “The Book Thief” star Ben Schnetzer are also part of the ensemble cast that includes Max Irons, Freddie Fox, Sam Claflin, Douglas Booth, Holliday Grainger and Natalie Dormer.
This mostly young, white and male cast play members of The Riot Club, a fictional version of The Bullingdon Club, an exclusive society at Oxford University to which such prominent British figures as Prime Minister David Cameron belonged. The entire play is set over the course of one evening when the ten members of the club have their termly dinner, while the film will be seen through the eyes of two first year students, Miles and Alistair. It’s unclear which of the actors played the two leads, though Brown-Findlay has the role of Rachel, which should be the female lead of a waitress who gets caught in the boys’ struggle.
Meanwhile, Brown-Findlay has also landed the lead role on BBC’s three-part adaptation of “Jamaica Inn,” according to Deadline. The British up and comer is best known for her role as Lady Sybil on “Downton Abbey.” Since leaving the show, she’s landed the female lead role opposite Colin Farrell in fantasy epic “Winter’s Tale” as well as the female lead in Fox’s upcoming reboot of “Frankenstein” opposite Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy, and has wrapped indie drama “Lullaby” opposite Garrett Hedlund and Amy Adams.
September 18, 2013 | Posted by Melanie Abernathy
in Television, TV Videos
The long awaited Season 4 return of UK hit series “Downton Abbey” premieres this coming Sunday in the UK. Sadly, for those of us in America, we are delayed until January 5 on PBS. Curse these twisted rules…
The new season for the hit drama will follow the ups and downs of the Crawley estate six months after the tragic death of Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens). According to Deadline, producer Gareth Neame has stated that viewers this season will focus on Matthew’s widow, Mary Crawley (Michelle Dockery), and how she deals with his passing.
Check out Lady Crawley in the newest clip below!
September 11, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Looks like Jessica Brown-Findlay left “Downton Abbey” just in time because her Hollywood film career is really starting to take off. THR reports she’s landed the female lead in Fox’s new adaptation of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein,” with James McAvoy in the role of Dr. Frankenstein and Daniel Radcliffe as Igor, his humpback assistant.
Paul McGuigan’s film would seem to owe more to cinematic retellings of the mad scientist and the monster he creates, as there is no Igor in Shelley’s original, more grounded story. Max Landis’ script, in fact, is told from Igor’s point of view, and Brown-Findlay’s female lead role is not that of Elizabeth, Victor Frankenstein’s longtime love in Shelley’s novel, but a trapeze artist saved by Igor and then becomes romantically involved with him. Weird, but okay then. Filming is scheduled for this fall in London and Scotland.
Brown-Findlay is mostly known for her role as Lady Sybil on hit British series “Downton Abbey” and landed the female lead in fantasy epic “Winter’s Tale” opposite Colin Farrell, beating out the likes of Elizabeth Olsen and Bella Heathcote. That releases next Valentine’s Day, and she’s also wrapped indie drama “Lullaby” with Amy Adams and Garrett Hedlund.
June 12, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
The “Downton Abbey” cast are hitting Hollywood hard. In the last few months, Theo James has been cast in the hotly contested role of Four in the young adult adaptation of “Divergent”, Lily James and Sophie Mcshera took two roles, including the lead, in Kenneth Branagh’s “Cinderella”, and Michelle Dockery is replacing Kate Winslet in “The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Socity”. So after three years on the hit series, leaving to pursue a Hollywood dream may have been the best decision Dan Stevens also made. The Brit actor has several high project projects in the pipeline and has now joined a new indie film, “The Guest”.
Adam Wingard will direct from a script by Simon Barrett. The film follows a family who befriend a soldier who has returned from a tour of duty but who does not appear to be all he says, and Variety reports that production will begin later this year.
Earlier this year Stevens wrapped up on Broadway opposite Jessica Chastain in “The Heiress” before beginning production on crime thriller “A Walk Among the Tombstones” with Liam Neeson and Bill Condon’s Wikileaks film “The Fifth Estate” opposite Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Bruhl. Stevens’ indie period drama “Summer In February” also starring Emily Browning is released this week in the UK (there’s still no US distribution) and most recently Stevens joined the family adventure “Swallows and Amazons“.
June 11, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Lily James’ family of tormenters is growing. Kenneth Branagh’s titular “Cinderella” already has a wicked stepmother in Cate Blanchett and one evil stepsister in Holliday Grainger, and now she’s got another one in “Downton Abbey” co-star Sophie McShera. THR reports the British actress has joined the Disney live action adaptation of the classic fairy tale, which also stars “Game of Thrones”‘ Richard Madden as Cinderella’s Prince. Filming is set to begin this fall with a 2014 release in mind.
McShera, a 27-year-old relative newcomer, was a regular on British series “Waterloo Road” before landing her big break as kitchen maid-turned-assistant cook Daisy Mason on ITV series “Downton Abbey”, now heading into its fourth season. “Cinderella” will mark her big screen debut, and quite a big coup at that.
May 9, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
British rising stars Kaya Scodelario and Tom Cullen have signed on to star in home invasion thriller “Tiger House”, according to Screen Daily. Dougary Scott is also part of the cast and theatre director Thomas Daley will make his feature directorial debut on the project.
Though no plot details are given via the press release, a concept teaser video on Daley’s official website gives us a pretty good idea: A gang of would-be bank robbers, instead of bursting in guns blazing to the bank itself during business hours, break into the bank manager’s house in the middle of the night instead, taking his family hostage and forcing him to rob his bank for them. However, they miss one inhabitant of the house (looking likely that Scodelario may play the lone escapee) and that certainly throws things for the robbers off track. Filming is slated to begin in September, with international distribution rights being sold at Cannes next week.
Scodelario, of “Skins” fame, is about to begin filming the female lead role of Teresa in Wes Ball’s adaptation of James Dashner’s hit YA novel series “The Maze Runner” opposite Dylan O’Brien, and recently won raves from Sundance for her lead role in coming of age drama “Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes.” Cullen broke out in 2011 romantic drama “Weekend” and recently landed a pivotal role as Michelle Dockery’s new love interest on season four of “Downton Abbey.” On the film side he has also wrapped Richard Raymond’s “Desert Dancer” opposite Freida Pinto.
Watch Daley’s “Tiger House” concept teaser video below.