July 20, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
British rising star Sam Riley will portray titular literary icon “Ivanhoe” in a new big screen adaptation of the Sir Walter Scott medieval epic, according to Screen Daily.
Published in 1820 and set in the 12th Century, “Ivanhoe” is a historical epic following the exploits of Wilfred of Ivanhoe, a Saxon knight exiled by his father for being loyal to the Norman king and for falling in love with Lady Rowena, who’s engaged to a much higher-seated nobleman. When he returns under disguise tournaments, forbidden love, political intrigue and more unfold, and even Robin Hood and his merry men somehow get involved. Iain Softley will direct from a script by John Brownlow and James Jacks.
Riley, who gained notice for his turns in “Control” and “Brighton Rock”, is currently shooting Disney’s fairy-tale redo “Maleficent” opposite Angelina Jolie, and will soon be seen in Walter Salles’ long-gestating, highly anticipated “On the Road” opposite Garrett Hedlund. He’s also wrapped up shooting vampire drama “Byzantium” opposite Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan.
November 3, 2010 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Writer-director Iain Softley (”K-Pax,” “Inkheart”) has cast rising British actresses Imogen Poots and Felicity Jones in a new project entitled “Trap for Cinderella”.
Poots sprang to fame as one of the leads in “28 Weeks Later” and has several interesting upcoming projects, including “Jane Eyre”, and “Fright Night” with Colin Farrell.
Jones, meanwhile, came to fame through British TV, before giving several star performances on the London stage, and will soon appear in Julie Taymor’s “The Tempest”.
The supporting cast includes Bill Nighy, Brooke Shields, “Gossip Girl” star Ed Westwick, fellow rising star Tamsin Egerton (”St. Trinian’s”) and British comedian Bill Bailey.
“Trap for Cinderella” was one of the scripts on The Brit List last year, and is an adaptation of the novel by the late French writer Sebastian Japrisot (”A Very Long Engagement”). Filming is scheduled to begin in February, 2011 in London and France. It is currently being sold at the American Film Market.