April 26, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Following in Kate Winslet’s footsteps? Not a bad move for a rising British actress. The Daily Mail reports “Downton Abbey” star Michelle Dockery has been offered the lead role in Simon Curtis’ adaptation of bestselling novel “The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Socity”, a role Winslet had been previously attached to when Kenneth Branagh was going to direct it.
If a deal happens, Dockery will play a single, 30-something author named Juliet Ashton who wrote during World War II. The novel is set up as a series of vignettes from colorful characters who write letters to Juliet detailing their quirky, funny and heartbreaking stories as the war rages on. Letter-writing eventually leads to the formation of the titular Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society as the island falls to German occupation. Filmmakers are hoping Dockery will be available to shoot the adaptation after the fourth season of “Downton Abbey” wraps in August.
Dockery was last seen on the big screen in two of Joe Wright’s films – “Hanna” and “Anna Karenina” – and she’s wrapped shooting on upcoming Liam Neeson thriller “Non-Stop”, but certainly her claim to fame thus far is as Lady Mary on ITV/PBS series “Downton Abbey.” Co-star Dan Stevens has already propelled “Downton” into a thriving movie career, and a role such as this one would surely open the same kind of doors for Dockery. Will she leave the show, as Stevens did?
October 5, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Here it is, world. Our first glimpse of two-time Oscar nominee Michelle Williams doing her best blonde bombshell impression in the first trailer for “My Week with Marilyn”. Does she pass muster? We aren’t so convinced just yet, but the film does look great. Eddie Redmayne is Colin Clark, whose “week with Marilyn” as an assistant director on the set of “The Prince and the Showgirl” is the basis of the film. Emma Watson, fresh off eight “Harry Potter” movies, plays Lucy, a young wardrobe assistant slash love interest to Clark. Simon Curtis directed the film which also stars Kenneth Branagh as Sir Laurence Olivier, Julia Ormond as Vivien Leigh and Dominic Cooper as famed Marilyn photographer Milton H. Greene.
Despite our reservations (which, to be a honest, are actually a bit more pronounced after seeing the footage below) about Williams in the lead role, our anticipation for this film is still very high. We’ll all get our chance to see the entire thing when it’s released on November 4th, following a premiere at the New York Film Festival this weekend.
September 22, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
“My Week with Marilyn” is one of our most anticipated fall movies of 2011, and as we’ve said all along, while most eyes are on how two-time Oscar nominee Michelle Williams will embody iconic screen goddess Marilyn Monroe, our attention is on a couple of other young stars who will appear in the film with her. Eddie Redmayne is Colin Clark, whose “week with Marilyn” as an assistant director on the set of “The Prince and the Showgirl” is the basis of the film. Emma Watson, fresh off eight “Harry Potter” movies, plays Lucy, a young wardrobe assistant slash love interest to Clark. Simon Curtis directed the film which also stars Kenneth Branagh as Sir Laurence Olivier, Julia Ormond as Vivien Leigh and Dominic Cooper as famed Marilyn photographer Milton H. Greene.
“My Week with Marilyn” was financed from the beginning by Harvey Weinstein, so we can expect a heavy Oscar push, particularly for Williams, precluding a disastrous reception when it premieres at the New York Film Festival next month. General audiences will get to see it on November 4th. Perhaps a bit surprisingly, there is no trailer for the film yet. Fan site Eddie Redmayne Online snagged the image below, our first look at Redmayne and Watson together in what looks like a promotional photoshoot for the film.