BBC One/BBC America co-production Jonathan Strange And Mr Norrell starts shooting next week with Ray Donovan‘s Eddie Marsan and Olivier award-winning Bertie Carvel (Matilda) starring in the lead roles. Based on the bestselling novel by Susanna Clarke, the seven-part series has been adapted by Wallander‘s Peter Harness. It’s an alternate history of England set during the Napoleonic Wars when reclusive Mr Norrell (Marsan) is persuaded to help the government with his magical prowess. At the same time, the charming and wealthy Strange (Carvel) learns he too is destined to be a great magician. The story centers on the relationship between the two men. New Line optioned the movie rights back in 2005 with Christopher Hampton adapting, but the film was never made.
Also joining the drama’s cast are Alice Englert (Ginger & Rosa), Marc Warren (The Good Wife), Samuel West (Mr Selfridge), Charlotte Riley (Wuthering Heights), Enzo Cilenti (Prisoners Wives) and Paul Kaye (Game Of Thrones). Toby Haynes, whose credits include Doctor Who and Sherlock, is directing. Producer is Nick Hirschkorn. There’s currently no airdate, but the series will feature as part of BBC America’s Supernatural Saturday. Endemol Worldwide has international distribution. Marsan is repped by the UK’s Markham, Froggatt and Irwin and by Paradigm; Carvel is repped by Hamilton Hodell in the UK and by ICM Partners.
The Olympic Games don’t begin until July 27, but the Brits are planning cultural events early to capitalize on a summer that will see the UK flooded with tourists. Along with the release of a re-mastered Chariots Of Fire, organizers have added details for the London 2012 Festival, a UK-wide cultural celebration from June 21-September 9. BAFTA winning Senna director Asif Kapadia has been commissioned to make a short film as part of an initiative run by BBC Films and Film4. Kapadia’s The Odyssey joins Mike Leigh’s A Running Jump starring Eddie Marsan; Lynne Ramsay’s The Swimmer and What If, directed by Streetdance’s Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini. The four films will premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival on June 24 and in London the next day with a live simulcast to 50 theaters across the UK in partnership with Picturehouse. As part of the London 2012 program, the BFI will also present restored versions of Alfred Hitchcock’s early silent British films. Meanwhile, BBC 2 will air Shakespeare plays starring Jeremy Irons, Ben Wishaw, Tom Hiddleston, Patrick Stewart, David Suchet, David Morrissey, Julie Walters and John Hurt, among others. Music and dance events and other visual arts presentations will run throughout the fest.
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EXCLUSIVE: Eddie Marsan and Dash Mihok are set to co-star opposite Liev Schreiber in Showtime’s drama pilot Ray Donovan. Created and executive produced by Southland creator Ann Biderman, executive produced by Mark Gordon and Bryan Zuriff and to be directed by Allen Coulter, the Showtime-produced project takes a novelistic look at contemporary Los Angeles. A dark family drama with comedic undertones, the show centers on Ray (Schreiber), a professional “fixer” for LA’s rich and famous who can make anyone’s problems disappear, except the ones created by his own family. Paradigm-repped Marsan will play Ray’s brother Terry, a skilled former boxer who despite his Parkinson’s diagnosis hasn’t lost his fighting spirit and continues to train others in his gym. Mihok, repped by Gersh and Untitled, will play Bunchy, Ray Donovan’s younger brother — a troubled alcoholic who is haunted after being sexually abused and continues to struggle with sobriety despite the help of his two brothers. In addition to Schreiber, Marsan and Mihok join recently cast Paula Malcolmson. Read More »