EXCLUSIVE: Just a day after the announcement of a new Broadway revival of the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic The King And I comes word that the title star of the Tony-winning 1996 revival, Lou Diamond Phillips, is stepping in to reprise his performance in an Australia tour of the lavish Christopher Renshaw production mounted by producer John Frost, who also presented the earlier revival.
Phillips was Tony-nominated for his work as the stubborn King, originated by Yul Brynner, torn between the demands of tradition and a desire to enter the modern world, and challenged by the forthright teacher he’s imported to educate his brood. He replaces Jason Scott Lee, who I’m told tore a calf muscle during the run in Melbourne.
“It provides a unique opportunity for Melbourne audiences to witness the wonderful Lou Diamond Phillips, who was so extraordinary in the role on Broadway,” Frost says.
Phillips (La Bamba, Stand and Deliver) just finished his third season of A&E’s Longmire and stars opposite Antonio Banderas and Juliet Binoche in the upcoming film The 33, based on the true story of the Chilean miners produced by Phoenix Pictures. On Broadway, he played the King for over 550 performances, opposite the “I” of Tony winner Donna Murphy. In the new production his Anna is Lisa McCune. His first performance is set for July 10 at and ill run through August 31 at the … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Lou Diamond Phillips will both topline and co-write The Boys Of Eloy, based on the true story of a ragtag co-ed softball team in the prison town of Eloy, Ariz. Phillips, who currently stars in A&E’s Longmire as Harry Standing Bear, plays the coach who gets the team in shape and helps lead them to the 2000 Little League World Series of Softball. Michael Montijo and Noe Gonzalez co-wrote the screenplay with Phillips. The Boys Of Eloy will be the debut feature production for Montijo’s Majority Entertainment. Montijo, Phillips and Douglas Warner are producing. J.B. Roberts, Edward Michaels, and Michael Weiss are executive producing. Phillips is repped by Global Artists Agency and Thruline Entertainment.
Battlestar Galactica alumna Katee Sackhoff has been cast as the female lead opposite Robert Taylor in A&E’s hourlong pilot Longmire. Also cast in the project, based on the Walt Longmire Mystery series of novels by Craig Johnson, are Lou Diamond Phillips, Bailey Chase (Saving Grace) and Cassidy Freeman (Smallville).
Longmire is named after its central character, Walt Longmire (Taylor), the charismatic, dedicated and unflappable sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyo. Widowed only a year, he is a man in psychic repair but buries his pain behind his brave face, unassuming grin and dry wit. Sackhoff, repped by Gersh and Bleu, will play one of Walt’s deputies, hired six months ago after working homicide in Philadelphia for five years. Her relationship with Walt is filled with a playful give-and-take, while a deeper connection and sexual tension simmers beneath. Sackhoff, who co-starred on the final season of 24, recently did an arc on CSI. Phillips, repped by Global Artists and Thruline, will play Walt’s best friend. Chase, repped by Gersh and Untitled, will play another deputy of Walt’s. Freeman, repped by Kohner and Robyn Bluestone, will play Walt’s daughter. Hunt Baldwin and John Coveny wrote the project and are executive producing with Greer Shephard and Mike Robin for Warner Horizon.
Some notable TV castings from the last couple of days:
– Lou Diamond Phillips has joined Lifetime’s untitled Josh Berman pilot. The project, from Sony TV, is a closed-ended drama set in San Diego, which centers on police detective Molly Collins (Sherry Stringfield), married mother of two on the verge of divorce, who, along with her partner Brooke Kross (Jamie-Lynn Sigler), investigate the city’s most high-profile crimes while navigating their divergent personal lives. Phillips, who most recently recurred on Stargate: Universe, will play their boss, a police lieutenant. Read More »