UPDATE, 8:59 AM PT: Paramount just confirmed the casting. The release is below the original break.
PREVIOUS EXCLUSIVE, 8:04 AM PT: Here is something that should create a geek frenzy. Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions are setting the final major piece of the final trilogy of Terminator films. I’m told they are casting Matt Smith, who has played The Doctor in Doctor Who, in a major role that will grow in the second and third films.
Smith will join Game Of Thrones‘ Emilia Clarke (Sara Connor), Zero Dark Thirty’s Jason Clarke (John Connor), Jai Courtney (Kyle Reese), Dayo Okeniyi (Danny Dyson, son of the brainiac cyborg developer played by Joe Morton in Terminator: Judgment Day), and Arnold Schwarzenegger, who reprises his signature cyborg. The time-travel saga Terminator: Genesis is directed by Alan Taylor and has a July 1, 2015 released date. Smith is repped by UTA and Troika. Read More »
A musical adaptation of American Psycho is tuning up for a December launch in London’s West End. Almeida Theatre Artistic Director, Rupert Goold, will direct the take that has a book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Spider Man: Turn Off The Dark, Glee) and music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik (Girls, Glee). Now in his last year as the 11th Doctor Who, Matt Smith will play Patrick Bateman, the serial-killing investment banker originally portrayed by Christian Bale in Mary Harron’s 2000 film adaptation. The London musical will run from December 3rd to January 25th next year. It’s an Almeida Theatre and Headlong co-production in association with David Johnson and Jesse Singer for Act 4 Entertainment by special arrangement with Edward R Pressman, who produced the movie. Pressman is also executive producing FX and Lionsgate’s American Psycho drama series project that catches up with Bateman decades later, but as outrageous and lethal as ever – and taking on a protégé. Read More »
Peter Capaldi is the Twelfth Doctor Who. The identity of who will next play the Time Lord on the next season of the BBC sci-fi series was announced today simultaneously on both sides of the Atlantic. Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor airedat 11 AM PT on BBC America and 7 PM in the UK on BBC One.The actor will make his regenerating debut in the Christmas special later this year, taking over from current Doctor WhoMatt Smith. “If I had to pick someone I’d pick him,” teased Smith earlier in the live show without naming his successor by name. Capaldi starred recently in World War Z with Brad Pitt and appeared as the perpetually swearing UK PM’s press secretary in Veep creator Armando Iannucci’s 2009 feature In The Loop. Currently filming the BBC drama The Musketeers, the actor is also in Disney’s upcoming Maleficent with Angelina Jolie. He has actually been on Doctor Who before. Capaldi played Caecillius, a merchant in Ancient Rome, in the 2008 episode The Fires of Pompeii. The Scottish actor is repped by United Agents in the UK. … Read More »
Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TCA coverage.
Fresh from a raucous, standing-room-only appearance at Comic-Con, the producers and stars of the BBC America series Doctor Who hit Beverly Hills and TCA this morning to promote the forthcoming mega-hyped 50th anniversary special coming November 23. There is a bittersweet edge to the marketing, however, since Matt Smith — the latest in a long line of actors to portray Doctor Who — is leaving the series after four years later this year. He’s currently shooting his final episode now. Why leave? “Well, I’ve done it four years,” Smith said, “and we shoot nine or 10 months a year.” In other words, it’s a lot of work. But its more than that, he insisted. “It’s just a good time for me and for the show,” he added. “It wasn’t an easy choice to make…I feel very proud to have been part of such a wonderful legacy of actors.” Smith is confident the show will continue just fine into its 51st year once he’s gone. “The show will get bigger and better and carry on without me,” he said, “and people will forget.” Producer Marcus Wilson insisted that no real thought has been yet been given to recruiting a replacement for Smith in the lead.
The actor (or actress?) who will play the new Doctor Who will be announced in late summer/early fall, I’m told. In the meantime, the soon-to-be former Time Lord, Matt Smith, has recorded a thank you to his colleagues, and to his fans, who were recently shocked to learn he is leaving the cult BBC series. Smith, who will appear in the 50th Anniversary Doctor Who special in November and then regenerate in the Christmas special, took a break from filming Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut How To Catch A Monster in Detroit to make this Love Actually-style message:
The BBC is today announcing that Matt Smith is to leave Doctor Who after four incredible years on the hit show. Matt first stepped into the TARDIS in 2010 and will leave the role at the end of this year after starring in the unmissable 50th Anniversary in November and regenerating in the Christmas special. During his time as the Doctor, Matt has reached over 30 million unique UK viewers and his incarnation has seen the show go truly global. He was also the first actor to be nominated for a BAFTA in the role. Doctor Who is BBC AMERICA’s highest-rated series andpremieres as part of the channel’s Supernatural Saturday programming block. Related: BBC Confirms ‘Doctor Who’ Season 8 Matt quickly won over fans to be voted Best Actor by Readers of Doctor Who Magazine for the 2010 season. He also received a nod for his first series at the National Television Awards, before winning the Most Popular Male Drama Performance award in 2012.Matt has played one of the biggest roles in TV with over 77 million fans in the UK, US and Australia alone! Related: BBC Says ‘Doctor Who’ Isn’t Racist Matt Smith says: “Doctor Who has been the most brilliant experience for me as an actor and a bloke, and that largely is down to the cast, crew and fans of the show. I’m incredibly grateful to all the cast and crew who work tirelessly every day, to realize all the elements of the show and deliver Doctor Who to the audience. Many of them have become good friends and I’m incredibly proud of what we have achieved over the last four years.
Here’s a new TV spot for the Doctor Who Christmas special entitled The Snowmen and featuring guest star Richard E. Grant. The episode introduces Jenna-Louise Coleman as the new companion to Matt Smith‘s Doctor. The show airs on BBC America on Christmas night at 9PM ET.
The BBC’s Doctor Who is a not-at-all-guilty pleasure for a lot of people, and they always do a fine Christmas special. A couple of years back featured a truly brilliant take on A Christmas Carol. This year Jenna-Louise Coleman joins as (a temporarily moody and Scrooge-like Doctor) Matt Smith’s new companion for “The Snowmen” which will air Stateside on BBC America.