Caroline Ford and Antony Bunsee have joined the cast of Fox’s 13-episode series Hieroglyph from 20th TV and Chernin Entertainment. Set in ancient Egypt, where fantasy and reality intertwined, it follows a notorious thief who is plucked from prison to serve the Pharoah (Reece Ritchie), navigating palace intrigue, seductive concubines, criminal underbellies and even a few divine sorcerers. Ford, repped by repped by ICM Partners, Luber/Roklin, Jackoway Tyerman and UK’s United Agents, will play Peshet, a member of the thief’s crew. Bunsee, repped by UK’s Robert Kelly Associates and attorney Lev Ginsburg, will play Rawser, Captain of the Pharoah’s Guard.
LONDON (May 18, 2012) – Principal photography has begun on LAST DAYS ON MARS starring Liev Schreiber (Salt, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) alongside Olivia Williams (The Ghost Writer, An Education), Romola Garai (One Day, Atonement), Elias Koteas (Shutter Island, Crash), Tom Cullen (Weekend), Goran Kostic (In the Land of Blood and Honey, Taken) and Johnny Harris (Snow White and the Huntsman, This is England 86).
Filming will take place in Jordan and at Elstree Studios in the UK. Universal Pictures will release the film in the UK while Focus Features International is handling sales and distribution for all other territories and is currently selling the film at the Cannes market.
Directed by Academy Award Nominee Ruairi Robinson (Fifty Percent Grey), LAST DAYS ON MARS is based on a short story by Sydney J. Bounds and adapted by Clive Dawson. The film is produced by Michael Kuhn (The Duchess) and Andrea Cornwell (The Scouting Book for Boys).
British actress Olivia Williams will star opposite Ben Barnes, Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore. The film is an adaptation of a series of young adult books about a teen who learns the art of wizardry after discovering that he is the seventh son of a seventh son. The Seventh Son is produced by Thomas Tull, Basil Iwanyk and Lionel Wigram. Jon Jashni and Alysia Cotter will executive produce. Williams’ credits include Roman Polanski’s The Ghost Writer, The Sixth Sense, An Education, which earned her a SAG nomination, and Wes Anderson’s Rushmore.
Williams will be seen this year playing Eleanor Roosevelt opposite Bill Murray and Laura Linney in the Focus Features film, Hyde Park On The Hudson and in Anna Karenina with Keira Knightley and Kelly Macdonald. Williams is represented by ICM and in the U.K. by Independent Talent Group.
The UK’s Sky Arts, which earlier this year announced it would triple its budget, has commissioned a series of one-off original TV dramas and comedies that will fall under the Playhouse Presents label. Among the notable projects, Walking The Dogs sees Emma Thompson play Queen Elizabeth in a comedy-drama about an intruder who made his way into her bedroom in 1982. Walking The Dogs is based on the night Michael Fagan broke into Buckingham Palace, entered the Queen’s boudoir and chatted with her for a while until the police took him away. The title refers to Fagan’s window of access – a guard who was supposed to be positioned outside the Queen’s door was out walking her dogs. Eddie Marsan (Tyrannosaur, Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows) and Russell Tovey, who has a role in the Emma Thompson-penned Effie, are co-stars. Other shows just announced by Sky Arts, part of the BSkyB group of channels, will include such British talent as David Tennant, Olivia Williams, Stephen Fry and Hayley Atwell along with some non-Brits like Stellan Skarsgard and Harry Shearer. The latter is starring in Nixon’s The One, a verbatim account of Richard Nixon’s
EXCLUSIVE: Olivia Williams has emerged as the front runner to play Eleanor Roosevelt the Roger Michell-directed Hyde Park on the Hudson for Focus Features. She is in talks to join her Rushmore co-star Bill Murray, who plays Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Laura Linney, who’ll play FDR’s distant cousin and mistress. The Richard Nelson-scripted film is about a visit by King George VI to Hyde Park, the upstate New York home of the Roosevelt family in 1939. While the stakes are high—momentum was building toward WWII—the trip also happened as FDR’s wife discovered his affair with his cousin. Williams, most recently seen onscreen in Hanna, is repped by ICM.