Monday, November 30, 2015

First look at Peter and Wendy

Back in January Screenterrier posted a casting call for the new ITV drama based on the story of Peter Pan. In May the news of the two young actors who landed the title roles was announced.

Peter and Wendy is currently scheduled to air on Saturday 26th December on ITV and here's a first look at the two young stars.

13 year old Hazel Doupe from Ireland, plays the joint roles of twelve year old Lucy Rose, a patient at modern day Great Ormond Street Hospital, and Wendy Darling, in her re-imagining of Peter Pan story. Hazel (represented by Macfarlane Chard), who attends Billie Barry Stage School in Dublin, played Sarah in the RTE docu/drama Titanic, Blood and Steel, and starred in Irish thriller Jack Taylor:Shot Down.
Zac Sutcliffe (who attends Yorkshire School of Acting) from Bradford, stars as Peter. Zac's previous filmed Grimsby, a new film from Sacha Baron Cohen.

The drama is a re-imagining of J.M. Barrie’s much loved classic novel, which reinterprets the timeless story for the modern age while remaining faithful to the spirit of the original.

The story opens in modern day Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) where twelve-year-old Lucy Rose is awaiting treatment for a serious heart condition. Her mother Julie (Laura Fraser, also doubling up as Mrs Darling) is distraught with the fear of losing her child, and surgeon Mr Wylie (Stanley Tucci, who also plays Hook) assures her he’ll do everything in his power to make the operation a success. The day before her operation, Lucy reads J.M. Barrie’s novel of Peter Pan to a crowd of sick children in the hospital, and she goes to sleep with thoughts of the classic tale in her head. Lucy dreams this version of Peter Pan into existence and the story is retold through the young girl’s imagination.

The magical story cuts back and forth between Lucy’s modern day struggles and the fantasy land of Neverland, with the common theme being positivity and belief.

Singer Paloma Faith also makes a guest appearance as Tinker Bell.

The two hour drama is produced by Headline Pictures with a script by BAFTA winner Adrian Hodges, and directed by Diarmuid Lawrence.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

The Coroner

19 year old newcomer Grace Hogg-Robinson stars alongside former Casualty stars Claire Goose and Matt Bardock in a new BBC Daytime drama The Coroner.

Grace (represented by Jonathan Arun) plays Beth, the daughter of Jane (Claire Goose), a high flying solicitor, who after another failed relationship, returns to the small seaside town she escaped as a teenager to take up the post of Coroner. She finds herself forced to work with Davey, the boy who broke her heart and is now local Detective Sergeant, played by Matt Bardock.

Jane is the advocate for the dead. Investigating any sudden, violent or unexplained deaths in the fictional world of Lighthaven, in the beautiful South Hams of Devon.

The regular cast also includes Oliver Gomm as Clint, the Coroner’s Officer; Beatie Edney as Judith, Jane’s Mother; and Ivan Kaye as Mick, the pub landlord.

Produced and commissioned by the award winning BBC Birmingham Drama Village, in collaboration with BBC Worldwide and directed by Ian Barber, Matt Carter, Niall Fraser and Adrian Bean.

The Coroner has been created and written by Sally Abbott, and additional episode writers Ann Marie Di Mambro, Al Smith, David Bowker, Dan Muirden, Kit Lambert, Matthew Cooke, and Vincent Lund, with each of the ten episodes telling a single self-contained story.

The series was filmed on location in Devon, in and around Totnes and Dartmouth.

The Coroner starts on Monday 16th November on BBC One at 2:15pm.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

First look at Jamillah and Aladdin

You may remember a casting call on Screenterrier back in September last year to find two young newcomers for the leading roles of in Jamillah and Aladdin, a magical new drama series for CBBC .

Here's a first look at the young stars Blossom Campbell (represented by Brown & Mills) as Jamillah, Wilson Radjou-Pujalte (represented by Top Talent) as Aladdin, alongside the Genie played by Leroy Osei-Bonsu.

Launching initially on CBBC, the drama, which filmed on location in South Africa, will be shown across both CBBC and CBeebies, and will transport viewers of all ages to an ancient world full of intrigue and mysterious encounters.

Jamillah, a modern-day girl, lives with her family in London. She is curious and brave and is always on the look-out for adventure. Her story begins when she discovers a dusty old lamp in her attic makes a wish and is startled by the appearance of a charismatic and fun-loving Genie. Genie transports Jamillah back in time to ancient Baghdad where she meets Aladdin.

Aladdin hates household chores (he has a lot of them) and, like Jamillah, dreams of having adventures. He has never met a girl like her before and is amazed, and occasionally horrified, by her actions. She is courageous and bold but he often has to use his charm and quick wit to extricate them both from difficult situations. And, of course they can call on Genie when things get really bad. Sadly, his magic skills are a little rusty so he tends to create as many problems as he tries to solve!

Their adventures lead them through winding back streets of Baghdad, where they encounter snake charmers in shady courtyards, mysterious travellers in the bustling bazaar and even get to meet the princess in the sun-filled palace gardens. Lurking in shadowed alleyways are one or two baddies, but together with Genie they are a match for any trickster.

In the double opening episode Jamillah arrives in Baghdad for the first time, squashing Aladdin’s eggs in the process. In the confusion, Jamillah knocks the fruit from Mustafa (played by Joe Vaz) the market trader's stall. Mustafa demands either money or more fruit, but Aladdin has neither and is sent to jail. Jamillah and Genie must hatch a plan to try and get him out.

Jamillah and Aladdin will start on Sunday 29th November on CBBC, time to be confirmed.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

The Little Mermaid casting news

18 year old Chloe Moretz is set to play the title role in the new live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid.

The film will be based on the original Hans Christian Andersen story of a mermaid who wished to become human after falling in love with a man she saved from drowning.

Earlier this year, director Sofia Coppola left the project after creative differences with the studios. According to Variety, Moretz had been the frontrunner for the role even while Coppola was still attached. Some insiders have suggested that Coppola wanted to cast a lesser-known actress in the role rather than a star like Moretz and this was one of the reasons for her parting ways with the project.

Following Coppola’s exit, the studio still wanted Moretz for the role but did not want to make it official until a writer was attached to pen the final pass at the script.

British screenwriter Richard Curtis,  will now be writing the script for Working Title and Universal, but a new director has not yet been announced.

Filming dates have yet to be announced but Chloe took to her Instagram and Twitter account to confirm the news. She wrote: "Here it is !! I've been waiting months to tell everyone how excited I am to take on this beautiful journey with Working Title, Universal, and a beautiful script by Richard Curtis..#TheLittleMermaid !!!! Here we go!!!"

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

First look at Newt Scamander

Here's a first look at Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander in JK Rowling's Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. With his pivotal briefcase in hand, he is standing at the entrance of the majestic art deco-influenced Magical Congress of the United States of America (or MACUSA), which is the American version of the Ministry of Magic.

The film, which has been shooting across the UK this summer, is due to arrive in cinemas in November 2016, just months after Harry Potter sequel play The Cursed Child opens in the West End.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

His Dark Materials to become a BBC One drama series

The BBC has commissioned a new drama series based on Philip Pullman’s epic fantasy trilogy of novels, His Dark Materials.

Polly Hill, Controller BBC Drama Commissioning, has announced: "It is an honour to be bringing Philip Pullman's extraordinary novels to BBC One. His Dark Materials is a stunning trilogy, and a drama event for young and old - a real family treat that shows our commitment to original and ambitious storytelling."

Northern Lights introduces Lyra, an orphan, who lives in a parallel universe in which science, theology and magic are entwined. Lyra's search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children, and turns into a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust. In The Subtle Knife she is joined on her journey by Will, a boy who possesses a knife that can cut windows between worlds. As Lyra learns the truth about her parents and her prophesied destiny, the two young people are caught up in a war against celestial powers that ranges across many worlds and leads to a thrilling conclusion in The Amber Spyglass.

His Dark Materials has been previously adapted as a stage play, radio play and in 2006  Dakota Blue Richards starred as Lyra alongside Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig in the film The Golden Compass which had been expected to be the first in a franchise.

His Dark Materials will be produced by Bad Wolf and New Line Cinema, in their first venture into TV production, and the initial 8-part series will shoot in Wales next year.