Friday, September 30, 2011

Open audition for feature film




OPEN AUDITIONS 
FEATURE FILM CASTING

SATURDAY 8TH OCTOBER
2011

Please arrive between 11am - 1pm

At RADA
(Royal Academy of Dramatic Art)
Address: 18 – 22 Chenies Street,
London, WC1E 6ED.
Map on www.rada.ac.uk click ‘contact us’
Nearest Tubes: Goodge St and Warren St

CASTING FOR 2 ROLES

LEAD ROLE – MALE, WHITE AGED 16.
He is interesting and otherworldly. Young looking
17 year olds may be suitable.

LEAD ROLE – MALE, ARABIC/ENGLISH
SPEAKING, MIDDLE EASTERN, AGED 10 – 12.
Must be able to speak both Arabic and English.

No previous experience is necessary.

If unable to attend please email a
picture, and a bit of info about yourself to
assist@ameliahashemi.com .

Amelia Hashemi is a casting director for feature
film, TV and commercial. For more details check
out her IMDB.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close trailer

Back in October last year, Screenterrier announced the search was on to find a young boy to play Oskar Schell in the screen adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's 2005 book Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.
In December 12 year old newcomer Thomas Horn was cast to star alongside Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock in the Stephen Daldry directed feature.

Daldry needed an exceptionally intelligent kid to play Oskar Schell, the bright and precocious 9-year old whose father is killed in the World Trade Centre collapse. The boy finds a key left behind in his father’s belongings, and sets out on a cathartic journey to uncover the lock.



The film is scheduled for release at Christmas in the US and on February 3rd in the UK.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

First look at Death of a Superhero

Two of Screenterrier's favourite young actors Thomas Sangster (recently seen in BBC3 film Some Dogs Bite) and Aisling Loftus (star of Dive and one of Screenterrier's Faces to Watch from 2009) join forces to star in Death of a Superhero, which has just premiered to much acclaim, at the Toronto Film Festival.

Based on New Zealander Anthony McCarten's novel of the same name, the film centres around Donald Clarke, played by Sangster, a terminally ill teenager who craves sex and adventure, however his time is limited and he’s never even had a girlfriend. Directed by Ian Fitzgibbon, the film blends live action with animation to tell the story of the young would-be graphic artist who knows that death is just around the corner.

Aisling Loftus (soon to be seen in the new BBC adaptation of The Borrowers) plays Shelly, the girl with whom Donald finds affection and a kind of kinship, she's a dry but astute teen who cuts through the shell of his façade – hat to cover his baldness and drawings to cover his pain – and makes him feel alive and a real teenager.


Death of a Superhero is due to have a theatrical release later this year or early next year.

First poster for War Horse



Check out the beautiful first poster for Steven Spielberg’s highly anticipated wartime epic War Horse, featuring young British newcomer Jeremy Irvine as Albert, alongside Joey, his horse who is sold into the British cavalry and sent off to World War I.

The supporting cast includes David Thewlis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Emily Watson, Tom Hiddleston, Peter Mullan and David Kross, and the film is due to be released this Christmas.

Jeremy has also just wrapped filming on Ol Parker's Now Is Good, due out next year.

Meet the new young star of The Sarah Jane Adventures

The award-winning The Sarah Jane Adventures returns to CBBC from Monday 3 October for the final six episodes, filmed before the untimely death of actress Elisabeth Sladen, who played Sarah Jane, earlier this year.

With Luke (Tommy Knight) off to university – but far from forgotten – there’s a new character joining the gang, Sky, played by 13 year old Sinead Michael.

Sinead (represented by Byron's Management) is from London, and played Emily in ITV thriller The Children, and also appeared as one of Enid Blyton's daughters in BBC4 biopic Enid.



Describing how she got the part, Sinead said, "My agency sent me along for the audition with the casting director and I got a recall to do a second audition a few weeks later. I was so surprised to get the part. I have done acting before. I have been in a few dramas on stage, in an opera and a few other bits, but nothing as big as Sarah Jane. "
 
"It was amazing. I loved filming every minute of it. It’s a great show. I am aware that it has been around for four series and am hoping that everyone likes my character even though I’m the new girl!"

And Sinead paid tribute to the late Elisabeth Sladen,

"Lis was such a lovely woman who cared about everyone on set. She was like a mum to me when I was filming. I miss her so much. I remember when I first went on set, I was so nervous and she said to me: "Don’t worry, just relax and have fun". I will never forget her."

In the first adventure Sarah Jane discovers a mystery baby on her doorstep. But with explosions, power surges and reports of a Metal man falling from the sky, Sarah Jane is convinced that there's more to the baby than there first seemed. The second part of "Sky" in which Sky has undergone an amazing transformation, but in doing so has triggered a countdown that no one can stop, will be broadcast on Tuesday 4th October on CBBC.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

New Sky1 comedy drama series Spy

New 6-part comedy series Spy starts on Sky1 on Fri 14th October 2011 at 8:30pm on Sky1.

Newcomer Jude Wright stars as nine year old Marcus, the young son of trainee spy Tim, played by Darren Boyd, alongside Robert Lindsay as the Examiner.

Spy is the story of Tim, a single father trying to win back the respect and affections of his horribly precocious nine year old son, Marcus. In the hope of proving that he is not a complete loser, Tim quits his dead-end job but his life changes forever when he is accidentally recruited as a trainee spy for MI5.

Supervising Tim at work is irrepressible MI5 boss, The Examiner, who teaches the recruits his own unorthodox approach to the espionage game.
Adding to the chaos of Tim's life are his acidic ex-wife, Judith, her enthusiastic new boyfriend Philip and his anti-social friend Chris.

And romance may be on the cards for Tim in the form of fellow spy Caitlin provided she can let her guard down long enough, or perhaps if he's really unlucky he may fall into the web of psychopathic obsessive social worker, Paula.

Rebekah Staton (Pulling) plays love interest, Caitlin, and Matthew Baynton (Horrible Histories, The Armstrong and Miller Show) is Tim’s best bud Chris. Rosie Cavaliero (Jam and Jerusalem) is the completely crackers social worker Paula, who embarks on an epic, albeit one-sided and wholly fictitious, love affair with Tim. Tim's ex-wife Judith is played  by Dolly Wells (Campus).

Lucy Lumsden, Head of Comedy, Sky, added: “I really wanted to create pre-watershed British comedy that showed sharp writing and bold ideas ...to stick a new lens on family life and this show does just that. I want to watch comedy with my kids and not be bored. I want a show where we all laugh. We might not be laughing at the same jokes, but we’re enjoying it together.”

SPY is created and written by Simeon Goulden, it is a Hat Trick production for Sky1 HD and is produced by Margot Gavan Duffy and directed by Ben Taylor.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

First look at Dark Shadows cast

The first official photo from Tim Burton’s highly anticipated vampire saga Dark Shadows has been released via Entertainment Weekly.

The film stars Johnny Depp as vampire Barnabas Collins, alongside Jonny Lee Miller, Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green, and Jackie Earl Haley.


Helena Bonham Carter plays prim and proper psychiatrist, Dr. Julia Hoffmanwho has taken up residence with the Collins family to care for their troubled youngest boy,

David Collins played by Gulliver McGrathLonely, confused, and neglected by his pompous father (Jonny Lee Miller, over on the right next to Pfeiffer), David has no one to confide in except his bizarre psychiatrist — and the dead people he claims to see. Grahame-Smith describes him as “a sweet, curious, precocious little boy whose family has branded him as slightly crazy.”

Chloe Moretz plays Carolyn Stoddard a young cousin of young David Collins (and daughter of Michelle Pfeiffer’s character, seen on the far right) who isn’t without her own peculiarities. “Carolyn is your typical early-1970s teenager,” Grahame-Smith says. “She likes her music and likes her magazines, and does not like anyone in her family. She likes to keep her door closed and keep to herself. She’s pretty normal, but appearances can be deceiving. I wouldn’t say there is a normal person in this photo.”

Australian actress Bella Heathcote is Victoria Winters, the young woman who arrives to become David’s new governess, only to find herself swept up in the vampire-witch melodrama.

Director Burton felt inspired to snap this shot of his entire cast by the original soap opera on which his film is based. “I remember seeing a group photograph of the cast of the original series. For me it captured the weird Dark Shadows vibe in a single image. I had a brief window of opportunity to have our cast present at the same time, the day before principle photography began. We decided to stage a similar picture instead of rehearsing, to see if we captured the Dark Shadows feeling.”

Monday, September 19, 2011

Watch the Fresh Meat trailer!

Watch the trailer for new Channel 4 student comedy drama Fresh Meat!

Starring Jack Whitehall, Kimberley Nixon, Joe Thomas, Greg McHugh, Zawe Ashton, and Charlotte Ritchie.

Starts 10pm Wednesday 21st September on Channel 4.

First look at Kaya Scodelario as Cathy in Wuthering Heights

Finally we get to see an image of the beautiful Kaya Scodelario as Cathy in Andrea Arnold's Wuthering Heights. The film will be showing at the London FIlm Festival before wide release in the UK on November 11th.









And watch the new UK trailer below:


Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Sarah Jane Adventures returns for Series 5

Intrepid investigative journalist Sarah Jane Smith and her gang of young sidekicks are back as the final six episodes of the hugely successful The Sarah Jane Adventures air on CBBC this autumn, starting on Monday 3rd October.

In the first adventure Sarah Jane discovers a mystery baby on her doorstep. But with explosions, power surges and reports of a Metal man falling from the sky, Sarah Jane is convinced that there's more to the baby than there first seemed. The second part of "Sky" will broadcast on Tuesday 4th October.

Created by Russell T Davies, The Sarah Jane Adventures is made by BBC Cymru Wales and has been a huge hit since its debut on CBBC in 2007. These final episodes were filmed before the untimely death of actress Elisabeth Sladen, who played Sarah Jane, earlier this year.

Daniel Anthony (Clyde Langer), Tommy Knight (Luke Smith), Anjli Mohindra (Rani Chandra) all return along with new girl, Sinead Michael. 13 year old Sinead (represented by Byron's Management) from London, played Emily in ITV thriller The Children, and also appeared as one of Enid Blyton's daughters in BBC4 biopic Enid.

Check out the teaser trailer for the new series:

Friday, September 16, 2011

Theatre of Dreams

Principal photography has started in and around Manchester on upcoming family Britflick Theatre of Dreams, starring Brian Cox as Sir Matt Busby, Natascha McElhone, and a host of local fledgling youngsters including 10-year-old lead Jack Smith.

Following a nationwide search, kids primarily from the North of England with varying acting experience have been cast to play younger roles. Known as ‘the fastest lad on the pitch’ by both his school and local under 11’s teams, Jack Smith from Tameside will play the lead role of Georgie.

Others include Port Vale under 12’s striker Joshua Dunne; the highly skillful 10 year old Sam Wisniewski, contracted to Barnsley FC; Finlay Preston from Bury; Liverpool-based twins Harry and Jack Armes; Aine O’Duffy from South London and Raif Clarke from Stoke on Trent. Blackpool Rangers player, 7-year-old Spencer Phillips is the youngest actor taking part.


Theatre of Dreams is a charming, coming-of-age movie that tells the fictional story of Sir Matt Busby who helps 11-year-old tearaway Georgie fulfill his footballing dream, whilst putting his own demons of the Busby Babes to rest.

Shooting will take place across Manchester, Salford and Bolton during September and October 2011.

Award-winning actor Brian Cox (Braveheart, The Bourne Identity) stars as Sir Matt Busby, Anne Reid (The Mother) as his wife, Natascha McElhone (Californication, The Truman Show) as the boy’s mum and Philip Jackson (Brassed Off, Little Voice) as Matt’s best friend Bob. James Callis (Bridget Jones’ Diary), Toby Stephens (Die Another Day) and Kate Ashfield (Shaun Of The Dead) round off the cast alongside a cameo performance by presenter and lifelong football fan Stuart Hall.

Theatre of Dreams is being directed by Manchester-born David Scheinmann, a multi-award winning photographer and commercials/music video director.

’Theatre of Dreams’ is a funny and touching family feature – a ‘Billy Elliot’ meets ‘Bend it Like Beckham’. Set to capture the hearts and minds of audiences around the world, our cast is an exciting mix of established, renowned actors combined with fresh British talent.

The producers are seeking extras based in or around Manchester for the production – send your photo and details through to todextras@live.com

Parade's End


Filming has just started on Parade's End a five part serial for BBC2 / HBO, adapted by Sir Tom Stoppard from the novels by Ford Madox Ford, directed by Susanna White, and produced by David Parfitt and Selwyn Roberts. The series will shoot in England and Belgium until December.


Benedict Cumberbatch will star as English aristocrat Christoper Tietjens, Rebecca Hall (currently to be seen in The Awakening) will play his wife Sylvia.

21 year old Australian rising star Adelaide Clemens has been cast as Valentine, the high-spirited young suffragette with whom Christopher falls head-over-heels in love.

PARADE'S END is the story of a destructive love triangle, set against the backdrop of a society on the brink of catastrophe. As the comfortable certainties of Edwardian England give way to the chaos and destruction of the First World War, English aristocrat Christopher Tietjens finds himself marrying Sylvia, a beautiful but cruel socialite who is pregnant with a child who may or may not be his. Christopher is determined to remain loyal to his wife despite her string of infidelities, but his life is transformed the day he meets Valentine Wannop, a fearless young suffragette with whom he falls madly in love.

Woven through this central love triangle are the personal stories of a kaleidoscope of characters whose lives are touched by the outbreak of war: Father Consett, a Catholic priest fighting for Irish independence;
Edith Duchemin, the wife of a deranged reverend who begins an affair with Macmaster; Valentine's family, who are persecuted for their pacifist stance; and General Campion, Christopher's godfather who is convinced that Sylvia is a saint. Taken together, they offer a vivid impression of a unique generation.


The supporting cast includes Roger Allam, Anne-Marie Duff, Rupert Everett, Stephen Graham, Clare Higgins, Janet McTeer and Miranda Richardson.
Also starring are Freddie Fox, Jack Huston, Tom Mison, Geoffrey Palmer, Jamie Parker and Steven Robertson.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Awakening trailer

Check out the trailer for The Awakening starring Rebecca Hall, Dominic West, and Imelda Staunton. Set in a 1920s boys' boarding school some of the most promising young actors are featured in the film including Game of Thrones' Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Felix Soper, Sidney Johnston, Adam Thomas-Wright and Alfie Field. More details on the other young actors here.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

OPEN AUDITION for Pop Singers

OPEN AUDITION LONDON

POP SINGERS 16-25 YEARS OLD
FOR A MAJOR RECORD DEAL

- Are you a Male / Female Pop Singers, aged 16-25 years old?

- Are you looking to be in the next big UK Pop Group?

- Would you like to be signed with one of the biggest music labels in the world, working with the best music Producers?

If you answered yes to the above, please read all of the information below

London 9:30am Auditions Saturday 17th Sept 2011
The American Church in London,
79a Tottenham Court Road
London, W1

The auditions are being cast by Casting Director Mark Summers whose client includes, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Shakira, Jessie J

At the audition you will be asked to sing a pop song, acapella.

The group that is formed from the auditions will receive a major international recording
contract and the opportunity to work with some of the Worlds top record producers.
To show you are looking to attend the audition, please email sarah@marksummers.com
With your name and contact telephone number and the audition city you are attending.
Please put POP GROUP in the email subject line.
Please do not contact the venues, they are just holding the auditions.
Please contact the Mark Summers team with any enquiries.

Meet the four West End Matildas

Back in August last year, Screenterrier reported on the three young actresses sharing the role of Matida in Matilda The Musical which played to sold-out audiences at the RSC’s The Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon for twelve weeks from November 2010 to January 2011.

The four young actresses who will share the title role in the London transfer of the production have now been announced. The production will preview at the Cambridge Theatre from Tuesday October 18th.

One of the three original Matildas in Stratford, 12 year old Kerry Ingram returns to play the role in the West End. Kerry (represented by Kelly Management) trained at Corona Youth Theatre and has appeared in numerous productions including Oliver! (Theatre Royal Drury Lane) and Beauty and the Beast (Theatre Royal Windsor).

Born in Merseyside, ten year old Eleanor Winifred Worthington Cox trained at Formby School of Dance and Performing Arts from a very young age. Eleanor performed as part of the chorus in Bill Kenwright’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at the Liverpool Empire. She will make her professional West End debut with the RSC in Matilda The Musical.

Born in Cyprus, eleven year old Cleo Demetriou now lives in London. Cleo has been performing in the West End since the age of seven. She made her professional debut playing Gretl in The Sound of Music (London Palladium) and has recently performed alongside Alfie Boe and Matt Lucas in Les Miserables.

Making her professional debut in Matilda The Musical, eleven year old Sophia Kiely was born in London and attends the Royal Academy of Dance.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Fades Are Coming. It's Inevitable.

The highly anticipated new supernatural drama, THE FADES,  from award-winning scriptwriter Jack Thorne (whose previous credits include This Is England '86, Skins, The Scouting Book For Boys, and Cast Offs), arrives on BBC3 on Wednesday 21st September at 9pm.

17-year-old geek Paul can see the spirits of the dead. Now a vengeful spirit - or Fade - has broken through to our world and Paul’s friends and family are in the eye of the storm.

The series stars Iain De Caestecker as Paul, and Daniel Kaluuya as Mac, with  Lily Loveless (Skins) as Anna, Paul's twin sister.

The series also stars Tom Ellis (Miranda, Harley Street, Merlin), Johnny Harris (This is England '86, Spartacus), Daniela Nardini (This Life, A Street Car Named Desire), Claire Rushbrook (Ashes To Ashes), Theo Barklem-Biggs (Age Of Heroes, Miranda, EastEnders), Jenn Murray (Day Of The Triffids) and Sophie Wu (Kick-Ass, The Other Man).

Check out the trailer for a scary sneak peek:


Fresh Meat - meet the characters

Back in May, Screenterrier introduced you to the cast of Channel 4's new student comedy drama Fresh Meat written by Peep Show creators Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain.

Now it's time to finally meet the characters as the 8-episode series described as portraying "the hilarious and painful truths of being a student" comes to our screens on Wednesday 21st September at 10pm on Channel 4.

Away from home for the first time, on the brink of adult life, they are about to discover who they really are. From the moment they first meet, their lives are destined to collide, overlap and run the whole gamut of appalling behaviour and terrible errors of judgment familiar to anyone who's ever experienced one of life's great rites of passage.

The Inbetweeners star Joe Thomas plays Kingsley:
After years caring for his sick mum in their Essex council flat, hanging out with a few male friends and amassing an impressive collection of NMEs, Kingsley arrives in Manchester both ready to embrace life, love, sex and experience, and slightly terrified of the dive in. He's about to have the ride of his life.

Kimberley Nixon plays Josie:
Josie arrives at university from a small-town community in Wales, anxious to embrace everything that student life has to offer with gleeful gusto. But she has a hard time reconciling her appetites for this new exciting world with the person her previous life has moulded her into.

Jack Whitehall plays JP:
JP is a public school boy who failed to get into a "proper" university, and considers himself an overlord raging hard amongst the underdogs. He is apparently by far the most self-assured of the housemates whose sense of entitlement seems to override any consideration for others. But as the series progresses, JP shows he has a sensitive side too.

Charlotte Ritchie plays Oregon:
Oregon's main objective at university is to reinvent herself in a way that is as far removed as possible from her very middle class upbringing. An excellent student, she's terrified she might be boring, and constantly worried about what others will think. She will say and do anything that she thinks will be cool.

Greg McHugh plays Howard:
Unlike our other students Howard is already living in the shared house when we meet him. How long he has been there is difficult to determine. Howard is a defiant square. He knows his own mind and seems to be happy with his niche as an eccentric recluse.


Zawe Ashton plays Vod:
Vod is fiercely independent with the type of fractured background Oregon wishes she could have invented for herself. She exudes an intimidating cool in abundance, unwilling to ever reveal a chink in her emotional armour.






Monday, September 5, 2011

Casting for Sky's Little Crackers

Little Crackers is a series of shorts for SKY which last year starred famous faces such as Chris O'Dowd, Dawn French and Victoria Wood, once again being produced for Christmas,

Production dates: 10TH - 12TH / 13TH OCTOBER

Location:  London

Casting details:  Over the next two weeks

Lead Girl (Female) 
I cannot say at this stage who the short is about but I am looking for
A LEAD COMEDY ACTRESS PLAYING AGE 15 ( SHE MUST BE OVER 16 ) COCKNEY AND A BALL OF ENERGY
Ideally blonde ( though not essential ) and curvy

Lead Girl 2 (Female)
Again I cannot say at this stage who the short is about but looking for a
FANTASTIC YOUNG ACTRESS AGED 8/9 TO PLAY DOWN TO 6/7 Lincoln accent 
AND SHE MUST BE ABLE TO SING 
Again ideally blonde

Please suggest to the following email address kerriemailey81@googlemail.com

PLEASE SUGGEST FOR THE ABOVE ROLE ONLY, ANY OTHER SUGGESTIONS WILL BE DELETED

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Casting call for teenage boy

Exciting low budget feature film called THE FORGOTTEN

Role : Tommy (lead)

Title : The Forgotten

Company : Stickyback Pictures

Written by Oliver Frampton & James Hall

Directed by Oliver Frampton

Produced by Jenn Handorf

Shooting : 8th – 23rd October 2011

Location: South London

Fee: £40 per day , plus expenses & back end deal (percentage of films profits) This is a micro budget film.

Looking for : 16 / 17 (above licensing age) year old Caucasian boy
Must be able to play down to 14/15 so must be under 5ft 7”
HE MUST LIVE IN OR NEAR LONDON OR HAVE A LONDON BASE
Tommy is an old soul, 15 going on 50, bright , articulate but withdrawn, creative with a flare for art. A victim of a broken home, a mentally disturbed mother and a father prone to violence. He has an inner strength and warmth and confronts the most terrifying of situations This is an incredible role for an amazing young actor, he carries the entire film and we need an young actor who has the ability to hit an array of emotions. We need to believe that this boy is withdrawn and has retreated into his own world, so the more characterful the actor is the better.

Written by former colleagues from The Bill producer James Hall and script editor Ollie Frampton, this is a terrifying old fashioned Ghost story but set in a modern urban setting.

'When his mum suffers a nervous breakdown 14 year old Tommy is sent to live with his father in a run down tower block on an estate gripped by poverty and violence. His father Mark is battling his own demons, caring for his insular teenage son was not part of his plan. In his new bedroom in their run down flat , Tommy is woken each night to a soft padding sound as if someone were crawling up the wall on the opposite side. One morning he wakes to find his entire mattress, sleeping bag and himself have been dragged to the other side of the room and pressed up against that wall!!!…someone or something is trying to get his attention? someone or something is in that flat next door? Gripped with increasing terror , Tommy has to confront not only Marks growing disturbed behaviour but also clearly an unseen force that rages in the decrepit apartment next door... '

Casting director Daniel Edwards will be meeting actors during this week and next Saturday (10th) so a quick response would be great.

A recent CV and photo should be emailed to daniel@danieledwardscasting.com as soon as possible.

Narnia's Georgie Henley to star in The Class Project

Chronicles of Narnia star, 16 year old Georgie Henley (represented by Hamilton Hodell) is to play a killer in her new film The Class Project.

She will star alongside American teen star Abigail Breslin - who earned an Oscar nomination at just 10 for comedy Little Miss Sunshine - in the true story of two Canadian sisters who, fed up of living with their alcoholic mother and her abusive boyfriends, plot to kill her. After the sisters murdered their mother, it was more than a year before their crime was discovered.

Adapted from the 2008 book “The Class Project: How To Kill a Mother: The True Story of Canada’s Infamous Bathtub Girls”, the indie drama will be directed by Stan Brooks.

Filming has already started in Winnipeg, and the film is scheduled for a 2012 release.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

The Mystery Of Edwin Drood

22 year old Freddie Fox (represented by Tavistock Wood) plays the titular Edwin Drood in The Mystery Of Edwin Drood, a two-part drama for BBC Two by writer Gwyneth Hughes. Freddie, graduated from Guildhall drama school in 2010, and was recently seen in Any Human Heart and The Shadow Line.


An adaptation and completion of Charles Dickens' last novel, Edwin Drood, which was left unfinished at the halfway mark at his death on 9 June 1870, it is psychological thriller about a provincial choirmaster's obsession with Rosa and the lengths he will go to to attain her.

Matthew Rhys stars as John Jasper, the troubled main character whose psyche is split between darkness and light. He has spent his life in the stifling and claustrophobic cathedral town of Cloisterham in a state of frustrated ambition and has become addicted to opium in an attempt to still his ennui and expand his horizons. But the opium is fracturing Jasper's mind so that even as his soul reaches for the sublime in his music, his darker self has conceived a murderous hatred of his nephew Edwin Drood who, he believes, stands between him and the lovely Rosa. The stage is set for a story of mental and moral decline as we discover exactly how far Jasper will go to attain the object of his desire.

 Tamzin Merchant (represented by Curtis Brown), from Brighton, will play 17 year old Rosa Bud. Tamzin played Daenerys in the Game of Thrones pilot and starred as Katherine Howard in the series The Tudors.

A strange, disturbing and modern tale about drugs, stalking and darkness visible, The Mystery Of Edwin Drood is currently in production for transmission later this year.

Kate Harwood, BBC Controller, Drama Series & Serials, says: "Gwyneth's sublime take on and completion of Dickens' unfinished mystery is dark and engaging, amusing and gripping. The casting of Freddie Fox as Edwin Drood and Matthew Rhys as anti-hero John Jasper is a fantastic combination which, alongside the amazing cast of characters, will bring to new life a story that is fresh yet eternally Dickens as we celebrate his bicentenary year."

The Mystery Of Edwin Drood on BBC Two, alongside Great Expectations on BBC One, forms part of the BBC's celebration of Dickens as we go into the bicentenary of his birth, in 2012.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Misfits says goodbye to Nathan

Prior to the new series of Misfits returning to E4 in October an exclusive film will be shown on E4 on Thursday 15th September to say goodbye to Nathan. As already announced Robert Sheehan is leaving and Joe Gilgun is joining the cast as Rudy.

The film focusses on Nathan, who - armed with a new superpower - has got a plan to go out in style. His target? Las Vegas, baby! With Marnie and little Nathan Jnr. still in the picture, Nathan is plotting to use his new superpower to scam the casinos. It's a sure-fire plan that can't fail. Except it will, of course.

Vegas Baby! will premiere on E4.com/misfits on Thursday 15 September.

First look at Andrea Arnold's Wuthering Heights

Andrea Arnold's highly anticipated take on the classic Emily Brontë novel Wuthering Heights, starring Kaya Scodelario and newcomer James Howson, is about to premiere at the Venice Film Festival 2011.

Here's a taster of four clips from the film, with 13 year old Shannon Beer from Sheffield as the young Cathy, and 14 year old Solomon Glave, also from Sheffield as the young Heathcliff.  Neither had acted before and explaining the casting process, at the Venice Film Festival, Solomon said: “Somebody told me there was an audition so I went for it. I didn’t know I was going to get the part but I did and Andrea picked me. It was a big, massive thing and I feel like crying. Thank you, Andrea, for everything.”