BBC One has announced the cast for its upcoming adaptation of “Lady Chatterley’s Lover,” the 1928 Italian romance novel by D.H. Lawrence.
Holliday Grainger, who starred in Showtime’s “The Borgias” and A&E’s recent miniseries “Bonnie & Clyde,” will play the title role, with “Game of Thrones” star Richard Madden playing gamekeeper Oliver Mellors. James Norton, who appears in BBC One’s “Happy Valley,” will play Lady Chatterley’s war-wounded husband Sir Clifford Chatterley.
The novel was considered highly controversial at the time of its publication due to its explicit sexual content, and a trial was held in Britain in 1960 to determine if the book fell under the country’s Obscene Publications Act. It appears in an episode of “Mad Men” as well, with Joan Holloway’s possession of the book causing a stir in the office due to its erotic content.
The 90-minute drama will be written and directed by Jed Mercurio and produced by Hartswood Films in association with Serena Cullen Productions. (source)
Unlike Robert Stromberg’s “Maleficent,” or Chis Buck and Jennifer Lee’s “Frozen,” or Sam Raimi’s “Oz the Great and Powerful,” Kenneth Branagh’s “Cinderella” will apparently not wander too far from “Cendrillon,” the original 1697 fairy tale written by Charles Perrault. However, unlike previous film adaptations of the classic story, according to MoviePilot, this forthcoming movie will unfold from the uniquely new point of view of Kit, the Prince Charming.
The “Prince Charming” character will be played by Richard Madden who is best known for his sensitive portrayal of “Rob Stark” in the hit TV series, “Game of Thrones.” Aside from him, the movie will be headlined by Cate Blanchette as the wicked stepmother “Lady Tremaine” and Lily James in the title role. Others in the cast include Holliday Grainger and Sophie McSherra as Cinderella’s wicked stepsisters “Anastacia” and “Drizella,” respectively, Helena Bonham Carter as the “Fairy Godmother,” Stellan Skarsgard as the “Grand Duke,” Derek Jacobi as the “King,” Nonzo Anosie as the “Captain,” and Hayley Atwell and Ben Chaplin as Cinderella’s mother and father, respectively.
In addition to the uniquely new perspective in the way the story will be told, Branagh’s “Cinderella” will reportedly also offer some refreshing script writing talent and some really fascinating cinematography. Eric Eisenberg of Cinema Blend, who was among those who got to watch the special screening of some of the film’s footage during CinemaCon, said, “While we were told before the footage that some of the special effects had yet to be completed and that the movie is still very much a work in process, I was definitely impressed by what I saw. There is an interesting mix of tones at work, as heavy drama is lightened by some funny dialogue and rapport, and the film looks gorgeously shot. Of course, this is the footage that Disney wanted us to see in order to get us excited for the film, but my interest is definitely piqued.”
The screenplay was written by Aline Brosh McKenna and Chris Weitz while cinematography was done by Haris Zambarloukos. Musical scoring was by Patrick Doyle. The Walt Disney film will hit theaters screens worldwide on March 13, 2015. (source)
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The GroupBFilm Richard was filming has wrapped! Also, added in the gallery few more behind the scenes photos!
Richard is currently filming a short NFTS film this week in Wales about an Eighties Rally Car driver. Some behind the scenes pics have been added to the gallery! Be sure to follow Richard’s twitter @_richardmadden and instagram maddenrichard, where he started tweeting and posting stuff about it :)
Thanks to the amazing Helen, I’ve been able to add more pics of Richard at the Glastonbury Music Festival from Saturday, and one from Sunday! Enjoy them :)