Aidan Gillen (Dr. Hynek) will star as Alex Leamas in THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD, a TV adaptation of the award-winning 1965 novel by John LeCarre. In the book, Leamas, a British spy, is recalled to London and hopes to retire, but is sent out on one final mission to play the dishonoured spy and bring down an East German intelligence organizaation. THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD will premiere on BBC One on 31 December.
Gillen is also Peter in ROSE PLAYS JULIE, a story about a young woman seeking her biological mother. Rose, a young student who has enjoyed a loving relationship with her adoptive parents, gets the urge to travel from Dublin to London to confront her biological mother who has said she does not want to make contact. Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian wrote: “The drama begins by seeming to be hardly more than a poignant evocation of loneliness and regret. Then it escalates into an edge-of-the-seat suspense thriller of the sort that Chabrol might have admired, or even something written by Joe Eszterhas that you could have rented on VHS some time in the 80s. Yet even Eszterhas might have have flinched at the pure transgression of what is being implied.” ROSE PLAYS JULIE, had its premiere at the 2019 London Film Festival and will be released in the UK in early 2021.
Ambrose Gardener (Childs in “The Fuller Dogfight”) will be Felix in MILES AWAY, the story of two estranged lovers who come to find solace in one another. The black and white film is described as an “anti-love story” set in Vancouver’s skateboarding and jazz subculture. A casting call on Facebook described it this way: “This is a heavily stylized run and gun indie feature film. Heavily improvised elements. Ensemble cast of actors and non actors. Molding the characters heavily around the actors we cast.” MILES AWAY was written and directed by S.C. Wilson, and will be released in Australia and Canada in May, 2021
Zach McGowan (Duncan Booker in “The Roswell Incident”) will be Dougal in Paolo Pilladi’s comedy CRABS IN A BUCKET, the tale of a real estate developer who returns to his old neighbourhood in Philadelphia and must decide whether or not to tear down the family bar. (Crabs in a bucket will always try to leave the container but other crabs will always try to pull them back inside.) The film is set in the fictional town of Darby Heights at Callahan’s Tavern which (according to Philadelphia Magazine) is based on an actual bar of the same name in Upper Darby, PA. Another drinking establishment in the film, Cawley’s, is based on a bar of the same name a few miles from Callahan’s. Greg Lingo, who co-wrote the screenplay with director Paolo Pilladi, said: “About twelve years ago, I decided to start writing about all these funny people that I grew up around and met in Delco [Pennsylvania] and all of the crazy Delco stories. I solicited stories from family and friends, and eventually, this turned into a script.” CRABS IN A BUCKET has completed filming in Bayonne, New Jersey. No release date has been announced.