Lina Roessler (Tania in “Shaft“) will direct BEST SELLERS, which will star Michael Caine as a sharp-witted, irascible writer of novels who hasn’t had a best seller in a while, enjoys scotch and cigars, and lives with an orange Tabby cat. He is persuaded by an ambitious young editor to go on one final book tour in an attempt to save a boutique publishing house. The screenplay (by Anthony Grieco) won a 2015 Nicholl Fellowship award. BEST SELLERS will begin filming in Canada in mid-July.
And Roessler will be Adelina in TAINTED, a film about Lance (Alan Van Sprang), who once worked for the Obtshak (Finnish mafia). Recently released from prison, Lance is trying to stay out of trouble, but soon finds himself entangled with a neighbour whose son is being threatened by his old crime boss. Sara Waisglass (Quin in “Reckoning Ball“) is also in the cast. Written and directed by Brent Cote, TAINTED recently wrapped filming in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. No release date has been announced. Continue reading →
Hannah John-Kamen will be Dr. Sophie Hart in SAS: RED NOTICE, a film based on the 2012 novel by Andy McNab, about Sergeant Tom Buckingham (Sam Heughan), who plans to propose marriage once he and his girlfriend arrive in Paris. (Dr. Hart seems to be a re-named version of Dr. Delphine Prideux, Buckingham’s girlfriend in the book.) His plans are delayed when the train taking them from London to Paris is hijacked by The Black Swans, a group of mercenaries led by Laslo Antonov, whose plan is to blow up the Channel Tunnel. (Ruby Rose is a character named Grace, and one synopsis of the film says that the group seizing the train is let by someone called Grace Lewis.) Noel Clarke (DR.WHO’s Mickey Smith) is also in the cast. Filmed in London, Paris, and Budapest, SAS: RED NOTICE will be released by Sky Cinema in the UK sometime next year. Continue reading →
Hannah John-Kamen will play a stranger who exposes other people’s secrets (which sounds a lot like the title character) in THE STRANGER, an eight-part crime drama based on Harlan Coben’s 2015 novel of the same name. Each episode will be 60 minutes long. In the book, The Stranger is male, and appears seemingly out of nowhere at random locations, whispers a few words in someone’s ear, and then disappears. The Stranger reveals a devastating secret to Adam Price (Richard Armitage) about his wife, destroying the illusion of his perfect marriage, and at the same time revealing a dangerous conspiracy. Production on the eight-episode series will begin this month and THE STRANGER should be on Netflix later this year.
Ewa Placzynska (Ruby in “A Scanner, Darkly“) will play a nurse in M – A CITY HUNTS A MURDERER, a modern adaptation of Fritz Lang’s 1931 classic that stars Moritz Bleibtreu, Udo Kier, and Sophie Rois. Director David Schalko told Christopher Vorlias of Variety how the six episode miniseries differs from Lang’s film: “We took the main elements of the story and the structure. We also quote concrete lines of the original and put them into a different context. We tribute key visuals of Lang’s masterpiece, such as the balloon or the shadows. It is also a tribute to German expressionism. We tried to make a lot of scenes look like they were shot in the studio, but actually it is a complete rewrite, so I wouldn‘t call it a remake. It is much more a homage…A creepy, bizarre dream of a movie that already exists.” M – A CITY HUNTS A MURDERER had its world premiere at the 2019 Berlin Film Festival. Continue reading →