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Louisa Mellor Mar 21, 2017
"An anthology series that brings together global stars of the calibre of Bryan Cranston and Ronald D. Moore" was how Channel 4's Jay Hunt described Philip K Dick's Electric Dreams when it was first announced last year. Another name can be added to that list today - Timothy Spall, who is confirmed to be playing the lead role in the series' adaptation of Dick's short story The Commuter.
The Commuter is the first episode of the planned ten-part strand to be filmed. It's the story of Ed Jacobson (Spall), "an unassuming employee at a train station who »
Timothy Spall has been cast in the starring role of an episode of the upcoming Amazon anthology series “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams,” Variety has learned. Spall is known to American audiences for playing Peter Pettigrew in the “Harry Potter” films as well as Winston Churchill in “The King’s Speech.”
The 10-episode sci-fi series is based on the short stories of Philip K. Dick. Spall will star in the first episode to be filmed, “The Commuter.” He will play Ed Jacobson, an unassuming employee at a train station who is alarmed to discover that a number of daily commuters are taking the train to a town that shouldn’t exist. When he investigates for himself, he comes face to face with an alternate reality that forces him to confront his own struggles around his relationship with his wife Mary (Rebecca Manley) and his very troubled son Sam (Anthony Boyle.)
- Joe Otterson
The Olivier-nominated actor joined us live from the National Theatre to talk about crying on cue, why American TV takes so many risks and what she has in common with Hedda Gabler
Thanks for reading! And watching. Great answering all your questions - au revoir!
Do you find parallels between the characters you play – ie Stella and Hedda? Both are destructive in their own way. Do you ever draw on your experiences playing other characters with whom you can see similarities?
Sometimes there are similarities, but I've never put those two together. I've seen moments of Alice in Hedda, and moments of Alison in Hedda - in their self loathing. Alice is a psychopath, and is slightly different, she enjoys it and doesn't have a conscience; Alison and Hedda have a deep sense of self-loathing, with Hedda it's quite far down and she doesn't recognise it. »
- Guardian Staff
3 items from 2017
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