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Richard E. Grant Joins “Horrid Henry” Cast

5 November 2010 2:00 PM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

My kids will be thrilled about this one. For the uninitiated, Horrid Henry is a series of books and now animated TV programmes about a boy called Henry who is, well, Horrid. His brother, Perfect Peter and his teacher, Miss Battleaxe feature regularly in his misadventures.

Vertigo Films, who were behind the $40m-grossing Streetdance 3D are producing a feature, live-action adaptation of Francesca Simon’s popular stories, with “Wild Child” director Nick Moore at the helm and Lucinda Whiteley on script duties.

Casting is underway and already attracting a high calibre of acting talent. Richard E. Grant (Withnail & I), Prunella Scales (Fawlty Towers), Angelica Huston (The Grifters, The Witches, The Darjeeling Limited), Parminder Nagra (ER), Noel Fielding (The Mighty Boosh), comedienne Jo Brand and Mathew Horne (Gavin and Stacey) are all on board, with Theo Stevenson (Fred Claus, In Bruges) cast as the eponymous Henry.

Horrid Henry: The Movie will be in 3D, »

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Richard E Grant Joins Horrid Henry

3 November 2010 5:01 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Kids’ books have often been mined as a rich source for movies – most recently across the pond with Diary of a Wimpy Kid – and the supply shows no sign of drying up anytime soon. Vertigo Films is hoping for success with a film of the Horrid Henry character, which will feature a cast that includes Anjelica Huston, Richard E Grant and Rebecca Front at its head.But those three are just the tip of the iceberg, as Parminder Nagra, Noel Fielding, Jo Brand, Mathew Horne and Prunella Scales are all signing on, with a promised raft of newcomers set to nab the younger rolesBased on Francesca Simon’s long-running (up to 19 books now plus a load of spin-offs/cartoons etc) series, Horrid Henry: The Movie finds the titular troublemaker – who’ll be played on screen by relative newcomer Theo Stevenson – up to his usual tricks battling against the alliterative »

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More Horrid Henry casting news

3 November 2010 7:16 AM, PDT | ScreenTerrier | See recent ScreenTerrier news »

Other child actors joining Theo Stevenson in the titular role and an all-star cast including Richard E Grant and Anjelica Houston in the new 3D feature film adaptation of Horrid Henry have now also been announced.

The two young newcomers are Scarlett Stitt, who attends the Haberdasher's Aske Junior School in Elstree, as Moody Margaret, and Ross Marron as Horrid Henry's younger brother Perfect Peter. Red-haired 11 year old Scarlett (represented by Young Actors Theatre) beat thousands of other children to the part even though it was her first audition.

And playing Rude Ralph is 11 year old Lloyd Howells (represented by A&J Management) from East Grinstead (pictured right).

The previously announced cast includes Prunella Scales, Parminda Nagra, Noel Fielding, David Schneider, Jo Brand, Rebecca Front and Helen Lederer with Mat Horne and Siobhan Hayes as Henry's long-suffering parents.

In the movie Henry, who is the Lord High Majesty of the Purple Hand Gang, »

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Grant, Front join Huston in 'Horrid Henry'

3 November 2010 3:43 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Richard E. Grant and Rebecca Front, will join star Anjelica Huston in "Horrid Henry: The Movie," a 3-D kids film. Also jumping on board are Parminder Nagra ("ER"), Noel Fielding ("The Mighty Boosh"), Mathew Horne ("Gavin and Stacey") and Prunella Scales ("Fawlty Towers") and Jo Brand. Theo Stevenson plays Horrid Henry in the Vertigo Films and Novel Entertainment-produced "Horrid Henry" which is based on the very successful children's property created by scribe Francesca Simon. Nick Moore ("Wild Child") directs from the screenplay by Lucinda Whitely which follows Horrid Henry who constantly battles the tyranny of adults. »

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Horrid Henry Finds Little Santa to be Perfectly Horrid

3 November 2010 1:00 AM, PDT | kidspickflicks | See recent kidspickflicks news »

Update: Theo Stevenson (pictured) was selected as the most horrid boy. Horrid enough, at least, to play the title character in Horrid Henry: The Movie. If you saw Fred Claus, he played the 6-year old version of Santa. The "Horrid Henry" books are about the boy who leads The Purple Hand Gang in battling the tyranny of adults. Anjelica Huston (When in Rome, Queen Clarion in the "Tinkerbell" DVDs) will play Miss Battle-Axe, "ER" star Parminder Nagra (Ella Enchanted) will be Miss Lovely and Richard E. Grant (Penelope) will play a rival headmaster. Wild Child director Nick Moore has scheduled filming to last seven weeks and is planned to be released this summer in 3D.

Horrid Henry is the second most popular book character in the United Kingdom (first would be Harry Potter). The books have sold 16 million.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter »

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Horrid Henry casting news

29 October 2010 12:27 PM, PDT | ScreenTerrier | See recent ScreenTerrier news »

12 year old Theo Stevenson from Essex has landed the lead role in Vertigo Films 3D big screen adaptation of the successful Francesca Simon's books Horrid Henry.

Theo (represented by Independent Talent) is an experienced young actor on stage and screen with roles in Young Vic theatre productions and the feature films In Bruges and Fred Claus. He will also be seen as Jake Rubin in up-coming feature Re-Uniting the Rubins, a comedy about a completely dysfunctional Jewish family.

Horrid Henry is about to start shooting and the all-star cast includes Prunella Scales, Parminda Nagra, Noel Fielding, David Schneider, Jo Brand and Helen Lederer with Mat Horne (Gavin and Stacey) and Siobhan Hayes as Henry's long-suffering parents.


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