Disney has finally cast the cherry on top of its long-gestating revisionist take on the Sleeping Beauty myth, setting up young Aussie actor Brenton Thwaites to play the prince to Angelina Jolie‘s evil Maleficent and Elle Fanning‘s innocent Princess Aurora. In the classic fairy tale, the part is generally referred to as Prince Phillip, but Deadline Evil Dark Woods doesn’t let on if that will be the case in Robert Stromberg‘s take on the tale. Despite his name, Thwaites is not a type of bread and he’s also not a knock-off of clothing brand Benetton, he’s one of those Aussie actor kids who cut his teeth on two of their many, many television series. Thwaites did a ten-episode run on SLiDe and also starred on continual favorite, Home and Away. He’ll next be seen as the male star in Lifetime’s take on The Blue Lagoon, next »
- Kate Erbland
The cast for Disney’s live-action alternate fairy tale Maleficent has been coming together quite nicely since Angelina Jolie signed on to star in the title role. Super 8‘s Elle Fanning will play Princess Aurora, indie darling Juno Temple will be one of the three fairies that raise her, and now Deadline reports newcomer Brenton Thwaites [...]
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- Ben Pearson
I suspect that, much like this week’s Snow White and the Huntsman, the “Prince” of Maleficent won’t have a huge impact on the actual proceedings. This film’s really about the evil side of Sleeping Beauty, and the “good guys” will get focus through that character, anyhow; he might just prove to be eye candy and a dues ex machina.
So don’t put too much stock in the next casting item, wherein Deadline tells us that Brenton Thwaites (Home and Away) will take the role and, as a result, screen space with Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, and Sharlto Copley, all of whom are acting under the guidance of debut helmer Robert Stromberg. For a young actor whose biggest work thus far has been on an Australian soap opera, this is a big step-up.
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Here are some casting tidbits for you to enjoy today: Richard Madden (Game of Thrones) is set to topline Long Nights Short Mornings, an erotic indie for director Chadd Harbold (Revenge for Jolly!). AMC's The Killing star, Mireille Enos will join Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth in Atom Egoyan's Devil's Knot, a drama about the West Memphis Three. Disney's Maleficent has crowned Brenton Thwaites (Home and Away) to play the prince in the Robert Stromberg-directed adaptation. Hit the jump for more on each project. Game of Thrones fans will recognize Madden as Robb Stark, true King of the North, from the spectacular HBO miniseries. Variety reports that Madden will embark on a conquest of a different sort in Long Nights Short Mornings, an indie which takes his character on a week-long tour of New York City as he sleeps with a different woman every night. Not a bad deal for Madden. »
- Dave Trumbore
Australian actor Brenton Thwaites has been cast as the Prince in Disney’s Maleficent, a live-action film that explores the origins of the evil fairy Maleficent and what led her to curse Princess Aurora in the animated Disney classic Sleeping Beauty. Angelina Jolie will play Maleficent.
The Aussie actor is unknown here, but he starred in the Australian TV drama SLiDE and was part of the cast of the popular teen-soap Home and Away. It was his work in that series that scored him and fellow Aussie Indiana Evans in Lifetime’s Blue Lagoon: The Awakening, which airs next month.
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Exclusive: Brenton Thwaites has been set as the prince in Maleficent, the Robert Stromberg-directed Disney film that stars Angelina Jolie as the title character and Elle Fanning as Princess Aurora. Who is Thwaites? He’s here from Australia, where he played a role in the Aussie TV series Home And Away, which got him the Lifetime Channel film Blue Lagoon: The Awakening. That film, which he shot with fellow Australian Indiana Evans, will be released next month. Before that he played in the TV drama SLiDE in Australia, which was his breakout role. He is repped by Wme and managed by Industry Entertainment and Australia-based Shanahan Management. Related: Wme Signs ‘Blue Lagoon’s Brenton Thwaites And ‘Hatfields & McCoys’ Matt Barr »
- MIKE FLEMING
Another actor is joining the cast of Disney's Maleficent. Brenton Thwaites has signed on to play the prince in the film. There are no other details on his character at this time. If you've never heard of Thwaites, he's an Australian actor who had a role in the series, Home & Away and will do his best Christopher Atkins for the Lifetime remake of Blue Lagoon. The kid must be a pretty decent actor to have landed a role in this. I wonder how he will do opposite Angelina Jolie, who has »
- Niki Stephens
From the looks of everything we know so far, Disney’s new Maleficent won’t just provide a look at the Sleeping Beauty story from the point of view of the villain, it’ll spin off a whole new mythology surrounding the basic fairy tale of the ill-fated princess Aurora (Elle Fanning) and the woman who has it out for her (Angelina Jolie). Now director Robert Stromberg has locked in a prince, with Aussie actor Brenton Thwaites signed up.Thwaites is yet another product of the actor factory that is Home And Away, and will be playing the as-yet-unnamed young royal.He’s just one thread in a story that starts with Maleficent, slighted at the party for the birth of Aurora, and crafts a tapestry about tension between the human and fairy worlds and the idea that Maleficent herself may not have had the happiest of childhoods.Lesley Manville, »
Exclusive: Brenton Thwaites and Matt Barr have signed with Wme in all areas. Thwaites, best known as Stu Henderson on Home And Away in his native Australia, stars as male lead Dean McMullen in Lifetime’s upcoming Blue Lagoon TV movie, which is slated to premiere in June. Most recently seen in the CW’s Hellcats and CBS’s Harper’s Island, Barr co-stars in Kevin Costner’s Hatfields & McCoys miniseries on History with Costner, Bill Paxton and Tom Berenger. Barr plays Johnse Hatfield. Barr continues to be repped by Matt Luber of Luber/Rockin. Thwaites continues to be repped by Dan Spilo of Industry Entertainment. »
- DOMINIC PATTEN
Home and Away star Demi Harman has revealed that she is "very, very excited" to attend the Logie Awards for the first time. Harman, whose character Sasha Bezmel is currently involved in a major storyline following the death of her abusive boyfriend Stu Henderson (Brenton Thwaites), said that she is "so grateful" to her fans for nominating her as 'Most Popular New Female Talent' at the annual awards ceremony. Harman admitted to the Herald Sun that she will be writing an acceptance speech just in case she takes home the gong, saying: "All I know is I have to have something prepared because I am the least prepared person I know. "I am very, very excited. I am wearing a Rachel (more) »
- By Rebecca Davies
Are you ready to return to "The Blue Lagoon"?32 years after Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins got stranded on a deserted island, Lifetime has begun filming a TV remake.Australian hotties Brenton Thwaites, 22-ish, and Indiana Evans, 21, were spotted on set of the new flick this week in Puerto Rico -- where they proved the kids in the new version might be wearing more clothing than Brooke and Chris did back in 1980.Instead of loincloths, Brenton was seen wearing boxers while Indiana donned a bikini and jean shorts. Of course, if they're shooting the film in order, their clothes may start to disappear even more.In case you forgot, here's a refresher of the 1980 flick:Denise Richards will also reportedly appear in the movie as Indiana's mom.No word yet on when it'll air. Read more »
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What's with the clothes? As filming continues in Puerto Rico for Lifetime's TV remake of The Blue Lagoon, it looks like producers are taking a more modest approach to costumes than Brooke Shield's no-top-no-problem take in the iconic 1980 film. This time, Australian actress Indiana Evans is making her splash in the lagoon outfitted in denim shorts and a (fittingly) blue bikini top. While Shields, then 15, wore what People at the time described as "artfully shredded dinner napkins," Evans, 21, has been photographed on-set in button-down shirts and jeans as the shipwrecked Emmaline. She's also been snapped in a white robe, suggesting »
- Alison Schwartz
Home and Away star Robert Mammone has praised on-screen daughter Demi Harman for her recent emotional performances on the soap. Harman's character Sasha Bezmel has faced a turbulent few months in Summer Bay, which began when her boyfriend Stu Henderson (Brenton Thwaites) started attacking her. More recently, Sasha has confessed that she was responsible for Stu's mysterious death, which is being treated as a murder by the local police. Mammone, who plays Sasha's father Sid Walker, told Digital Spy: "Demi is a lovely girl and a talented actress - she has handled this storyline like a veteran." This week's episodes on Channel 5 in the UK see the Walker family rally round Sasha following her confession. (more) »
- By Daniel Kilkelly
The 21 year old will team up with another newcomer, Brenton Thwaites, for the new film, about two stranded teens on a desert island.
Former Bond girl Denise Richards has signed on to play the mother of Evan's character, while Christopher Atkins, who portrayed Shields' fellow castaway in the original film is set for a cameo, according to Internet reports.
The 1980 film created a storm of controversy thanks to Shields' steamy scenes. The actress was 14 when she shot the movie. »
The story of the L.A.P.D. and Mickey Cohen will be the center of Ruben Flesicher's noir-pic "The Gangster Squad" later this year but there's another major production which is using the events as its story: Frank Darabont's teaming with TNT for "L.A. Noir."
The "fast-paced crime drama" already has "The Walking Dead" star Jon Bernthal and former "Heroes" star Milo Ventimiglia as a cop/lawyer pair of buddies from WWII on opposite sides of the war but the show has now added character actor Neal McDonough who'll play police chief William Parker (a role portrayed in 'Gangster Squad' by Nick Nolte). Darabont adapted John Buntin's non-fiction novel "L.A. Noir: The Struggle For The Soul Of America's Most Seductive City" and will direct the pilot episode with Michael De Luca and Elliot Webb producing.
- Simon Dang
Denise Richards has joined the new Lifetime remake of Blue Lagoon. The television film will be a reboot of the 1980 romance which starred Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins as two teens marooned on a seemingly deserted island. Brenton Thwaites and Indiana Evans will play the lead characters in the updated version. Christopher Atkins will reportedly be making a small cameo appearance in the movie. (more) »
- By Zeba Blay
Exclusive: Denise Richards is staying on blue. The Blue Mountain State star has joined the cast of the Lifetime movie Blue Lagoon, a the coming-of-age love story and remake of the 1980 romance/adventure movie starring Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins. The telefilm, distributed by Sony TV, stars young Australian actors Indiana Evans and Brenton Thwaites as classmates Emma and Dane, who become marooned on a tropical island. Richards will play Barbara Petersen, a successful and devoted mom who tirelessly searches for her daughter. Additionally, Atkins is returning for a cameo in the film executive produced by Neil Meron, Craig Zadan and Judith Verno. Richards, repped by ICM and Klwgn, just wrapped a starring role in Tyler Perry’s Medea’s Witness Protection and has been recurring on 30 Rock. Atkins, who earned a Golden Globe nomination for his role in the original Blue Lagoon, is about to film the indie Unbelievable. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Home and Away star Demi Harman has revealed that she found it easy to relate to her upcoming bullying storyline. The actress's troubled character Sasha Bezmel will soon start being victimised at school after confessing that she was responsible for the death of her violent ex-boyfriend Stu Henderson (Brenton Thwaites). Summer Bay newcomer Christie, played by Isabelle Cornish, will be determined to make Sasha's life hell in forthcoming episodes as she was one of Stu's close friends and is heartbroken over his passing. Harman told TV Week: "[Sasha] doesn't cope well. After such emotional trauma from her boyfriend dying, she now has to deal with this. It's definitely a test of her (more) »
- By Daniel Kilkelly
Home and Away's Sasha Bezmel has been revealed as Stu Henderson's killer in the latest episode to air in Australia. The troubled student, played by Demi Harman, finally confessed during an emotional heart-to-heart with her dad Sid (Robert Mammone). Sasha has spent weeks keeping quiet over her actions after Stu's (Brenton Thwaites) body was found at Summer Bay's caravan park. Before his death, the bad boy had attacked her on a number of occasions in a domestic violence storyline. However, the guilt became too much for Sasha when Stu's father Alan lashed out at Sid, wrongly suspecting that he was the killer. Later, Sid confided in Sasha - expressing his frustration that even his own children were struggling to believe his innocence. Sasha then left him stunned by replying: "I do believe it. I know you're innocent because (more) »
- By Daniel Kilkelly
Home and Away's Sasha Bezmel will face more tough times in the coming weeks as she experiences cruel bullying. Sasha, played by Demi Harman, is victimised by show newcomer Christie in the aftermath of Stu Henderson's mysterious death. Christie was close to Stu (Brenton Thwaites) before his passing and takes her grief out on Sasha as she is suspicious of her. Isabelle Cornish, who appears as Christie for a guest stint, told TV Week: "Christie was great friends with Stu and had a crush on him, so she's really upset when she finds out he died. She's on a mission to find out who's responsible. "Christie doesn't like (more) »
- By Daniel Kilkelly
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