2 items from 2017
From a prophet of doom in Naked to a wolfish wizard in Harry Potter, David Thewlis has carved out a career as a blistering character actor. Now he’s joining Fargo as a Trumpian baddie with terrible teeth
With the third season of Fargo, the Coen brothers spin-off, comes a new threat: Vm Varga, a verbose and baleful businessman with bad teeth, an eating disorder and a capacity for raining unimaginable misery on to his enemies. The Blackpool-born actor David Thewlis plays him with an English accent and an air of chippy entitlement. “Varga has no scruples,” he says, drinking iced water in a London members’ club. “He doesn’t care. He is absolutely and irredeemably predatory.”
Thewlis read Economics for Dummies to grasp the business side of his character, but it was rolling news that really did the trick. “You’ve got four days off, but you can’t »
- Ryan Gilbey
Palme d’Or-winning director Mike Leigh is set to start production on his new film “Peterloo,” which Cornerstone Films is introducing to international buyers at the Cannes Film Festival. Shooting will begin Monday on location in England and continue until late August.
“Peterloo” tells the story of the infamous 1819 massacre at a peaceful pro-democracy rally at St. Peter’s Field in Manchester, England, when many working people were injured and killed.
“There has never been a feature film about the Peterloo Massacre,” said Leigh, adding that the historical event’s universal significance was becoming “ever more relevant in our own turbulent times.”
The film is produced by Georgina Love and executive produced by Gail Egan. It is co-financed by Amazon Studios, Film4, the BFI and Lipsync. Film4 developed the film. Amazon Studios is handling U.S. distribution.
It reunites Leigh with some of his regular collaborators, including cinematographer Dick Pope, »
- Robert Mitchell
2 items from 2017
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