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The all-star casting of BBC One's "Death Comes to Pemberley" mini-series continues. Jenna-Louise Coleman, best known to American audiences as Clara, the Doctor's most recent companion on "Doctor Who."
According to Deadline, Coleman will play the part of Lydia Wickham, the youngest sister of "Pride and Prejudice" heroine Elizabeth Bennet (played by Anna Maxwell Martin in this adaptation). The story of this three-part suspense serial is based on a P.D. James novel, which in turn derives from the Jane Austen classic novel. Set six years after the end of "Pride and Prejudice," the action begins when Lydia and her husband George Wickham (Matthew Goode) arrive at the Pemberley estate owned by Elizabeth and her husband, Fitzwilliam Darcy (Matthew Rhys, "The Americans").
Instead of the planned annual ball, a murder investigation -- with Lydia at the center of it -- unfolds.
This mini-series will be filmed in Yorkshire (all the better to resemble "Downton Abbey! »
Based on the suspense novel by P.D. James, the serial — which is timed to P and P‘s 200th anniversary — centers on three of author Jane Austen’s iconic characters: Mr. Darcy (played by Matthew Rhys) Elizabeth Bennet (Anna Maxwell Martin) and George Wickham (Matthew Goode).
Coleman joins Pemberley as Elizabeth’s sister and George’s wife Lydia.
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- Megan Masters
I know what you’re thinking. Is it April Fool’s Day again? Why does this headline feature the seemingly completely unrelated topics of Doctor Who, Jane Austen and crime thrillers? Well, today’s BBC story is so interesting that I couldn’t have made it up on my own if I tried. Doctor Who star Jenna-Louise Coleman has signed on to appear in the three-part mini-series, Death Comes to Pemberley, which is based on a P.D. James novel that includes classic Jane Austen characters. No foolin’!
- Sasha Nova
Death Comes to Pembrey
Jenna-Louise Coleman is set to play Lydia Wickham, sister of Elizabeth Bennett (Anna Maxwell Martin), in the upcoming three-part adaptation of P.D. James’ suspense novel "Death Comes To Pemberley". Shooting starts this month in Yorkshire.
Line of Sight
The story follows Lewis Bernt, a safety investigator who survives a mysterious plane crash, bringing him on an emotionally disorienting quest to discover the accident’s cause. [Source: Deadline]
- Garth Franklin
The 78-year-old Oscar-winning actress, perhaps best known to younger generations as M from the James Bond franchise, is apparently far raunchier than most soft-spoken English royalty.
"But perhaps the most arresting memory that they take away from being on set with living legend Judi Dench is not her boundless fascination with acting but her penchant for subversive needlework," reads the passage from Premier Magazine. "'She makes these like needlework embroideries on set in the tedium of filming', says MacFadyen, 'but they are all: 'You Are a Cunt'. And she gives them as presents. And it's Dame Judi Dench. And she is doing this beautifully, intricate, ornate (work). You kind of see the work materializing as the shoot goes on. Like: 'You Are a Fucking Shit. »
- Liat Kornowski
BBC One has added Doctor Who star Jenna-Louise Coleman and others to the cast of Death Comes to Pemberley, a suspense drama based on P.D. James’ novel that revisits classic Jane Austen characters. Coleman will play Lydia Wickham, the sister of Pride and Prejudice protagonist Elizabeth Bennett, who, as previously announced, will be portrayed by Anna Maxwell Martin. Last month, Matthew Rhys was cast as Bennett's husband Mr. Darcy, and Matthew Goode is playing Lydia's husband George Wickham. Death Comes to Pemberley is set up as a three-part drama that starts six years into the Bennett-Darcy
- Georg Szalai
Last month, BBC One set Matthew Rhys to play Mr. Darcy in Death Comes To Pemberley, the three-part serial based on P.D. James’ suspense novel which revisits Jane Austen’s most iconic characters. A vast lineup of British TV talent has now been added to the cast, including Doctor Who star Jenna-Louise Coleman as Lydia Wickham, the sister of Austen’s Pride And Prejudice heroine Elizabeth Bennett. As previously announced, Anna Maxwell Martin is playing Bennett and Matthew Goode is George Wickham, Lydia’s husband. The story picks up six years into Elizabeth and Darcy’s marriage as they prepare for their annual ball. When Lydia arrives, she brings a shocking halt to the proceedings and a murder investigation unfolds. Also joining the cast are Trevor Eve (Waking The Dead), Rebecca Front (The Thick Of It), James Fleet (Sense And Sensibility), Penelope Keith (To The Manor Born), Joanna Scanlan (The Thick of It »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
Joss Whedon has been in the news a lot recently, in no small part because of what he said in our recent Much Ado About Nothing Empire Podcast, with details on both Loki's absence in Avengers 2 and Quicksilver / Scarlet Witch's appearance in the same ruffling feathers everywhere. And yet, there's more - and this time it's about Mr. Whedon's love of Charles Dickens, and how he'd love to make a Dombey And Son movie.It's long been known that Whedon loves his Dickens. His top five books are the following: Frances Hodgson Burnett's A Little Princess, Dickens' Dombey And Son, Frank Herbert's Dune, Truffaut's Hitchcock and Jane Austen's Pride And Prejudice. But there's been nothing from the Buffy / Angel / Firefly creator on whether he'd like to take a particular Dickens and put it on the big screen... until now."God, I’ve thought about [adapting a Dickens novel] a lot. My big »
Coleman will star as Lydia Wickham in Juliette Towhidi's Pd James adaptation, joining last week's lead cast announcements of Anna Maxwell Martin (Elizabeth), Matthew Rhys (Darcy) and Matthew Goode (Wickham).
The three-part series is set six years after the events of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and centres around a murder mystery plot.
Shooting starts later this month in Yorkshire and the series will be directed by Daniel Percival.
Watch Digital Spy's interview »
By welcoming Internet series, Taormina is putting itself at the forefront of international fests showcasing Web-based or cross-platform content alongside titles made for theatrical.
Last year, Taormina ran Web shorts individually before a movie of the same genre. This time the fest is taking a different tack, unspooling a 2½-hour segment dedicated just to world preems of Web skein pilots or unseen episodes, each no more than 10 minutes long, screening one after another.
“I’m trying out different ways to see how Web series can become festival fare,” says artistic director Mario Sesti.
Italy, where the webisode phenom got started only about two years ago, will feature prominently in the Taormina lineup; the only international Web skein on display will be Yank Pride and Prejudice online spoof The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, developed by Hank Green and Bernie Su. The Web series scooped up the Interactive/Social Media Experience nod at this year’s Intl. »
- Nick Vivarelli
It’s crazy that Vincent Kartheiser has never been nominated for an Emmy. He is the only major actor from the original Mad Men cast who hasn’t been recognized, even as series boss Matthew Weiner continues to put Pete Campbell through the ringer both physically and emotionally. This season might be his angstiest yet. He has been dumped by Trudy after cheating with a neighbor, become emboldened enough to give Don shit (“You’re Tarzan, swinging from vine to vine!”), gotten high at work, become saddled with a sick mom, and most recently, hit on by the mysterious Bob Benson. Kartheiser’s achievement (outside of his famous bitch face)? We still feel bad for the guy! Vulture caught up with the actor, who is in Minneapolis rehearsing to play Mr. Darcy in a staged production of Pride and Prejudice, to talk about Bob’s flirtation and his real fear »
- Denise Martin
Matthew Rhys has spoken about taking on the role of Mr Darcy in a new BBC One drama.
In a Digital Spy exclusive interview, Rhys admits he had reservations about taking on "Colin Firth's part" and assuming the "Darcy mantle".
Of his take on the role, the star hinted: "He's a very different Darcy - he's married, he's mellow, he's happier."
The Americans airs on Saturdays at 10pm on ITV.
Script topped the 2011 Black List and is based on the life story of mathematician Alan Turing, the genius responsible for cracking the German “Enigma Code” during World War II that helped the Allies stave off defeat, and who would later be prosecuted by Britain in the early 1950s for being a homosexual.
Schwarzman will produce with Nora Grossman and Ido Ostrowsky of Ampersand Pictures. The pic is still looking for a distributor, but given the cast, it shouldn’t be long before a distrib comes on board.
- Justin Kroll
Michael Douglas gets all the details right as flamboyant entertainer in a tale that defies embellishment
Behind the Candelabra (2013)
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Entertainment grade: A–
History grade: A–
Wladziu "Lee" Liberace sang, played the piano and emceed on stage and television. He reached megastar status between the 1950s and 70s.
In 1977, young Scott Thorson (Matt Damon) goes to see Liberace play in Las Vegas. "Lee's obvious popularity took me by surprise," Thorson wrote in his memoir Behind the Candelabra, on which this film is based. "The guy couldn't sing, I thought; he couldn't dance, and he was over the hill! So how the hell did he draw such a crowd?" Soon, though, he was smitten: "From the moment Liberace appeared on stage in his mirrored Rolls-Royce, I was spellbound." Just like that moment in Pride and Prejudice when Jane asks Lizzy when she first knew she loved Mr Darcy, »
- Alex von Tunzelmann
Get ready for a brand new BBC drama – Death Comes To Pemberley! Also, get ready for Matthew Rhys, because he is set to lead us through this three-part serial which is based on P.D. James’ suspense novel. As you already know, this year is the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen’s Pride And Prejudice so quite logically the project will center on three of Austen’s most iconic characters: Elizabeth Bennet, Fitzwilliam Darcy and George Wickham. So, at this moment we know that Daniel Percival will direct the whole thing from a script written by Juliette Towhidi. Rhys is on board to play »
Rhys told the BBC that he was aware there would be comparisons with Firth's well-known performance in the 1995 BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.
He further said that it is exciting that one of the challenges of a part such as Darcy are the comparisons that will be drawn to those who've institutionalized him in the past.
He added. »
- Anita Agarwal
An “American” has been tapped to play a beloved Brit.
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Based on the suspense novel by P.D. James, the project — which is timed to P and P‘s 200th anniversary — centers on three of author Jane Austen’s iconic characters: Elizabeth Bennet, George Wickham and, of course, Mr. Darcy.
- Megan Masters
Matthew Rhys, the star of FX's series "The Americans," has been cast as Mr. Darcy in a BBC production of "Death Comes to Pemberley." The mini-series will help to mark the 200th anniversary of the "Pride and Prejudice" publication by Jane Austen.
"Death Comes to Pemberley" is based on a 2011 novel by P.D. James that takes the characters of "Pride and Prejudice" -- most notably Elizabeth Bennet, Fitzwilliam Darcy and George Wickham -- and puts them in a murder-mystery story six years after the events of the original novel. The story begins when the now-married Elizabeth and Darcy ready themselves for their annual ball. When Elizabeth's sister, Lydia -- along with her husband, Wickham -- arrives, everything comes to a shocking stop. As a murder investigation unfolds, it threatens everything and everyone at Pemberley.
Matthew Rhys ("The Americans," "Brothers and Sisters"), Matthew Goode ("Watchmen," "Burning Man") and Anna Maxwell Martin ("The Bletchley Circle," "Bleak House") are set to play older versions of the characters made famous in Jane Austen's "Pride And Prejudice".
The trio has been cast in Origin Pictures and BBC1's three-part serial adaptation of the acclaimed 2011 novel "Death Comes To Pemberley" by iconic crime writer P.D. James ("Children of Men," "Death in Holy Orders").
The pastiche serves as a kind of thriller-oriented sequel to 'Pride' and is set six years into the marriage of Elizabeth Bennett (Martin) and Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy (Rhys). Goode will play the now older version of George Wickham.
When Elizabeth’s wayward sister Lydia arrives for the annual ball, she brings a shocking halt to the proceedings and a murder investigation unfolds a web of secrets that threatens everything.
- Garth Franklin
To celebrate the 200-year anniversary of Pride and Prejudice, the BBC is fashioning a three-part miniseries of Death Comes to Pemberley, P.D. James's book about Jane Austen's Elizabeth Bennet, Fitzwilliam Darcy, and George Wickham. The Americans star Matthew Rhys has been cast as Darcy, Deadline reports. He'll play the part alongside Anna Maxwell Martin (Becoming Jane, Bleak House) as Elizabeth and Matthew Goode (A Single Man, Watchmen) as Wickham. The series should debut toward the end of 2013. »
- Zach Dionne
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