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Undercover casts Haysbert as a 20-year prison inmate on death row for a false murder conviction.
New “James Bond” author Anthony Horowitz courted controversy in a recent interview when he said that Idris Elba was “too street” to play the famous spy. “For me, Idris Elba is a bit too rough to play the part. It’s not a color issue. I think he is probably a bit too ‘street’ for Bond,” the “Trigger Mortis” author said, suggesting that “Hustle” star Adrian Lester would be a better choice. “Is it a question of being suave? Yeah.” Fans of the actor have been calling on the franchise to select Elba as the replacement for Daniel Craig, who has said. »
- Reid Nakamura
New James Bond author Anthony Horowitz probably wishes he could redo a recent interview, during which he said that Idris Elba is “too street” to play the iconic spy. “Idris Elba is a terrific actor, but I can think of other black actors who would do it better,” Horowitz told the Mail Online, and suggested Adrian Lester (“Hustle”) instead. “For me, Idris Elba is a bit too rough to play the part. It’s not a color issue. I think he is probably a bit too ‘street’ for Bond,” the “Trigger Mortis” author continued. “Is it a question of being suave? »
- Tony Maglio
Not long ago Ian Fleming's estate handpicked Anthony Horowitz to pen "Trigger Mortis," the next official book in the James Bond literary series. Horowitz has been recently doing interviews about the work, which comes two months ahead of the release of the next Bond film "Spectre," and his comments to The Daily Mail have raised some eyebrows.
Craig's future with the Bond franchise is uncertain for now, and people being people have already begun speculating about who might take over the role in the next few years.
- Garth Franklin
Horowitz described himself as "mortified to have caused offence" with his words. Read the full apology here.
Social media users didn't hold back in their criticism after the 007 author made the remarks, with many taking to Twitter to vent their frustrations.
Speaking to The Mail on Sunday's Event Magazine, Horowitz said: "Idris Elba is a terrific actor, but I can think of other black actors who would do it better."
ITV has released a new trailer for Charlie Higson’s upcoming action fantasy series Jekyll & Hyde, which sees Tom Bateman (Da Vinci’s Demons) leading the cast as Robert Jekyll and his alter-ego Mr. Hyde. Check it out below…
Set in 1930’s London at a time of Hollywood glamour, aerodynamic cars and monster movies, the drama will pay homage to the Stevenson novel, and focus on the young, attractive, troubled hero, Robert Jekyll, the grandson of the original doctor. At the heart of the drama is Robert Jekyll’s quest to discover his real identity, his true family history and the nature of his ‘curse’. Jekyll transforms into Hyde in moments of extreme anger, stress and when his or the lives of others are threatened.
Higson’s Jekyll is a young, sensitive and naïve man of intellect and morality, a well meaning if slightly repressed character who slips between his two personas unwillingly. »
- Gary Collinson
The Da Vinci's Demons star is playing the dual-role of Hyde and his mild-mannered alter ego Jekyll in the paranormal drama.
In the first clip from the series, Jekyll finds himself transformed into a monster whilst facing off against a group of thugs.
Richard E Grant and former Coronation Street actress Natalie Gumede join Bateman in the cast, along with Stephanie Hyam (Murdered By My Boyfriend), Donald Sumpter (Game of Thrones), Amit Shah (Hustle) and Phil McKee (Ripper Street).
The series is set in 1930s London, and will focus on the grandson of the doctor featured in Robert Louis Stevenson's story.
Lead writer Charlie Higson has previously described the drama as a "superhero story" with a "sexy" Mr Hyde.
He cited classic '60s series - including The Prisoner, »
Davies will return to Cardiff - home of Doctor Who - for the 90-minute production, to air in 2016, it was announced at this year's Edinburgh International TV Festival.
"I've wanted to make this for the BBC for my entire adult life - and only the BBC can put on a play like this, for all the family, smack-bang in the heart of prime-time," the award-winning writer said.
"With a riot of prosthetics, CGI, magic and action, it needs the brilliant Doctor Who team in Cardiff to bring it to life."
A new six-part series from 12 Years a Slave filmmaker Steve McQueen has also been formally announced - the as-yet-untitled drama will follow a West Indian community in the heart of London across three decades, beginning in 1968.
BBC America announced two new scripted series on Friday set to air in 2016, marking the first series co-developed under the creative partnership between BBC Worldwide and AMC Networks. “Undercover” is a political thriller from acclaimed writer Peter Moffat (“Silk,” “Criminal Justice”) that will star Sophie Okonedo (“Criminal Justice”) and Adrian Lester (“Hustle”), according to a statement from the network. The six-part limited series features lead character Maya (Okonedo), who is about to become the first black woman to hold the highest ranking public prosecutor role in England just as she discovers that her husband has been lying to her for years. »
- Debbie Emery
Comedian Jack Carter died June 28 of respiratory failure at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 93. He was also an actor, emcee, singer, mimic, dancer, and director in a career that spanned over seven decades.
He began his professional career appearing on Broadway in “Call Me Mister.” He later appeared on Milton Berle’s “Texaco Star Theatre” shows, and it was during this time that Carter got his first real break.
For two years, he hosted the early television variety program “Cavalcade of Stars” prior to having his own show on NBC, “The Jack Carter Show,” which lasted three years, and was a part of the “Saturday Night Review.” He also co-starred in several of the Colgate Comedy Hours with Ed Wynn, Jimmy Durante, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis and Donald O’Connor.
In addition to “Call Me Mister,” his Broadway credits include “Mr. Wonderful” and “Top Banana.” He hosted the »
- Variety Staff
You might not know the name Otto Bathurst, but he's apparently been turning the right heads with his TV work on fare like "Peaky Blinders," "Black Mirror," "Criminal Justice," and "Hustle," because he's lined up a pretty impressive ensemble for his feature film debut. Josh Brolin, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Olivia Munn have joined Luke Evans and David Oyelowo for "Three Seconds." Based on the book by Anders Roslund and Borge Hellstrom, and adapted by Matt Cook ("Triple Nine") and Rowan Joffe ("The American," "Brighton Rock"), the story centers around a man who goes undercover for the FBI, but gets abandoned mid-mission. Here's the book synopsis (obviously, it's not about the Swedish police force anymore): Piet Hoffman, a top-secret operative for the Swedish police, faces his most dangerous assignment yet: after years spent infiltrating the Polish mafia, he's become a key player in their attempt to »
- Kevin Jagernauth
With the pilot episode of Preacher currently shooting, we’re assuming this is news that AMC has known for a while, but has only just chosen to announce. Regardless, it’s still nice to report that Tom Brooke is joining the show.
That was hardly his first rodeo, though, he also played Lothar Frey in season 3 of Game Of Thrones. He’s also appeared in pretty much every British crime-based show going, including Ripper Street, Lewis, Foyle’s War, Hustle and Thieves Like Us. He also appeared in cinematic comedies Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason »
Adrian Lester still gets messages from fans about 'Hustle'. The 46-year-old star, who played con-man Mickey Stone in the long running BBC series, has revealed people still want to talk to him about it even though it ended three years ago in 2012. He exclusively told Bang Showbiz: ''It was really fun. We did it off and on for nine years. By the time it came to the eighth season, myself and everyone else were ready to be like, 'This is the last one'. ''It was a good run and had a great fan base. People still love it, I still get communication »
The series - written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff - will follow an intelligence officer (Sturgess), who must get a captured German scientist to develop a jet engine for the Raf following the end of the Second World War.
Charlotte Riley (Peaky Blinders), Phoebe Fox (The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death), August Diehl (Inglourious Basterds), Robert Glenister (Hustle) and Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones) will star alongside Sturgess and Highmore.
"I want BBC Two to be the place where creatives can come and do their best, »
It's been long in the works, but ITV has now confirmed that it's ordered a pilot for a revival of The Saint.
Set to go into production in 2016, this new take from writers Ed Whitmore (Arthur & George) and Chris Lunt (Prey) promises to bring Simon Templar - a roguish Robin Hood for the modern day - to a whole new audience.
But who could possibly follow in the esteemed footsteps of Sir Roger Moore (and Ian Ogilvy... and, erm, Val Kilmer) in bringing Leslie Charteris's gentleman thief to life? Digital Spy has picked out 12 potentials.
1. James Norton
Last year, Norton delivered two spectacularly disparate performances - as reprehensible Tommy Lee Royce on BBC One's Happy Valley and as 'sexy vicar' Sidney Chambers on ITV's Grantchester. Take a little of Royce's edginess, add a dash of Chambers's charm and you might just have yourself the perfect Saint.
2. Matthew Goode »
The comedy follows Leo, who has a terrible day when he is fired from his job, given a hard time by his mother and forced to play gooseberry to his brother on a night out. However, his luck changes when he meets older woman Judy.
Leo finds himself deeply attracted to Judy and arranges to meet her again. Although his mother is unhappy about the age gap between the pair, Leo doesn't care what she thinks because he knows he has met somebody very special.
A reboot of BBC antique comedy Lovejoy could be in the works.
Malcolm Tierney, who died at the age of 75 in 2014, played rival antiques dealer Charlie Gimbert.
Watch a clip from Lovejoy below: »
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