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As this chat with Tatau’s lead actors, Joe Layton and Theo Barklem-Biggs, took place before the press screening for BBC Three’s new supernatural drama, the pair were given the responsibility of describing the series to me: Unique. Mysterious. Fast-paced. Energy-fuelled. A hurricane. A typhoon. (Before long, they're just listing weather systems.)
“It’s a teen show, accessible for young people” cuts in Barklem-Biggs as his co-star brings up the otherworldly, occult palette of True Detective, “even around all this darkness there will be moments that make you laugh as well. It keeps you on the edge of your seat.”
Layton gets back on message and agrees, “I think it really suits BBC Three.”
That it does, as a youth-oriented story of two twenty-something backpackers, Kyle and Budgie, »
Karen Gillan has found herself(ie) a new leading role.
TV’s erstwhile Eliza Dooley is among the many new additions to HBO’s Salem Witch Trials pilot The Devil You Know, written by Orange Is the New Black creator Jenji Kohan, our sister site Deadline reports.
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“Let me recap my week for you: My daughter’s vagina was on the cover of no less than four tabloids, my first-born child was killed, my husband announced he wants to abolish the only life I’ve ever known… and his footman almost saw my snatch.”
That unfiltered — not to mention phenomenal — bit of dialogue, courtesy of Elizabeth Hurley (Gossip Girl) as Queen Helena, perfectly sums up the plot and tone of E!’s first scripted drama The Royals, which premiered Sunday.
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Bew, whose credits include “Da Vinci’s Demons” and “The Bletchley Circle,” plays Beowulf.
- Leo Barraclough
Kieran Bew (Da Vinci's Demons) has been cast to play the lead role of Beowulf in ITV's epic re-imagining of the iconic Old English poem following the exploits of the titular warrior as he battles a fearsome monster during Britain’s Dark Ages. Kieran will star alongside William Hurt (Humans), and Joanne Whalley (Wolf Hall). Created by James Dormer (Strike Back), Tim Haines (Primeval) and Katie Newman (Primeval), the action-packed 13 part series is produced by ITV Studios… »
ITV has announced casting for its new Beowulf series.
Da Vinci's Demons actor Kieran Bew will play the title role in a 13-part adaptation of the classic myth.
Created by Strike Back's James Dormer with Primeval's Tim Haines and Katie Newman, Beowulf is set in the mythical Shieldlands, a place of spectacle and danger populated by both humans and fantastical creatures.
Dormer said: "Hundreds of years ago our ancestors listened to the story of Beowulf because it was a great adventure story - it scared them, thrilled them, made them laugh and cry. But they also listened because they recognised themselves and their fears in it. »
The Expendables 3 might not have set the box office alight, but you can't keep a good action hero down.
Sylvester Stallone is reportedly planning to bring his Oap ass-kicker franchise to the small-screen, with an Expendables event series in the works at Fox.
Much like how the films united action heroes of '80s and '90s cinema - Stallone, Schwarzenegger et al - so this new show is looking to bring together iconic TV tough guys from yesteryear.
Casting is yet to be confirmed, but in the meantime, here's Digital Spy's dream team for the TV Expendables.
He might not be eager to reprise Jack Bauer any time soon (dammit!) but Kiefer has to be on this list. His commanding presence makes him a natural fit for team leader - the TV equivalent of Stallone's Barney Ross.
Credentials: The Shield
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While there hasn't been any word yet on whether or not The Expendables 4 is moving forward, it was announced today that Expendables Franchise creator Sylvester Stallone is producing a new TV show based on the hit action series, this time uniting action icons of the small screen. This Expendables television event will follow a similar story as the movies, and is being produced for Fox. Sylvester Stallone will executive produce alongside the films' producer Avi Lerner. NCIS veteran Shane Brennan will serve as showrunner.
Ride Along duo Greg Coolidge and Kirk Ward are writing and executive producing the TV adaptation alongside Shane Brennan. The show itself is described as 'a fun action drama that unites iconic TV stars as a new team of highly-skilled heroes who are on a mission to stop a dangerous terrorist.' Lionsgate TV will produce the miniseries along with CBS TV Studios, and Cbstv-based Shane Brennan Prods. »
Somehow, despite toplining Cinemax’s Strike Back and starring in high-grossing follow-up 300: Rise of an Empire, Aussie actor Sullivan Stapleton has yet to break into the mainstream. That may be about to change, though, now that EuropaCorp hitmaker Luc Besson has set him to star in The Lake.
The thriller will focus on a group of Navy SEALs who get on the trail of a long-forgotten mystery after uncovering a treasure trobe in a lake in war-torn Serbia.
Besson, who previously launched Liam Neeson, Jason Statham and Scarlett Johansson to action super-stardom, penned the script for The Lake with The Equalizer scribe Richard Wenk. Steven Quale (Into the Storm) is set to direct.
EuropaCorp’s last box-office juggernauts, Taken 3 and Lucy, were both distributed by other studios, but The Lake joins a homegrown slate that also includes Kevin Spacey starrer Nine Lives, franchise reboot The Transporter Legacy (in »
- Isaac Feldberg
"The Expendables" may be moving from the big screen to the small screen: Deadline reports that Fox is working on an event series based on the action franchise.
According to the trade, "Expendables" mastermind Sylvester Stallone is on board to executive produce the show, which would feature well-known television action stars of yore, in much the same way as the films have recycled '80s and '90s heroes. Per Deadline:
It is described as a fun action drama that unites iconic TV stars as a new team of highly-skilled heroes who are on a mission to stop a dangerous terrorist.
There is no cast attached or approached yet but the producers have plenty of beloved TV action stars to choose from: 'Walker, Texas Ranger''s Chuck Norris, who already is part of 'The Expendables' feature franchise, '24''s Kiefer Sutherland, 'Magnum, P.I.''s Tom Selleck, 'Xena''s Lucy Lawless, »
- Katie Roberts
Wesley SnipesIf this list were a competition, Wesley Snipes would win this hands-down: the "Blade" actor is lining up his first potential starring role since finishing up a three-year prison sentence (for tax fraud) in April 2013. After competing with (and ultimately losing to) Terrence Howard for the lead in Fox's smash hit "Empire" last year, Snipes has nailed down a starring role in the NBC drama pilot "Endgame." He stars opposite Philip Winchester ("Strike Back") in the Las Vegas-set thriller, which examines the convergence of crime, gambling and conspiracy in Sin City. It comes from "The Blacklist" executive producers John Davis and John Fox, and the description for Snipes' character, Johnson, reads as follows: "An unflappable guy with a dry sense of humor. Highly intelligent and analytical. Mysterious and unreadable." Once the star of the hottest vampire franchise around, Snipes is hoping "Endgame" is the path »
- David Canfield
Latino Review reports that Warners and DC have settled on a new actor to play Green Lantern in the film, but there's been no announcement as yet, nor confirmation about which incarnation of Green Lantern we'll see. In regards to the latter, John Stewart remains the most likely option.
Untitled Yann Demange Project
New Regency and Plan B have acquired and are fast tracking an untitled dramatic thriller which "'71" director Yann Demange and writer Gregory Burke are set to re-team on. Dede Gardner, Brad Pitt, Jeremy Kleiner, Angus Lamont and Molly Smith will produce the film, but plot details are being kept under wraps. [Source: Deadline]
The Stars My Destination
The story follows a man who is shipwrecked in space for years »
- Garth Franklin
The Lake follows a group of Navy SEALs on their journey to solve an old mystery, while they uncover an immense secret treasure in a lake in war-torn Serbia.
It was also announced recently that the final series of Stapleton's military drama Strike Back will air this summer. »
Variety reported in September that “Into the Storm” director Steven Quale was attached to the project, written by EuropaCorp topper Luc Besson and “The Equalizer” screenwriter Richard Wenk. The story focuses on a group of Navy SEALs attempting to solve a long-forgotten mystery while uncovering an immense treasure hidden in a lake in war-torn Serbia.
EuropaCorp’s slate includes “The Transporter Legacy” and recent Toronto Film Festival acquisition “Big Game.” It announced in February that it was forming the Red joint distribution venture for the U.S. with Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity.
Stapleton also stars in the Cinemax series “Strike Back.” He »
- Dave McNary
“Blade” butt-kicker Wesley Snipes has been tapped to star in the NBC drama pilot “Endgame,” a spokesperson for the production told TheWrap on Monday. From “The Blacklist” producers John Davis and John Fox, the project follows a Las Vegas security expert, played by Philip Winchester (“Strike Back”), swept up in a high-stakes game that forces him to complete certain challenges to save innocent lives. Snipes will play an intelligent, mysterious and dryly sarcastic pit boss named Johnson, who oversees the game. See Photos: 11 TV Gems Emmy Voters Shouldn’t Forget About John Rogers (“Leverage”) will pen the script. Davis and »
- Travis Reilly
Wesley Snipes’ Endgame is in sight. The actor is returning to television for his first major role on the small screen in 25 years, joining the cast of the NBC pilot, which comes from Leverage‘s John Rogers and producers of NBC’s current hit series, The Blacklist. Endgame takes place in the high stakes world of Las Vegas, where a former sniper turned security expert (played by Strike Back‘s Philip Winchester) is drawn into a mysterious conspiracy that forces him to complete a series of heroic challenges in order to save innocent lives. In the pilot, Snipes will play Johnson, the “‘pit boss’ of The Game,” which is the whole big conspiracy that Winchester’s character winds up in. Johnson is described as “highly intelligent, analytical and mysterious, someone who keeps an eye on the big picture but is also capable of cleaning up a mess when things spiral too far out of control. »
- Chris King
In a pilot casting season “get”, Wesley Snipes is coming to television with a co-starring role opposite Strike Back’s Philip Winchester in NBC drama pilot Endgame. Also cast in the project, from Leverage co-creator John Rogers, Blacklist producer Davis Entertainment and Sony TV, is Damon Gupton. Described as a high-octane thriller set in the high-stakes world of Las Vegas, Endgame centers on Alex (Winchester), a former intelligence officer turned security expert who is… »
Wesley Snipes is poised to tackle his first series regular TV role in 25 years, having boarded the NBC thriller pilot Endgame.
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Penned by Leverage‘s John Rogers and from the producers of The Blacklist, Endgame is set in the high stakes world of Las Vegas, where a former sniper turned security expert (played by Strike Back‘s Philip Winchester) is drawn into a mysterious conspiracy that forces him to complete a series of heroic challenges in order to save innocent lives.
Snipes will play Johnson, »
Damon Gupton is also onboard the high-octane thriller pilot which is set in the high-stakes world of Las Vegas. Winchester plays a former intelligence officer turned security expert forced to complete a series of heroic challenges in order to save innocent lives.
Snipes plays an unflappable, analytical and mysterious pit boss who is quite capable of cleaning up a mess when things spiral too far out of control. Davis plays a Las Vegas police detective.
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- Garth Franklin
Aside from The Expendables 3, Wesley Snipes hasn't made much of an entertainment comeback, but that all might change with NBC's newest pilot, Endgame. Snipes has signed on to co-star alongside Philip Winchester (Strike Back) and Damon Gupton (Whiplash). The pilot is being described a "high-octane thriller set in the high-stakes world of Las Vegas." The story will follow Alex (Winchester), a security expert who finds himself drawn into a mysterious game in »
- Sean Wist
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