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Young Brits land roles in 24

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With filming commenced in London on 24: Live Another Day, opportunities have arisen for British actors to nab roles in the Emmy-award winning Us series, including Stephen Fry as the British Prime Minister. The new European-set adventure follows heroic agent Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland), taking up his story several years following the events of the final season back in 2010. Once again, viewers will join Jack on a pulse-pounding ride in real time.

Attack The Block star John Boyega (represented in the UK by Identity Agency Group) will join the series laying a computer tech who flies drones for the military. John has recently been cast to star in the Jesse Owens biopic 'Race'.

Charles Furness (represented by A&J Management) has landed the role of Peter. Charles was a graduate of the inaugural Nyt Rep season and recently starred in BBC drama The Whale alongside John Boyega. He'll also be
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BBC Drama Review: The Whale

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The Whale

If the premise of BBC One’s The Whale seemed a bit familiar it’s because it’s based around the true events that inspired the frequently dramatized novel Moby Dick. Told from the perspective of cabin boy Tom Nickerson (Charles Furness), it centered around the ill-fated crew of a whaling ship named The Essex. The rag-tag bunch of runaways, misfits and career seamen had the misfortune to encounter an unusually aggressive whale. The Essex wasn’t built to withstand a battering from a wayward whale and before long the crew were forced to forget hunting and focus on survival. Cue the familiar scenes of discontented crewmen, parched lips, rickety life boats and of the course a conveniently located desert island.

The Whale had the feel of an American made-for-tv movie, perhaps in part because the cast included West Wing veteran Martin Sheen. If you saw the pre-publicity
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Casting: Robb, Sheen, Mumford, Ventimiglia

Conspiracy on Jekyll Island

AnnaSophia Robb ("The Carrie Diaries") has been cast opposite Minnie Driver and Frank Grillo in Aram Rappaport's political thriller "Conspiracy on Jekyll Island".

Robb plays Driver and Grillo's cancer-stricken daughter. John Leguizamo, Maggie Q, Dianna Agron and Ed Westwick also star with filming currently underway in Chicago. [Source: Deadline]

The Whale

Martin Sheen is set to star in "The Whale," a new BBC One telemovie about the last voyage of the whaling ship Essex which was attacked and sunk by a sperm whale in the southern Pacific Ocean in 1820. Jonas Armstrong and Paul Kaye also star.

Sheen will play the elder version of Thomas Nickerson, a character that Charles Furness will play the teenage version of. The elder Nickerson's writings inspired Herman Melville to pen "Moby Dick". [Source: The Mirror]

50 Shades of Grey

Former Broadway stage actress Eloise Mumford ("Lone Star," "The River") has scored the role of Anastasia Steele's
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Martin Sheen Stars In BBC/Animal Planet Film About Whaling Disaster That Inspired ‘Moby Dick’

Martin Sheen will star in The Whale, a two-hour film from BBC Factual Productions and Animal Planet that’s set to premiere in December on BBC 1 and in summer 2014 on Animal Planet. Based on true events, Sheen portrays Old Thomas Nickerson, who served as cabin boy on the ill-fated voyage of the whaling ship the Essex. The two-hour drama is inspired by real-life accounts of the ship’s sinking; those accounts are said to have inspired Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. The Whale is written by Terry Cafolla (Holy Cross, Messiah). Filming took place on location in Malta this past spring and wrapped up outside of London last summer. Sheen, repped by ICM Partners, leads the cast as the elder Nickerson with Jonas Armstrong (Robin Hood, The Street) as First Mate Owen Chase; Adam Rayner (The Hunted) as Captain Pollard; Paul Kaye (Game Of Thrones, Stella) as Joy; David Gyasi (Cloud Atlas,
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Jamaica Inn

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Jessica Brown Findlay will star as Mary Yellan in a new BBC adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s gothic novel Jamaica Inn, written by Emma Frost.

23 year old Jessica (represented by Troika) made her film debut in the coming-of-age drama Albatross. She played Lady Sybil Crawley in Downton Abbey, went on to star in Labyrinth, and has recently wrapped playing Rachel in Lone Sherfig's Posh. Jessica will next be seen playing the lead of Beverly Penn alongside an all-star cast in Winter's Tale for Warner Bros.

In Jamaica Inn she will star alongside Misfits and The Paradise star Matthew McNulty, who will play her love interest Jem Merlyn. They will be join by young cast member Charles Furness (represented by A&J Management) playing Thomas - newcomer Charles will soon be seen in the BBC's The Whale where he plays the lead role of Tom Nickerson.

Made for the
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Real adventure that inspired Moby-Dick lures film directors

Two versions of shipwreck and cannibalism story behind Melville's classic are being made

The story that charts the obsessive, ill-fated hunt for a great white whale has resounded down the generations since the publication in 1851 of Herman Melville's novel, Moby-Dick: or, The Whale. Now the lure of the enormous whale has proved too strong both for film director Ron Howard and for the BBC, who have set off on rival voyages to bring the true story behind Melville's dark saga to audiences.

With Chris Hemsworth, Ben Whishaw and Cillian Murphy lined up in Howard's cast, the director of the new Formula One film Rush returns to England this week to make his next film, In the Heart of the Sea, at the Warner Bros studios in Leavesden, Hertfordshire. Howard has recruited British screenwriter Peter Morgan, who also scripted Rush, to redraft his seafaring screenplay.

The BBC is already
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