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Key Cast & Synopsis Revealed For ‘Bastille Day’ – Starring Idris Elba, Charlotte Le Bon, Richard Madden…
With filming now underway in Paris, the key cast and official synopsis has been revealed for ‘Bastille Day,’ an action thriller led by Idris Elba. From a script by Andrew Baldwin and John Hoodge, ‘Bastille Day’ also stars Richard Madden (Robb Stark in ‘Game of Thrones’), Charlotte Le Bon, Kelly Reilly and Jose Garcia. The film has been written by Andrew Baldwin, who’s currently writing the next film in the “Bourne” franchise for Universal Pictures, and John Hodge (Trainspotting, The Beach). James Watkins (The Woman in Black) directs.
On the eve of Bastille Day, a young French woman, Zoe Naville (Charlotte Le Bon), slips across Paris with the intent of planting a bomb to make a radical political statement but means to kill no one. At the last moment, she decides that she cannot commit this violent act. Michael Mason (Richard Madden), an American pickpocket, steals Zoe’s bag, keeps what he can use and throws the rest away into a garbage bin next to a busy Metro stop. At the same time, inside the ultra-secure CIA Station in Paris, Sean Briar (Idris Elba), an agent brought in from the battlefields of Syria and Iraq in the wake of a mission that has gone terribly wrong, struggles to adjust to his reassignment as a desk-bound data-analyst: a misfit real warrior in a world of cyber counter-terrorists.
The good people over at Film4 have unveiled this first clip from ‘Second Coming,’ the feature film debut of BAFTA Award-winning television director and playwright Debbie Tucker Green. The London-set psychodrama follows a tight-knit family (played by Nadine Marshall, Idris Elba and Kai Francis-Lewis) as they navigate their way through family life as it breaks down in the aftermath of an unexplained pregnancy. Jackie (Marshall) is expecting her second child but the math doesn’t quite add up. It’s been months since she last slept with her husband Mark (Elba), so she knows it can’t be his. But, perplexingly, she also knows she hasn’t been with anyone else.
While we’re still awaiting confirmed US and UK release dates, ‘Second Coming’ is showing at the BFI London Film Festival on the 17th, 18th and 19th of October – you can purchase tickets here. I’m certainly checking this one out at the London Film Festival, as I’ve heard great things (not to mention the talent involved!).
Inspired by his recent role as Nelson Mandela in ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’, Idris Elba has curated, written and produced ‘mi Mandela’, an album of songs which “uncovers some of South Africa’s most gifted yet largely undiscovered world music talents”. Blending South African and British artists, the album will be released on November 24th via 7wallace (Idris’ own imprint)/Parlophone.
‘mi Mandela’ will feature contributions from Mumford & Sons, Nothembi Mkhwebane, Spoek Mathambol, Cody Chesnutt, James Blake, Maverick Sabre, Phuzekhemisi, Mr. Hudson, George the Poet, DJ Spoko, Future History and Mahotella Queens, among others. In a teaser trailer for the album – which can be viewed below, Idris Elba explains how he came to immerse himself in the music of South Africa while shooting ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.’ “South African music was part of my research. I wanted to understand what music he liked, and so in that journey I discovered the roots of South African music.”
Astrid Berges-Frisbey To Play Guinevere In Guy Ritchie’s ‘King Arthur’ Film; Joins Charlie Hunnam & Idris Elba
With ‘Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur’ set for a July 22nd, 2016 release, Warner Bros. Pictures and director/producer Guy Ritchie have reportedly set Astrid Berges-Frisbey (I Origins, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) to play Guinevere in the film. ‘Sons of Anarchy’ and ‘Pacific Rim’ star Charlie Hunnam is playing the title role of King Arthur in the film, and Idris Elba is set to play a Merlin-esque figure who trains and mentors Arthur. The project is said to be a re-imagining of Arthurian legend, with the primary influence being Thomas Mallory’s “Le Morte d’Arthur,” published in 1485.
With Guy Ritchie’s ‘Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur’ set for a July 22nd, 2016 release, a new report provides us with our second potential casting appointment in the film – and it’s certainly an exciting prospect. According to Deadline, ‘Sons of Anarchy’ and ‘Pacific Rim’ star Charlie Hunnam is reportedly Ritchie’s choice to play the title role of King Arthur in the film. The project is said to be a re-imagining of Arthurian legend, with the primary influence being Thomas Mallory’s “Le Morte d’Arthur,” published in 1485.
In addition to Deadline’s report, Variety add that Elizabeth Olsen is in negotiations for the female lead (presumably Gwenivere), and they also mention that both Henry Cavill and Jai Courtney read for the Arthur role. Last month it was reported that Idris Elba is in talks to play Merlin-esque figure who trains and mentors Arthur.
Samantha Barks & More Join Idris Elba & Gemma Arterton In London-Set Ensemble Drama ‘A Hundred Streets’
It has just been announced that Samantha Barks, Ken Stott, Charlie Creed Miles, Kierston Wareing, Steven Mackintosh, Tom Cullen and Emma Rigby have joined Idris Elba, Gemma Arterton, Franz Drameh and Adam Bakri in ‘A Hundred Streets.’ Described as a layered and gripping drama, the film takes a fresh look at the vibrant and compelling life of residents in contemporary London – destination capital of the world. Emmy and Golden Globe nominated Jim O’Hanlon (House of Saddam, Emma) is directing the film, which is shooting now in South West London.