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19
Oct 2017
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Lucy Boynton Owes Her American Accent to Sabrina the Teenage Witch

Get to know the bi-continental Murder on the Orient Express star.

VANITY FAIR
AGE: 23.
PROVENANCE: Bi-continental.
SCREEN GAB: Daughter of British journalist Graham Boynton, she moved to London from New York when she was five. “I consider myself British through and through, but owe Sabrina the Teenage Witch for when I need my American accent.”

BUNNY HOP: At 10, she enrolled in drama class. “I was incredibly lucky. A casting director came to my school to audition girls for Miss Potter, and in that process I realized that I loved, craved, and needed acting.” She got the part. “It was a magical introduction to this world.”

CATCH HER: With a dozen films complete, Boynton recently starred as Claire Douglas, J. D. Salinger’s second wife, in IFC’s biopic Rebel in the Rye. “I was familiar with Salinger’s work, but not his reclusive nature. The rose-tinted glasses are elegantly removed.”

NEXT STOP: Boynton, as Countess Andrenyi, joins Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Judi Dench next month in Kenneth Branagh’s starry Twentieth Century Fox adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express. “The script stays brilliantly true to Agatha Christie, with a modernized twist.”

ALL ABOARD: “My first day, I was in the train carriage looking down that line of faces. It was very surreal and intimidating, but the best learning experience you could ask for.”

11
Oct 2017
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From child stardom to head girl of Hollywood.

WONDERLAND – Like any actor (or slightly melodramatic child) worth their showbiz salt, Lucy Boynton practised crying in the mirror growing up. Obsessed with Anna Chlumsky’s character in 90s classic My Girl and “scandalised” by her talent and young age, Boynton tells me she’d pause and rewind the funeral scene, “I’d go up to the bathroom and play out her dialogue seeing if I could do what she did and make myself cry like her… It was a long summer.”

Arriving on screen at just 12 years old herself, alongside Renée Zellweger in Miss Potter, Boynton’s CV lists no cheesy rom-com blunders or sitcom shaped snatches at the limelight. Becoming one of Hollywood’s most watched and most wanted young talents, at 23 she’s carved a career from child stardom without ever once compromising her lmic integrity, climbing to her covetable position through a string of challenging roles. Plus, all those years of practise- weeping must mean she’s got crying on demand in the bag by now.

From playing a singing Irish rocker in Golden Globe nominated Sing Street, to perfecting her American twang as a prescription-pill popping teen in Netflix’s Gypsy — a skill she collected from a childhood parked in front of Sabrina the Teenage Witch — Boynton has defied conventions, refusing to be typecast on any terms. “It’s amazing how much your look, and for example, hair colour can affect [the roles you get],” she says, exasperated. “As soon as I dyed my hair blonde, I was auditioning for the same roles that I had when I had dark hair but it was suddenly like, ‘Oh okay, so you can play the ditzy girl!’ I’m trying to break away from that.”

Boynton’s penchant for playing a wide range of characters comes from her intrigue about what makes people tick. Despite swapping school books for self-tape auditions at 18, she tries to keep a balance and maintains her education with anthropology and psychology classes. “Understanding the subjects only strengthens my ability to put myself in other people’s shoes and other situations,” she explains, familiar with delving into the darkest of minds, having just wrapped religious thriller Apostle, in which she plays a cult leader’s daughter.

Her next release, Rebel in the Rye sees Boynton star alongside original Skins heartthrob Nicolas Hoult as Claire Douglas, the troubled teenage wife of one of the most reclusive modern writers, J. D. Salinger. A revamp of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express will follow in November and sees Boynton positioned next to a cast of Dames (Judi Dench) and Depps (Johnny, duh) as Countess Andrenyi. “Most of my scenes were with Sergei Polunin,” Boynton tells me of her co-star, the world famous ballet dancer. “I was really intimidated by him at the beginning,” she laughs, “because I’d heard his reputation was the ‘bad boy’ of ballet.” While the notion of a pirouetting troublemaker is rousing, Boynton verifies Polunin as “the sweetest human being”, but with the rest of Hollywood falling at her feet, it seems Boynton’s talent could charm anyone, ballet’s bad boy included.

Taken from the Autumn 17 Issue of Wonderland; out now and available to buy here.

11
Aug 2017
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‘Gypsy’ Canceled By Netflix After 1 Season

DEADLINEEXCLUSIVE: Netflix’s drama series Gypsy will not be returning for a second season. I have learned that the Internet TV network has opted not to proceed with a second installment of the psychological thriller starring Naomi Watts. Netflix declined comment.

The development is somewhat surprising because Netflix had been in conversations with the producers about a second season and the cancellation decision comes after a writers room had been up and running for four weeks, working on storylines and scripts for Season 2.

Gypsy, which marked two-time Oscar nominee Watts’ first starring TV series role, hailed from Universal Television, Working Title and writer Lisa Rubin. It debuted on June 30 to mixed reviews. Gypsy‘s cancellation comes just as Netflix renewed another new series that launched at the same time as Gypsy, women’s wrestling comedy GLOW. The streaming network also has renewed the other new drama series to launch in the first half of 2017, Marvel’s Iron Fist and 13 Reasons Why.

Gypsy centered on Jean Holloway (Watts), a Manhattan therapist with a seemingly picturesque life who begins to develop intimate and illicit relationships with the people in her patients’ lives. As the borders of Jean’s professional life and personal fantasies become blurred, she descends into a world where the forces of desire and reality are disastrously at odds. The cast also included Billy Crudup as Jean’s husband and Sophie Cookson, Lucy Boynton and Karl Glusman as three of her patients. Liza Chasin, Rubin, Watts and Rudd Simmons executive produced.

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Jun 2017
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Netflix’s “Gypsy” is a ten-part psychological thriller that follows Jean Halloway (Naomi Watts), a Manhattan therapist who begins to develop intimate and illicit relationships with the people in her patients’ lives. As the borders of Jean’s professional life and personal fantasies become blurred, she descends into a world where the forces of desire and reality are disastrously at odds. Join the cast of Naomi Watts, Sophie Cookson, Lucy Boynton, Melanie Liburd and creator/screenwriter Lisa Rubin as they discuss the series.

3
Jun 2017
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What starts out as a lavish train ride through Europe quickly unfolds into one of the most stylish, suspenseful and thrilling mysteries ever told. From the novel by best selling author Agatha Christie, “Murder on the Orient Express” tells the tale of thirteen strangers stranded on a train, where everyone’s a suspect. One man must race against time to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again. In Theaters November 10, 2017

7
Oct 2016
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‘Sing Street’s Lucy Boynton Cast In ‘Gypsy’ Netflix Drama

DEADLINESing Street star Lucy Boynton has been cast in a key role opposite Naomi Watts in Netflix’s upcoming drama series Gypsy.

The series follows the journey of Jean Holloway (Watts), a therapist who begins to develop dangerous and intimate relationships with the people in her patients’ lives. Boynton will play Allison, a 19-year-old patient of Jean’s (Watts). She has recently dropped out of school to support her addiction and is hiding this secret from her mother.

Boynton, who received critical praise for her performance as the aspiring model in Raphina John Carney’s Sundance buzz title Sing Street, will next be seen in Osgood Perkin’s I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives In The House, which recently premiered at Toronto, and Danny Strong’s Rebel in the Rye, opposite Nicholas Hoult and Kevin Spacey. Boynton also was recently cast in Fox’s re-imagining of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, to be directed by Kenneth Branagh. She’s repped by CAA and United Agents.

7
Apr 2016
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‘Sing Street’s Lucy Boynton Joins ‘Rebel In The Rye’

DEADLINEEXCLUSIVE: Lucy Boynton, the aspiring model in Raphina John Carney’s Sundance buzz title Sing Street, has joined the cast of the J.D. Salinger biopic Rebel in the Rye. The biopic from Empire co-creator Danny Strong follows the author as he prepares to write his classic novel The Catcher in the Rye. Nicholas Hoult plays Salinger, and Kevin Spacey also stars along with Zoey Deutch, Laura Dern, Brian D’Arcy James and Hope Davis.

Boynton, who broke out as the young Beatrix Potter in 2006’s Miss Potter, is next up in a pair of horror pics: Osgood Perkins’ The Blackcoat’s Daughter with Emma Roberts and Kiernan Shipka and Don’t Knock Twice alongside Katee Sackhoff and Nick Moran. She also just wrapped filming Let Me Go starring Juliet Stevenson and Johdi May. The Weinstein Company’s Sing Street bows April 15 in the U.S.

She is repped by Innovative Artists and United Agents in the UK.

19
Jan 2016
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Osgood Perkins’ ‘I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives In The House’ Casts Up

DEADLINE – Ruth Wilson, Bob Balaban and Lucy Boynton have been cast in Osgood Perkins’ horror film I Am The Pretty Thing that Lives in the House. The film is Perkins’follow-up to February, the well-reviewed horror film from the Toronto Film Festival that was acquired by A24 and DirecTV.

The film is about a young nurse named Lily (Wilson) who is hired as caretaker for Helen Bloom, an elderly best-selling author of ghost stories as she lives out her final days in her beloved country home. The only problem is that the home is host to a horrific ghost story of its own.
Principal photography stars Feb. 16 in Ottawa.

Wilson won the Golden Globe last year for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series for her turn in The Affair. Balaban’s more recent roles include The Grand Budapest Hotel and Moonrise Kingdom while Boynton returns with her February filmmaker who also penned the script.

Rob Paris is producing and co-financing the film through the recently announced venture with Robert Menzies’s Ottawa-based production shingle Zed Filmworks, and Canadian real estate developer Alphonse Ghossein’s Go Insane Films. Paris and Menzies are producing and Ghossein is executive producing. Paris Film, Inc. and Zed Filmworks recently joined forces in a partnership with Go Insane Films to co-finance and produce a slate of 5 films over the first 2 years with production based in Ottawa.

I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House marks Perkins’ second project with Paris Film, Inc., Zed Filmworks and Go Insane Films following February. their successful collaboration on February.

Wilson is represented by CAA and Untitled, Balaban by Paradigm and Boynton by Innovative Artists and the UK’s United Agents. Perkins is represented by CAA.

26
Feb 2015
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Three Join Indie ‘February’

DEADLINELucy Boynton (Life In Squares), James Remar (State Of Affairs, Dexter) and Lauren Holly (Motive, NCIS) have joined the cast of indie horror pic February. Emma Roberts and Kiernan Shipka star in writer-director Osgood Perkins’ film about evil goings-on at a prestigious all-girls prep school. Production is under way in Ottawa. Boynton is repped by Innovative Artists and United Agents; Remar is repped by Gersh and Lighthouse Entertainment; and Holly is repped by The Characters Talent Agency and Gilbertson Entertainment.