DEADLINE – EXCLUSIVE: Lucy Boynton is set to play Marie Antoinette Searchlight’s biopic Chevalier de Saint-Georges, starring Kelvin Harrison Jr. in title role. Searchlight landed the original feature pitch from Stefani Robinson last summer with Watchmen director Stephen Williams on board to direct. Samara Weaving also recently joined the cast.
Born in 1745 in the French Caribbean, de Saint-Georges was the illegitimate son of an African slave and a French plantation owner. He rose to improbable heights in French society, dazzling as both a violinist and composer and a champion fencer. An ill-fated love affair with a French noblewoman and a falling out with Marie Antoinette and her court led to his untimely downfall.
Element Pictures, Robinson and Dianne McGunigle will produce. The project is being overseen by SVP Production DanTram Nguyen, Director of Production Zahra Phillips and creative exec Cornelia Burleigh.
Boynton, best known for her breakout role opposite Rami Malek in Bohemian Rhapsody, recently wrapped production on ITV’s The Ipcress File alongside Tom Hollander and Joe Cole. Boynton will star in Hugh Laurie’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?, opposite Will Poulter. Boynton also will star as Marianne Faithfull in Faithfull, a biopic she’ll also exec produce about the iconic rock singer’s rise to fame during the British Invasion.
She is repped by CAA, United Agents, and Jackoway Austen Tyerman.
Will Poulter & Lucy Boynton Star In Hugh Laurie’s Adaptation Of Agatha Christie’s ‘Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?’ For BritBox U.S.
DEADLINE – The Revenant star Will Poulter and Bohemian Rhapsody’s Lucy Boynton are to lead the cast of Hugh Laurie’s three-part adaptation of Agatha Christie’s murder-mystery Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?.
Deadline revealed that The Night Manager and House star was behind the adaptation in April and the series is starting production this week.
Based on the 1934 Agatha Christie novel, Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? follows the local Vicar’s son, Bobby Jones (Poulter), and his whip-smart friend, socialite Lady Frances “Frankie” Derwent (Boynton) on their crime-solving adventure after they discover the crumpled body of a dying man who, with his last breath, gasps the cryptic question of the title. Armed only with a photograph of a beautiful young woman found in the dead man’s pocket, these amateur detectives pursue, and are pursued by, the answer to the mystery.
ITV Turns ‘The Ipcress File’ Into TV Series Penned By ‘Trainspotting’s John Hodge; Joe Cole, Lucy Boynton, Tom Hollander Star
DEADLINE – EXCLUSIVE: Here’s a hot one: ITV is turning Len Deighton’s spy novel The Ipcress File, which inspired the 1965 Michael Caine film of the same name, into a television series — and the UK broadcaster has assembled a stellar on- and off-screen team to make the drama a reality.
The adaptation will be penned by BAFTA-winning Trainspotting writer John Hodge, while the cast will be led by Gangs Of London and Peaky Blinders star Joe Cole, alongside Bohemian Rhapsody actress Lucy Boynton, and The Night Manager’s Tom Hollander. The Crown and Rush producer Andrew Eaton will serve as an executive producer, while the six-part Berlin-set series will be helmed by McMafia and Black Mirror director James Watkins.
DEADLINE – Ian Bonhôte, a BAFTA nominee for his documentary McQueen, will helm upcoming musician biopic Faithfull.
As we revealed back in October, Bohemian Rhapsody actress Lucy Boynton will star as Marianne Faithfull, the iconic singer-songwriter who recorded 21 albums including the acclaimed Broken English and the more recent Negative Capability. Her publicized romance with Mick Jagger was influential on the Rolling Stones.
Recently the cast took part in a photoshoot and interview with The Hollywood Reporter to help promote their new Netflix series, The Politician.
I have added images of the photoshoot to the gallery, and you can view the interview video below.
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