Searchlight Takes Ned Benson-Directed ‘The Greatest Hits’; Lucy Boynton To Star After Dropping From Marianne Faithfull Film
DEADLINE – EXCLUSIVE: Searchlight Pictures has acquired and set a September start date for The Greatest Hits. Ned Benson (The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby) is directing his script and he has just set Lucy Boynton to star. Boynton takes the role after exiting over creative differences her plan to star as rock singer Marianne Faithfull in a biopic.
Boynton, who starred in Bohemian Rhapsody, The Politician and Sing Street, is the centerpiece in a soulful romantic comedy centering on the connection between music and memory. They are zeroing in on the male lead. The film is produced by Groundswell Productions’ Michael London and Shannon Gaulding, along with Benson, Stephanie Davis and Cassandra Kulukundis.
Boynton will next star in The Pale Blue Eye for Netflix opposite Christian Bale and Harry Melling, and Searchlight’s Chevalier. She stars in that Stephen Williams-directed film opposite Kelvin Harrison Jr, and the pic makes its World Premiere next month at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival. On the small screen, Boynton can currently be seen in BritBox’s three-part Hugh Laurie-directed Agatha Christie series, Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? as well as the ITV-produced, AMC+ drama The Ipcress File alongside Joe Cole and Tom Hollander. The six-part series was also picked up for a second season and will resume production in 2023.
VP of Production Richard Ruiz and Creative Executive Cornelia Burleigh are overseeing for Searchlight Pictures, reporting to Heads of Production and Development DanTram Nguyen and Katie Goodson-Thomas.
Boynton is represented by United Agents and CAA.
Scott Cooper’s Netflix Pic ‘The Pale Blue Eye’ Adds Gillian Anderson, Lucy Boynton, Timothy Spall, Fred Hechinger, Robert Duvall & More
DEADLINE – Scott Cooper’s Netflix film The Pale Blue Eye has fleshed out its cast, with two-time Emmy winner Gillian Anderson (The Crown), Lucy Boynton (Bohemian Rhapsody), Charlotte Gainsbourg (Antichrist), Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Toby Jones (First Cow), Harry Lawtey (Industry), Simon McBurney (Carnival Row), five-time BAFTA Award nominee Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner), Hadley Robinson (Moxie), Joey Brooks (Molly’s Game), Brennan Keel Cook (Encounter), Gideon Glick (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Fred Hechinger (The White Lotus), Matt Helm (The Tragedy of Macbeth), Steven Maier (The Plot Against America), Charlie Tahan (Ozark) and Oscar winner Robert Duvall (The Judge) signing on to star alongside the previously announced Harry Melling and Christian Bale.
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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.
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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.
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