Sunday, January 23, 2011

Toby Regbo stars in Treasure Island

One of Screenterrier's rising stars from 2009, 19 year old Toby Regbo leads an all-star cast, including Hollywood star Elijah Wood and Eddie Izzard, in Sky TV's new adaption of the much loved Robert Louis Stevenson classic Treasure Island, directed by Steve Barron.

Toby, who is also set to appear in the final Harry Potter film as Young Dumbledore, takes on the role of Jim Hawkins, a gutsy, eager and courageous young lad who finds himself battling with Long John Silver (Eddie Izzard) for the treasure and his life. Shirley Henderson plays his mother and Nina Sosanya will be Silver’s wife. Elijah Wood plays Ben Gunn, Philip Glenister plays Captain Smollet, Rupert Penry-Jones takes on the role of Squire Trelawney and Daniel Mays is Dr Livesey – who all join the voyage with Jim aboard The Hispaniola.

The two part drama was filming in Ireland at the end of last year and has now moved on location to Puerto Rico. It is expected to be broadcast at Christmas 2011.

Toby (represented by BWH) wrapped filming in October in New York (pictured) on the lead role of James Sveck in Roberto Faenza's Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You, based on Peter Cameron’s award-winning novel of the same name. It's a dream role for a young actor, the book having been favourably compared to Catcher in the Rye. James is a vulnerable teenager with a deep appreciation for the world and no idea how to live in it. He rejects all the assumptions that govern the adult world around him, including the expectation that he will go college in the fall. Articulate, sensitive, and cynical, he would much prefer to move to an old house in the country and spend his life reading books and learning long forgotten trades.
Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You is due for release in 2011.

1 comment:

  1. Here's the words that strike fear into my heart: "Nina Sosanya will be Silver’s wife." WTF? Silver may or may not have a wife, but she doesn't appear in Treasure Island. Is this going to be another one of those godawful reimaginings, like the recent French and German versions that somehow managed to get women aboard the Hispaniola? God, I hope not.