Thursday, June 28, 2012

Karen Gillan to star in Not Another Happy Ending

Doctor Who star Karen Gillan is to make her feature film debut as a leading lady in Glasgow-set indie comedy film Not Another Happy Ending which is due to start shooting next month. She plays successful writer Jane Lockhart who writes best when she's unhappy.

Karen recently wrapped a three-year stint as The Doctor’s companion – and promised that her character’s exit will be “unexpected”, as well as emotional.

French actor Stanley Weber will play Thomas Duval – the publisher to Karen’s novelist character Jane Lockhart, a passionate writer who suffers a bout of writers block on her second novel.

Here's the film's synopsis:

When a struggling publisher discovers his only successful author is blocked he knows he has to unblock her or he's finished. With her newfound success, she’s become too damn happy and he thinks she can't write when she's happy. The only trouble is, the worse he makes her feel, the more he realises he is in love with her... 
Tom realises that the only way he’s going to get her to finish the novel is to make her life a misery. With the help of his best friend and cynical, child-hating high school teacher, Roddy, he sets about trying to dismantle the things in Jane’s life that make her happy.
Meanwhile, Jane’s block spirals out of control – to the point where her fictional characters, twiddling their thumbs in the not-happening novel, intrude into her real life. Her heroine, DARSIE, is terrified that Jane won’t give her the ending she desires because Jane has given up on her own happy ending. Will Tom, or Darsie, manage to get Jane writing again, and create a happy ending for everyone?

Not Another Happy Ending is produced by Claire Mundell and Wendy Griffin at Synchronicity Films, written by David Solomons, and directed by John McKay.

The film is due to start shooting in Glasgow in July.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Lullaby

19 year old British rising star Jessica Barden (represented by Curtis Brown) is currently filming in New York, alongside Garrett Hedlund, Richard Jenkins, Amy Adams and Terrence Howard in comedy drama Lullaby directed by Andrew Levitas. Fellow Brit, Downton Abbey star Jessica Brown Findlay is also in the cast.

Jessica, originally from Yorkshire, played scene-stealing Jody in Tamara Drewe, and appeared alongside Saoirse Ronan in Hanna. She was nominated for the 2011 Critics Circle Young Performer of the Year Award. She'll next be seen in urban teen horror flick Comedown.

Estranged from his family, Jonathan (Hedlund) receives word that his father, Robert (Jenkins), who has been fighting illness for over a decade has chosen to take himself off life support in less than forty-eight hours. 
Frustrated and saddened by the inevitable death of his father and confused by his broken relationships with his sister and ex-girlfriend, Jonathan must learn to cope, to mourn and to ask for forgiveness.

Jessica, who has shaved her hair for the role, plays Meredith (a role that Hailee Steinfeld was in talks for), a young girl of only 17, who is dying of bone cancer but in whom Jonathan finds a kindred spirit.Though faced with scary future, Meredith is able to offer friendship that Jonathan stopped offering to his own family.

What follows is described as "an unexpected journey of love, laughter, and forgiveness."

Lullaby is currently shooting in New York City and is scheduled for release later this year.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Will Poulter to star in Jennifer Aniston comedy

Young British actor Will Poulter has signed up to star alongside Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis in a new comedy feature film called We're The Millers.

19 year old Will (represented in the UK by Hamilton Hodell) made his screen acting debut in Son of Rambow, went on to play Eustace in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and was most recently seen in Dexter Fletcher's Will Bill. He was also a regular on E4's School of Comedy.


Jennifer Aniston will star as a prostitute in We're The Millers, who pretends to be the wife of a drug dealer (played by Jason) so they can smuggle drugs into the US from Mexico. Poulter will play Sudeikis' fake son Kenny.


We're The Millers is due to start filming next month.

Monday, June 25, 2012

E4 drama series open casting!!

How I Live Now starts filming

After a number of years in development, principal photography has begun on Kevin Macdonald’s adaptation of Meg Rosoff’s multi-award-winning novel How I Live Now, which will shoot for eight weeks in England and Wales.

As already announced, Saoirse Ronan stars as Daisy, George Mackay as Edmond, and Tom Holland as Isaac. George and Tom are two of this year's Screen International Stars of Tomorrow.

Joining them will be 10 year old Harley Bird (represented by AlphabetKidz) as Piper, Daisy's young cousin with whom she is forced to flee, after world war three breaks out.

Last year, Harley became the youngest person to win a BAFTA, aged nine, as she is the voice behind Peppa Pig, the loveable cartoon piglet that has taken the pre-school world by storm. Harley is from Buckinghamshire and uses the stage surname Bird after her nickname as a baby. She has been voicing the popular role of Peppa Pig for 4 years, and first got the role within weeks of auditioning for Alphabet Kidz Agency in 2008.

Daisy (Ronan), a teenager from New York, is sent to the English countryside for the summer to stay with cousins. She soon immerses herself in a dreamy pastoral idyll as she falls madly in love with Eddie (MacKay), until their perfect summer is blown apart by the sudden outbreak of a 21st century world war. Along with Eddie’s younger siblings, Isaac (Tom Holland) and Piper (Bird), they are left in isolation and forced to fend for themselves. When they are violently separated Daisy must embark on a terrifying journey in order to be reunited with the boy she loves. Eddie is never far from Daisy’s mind but as her journey to find him becomes more desperate, the idea of what she may or may not find consumes her consciousness and haunts her soul.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

More Waterloo Road Series 8 newcomers

Screenterrier reported last month on five of the new actors joining Series 8 of Waterloo Road which is currently filming in Glasgow.

Here's some more faces, both familiar and new, also set to appear in the new series.

19 year old Tommy Knight (now known as Tommy Lawrence Knight) who played Luke in the The Sarah Jane Adventures. Tommy (represented by Curtis Brown) from Kent took time out from filming SJA to complete his A levels but will now be back on our screens when the new series of Waterloo Road returns in the autumn.


22 year old Abby Mavers (represented by AllStars Casting) from Liverpool will be playing Dynasty Barry. Abby is the daughter of Liverpool actor Gary Mavers. Abby had her first screen role when she was six, appearing in ITV's Peak Practice.


Also from Liverpool is 24 year old Carl Au (represented by Diamond Management) in his first TV role. Carl trained in Musical Theatre at Arts Ed, and appeared in Jersey Boys in the West End. He plays Dynasty's brother, bad boy Barry.

Another newcomer from Liverpool is Brogan Ellis (represented by Bananafish Management), who plays the youngest Barry sibling Kacey.

In future episodes of the popular drama the Barry kids, whose mother is played by Zoe Lucker) arrive at Waterloo Road as headmaster Michael Byrne’s (played by Alec Newman) newest recruits for his pupil referral unit as they come from a hell-raising Liverpudlian criminal family. And if Waterloo Road can turn them into model students they’ll be the schools’ greatest success story but it's a shame they have anything but top grades on their minds.

The Barry family are set to make their on-screen debut next year in episodes currently being filmed on location in Waterloo Road’s new home in Greenock, Scotland.

Waterloo Road is currently filming its eighth series on location at the former Greenock Academy school building which has been transformed into the new Waterloo Road set and production base. Filming started in April this year on an initial 50 one-hour episode commission, to be filmed over two years.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Hoxton Street Academy

Due to popular demand Hoxton Street Academy have added an extra audition day for their classes.
Their new date is: Tuesday 3rd July
Hoxton Street Management (HSM) are delighted to announce the opening of the Hoxton Street Academy. 

Hoxton Street Management  will be recruiting for their books directly from these classes and are holding (free) auditions on Tuesday 3rd July.

If interested, the classes will be taught by Casting Director Daniel Edwards (currently casting 'The Fear' for Channel 4), alongside award winning writer/director Che Walker.

For all details, including prices and dates please visit their website at www.hoxtonstreetacademy.com

For all details on Hoxton Street Management, including client news, contact details, etc, visit
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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Watch Keira Knightley and Aaron Johnson fall in love...

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Watch the first trailer to epic love story Anna Karenina, directed by Joe Wright, adapted from Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel by Academy Award winner Tom Stoppard and starring Keira Knightley in the title role.

The story unfolds in its original late-19th-century Russia high-society setting and powerfully explores the capacity for love that surges through the human heart, from the passion between adulterers to the bond between a mother and her children. As Anna questions her happiness, change comes to her family, friends, and community.


In the film, Anna marries Jude Law’s high-ranking official before meeting and falling in love with Vronsky, played by Aaron Johnson. Among the supporting cast are Kelly Macdonald, Alexandra Roach, Matthew Macfadyen, Domhnall Gleeson, Emily Watson and Olivia Williams.



The Town


Screenterrier rising star Toby Regbo and newcomer Avigail Tlalim join the cast of The Town (previously known as Hometown), a new three-part contemporary drama for ITV from Bigtalk Productions written by award-winning playwright Mike Bartlett.

They join BAFTA winner Andrew Scott alongside an ensemble cast including Julia McKenzie, Charlotte Riley, Gerard Kearns, Kelly Adams and Martin Clunes.

Andrew Scott, who won a BAFTA for his role in Sherlock, stars as 30 year-old Mark Nicholas who returns to the town where he grew up following a shocking incident involving his parents.

16 year old newcomer Avigail Tlalim (represented by United Agents) from London plays Jodie, Mark's wayward younger sister who he barely knows. She strikes up a relationship with posh boy Harry played by Toby Regbo (represented by BWH). Toby starred in Sky's Treasure Island, and will be seen in the soon-to-be released internet feature film chiller uwantme2killhim?.

“We’re thrilled to be making our first original drama series for the fantastic team at ITV. At the heart of The Town will be a family struggling to come to terms with change.  It’s also our hope to paint a picture of contemporary Britain through the magnifying glass of an ordinary market town. The story takes place in a landscape familiar to most of the UK.  Most of the population live their lives in a place like Renton,” said Big Talk’s CEO and The Town’s co-executive producer Kenton Allen.

“Mike Bartlett is a hugely exciting new talent and I’m delighted that ITV has commissioned his first project for television,” said ITV drama commissioner Laura Mackie.  “His characters are real and instantly engaging and his dialogue is natural and funny even in the darkest of moments.” 

The Town begins filming in High Wycombe from the 17th June for six weeks.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Screen International UK Stars of Tomorrow 2012

Karla Crome
Congratulations to some fantastic young British actors announced today as Screen International Stars of Tomorrow 2012, including some Screenterrier favourites:



23 year old Karla Crome (represented by Troika) who's currently on our screens playing Riley in Sky's Hit and Miss, and who Screenterrier revealed as a new Misfit in the up-coming 4th series of the award-winning E4 series.

Letitia Wright



19 year old Letitia Wright (represented by Identity Agency Group), who starred in Channel 4's Top Boy and My Brother The Devil which received rave reviews after it's premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. The star of the film James Floyd (represented by CAM)  is also included (and makes the Screen International cover) along with Ashley Thomas (represented by Independent Talent).



George Mackay


20 year old George Mackay (represented by Gordon and French), who's steadily built up a string of feature film credits and is about to start filming alongside Saoirse Ronan on How I Live Now.

Also just cast in How I Live Now, is the youngest actor on the list, 16 year old Tom Holland (represented by Curtis Brown), the son of comedian Dominic Holland, who played Billy Elliot in the West End and stars in J.A Bayona's The Impossible.










Also hailed as Stars of Tomorrow are two young actors from Manchester, Elliott Tittensor (represented by Curtis Brown) and Nico Mirallegro (represented by The Rights House) who will star together in the up-coming Stone Roses movie Spike Island. Nico is also about to start filming on a new E4 teen drama My Fat Mad Teenage Diary.

The other rising stars on the list are Samantha Barks (currently filming Les Miserables), Paul Brannigan (a newcomer who stars in Ken Loach's The Angel's Share), Lenora Crichlow (star of Being Human and the just released feature Fast Girls), Iain de Caestecker (star of The Fades and Young James), Daniel Rigby (who won a BAFTA for his portrayal of Eric Morecambe in Eric and Ernie), Trystan Gravelle, Tom Harries, Aiysha Hart and Yusra Warsama.

Check out the Stars of Tomorrow from last year here.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Urgent casting for 16 - 18 year old


LOOKING FOR 16 – 18 YEAR OLD ASIAN GIRL FOR LEADING ROLE
 
We are casting a feature film shooting in India later this year. We are looking for the leading role of a young Asian girl. She needs to speak English and Hindi fluently.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED PLEASE E-MAIL YOUR PHOTO AND DETAILS

to THIS CASTING IS NOW CLOSED

We will be holding auditions late June to July in London.

Shakyra Dowling & Kristina Erdely

Dowling Erdely Casting

Thursday, June 14, 2012

How I Live Now rounds out its young cast

Back in December, it was announced that 18 year old Irish actress Saoirse Ronan (represented by MacFarlane Chard in the UK) had been cast in the lead role of New Yorker Daisy in the up-coming film adaptation of Meg Rosoff's best-selling young adult novel How I Live Now.

The film directed by Kevin McDonald, who helmed the BAFTA and Oscar-winning Last King of Scotland, from a screenplay by Jeremy Brock and Toni Grisoni is set to start shooting in Wales at the end of this month.

20 year old George Mackay will star opposite Saoirse as her cousin Edmond (known as Eddie in the film) with whom Daisy forms a close bond when she is sent to stay in the English countryside. George (represented by Gordon and French) started acting when he was 10 and landed the role of Curly, one of the Lost Boys in the 2003 feature Peter Pan. He has worked steadily since, and more recently he appeared in Defiance, The Boys Are Back and Hunky Dory. He will next be seen starring as Tommo in Private Peaceful, a feature film based on the 2003 novel by the award-winning children’s author, Michael Morpurgo.
The author Meg Rosoff confirmed on her blog that she "had it on excellent authority that he and Saoirse are magic together."

16 year old Tom Holland (represented by Curtis Brown) will play his younger brother Isaac. Tom, from Kingston-upon-Thames is the son of comedian Dominic Holland, and spent nearly two years playing Billy Elliot in the West End after landing the role when he was 12. He will shortly be seen in J.A Bayona's The Impossible, the story of a family caught in the tsunami that hit South East Asia, seven years ago on Boxing Day, starring alongside Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor.

How I Live Now is to shortly start shooting on location in a remote part of Wales, west of Brecon. 

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Hammer's new horror The Quiet Ones starts shooting

Sam Claflin stars in The Quiet Ones, Hammer's new supernatural thriller/horror feature which started shooting today on location in Oxfordshire.

Inspired by true events, The Quiet Ones tells the story of an unorthodox but charismatic Professor (played by Jared Harris from Mad Men) who uses controversial methods and leads his best students off the grid to take part in a dangerous experiment: to create a poltergeist from negative human energy. 

25 year old Sam (represented by Independent Talent in the UK) can currently be seen playing the Prince in Universal’s Snow White and The Huntsman, starring opposite Charlize Theron and Kristen Stewart, and last year starred in Disney’s latest installment of the hit adventure fantasy franchise Pirates of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. As well as TV roles in BBC TV drama White Heat and Channel 4’s Any Human Heart.

He'll be joined  by 18 year old Olivia Cooke from Manchester (represented by PHA) who recently filmed on the BBC's supernatural thriller The Secret of Crickley Hall, and also appears in the BBC1 drama Blackout (formerly known as The Fuse) directed by Misfits director Tom Green which is due to air in July.

Directed by John Pogue, the rest of the young cast includes Erin Richards (represented by Curtis Brown), and 25 year old  Rory Fleck-Byrne (represented by Tavistock Wood).

The Quiet Ones marks Hammer’s next film production after the worldwide box office hit The Woman in Black starring Daniel Radcliffe.

Emma Watson joins Noah

Emma Watson is set to star in Noah, the new feature film from Darren Aronofsky, which stars Russell Crowe as the Biblical ark builder.

Another young Brit, Douglas Booth, recently seen in the BBC's Great Expectations and starring alongside Miley Cyrus in LOL, will play Noah's son Shem, with Emma playing Ila, a young woman who develops a close relationship with him. Noah’s older son, Ham, will be played by Logan Lerman.

It will be the second joint screen outing for Emma and Logan, who also star together in the upcoming The Perks Of Being A Wallflower.

According to Variety, director Aronofsky spent months courting Dakota Fanning for the part of Ila. Unfortunately, because of a scheduling conflict with Very Good Girls, the actress was forced to pass on the role. While Noah doesn't start filming until August, Fanning would have had to report for work on July 20th to rehearse with the rest of the cast and undergo wardrobe and makeup tests. Very Good Girls starts production around late June/early July, and Fanning wouldn't have wrapped her role in time.

Ray Winstone - known for his hardman roles - is being lined up to play Noah's nemesis in the film, which due to shoot this summer in Iceland and New York.

Emma (represented in the UK by Markham, Froggatt and Irwin) has been busy since graduating from Harry Potter. After last year's My Week With Marilyn, she has recently wrapped on Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring. She's currently filming a small role as herself in Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's directorial debut The End of the World and will next be seen in Summit's teen drama The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Harry Potter actress joins Monster Butler


Evanna Lynch, who starred as Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter films, has joined the cast of Monster Butler, the indie crime thriller starring Malcolm McDowell, Gary Oldman, Dominic Monaghan, and Joanne Whalley according to THR.

The 20 year old Irish actress will play Fiona Carrick-Smith, who is intrigued by her upper class family’s new and seemingly all-knowing butler. Seeing him as an older, wiser confidant, she confesses her misgivings for her upcoming marriage and her longing for dangerous excitement. She soon acts on her desired with butler, acts of reckless behaviour that lead to betrayal and tragedy.

A fan of the Harry Potter books, Evanna's acting career began when she competed in an open audition against nearly fifteen thousand girls, and won the coveted role of Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and then went on to appear in the next three films in the franchise. She also has a guest role in the upcoming Sky series Sinbad.

Monster Butler begins shooting in Scotland this week.

Monday, June 4, 2012

The Perks of Being a Wallflower trailer

Check out the trailer to Emma Watson's new film The Perks of Being a Wallflower. She stars alongside Logan Lerman and Ezra Miller in the directorial debut of Stephen Chbosky who wrote the book on which the film is based.

The story follows the experience of Charlie, played by Logan, a high school freshman who struggles with depression, and to make matters worse, he doesn't have friends at school. That is, until he's befriended by stepsiblings Patrick and Sam (Ezra Miller and Emma Watson), who invite him to join their group of misfits and make him feel accepted. 

Official Synopsis:
A funny and touching coming-of-age story based on the beloved best-selling novel by Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a modern classic that captures the dizzying highs and crushing lows of growing up. Starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a moving tale of love, loss, fear and hope-and the unforgettable friends that help us through life.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Misfits star joins the Homefront

Misfits star Antonia Thomas joins Claire Skinner, Clare Higgins, Nicola Stephenson in portraying the remarkable wives and girlfriends of soldiers serving in war torn Afghanistan in ITV Studios new six part drama series Homefront.

The 6 x 60 minute drama tells the stories of the four service wives-and-girlfriends who fight their own battles on the home front while thousands of miles away their loved ones are facing up to the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Antonia plays Tasha who's husband Matt has headed out to Helmand to serve alongside his brother Tom. After a troubled upbringing by single mum Cheryl (Lorraine Ashbourne) Tasha’s even more determined to prove herself as a brilliant wife and good mother to toddler son, Alfie, but she doesn't always see eye-to-eye with mother-in-law Paula (Clare Higgins).

The cast are joined by two teenage actors whose families are joined together when Claire Marshbrook (Claire Skinner) marries widowed Major Peter Bartham (Greg Wise). 18 year old Rosie Day plays Pete’s wayward daughter, Millie, while Waterloo Road and CBBC's Friday Download star Ceallach Spellman plays Sam, her geeky new step-brother.

Created by Sue Teddern, the series directors include international and award-winning director Terry McDonough (Breaking Bad, No Ordinary Family, The Street).
Homefront is currently filming on location in Manchester and Cheshire until August.