May 19, 2021 Ali Leave a Comment

The Daily Mail shares the exciting news that Eddie is headed back to the West End!

Willkommen! Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne is close to fulfilling his dream… of playing the decadent master of ceremonies in the classic musical Cabaret in the West End.

And he is tipped to share the stage with Jessie Buckley, who will play Sally Bowles.

This column can reveal that a new production of Cabaret — starring the powerhouse duo of Redmayne and Buckley — is due to begin performances at the Playhouse Theatre, near the Embankment in London, in early November.

The show is centred on a seedy Berlin after-hours haunt called the Kit Kat Klub, in the last gasp of the Weimar Republic, as the Nazis ascend to power.

Joe Masteroff wove his story — about a naïve Englishman who goes to Berlin; a cabaret with a grotesque host; and the joint’s star turn, the English Fraulein Sally Bowles — from Christopher Isherwood’s The Berlin Stories and John Van Druten’s play I Am A Camera.

John Kander and Fred Ebb provided music and lyrics, Harold Prince added his innovative showmanship, and theatre history was made.

Joel Grey became indelibly associated with the role after playing the Emcee in that first production in 1966 — and later in the 1972 film.

But Alan Cumming also left his mark; playing the menacing charmer in London in 1993; and on Broadway in 1998 and 2014.

Redmayne was just 19 when he first tackled the role; as part of an amateur troupe that took Cabaret to the Underbelly at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2001.

And during one of my earliest interviews with him, he expressed his desire to play the Emcee professionally in London.

He has musical form, having played ‘workhouse boy number 43’ (as he put it) as a ten-year-old, in the Cameron Mackintosh production of Oliver!

That show was directed by Sam Mendes who, incidentally, directed an acclaimed Cabaret at the Donmar Warehouse (starring Cumming and Jane Horrocks), and then on Broadway (co-directed with Rob Marshall) with a sensational Natasha Richardson as Sally Bowles.

I have since seen Michelle Williams, Emma Stone and Sienna Miller play Bowles (all opposite Cumming). Strangely, though, of the many Cabarets I’ve watched, it was Rufus Norris’s version, staged at the Savoy Theatre (and produced by Bill Kenwright), that hit me hardest, with its warnings of fascism, nationalism and prejudice.

Redmayne also told me that he was ‘obsessed with singing’ when younger, so it didn’t surprise me when he was cast in the movie musical Les Miserables.

Earlier this year he completed work on Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them 3; and he is now in New York, filming The Good Nurse.

But all film work’s on hold from the autumn, so he can prepare for a solid run of several months in Cabaret.

His co-star Buckley, meanwhile, still has a couple of film projects to complete before principal rehearsals (pencilled in for October).

She’s been in constant demand since she broke through as Marya Bolkonskaya in the BBC’s War & Peace; appearing in various other TV dramas (Chernobyl and Fargo), and the films Judy and Misbehaviour.

But she really showed what she’s capable of in Beast, Wild Rose and I’m Thinking Of Ending Things. She’s marvellous, too, opposite Josh O’Connor in Simon Godwin’s National Theatre film of Romeo & Juliet, shown recently on Sky Arts.

Like Redmayne, she knows about singing (even though Sally Bowles is supposed to be untalented in that department), to which those who saw her shine in the otherwise unwatchable BBC very-light-on-entertainment nonsense I’d Do Anything can attest.

For starters, she comes from a musical family; and she’s adept at many styles (as she proved in the country & western-themed movie Wild Rose).

Her Sally Bowles will join a long stage line that includes Judi Dench, who originated the role in London in 1968.

Redmayne and Buckley have been approved by John Kander, and those representing the estates of Fred Ebb and Joe Masteroff.

Check back soon, old chums, to see what happens next . . . your table’s waiting.

April 14, 2021 Ali Leave a Comment

Anyone excited about The Good Nurse? Well thanks to What’s On Netflix we have all that has been announced so far …

Netflix was recently on a spending spree in the Berlin European Film Market following the pattern earlier displayed in Sundance. In one of the biggest deals at the European Film Market, the streamer acquired global rights in the region of $25M for The Good Nurse, set to star Jessica Chastain and Eddie Redmayne. The movie was one of the most in-demand films at Berlin. Here’s what you need to know.

BAFTA-nominated Danish writer-director Tobias Lindholm known for his work on Borgen, Mindhunter and The Hunt will be directing the movie with a script written by Krysty Wilson-Cairns, who was nominated for an Oscar for her screenplay on 1917.

Darren Aronofsky’s Protozoa will be producing the movie along with FilmNation. The movie was set up earlier with Lionsgate before it landed in the open market at the EFM. Deadline was the first to report Netflix’s intention to move forward with buying the movie.

What is the plot of The Good Nurse and who is Charles Cullen?

Netflix’s The Good Nurse will tell the true story of the pursuit and capture of Charles Cullen, one of the most prolific serial killers in history who is suspected of murdering up to 400 patients during his 16-year career as a nurse, earning him the title “The Angel of Death”. Cullen was a married father who was thought to be a responsible caretaker before he was implicated for the deaths of as many as 300 patients over 16 years, spread across 9 hospitals in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

The movie will be adapted from Charles Graeber’s 2013 chronicle book of these events called The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder.

Who is cast in The Good Nurse?
Netflix’s The Good Nurse will be led by Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne who is known for his roles in such movies as Fantastic Beasts, The Danish Girl, Les Miserables and more. Notably Redmayne is among the cast of the multi-Oscar nominated Netflix Original movie, The Trial of the Chicago 7. Redmayne will play Charlie Cullen, who was caught by two former Newark homicide detectives who would not let go, aided by a nurse

Alongside Redmayne will be Oscar-nominee Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty, Molly’s Game, Interstellar) who will portray the nurse who worked alongside Cullen and risked her job and family’s safety to stop him and end the killing spree.

Nnamdi Asomugha is the third star to be attached to the title in late March 2021. Asomugha’s credits include When the Streetlights Go On, Crown Heights and Sylvie’s Love. Later, in April 2021 Noah Emmerich (The Americans, Space Force) and Kim Dickens (Deadwood, Fear the Walking Dead) were also announced to appear in The Good Nurse.

What’s the production status on The Good Nurse?
The Good Nurse is expected to enter production on April 21, 2021 in the town of Stamford, Connecticut, US according to issue 1240 of Production Weekly. Filming is currently set to wrap on June 11, 2021.

When might we see The Good Nurse on Netflix?
With production starting in April 2021, the movie will probably hit Netflix only in 2022. We will wait for more official news regarding the release date.

April 5, 2021 Ali Leave a Comment

Instead of congregating on the stage of Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium for their best-ensemble win at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the cast of “The Trial of the Chicago 7” called in on Zoom.

For a video conference, they make a starry bunch. Logging in from around the world were Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Frank Langella, Mark Rylance, John Carroll Lynch, Ben Shankman and other members of Aaron Sorkin’s historical courtroom drama.

After winning the guild’s top honor, the cast spoke briefly with The Associated Press in an interview recorded Thursday before Sunday’s broadcast of the pre-taped awards. Here, slightly edited for clarity, are their remarks.

AP: You’re an especially varied group of actors with quite different styles and approaches. How did you coalesce as an ensemble?

EDDIE REDMAYNE: A lot of credit has to be given to Francine Maisler, who was our casting director. All of the characters represented in the film were so unique and so specific. I think she collected a group of actors who had completely different styles and completely different outlooks on the way to approach work. For me, what I loved when I got to see a cut of the movie was that you saw that. It was like a clash of different types of music, whether it was jazz or rock or classical — but all of that coming together under Aaron. He was the conductor, almost. So I give Aaron and Francine a huge amount of credit. It was a joy day-and-day-out to watch these great and different and varied actors slugging it out.

FRANK LANGELLA: There is something very powerful about working toward the greater good. Actors have a tendency to think about themselves a lot. How’s my lighting? Am I going to get my close-in my scene? But as I said in my speech, Aaron rose above that and caused all of us to do that.

JOHN CARROLL LYNCH: When you take a job in a movie called “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” there’s an assumption that it’s going to be an ensemble picture. It’s a self-selecting group of people who want to work with others so intimately and being willing to risk their own process in such quarters. It is a tribute to the casting and to Aaron’s script but also to the actors who said “yes.”

MICHAEL KEATON: Frankly, it’s an embarrassment to me. These guys did all the heavy lifting. I showed up for a couple days. I’m getting credit for not much — but I’ll take it.

REDMAYNE: Michael, I always think that’s more terrifying. It’s one thing to be on a job for a couple months. You had to come in for two days and knock it out of the park, and you did.

KEATON: I like actors and when I saw this cast I went, “Oh man, this is going to be ….” Even though I didn’t have much interaction with anybody, I liked it. I want to be part of that kind of group.

AP: This is the first Netflix film or release from a streaming service to win the guild’s top award. It had once been set for theatrical release from Paramount Pictures. Now you’ve won this much-sought-after award over Zoom, does it feel strange?

LYNCH: It’s very frustrating because we did theatrical-distribution acting when it turned out to be streaming acting. I don’t know about you but this is not a Zoom suit. This is not a Zoom tux.

SACHA BARON COHEN: I must say I think it’s great that it came out on Netflix. The fear with a movie about an obscure historical event is that nobody goes to see it and it’s in the specialty box-office section. The beauty of some of these streamers is that millions of people around the world saw this movie and they now know this powerful story and saw a great bit of art. That is the plus-side of this not being theatrical. Hopefully it will come out at some point in the theaters, but I think we benefited from it being on a streamer.

LANGELLA: I like it like this because I hate award shows. I go to very few but when I do — the tuxedo, the lines, people all over. This is much more civilized. I’m in my bedroom slippers. It’s really comfortable.

KEATON: I have no pants on.

AP: You’d normally about now be whisked away to some glamorous Hollywood party. Instead, you’re talking to me on a laptop.

REDMAYNE: Making films is such an odd process. You sort of come together with a disparate group of people. Sometimes you have rehearsals but on this we didn’t really have any. Actors would come in for a day or two. You make the film and you all go away again. The promoting process, sometimes, can be the moment when you actually all sit down and get to know each other. The only time we have all met up is on Zoom calls when someone like yourself is asking the questions. It feels unique. And I feel pretty lucky. But at the same time it sort of buries a slight sense of it not feeling complete.

LYNCH: There’s also one other piece of it that’s a big regret due to this circumstance. It’s not being able to go to the other actors who I’ve admired or been able to work with over the course of time in each of the films nominated, and thank them for the work they’ve done.


April 1, 2021 Ali Leave a Comment

The Stamford Advocate has announced that Eddie’s film The Good Nurse will start filming there this month.

STAMFORD — True crime is coming to Stamford this spring. But only the fictional kind.

Netflix is moving into Stamford this April to film murder thriller “The Good Nurse,” featuring Eddie Redmayne and Jessica Chastain.

Stamford turning into a film set means more than movie stars walking down Washington Boulevard. The casting agency is looking for paid extras to play everyday pedestrians.

But there’s also a twist: the team wants contortionists, sword swallowers, and circus performers, too.

Redmayne will play prolific serial killer Charles Cullen — a nurse who confessed to murdering 40 patients in hospitals across New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Some experts estimate that Cullen actually killed more than 300 people, making him the most prolific serial killer in modern history.

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March 15, 2021 Ali Leave a Comment

Congrats to Eddie and his cast and crew for their nomination for best picture for The Trial of the Chicago 7!

Best Picture
The Father
Judas and the Black Messiah
Promising Young Woman
Sound of Metal
The Trial of the Chicago 7

February 4, 2021 Ali Leave a Comment

Congratulations to the cast of The Trial of the Chicago 7 SAG Nomination!

The SAG Awards will be simulcast on Sunday, April 4, 2021 on TNT and TBS at 9 p.m. (ET) / 6 p.m. (PT)

LOS ANGELES (February 4, 2021) – Nominees for the 27th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards honoring outstanding individual, cast and ensemble performances for the past year* were announced this morning by Lily Collins (Emily in Paris, MANK) and Daveed Diggs (Snowpiercer, BLINDSPOTTING, The Good Lord Bird) via Instagram Live. The nominees for outstanding action performances by film and television stunt ensembles were announced this morning by Jason George (Station 19) and Elizabeth McLaughlin (Grand Hotel) who were introduced by SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris. The 27th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be simulcast on TNT and TBS on Sunday, April 4, 2021, at 9 p.m. (ET) / 6 p.m. (PT). An encore will air on TNT at 11 p.m. (ET) / 8 p.m. (PT).

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
CHADWICK BOSEMAN / Stormin’ Norman
LE Y LAN / Tien Luu
JEAN RENO / Desroche

JONNY COYNE / Sturdyvant

YERI HAN / Monica
ALAN KIM / David

BEAU BRIDGES / Mr. Carlton
LAWRENCE GILLIARD JR. / Drew “Bundini” Brown
ELI GOREE / Cassius Clay

FRANK LANGELLA / Judge Julius Hoffman
JOHN CARROLL LYNCH / David Dellinger
MARK RYLANCE / William Kunstler
ALEX SHARP / Rennie Davis

February 3, 2021 Ali Leave a Comment

Congratulations to the cast and crew of the film The Trial of the Chicago 7 for their Golden Globe nomination for Best Picture Drama.

Best Motion Picture – Drama
The Trial of the Chicago 7
Promising Young Woman
The Father

January 30, 2021 Ali Leave a Comment

Variety talks about how Eddie had to swim in the water during the cold winter for his newest film.

The “Fantastic Beasts” movies star Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, a wizard and Magizoologist who embarks on a series of adventures that take place decades before the Harry Potter books.

In an interview for Variety’s Actors on Actors, presented by Amazon Studios, Jamie Dornan recalls celebrating with Eddie Redmayne on a vacation in Istanbul — the two are close friends — when he got the news that he’d been cast as Newt.

The two actors also discussed their latest roles, among other topics. In the romantic fable “Wild Mountain Thyme,” directed by John Patrick Shanley, Dornan plays an Irishman trying to figure out his feelings for his neighbor.

And in “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” written and directed by Aaron Sorkin, Redmayne plays antiwar activist Tom Hayden who faces federal charges for protesting at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

Redmayne is now filming “Fantastic Beasts 3,” which hasn’t been an easy production. The Warner Bros. tentpole had to delay its summer shoot date due to the coronavirus, and recast Johnny Depp — who portrays the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald — after he’d been asked to resign by the studio following abuse allegations.

Mads Mikkelsen will now play the role of Grindelwald.

“What can we expect from the third installment of ‘Fantastic Beasts’?” Dornan asks Redmayne.

“I can’t tell you anything other than the fact that I think I’ve got some night shoots in Watford, in Leavesden, [England], that we were meant to shoot in the summer in water,” Redmayne says. “But now obviously because of lockdown, and the film shutdown, they’re being shot in early December. And suddenly you find yourself swimming outdoors in British winter.”

After pausing, Redmayne adds: “What can I tell you about the plot? Really, not much, mate. I mean, when you come over for dinner, I can tell you. Except — I can’t, because that would be the NDA that I signed.”

January 29, 2021 Ali Leave a Comment

Backstage Magazine highlighted the cast of The Trial of the Chicago 7 in their January 20th issue.

As we look back at 2020, we at Backstage have pinpointed the year’s best big- and small-screen ensemble work for your SAG Awards consideration and beyond.

Main Cast: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Sacha Baron Cohen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Keaton, Frank Langella, John Carroll Lynch, Eddie Redmayne, Mark Rylance, Jeremy Strong
Casting by: Francine Maisler
Directed by: Aaron Sorkin
Written by: Aaron Sorkin
Distributed by: Netflix

Proverbial gun to my head, I could not tell you who is the lead (or leads) in Netflix’s “The Trial of the Chicago 7.” I couldn’t tell you who should qualify as supporting or lead, either. Every actor in this Aaron Sorkin historical drama plays such a pivotal role in the film’s success—and has carved out such a lived-in performance— that it’s impossible to rank one character as more instrumental to the storytelling than any other. (Fittingly, they’ll all be campaigning as supporting this year.)

That said, we have to start somewhere, and we might as well begin with what easily comes as the film’s most surprising performance—or rather, its most surprising performer: Sacha Baron Cohen. That’s right, the writer-actor-prankster behind “Borat” turns in one of the best film performances of the year as Abbie Hoffman. He’s the most raucous of the real-life seven who were charged with conspiracy by the federal government in 1969, in the wake of protests at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago the year prior.

The film recounts not only a true story from the semi-recent past, but one that has particular relevance in a year when Black Lives Matter protests poured onto the streets across the country for months on end; it certainly adds pressure to both the cast and creative team to get it right.

But like Baron Cohen, whose period-appropriate Afro and Worcester, Massachusetts, accent are just so, they each nail it. Among the film’s many other scene stealers is “Succession” star and recent Emmy Award winner Jeremy Strong. As activist Jerry Rubin, the actor leans so far into a particular style of ’60s hippie vocal fry that it would border on caricature if it weren’t so accurate—and he weren’t so committed. (It’s now well-documented that Strong requested that Sorkin actually tear gas him during the filming of a protest scene; if that’s not commitment, nothing is.)

Also among the cast is Academy Award winner Mark Rylance, serving here as the misfit group’s lawyer, William Kunstler; with his air of genuine warmth, Rylance provides what is basically the film’s sturdy spine. Kunstler lived and died in New York City, a long way from home for the British-born Rylance, yet you’d never know it from his spot-on Big Apple intonation. The actor’s pitch-perfect accent work is unsurprising, given that he told Backstage last year that his way into a character almost always begins with finding their voice.

The stellar ensemble additionally includes Eddie Redmayne, “Watchmen” star (and 2020 Emmy Award winner) Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Frank Langella, Michael Keaton, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. (Did I mention this cast is stacked?) Still, the real MVPs of “Trial of the Chicago Seven” are its many dialect coaches. There are four of them credited, and in case no one else does so this awards season, we’ll speak their names here.

Michael Buster, Jerome Butler, Martin McKellan, and Tim Monich: You almost certainly helped a few actors on their way to winning some awards this season, and that in itself deserves a shining trophy.

January 24, 2021 Ali Leave a Comment

Eddie and Jamie did a virtual chat and Variety has given us a bit of their interview.

Jamie Dornan (“Wild Mountain Thyme”) and Eddie Redmayne (“The Trial of the Chicago 7”) sat down for a virtual chat for Variety‘s Actors on Actors, presented by Amazon Studios.

Jamie Dornan and Eddie Redmayne began their time in Hollywood as roommates: Reunited on a video chat a decade later, they reflect on driving their tiny red rental car around Los Angeles, only to be rejected at auditions over and over.

It’s notable that both actors find themselves juggling art-house fare and franchise work, making them two of the most recognizable leading men of their generation. In Aaron Sorkin’s “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix), Redmayne plays antiwar activist Tom Hayden as he faces federal charges for protesting at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. And in John Patrick Shanley’s “Wild Mountain Thyme,” distributed by Bleecker Street, Dornan portrays Anthony, an Irish Mr. Darcy who can’t figure out his feelings for his neighbor (Emily Blunt).

Jamie Dornan: Let’s start by talking about “The Trial of the Chicago 7” and your portrayal of Thomas Hayden. I have to start by saying I didn’t know a lot about that trial. You are brilliant in it, as you are in everything. How was your experience making that movie?

Eddie Redmayne: Thanks for being kind about it. I think you know that Aaron Sorkin has always been someone that I’ve sort of loved, and whose work I’ve been kind of mildly obsessed with. So it was genuinely one of those moments when the script arrived that it sort of felt too good to be true. And I kind of said yes before reading the thing.

There was actually that slight hesitation, when you really love someone’s work, and you can’t quite believe that they’ve invited you to the party. And then there’s the fear of: What if it’s the one shoddy one they do? Because I’ve done that; I’ve worked with brilliant actors who never do bad films, except for the film I do with them. But it was brilliant, and a really riveting read.

Dornan: Let’s take ourselves back about 10 years ago. “The West Wing” was the only television show you’d ever watched in your life. And you were just obsessed with it.

Redmayne: Yeah, yeah.

Dornan: So much of the movie reminded me of the courtroom dramas that were such a part of our viewing experience in the ’90s: “A Few Good Men” is the most quotable one. To be in one of those table-slamming courtroom dramas is so exciting though.

Redmayne: Oh, I did actually slam the table. I even slammed the door at one point.

Dornan: You did?

Redmayne: That was quite satisfying. Mark Rylance got the mother of all slams, and that was genuinely terrifying each time.

Before I worked with Aaron, I read all the stuff. I remember listening to a podcast with Jessica Chastain [about how precise Sorkin is]. The specificity is huge. And I wondered how you found it with John Patrick Shanley. Had you read the play? Did you guys shift anything in the adaptation?

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