Blessed Virgin – 17th Century

DRAMA CASTS LAMBERT WILSON AND CHARLOTTE RAMPLING
We’ve had quite a few lesbiefriendly projects announced this week, and here’s another one and it is period set too! ‘Deadline’ reports that Charlotte Rampling and Lambert Wilson have joined young actresses Virginie Efira and Daphne Patakiain 17th century erotic thriller BLESSED VIRGIN.
Lambert Wilson will lead the male part of the cast
To be directed by famous Paul Verhoeven, it will see gorgeousVirginie Efiraplaying Benedetta Carlini, a novice nun capable of performing miracles, who joins an Italian convent in the late 17th century, as plague is ravaging the land.  While at the convent she begins a love affair with another woman. Steamy and scandalous and delightfully sinful :) The story is, apparently, based on historical facts about the abbess Carlini.

 

Release date appears to be in France in 2019

Virginie Efira and Charlotte Rampling will star in Blessed Virgin

Gentleman Jack (once called Shibden Hall)

BBC’S ‘GENTLEMAN JACK’
MINI SERIES REVEALS FULL CAST
Something lesbiefriendly today, spylings! BBC has revealed the whole cast for their period set mini series GENTLEMAN JACK (previously known as Shibden Hall) which will celebrate 19th century feminism led by Surrane Jones! Can’t say I’m overly optimistic given the fact the eight episode series has been written by Sally Wainwright who gave us the borderline unwatchable and mind numbingly uninspired To Walk Invisible, but we shall give it the benefit of the doubt. The series will air on HBO in USA.

Courtesy of Hollywood Spy

Surrane Jones will be the Gentleman Jack!

  GENTLEMAN JACK

 Gentleman Jack will be set in 1832 Halifax, West Yorkshire, revolving around landowner Anne Lister (Surrane Jones) and her determination to transform the fate of her faded ancestral home, Shibden Hall, by reopening the coal mines and marrying well. But  charismatic, single minded, swashbuckling Anne Lister – who dressed head to foot in black and charmed her way into high society – has no intention of marrying a man. True to her own nature, she plans to marry a woman. And not just any woman: the woman Anne Lister marries must be seriously wealthy. Every part of Anne’s story was recorded in her diaries that contain the most intimate details of her life, once hidden in a secret code that is now broken.The story examines Anne’s relationships at home with her family, servants, tenants and industrial rivals and, most importantly, would-be wife.
Sophie Rundle will play Lister’s love interest!
WHO WILL VISIT SHIBDEN HALL?
Jamestown’s  Sophie Rundle will play Ann Walker, the wealthy heiress on whom Anne Lister sets her sights to marry; Gemma Whelan will portray Anne Lister’s sister, Marian! Timothy West is the sisters’ father, Jeremy Lister, and Gemma Jones plays Aunt Anne Lister. Stephanie Cole stars as Ann Walker’s aunt; Peter Davison as William Priestley, Ann Walker’s cousin; Amelia Bullmore as Eliza Priestley, his wife; Vincent Franklin as Christopher Rawson, businessman and fierce rival to Anne Lister, Shaun Dooley as his  brother and business partner;  with Joe Armstrong, Jodhi May, Rosie Cavaliero, Thomas Howes, Jessica Baglow and newcomers Albane Courtois and Ben Hunter also in the cast!
Joe Armstrong and Thomas Howes will lead the male part of the cast

Heathen

 FEMALE VIKING ADVENTURE
Here’s something epic for you while we’re nearing the end of the week: as ‘Deadline’ reports today, Constantin Film and Prime Universe will turn Natasha Alterici‘s female Viking comic book HEATHEN into a movie. The second volume of the graphic novel should be out in July. It tells the story of a young Viking warrior named Aydis. An outcast and self proclaimed HEATHEN Aydis is a woman born into a time of warfare, suffering, and subjugation of women. She takes on a quest to end the oppressive reign of the god-king Odin, and break the shackles imposed on the women around her. Oh, and she’s lesbian.
The first edition has been sold out quickly

Mermaid and Mrs Hancock

TO BE TURNED INTO TV SERIES BY WHITE QUEEN PRODUCERS

Another epic series we can expect is the adaptation of Imogen Hermes Gowar‘s THE MERMAID AND MRS HANCOCK.

Playground Entertainment (Wolf Hall, White Queen) has bought the rights on the 1785 London set novel which follows Jonah Hancock, a prosperous merchant and widower, whose Captain returns having sold Hancock’s ship and cargo in exchange for an extraordinary creature; a mermaid. This mermaid becomes the subject of great curiosity and forges an encounter between Hancock and the desirable courtesan, Angelica Neal. The story describes their intertwined lives. This historical fantasy was sold earlier this year in a race between ten publishing houses for a six number sum.

 

The Terror – Meet the Characters (AMC tv Series)

The Terror starts March 26th Monday

Although winter is slowly giving up, your trusted spy predicts frost and ice later this month when wintery new mini-series THE TERROR starts overtly at AMC on March 26th! You can feast your eyes today on the first character photos and atmospheric posters from the 19th-century epic thriller featuring a rather stellar cast lead by some of our favorite men from period set project Ciaran Hinds, Tobias Menzies, Matthew McNulty, Adam NagaitisLiam Garrigan, Edward Ashley, Ronan Raftery. They all play the crew of the ship HMS Terror which was

The series is based on the best selling novel by Dan Simmons

found actually last year under the sea. The series is based on the 2007 best selling novel of the same name by Dan Simmons! The anthology series will describe some other terror in the following seasons.

The Terror will have ten hour-long episodes

 

THE STORY OF THE TERROR
is set in 1847. A crew of a Royal Naval expedition is sent to find the Arctic’s treacherous Northwest Passage but instead discovers a monstrous predator, a cunning and vicious Gothic horror that stalks the ships in a desperate game of survival, the consequences of which could endanger the region and its native people forever. Faced with treacherous conditions, limited resources, dwindling hope and fear of the

David Kajganich is the showrunner of the mini-series

unknown, the crew is pushed to the brink of extinction. Frozen, isolated and stuck at the end of the earth, THE TERROR highlights all that can go wrong

Nive Nielsen plays the lead female character of Lady Silence

when a group of men, desperate to survive, struggle not only with the elements but with each other. Meet the main characters below:

 

CAPTAIN FRANCIS CROZIER
Played by Jarred Harris, Captain of the HMS Terror and second in command of the expedition, Francis Crozier is a peerless sailor who has reached his glass ceiling in Her Majesty’s Royal Navy.

SIR JOHN FRANKLIN
Played by Ciaran Hinds, Captain of HMS Erebus and commander of the expedition, Sir John Franklin is an experienced leader with a blemished record in the Royal Navy.

 

CAPTAIN JAMES FITZJAMES
Played by Tobias Menzies, James Fitzjames is a rising star in the British Royal Navy and has secured John Franklin’s confidence in spite of his never having sailed in the polar regions before.

 

DOCTOR HENRY GOODSIR
Played by Paul Ready, the most junior of the expedition’s four doctors, Henry Goodsir is a gentle, moral soul who is of the first to realize something supernatural is at play.

 

CORNELIUS HICKEY
Played by Adam Nagaitis, Cornelius Hickey is a young petty officer whose rank on the ships should keep him invisible to the officers. But Hickey is not quite what he seems.

 

THOMAS BLANKY
Played by Ian Hart, Ice Master of Terror and longtime friend of FrancisCrozier, Thomas Blanky has the experience to be a captain but prefers the thrill and challenge of battling the constant puzzle of the Arctic ice.

 

 

Fantastic Beast 2

 THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD
The movie arrives in cinemas this November

1st trailer has been released for the sequel to that snoozefest FANTASTIC BEASTS: CRIMES OF Grindelwald which is out November.  At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald was captured by Magical Congress of the United States of America, with the help of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pureblood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings. In an effort to thwart his plans, professor Dumbledore (Jude Law) enlists his former student Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the

Jude Law plays a younger version of Professor Dumbledore

dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.

Trailer for Disney’s Christopher Robin

Not to  be confused with Goodbye Christopher Robin

 

Releases USA 08.03.18

Ewan McGregor plays an adult Christopher Robin, who is now focused on his new life, work, and family, when he suddenly meets his old friend Winnie the Pooh, who returns to his unforgotten childhood past to help him return to the Hundred Acre Wood and help find Pooh’s lost friends.In the process he will find the boy he once were and who is still inside his heart. Directed by Marc Forster it is out in cinemas this August! Hayley Atwell plays his wife.