REDBAD

Set of rich character posters from new epic historical adventure coming to us straight from the

Redbad is hitting Dutch cinemas this month

kingdom of Holland, with a rather exciting new trailer for their English language epic adventure REDBAD which hits domestic cinemas in Netherlands this month rich with battles and horse riding… and even swimming!  The movie is supposed to hit cinemas in some European countries from September and later on China as well, while Epic Pictures is distributing it in Northern America! The film stars Breaking Bad‘s Jonathan BanksSøren Malling (as Danish king Wiglek) and Gijs Naber, and centres on the sagas and ancient legends surrounding the FrisianKing Redbad (played by Gijs Naber) and the battle with his nemesis Pepin Herstal, Lord of the Franks, played by Jonathan Banks. The movie was directed by Roel Reine who helmed the previous Dutch mega epic the spy has shown you before – Admiral!

Gijs Naber plays the lead role of Redbad
THE STORY OF REDBAD
700 AD. Northern Europe is divided into two worlds: the Frisians, Saxons and Danes live above the rivers, below the rivers live the Franks. They want to achieve what even the Romans did not succeed: conquer all of Europe. They put in a new weapon to enslave the Gentiles: Christianity. They target Europe’s main trading centre, where the Frisian king Aldigisl rules. Redbad, son of King Aldigsl,is doubting the outdated rituals of his people. He comes into conflict with his father when his girlfriend Fenne is appointed to be sacrificed to the gods. During the sacrificial ritual, the Franks enter the city. The Frisii lose Dorestad. Redbads Uncle Eibert seizes the power and gives

Jonathan Banks and Soren Maling play the lead roles in the movie

Redbad the blame of the defeat and death of his father. Tied to a raft, Redbad is pushed into the sea to die. But Redbad survives and drifts ashore, the Vikings discover him. In Denmark Redbad learns the power of his own

More than 5,000 extras take part in some of the battle scenes

culture. He is slowly taken into the clan of the Vikings. He joins the Vikings after fighting against a rival clan of Svaers and marries king’s Wiglek daughter. They then return to Dorestad, where he discovers that his sister is married to the son of the Frankish king Pepijn van Herstal. During the yearly

Around two hundred horses were used during the shooting of the film

market he sees how priest Willibrord repents his sister by using violence and swears to liberate her. He cannot do this alone, but with the army of his uncle and cousin, but even then it does not seem strong enough to beat the Franks.

Viking Destiny

 STARRING WILL MELLOR AND TERENCE STAMP!
 VIKING DESTINY which was both written and directed by David L.G. Hughes and starring British star Will Mellor next to legendary Terence Stamp and Paul Freeman with Victoria Broom, Anna Demetriou, Ian Beattie, Andrew Whipp, Laurence O’Fuarain also in the cast!

 

Viking Destiny does not have a release date yet
VIKING DESTINY follows Princess Helle of Volsung (Anna Demetriou) who is forced to flee her kingdom after being framed for the murder of her father the King (Andrew Whipp). Under the guidance of Odin (Terence Stamp) she travels the world gaining wisdom and building the army she needs to win back her throne of the Viking kingdom. In order to seize her legacy, she must develop the skills of a ruthless warrior.
Terence Stamp plays one of the lead roles

“The King” – King Henry for Netflix

While we are waiting to see Chris Pine as a Scottish hero Robert the Bruce in Outlaw King later this year, it seems Netflix is preparing another royal project. THE KING will star Oscar nominee Timothee Chalamet as king Henry V! Tom Hiddleston, Jude Law, Kenneth Branagh and Laurence Olivier were just some of the actors who portrayed the king famous for the battle at Agincourt.

THE KING, directed by David Michod, will see Chalamet playing the king  who, after his brother is killed in battle before his coronation, takes over the crown in the early 1400s. The reluctant ruler wears the crown at a time when England was near a war with France, and the empire is teetering. He rises to the occasion, admirably.

Timothee Chalamet 2017 – Call Me by your Name
Timothee is nominated for an Oscar this year

 

The Name of the Rose 2019

MICHAEL EMERSON JOINS ‘THE NAME OF THE ROSE’

 Italian RAI is preparing $30 million epic series based on Umberto Eco’s THE NAME OF THE ROSE and that John Turturro (As William of Baskerville) and Rupert Everett (as Inquisitor Gui) will lead the cast, and now they’re joined by Michael Emerson who will play The Abbot, an ambiguous, greedy, over sensitive and irritable prince of the Abbey! To start airing its eight episodes at the beginning of next year, it follows William of Baskerville, a 14th century Franciscan monk, as he investigates a series of unusual deaths at a remote monastery! Damian Hardung will be William’s apprentice, Benedictine novice Adso.

Actor (48 credits)
 2019 The Name of the Rose (TV Series) (announced)
The Abbot

Episode #1.1 (2019) … The Abbot
 2018 Mozart in the Jungle (TV Series)
Morton Norton

An Honest Ghost (2018) … Morton Norton
 2017-2018 Arrow (TV Series)
Cayden James

The Devil’s Greatest Trick (2018) … Cayden James
All for Nothing (2018) … Cayden James
We Fall (2018) … Cayden James
Divided (2018) … Cayden James
Irreconcilable Differences (2017) … Cayden James
 2017 Claws (TV Series)
Ted

Ambrosia (2017) … Ted
 2011-2016 Person of Interest (TV Series)
Harold Finch

Return 0 (2016) … Harold Finch
.exe (2016) … Harold Finch
Synecdoche (2016) … Harold Finch
The Day the World Went Away (2016) … Harold Finch
Sotto Voce (2016) … Harold Finch
 2015 The Mystery of Matter: Search for the Elements (TV Mini-Series documentary)
Narrator

Into the Atom (2015) … Narrator (uncredited)
Unruly Elements (2015) … Narrator (uncredited)
Out of Thin Air (2015) … Narrator (uncredited)
 2013 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 (Video)
Joker (voice)
 2012 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 (Video)
Joker (voice)
 2011 Generator Rex (TV Series)
Nanite Alpha

Ben 10/Generator Rex Heroes United (2011) … Nanite Alpha (voice)
 2011 G.I. Joe: Renegades (TV Series)
Dr. Archibald Monev / Dr. Venom

The Anaconda Strain (2011) … Dr. Archibald Monev / Dr. Venom (voice)
 2011 Parenthood (TV Series)
Andy Fitzgerald

Amazing Andy and His Wonderful World of Bugs (2011) … Andy Fitzgerald
 2010 God in America (TV Series)
John Winthrop

A New Adam/A New Eden (2010) … John Winthrop
 2010 Lost – Epilogue: The New Man in Charge (TV Short)
Ben Linus
 2006-2010 Lost (TV Series)
Benjamin ‘Ben’ Linus / Henry Gale

The End (2010) … Benjamin ‘Ben’ Linus
What They Died For (2010) … Benjamin ‘Ben’ Linus
Across the Sea (2010) … Benjamin ‘Ben’ Linus (credit only)
The Candidate (2010) … Benjamin ‘Ben’ Linus (credit only)
The Last Recruit (2010) … Benjamin ‘Ben’ Linus
 2010 Late Show with David Letterman (TV Series)
Creepy Target Sock Shopper

 2010 Goldstar, Ohio (Short)
Steve Harper
 2010 Lost: Final Chapter (TV Movie)
Narrator / Ben Linus
 2009 Lost: A Journey in Time (TV Movie)
Narrator / Ben Linus (voice)
 2008/I Ready? OK!
Charlie New
 2008 Lost: Via Domus (Video Game)
Ben Linus (voice)
 2008 Lost: Past, Present & Future (TV Movie)
Narrator / Ben Linus
 2007 Lost: Missing Pieces (TV Mini-Series)
Ben Linus

Room 23 (2007) … Ben Linus (uncredited)
King of the Castle (2007) … Ben Linus (uncredited)
 2006 Jumping Off Bridges
Frank Nelson
 2005 The Legend of Zorro
Harrigan
 2005 The Inside (TV Series)
Marty Manning

Pre-Filer (2005) … Marty Manning
 2005 29th & Gay
Gorilla
 2004 Straight-Jacket
Victor
 2004 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Allan Shaye

Ritual (2004) … Allan Shaye
 2004 Saw
Zep Hindle
 2003 Whoopi (TV Series)
F. Thomas Erickson

The Fat and the Frivolous (2003) … F. Thomas Erickson
 2003 Skin (TV Series)
Scarpelli

Secrets & Lies (2003) … Scarpelli
 2003 Without a Trace (TV Series)
Stuart Wesmar

Victory for Humanity (2003) … Stuart Wesmar
 2002 The X-Files (TV Series)
Oliver Martin

Sunshine Days (2002) … Oliver Martin
 2002 Unfaithful
Josh
 2002 Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV Series)
Gerry Rankin

Phantom (2002) … Gerry Rankin
 2002 The Laramie Project (TV Movie)
Reverend
 2001 Sounds from a Town I Love (TV Short)

 2001 The Education of Max Bickford (TV Series)

Herding Cats (2001)
 2000-2001 The Practice (TV Series)
William Hinks

The Thin Line (2001) … William Hinks (uncredited)
Payback (2001) … William Hinks (voice, uncredited)
An Early Frost (2001) … William Hinks
Friends and Ex-Lovers (2000) … William Hinks
The Deal (2000) … William Hinks
 2000 The District (TV Series)
Man in Bar

Pilot (2000) … Man in Bar
 2000 Stark Raving Mad (TV Series)
Mr. Putnam

The Psychic (2000) … Mr. Putnam
 1999 For Love of the Game
Gallery Doorman
 1998 Playing by Heart
Bosco
 1998 Grace & Glorie (TV Movie)
Arnold Dudley
 1998 The Impostors
Burtom’s Assistant
 1997/I The Journey
Michael
 1990 Orpheus Descending (TV Movie)
Clown

 

TROY: Fall of a City

STARTING NEXT WEEK ON BBC!  Saturday, Feb. 17th
What better way to warm yourself up a bit during cold winter nights than with some scantily clad Greek warriors and princesses, starting next Saturday, February 17th, when British BBC will start airing TROY: FALL OF A CITY, eight episode brand new epic television series!

TROY: FALL OF A CITY an epic tale of mortals and gods, has a psychologically rich and sweeping narrative which goes back to the story’s origins: to the judgement of Paris, his scandalous love affair with Helen, and the ill-starred prophecy surrounding his birth. Told from the perspective of the Trojan royal family at the heart of the siege, TROY: FALL OF A CITY is a rich story of love, intrigue, betrayal and belonging. Combining thrilling adventure with heart-breaking intimacy, it conveys the big themes of human existence and identity; of people battling to retain their sense of humanity and compassion amid the devastation and destruction of war.

David Threlfall is King Priam of Troy
Tom Weston Jones is the heroic and tragic prince Hector of Troy
Bella Dayne is flimsy Helen of Troy whose adultery starts the war

THE CAST OF THE 8 PART DRAMA
The eight part saga, which will also air on Netflix after the run in UK,  will see Louis Hunter and Bella Dayne as Paris and Helen, the two lovers whose passionate affair plunges Greece and Troy into war, threatening to bring both empires to their knees. David Threlfall plays Paris’ father, King Priam of  Troy, alongside Frances O’Connor as Hecuba, Queen of Troy, and Tom Weston-Jones  as their eldest son brave Hector. They are joined by a cast ncluding Joseph Mawle as Odysseus the king of Ithaca, Chloe Pirrie as Hector’s wife Andromache, Johnny Harris as Agamemnon the king of Mycenae who attacks Troy with his brother Menalaus, David Gyasi as Achilles (yes, for some reason he will be black and so will be his lover Patroklus and also the almighty Zeus indeed), and Jonas Armstrong as Menelaus, the King of Sparta whose marriage to Helen is destroyed when Paris arrives in his city. Further casting includes Alfred Enoch as the Trojan general Aeneas the cousin of King Priam, David Avery as Xanthius, and Aimee-Ffion Edwards as Priam and Hecuba’s daughter, prophetess princess Cassandra.
Louis Hunter and Bella Dayne are two epic brats Paris and Helen
Robin Hood’s Jonas Armstrong is King of Sparta Menelaus
Johnny Harris is Menelaus’ brother Agamemnon, king of Mycenae

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Tom Weston Jones is the brave and heroic prince of Troy Hector
For some reason BBC thinks Achilles was black, played by David Gyasi
Australian actor Louis Hunter is the bratty prince of Troy Paris
Priam first want to marry Paris to Spartan princess Hermione (right)

Check out the trailer below:

 

https://youtu.be/EKcNWFSwKJU

The New ROBIN HOOD – images from Sherwood

Releases September 21, 2018 US
Epic bliss and splendour today, my spylings, with new photos from some of this year’s upcoming historical movies arriving for your pleasure and delight!  Earlier last year you  saw the first photos from the latest big screen version of ROBIN HOOD and now the studio has released a bunch of new ones and there is one thing that will immediately pop into your eyes – the costumes will obviously have a certain edge differing from what you might expect from good old Mediaeval times
Young Taron Egerton takes the role of the legendary archer
Ben Mendelsohn is the villainous Sheriff of Nottingham

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A GRITTY NEW TAKE
Directed by Otto Bathurst, this gritty new take on the classic Robin Hood story will see young Taron Egerton playing the legendary archer from the Sherwood forest, with Jamie Foxx as Little John, the leader of outlaws group Merry Men. Eve Hewson appears in the film as Maid Marian while Jamie Dornan is Will Scarlet, half brother of Hood, member of Merry Men, and  husband of Marian. Ben Mendelsohn is the villain as the Sheriff of Nottingham with Paul Anderson as Guy of Gisborne! Tim Minchin is Friar Tuck, Josh Herdman is Righteous and Björn Bengtsson is Tydon!
Jamie Foxx plays Little John the leader of Merry Men
Eve Hewson is the new Maid Marian

First Look Ophelia Photos

FROM 14TH CENTURY DENMARK
Meanwhile, Entertainment Weekly has  revealed a new photo from another costume drama in their latest issue! Daisy Ridley and Naomi Watts in OPHELIA!  Based on Lisa Klein’s novel it follows the lowborn protagonist as she becomes the most trusted lady-in-waiting for Naomi Watt’s queen Gertrude and strikes up a relationship with her son, Hamlet (George MacKay). Along the way, Ophelia gets caught up in the court’s deadliest betrayals and secrets, all while trying to find her own path. Clive Owen as Claudius and Tom Felton as Laertes, will also visit 14th century Denmark!

Ophelia will premiere next month at Sundance Film Festival
The movie is directed by Claire McCarthy