The Alienist S2 – now aka The Angel of Darkness

The Alienist season 2 is happening, with a new title

The core cast of The Alienist will return for a sequel series entitled The Angel Of Darkness. Daniel Bruhl, Luke Evans, and Dakota Fanning will all reprise their roles for TNT’s follow-up series, which will presumably air on Netflix here in the UK.

The series’ return and its new title won’t come as a huge surprise to fans who’ve read up on the show’s history: after all, The Alienist was based on a novel of the same name by Caleb Carr, and The Angel Of Darkness is the title of his sequel book.

TNT initially announced The Alienist as a one-off limited series, but the network seems to be chuffed about the show’s success and the plans to bring it back. TNT released this statement about the renewal:

“We could not be prouder of The Alienist’s outstanding, award-worthy performance and all of the work the incredible actors and crew put in to bring that story and time period to life,” said Sarah Aubrey, executive vice president of original programming for TNT. “Our audience fell in love with these multi-dimensional, timeless characters and the journey of their struggles living in complicated times. With this new story in TNT’s Suspense Collection, we will further immerse viewers into their world as they are confronted with a new enemy.”

Daniel Bruhl in The AlienistAnd if you fancy some plot clues, here’s the synopsis for the novel version of The Angel Of Darkness:

June 1897. A year has passed since Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a pioneer in forensic psychiatry, tracked down the brutal serial killer John Beecham with the help of a team of trusted companions and a revolutionary application of the principles of his discipline. Kreizler and his friends—high-living crime reporter John Schuyler Moore; indomitable, derringer-toting Sara Howard; the brilliant (and bickering) detective brothers Marcus and Lucius Isaacson; powerful and compassionate Cyrus Montrose; and Stevie Taggert, the boy Kreizler saved from a life of street crime—have returned to their former pursuits and tried to forget the horror of the Beecham case.

But when the distraught wife of a Spanish diplomat begs Sara’s aid, the team reunites to help find her kidnapped infant daughter. It is a case fraught with danger, since Spain and the United States are on the verge of war. Their investigation leads the team to a shocking suspect: a woman who appears to the world to be a heroic nurse and a loving mother, but who may in reality be a ruthless murderer of children.

Once again, Caleb Carr proves his brilliant ability to re-create the past, both high life and low. Fast-paced and chilling, The Angel of Darkness is a tour de force, a novel of modern evil in old New York.

Courtesy: Collider

The Areonauts

PHOTO WITH EDDIE REDMAYNE AND FELICITY JONES
 Just a few weeks ago you saw the first set photos of Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones in Tom Harper’s historical adventure THE AERONAUTS in which they play pilot Amelia Wren and scientist James Glaisher who, back in 1862, find themselves in an epic fight for survival while attempting to make discoveries in a hot air balloon, and today you can check out the first official photo! Tom Courtenay and Vincent Perezalso star.
Click on the photo to see it in bigger size!

Death and Nightingales BBC 2- 3 part series

 ‘DEATH AND NIGHTINGALES’
1ST BBC SERIES PHOTOS WITH JAMIE DORNAN, MATTHEW RHYS
BBC hasreleased first photos from their new three-part period set mini-series DEATH AND NIGHTINGALES with Jamie Dornan, Matthew Rhys and Ann Skelly! A story of love, betrayal, deception and revenge, it is set in the haunting countryside of Fermanagh in 1885. It’s a world of spies, confessions and double dealings where neighbours observe each other and inform. The tale takes place over a desperately tense 24-hour period. It’s Beth Winters’ (Ann Skelly) 23rd birthday and also the day she has decided to join the charming Liam Ward (Jamie Dornan) to escape from her limited life and complex relationship with her Protestant landowner stepfather Billy (Matthew Rhys). As decades of pain and betrayal finally build to a devastating climax, the series sees a woman struggling to control her own destiny and will ultimately illuminate tensions that tear both families and nations apart.
The series is based on Eugene McCabe modern Irish Classic.  Ann Skelly and Jamie Dornan lead the cast
Matthew Rhys plays the father in the new BBC 2 series

Black 47

 

Ireland 1847

REVENGE STORY STARRING JIM BROADBENT AND HUGO WEAVING
It’s 1847 and Ireland is in the grip of the Great Famine that has ravaged the country for two long years. Feeney, a hardened Irish Ranger who has been fighting for the British Army abroad, abandons his post to return home and reunite with his estranged family. He’s seen more than his share of horrors but nothing prepares him for the famine’s hopeless destruction of his homeland. He discovers his mother starved to death and his brother hanged by the brutal hand of the English. With little else to live for, he sets on a destructive path to avenge his family, systematically working his way up the political and social hierarchy of 19th Century Ireland. Hannah, an aging British soldier and famed tracker of deserters, is sent to stop Feeney before he can further stoke the fires of revolution. But Hannah and Feeney are old army comrades with a mutual respect forged by their times fighting together. Personal bonds and shifting allegiances cause both men to question their motives, as they are tested to the limit by the hellish landscape of “the Great Hunger”.
Black 47 should hit cinemas in UK this September
The movie was directed and written by Lance Daly

Swords and Sceptres 2018

POSTER WITH RUPERT EVERETT AND DEREK JACOBI
Swords and Sceptres is coming out sometime this year

Now, this one still does not have a release date nor a trailer, but here is the first poster for India set epic movie SWORDS AND SCEPTRES which boasts a rather strong British cast lead by Derek Jacobi as Lord Palmerston, Rupert Everett as Sir Hugh Rose, Nathaniel Parker as Sir Robert Hamilton and Jodhi May as Queen Victoria herself!

SWORDS AND SCEPTRES also starring Ben Lamb and directed by female director Swati Bhise (the producer of Dev Patel‘s The Man Who Knew Infinity), is a sweeping historical tale of women’s empowerment, which brings

Devika Bhise also wrote the movie with director Swati Bhise, her mother

the true story of Lakshmibai (played by Indian star Devika Bhise whom you have watched before in The Accidental Husband and The Man Who Knew

Lakshmibai was the queen of Jhansi in mid 19th century

Infinity with Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons), the historic Queen of Jhansi who fiercely led her army against the British East India Company in the infamous mutiny of 1857. The movie has finished production earlier last winter and should probably be released sometime later this year.

Rani of Jhansi died in battle when she was just 30 with 5,000 of her soldiers

Dickinson (TV series)

   HAILEE STEINFELD TO LEAD

We’ve really had a great week announcing new period set projects and here’s another one to finish it in the same vein:Hailee Steinfeld will lead Apple’s costume series DICKINSON on the famous American poet, but it will be a half hour comedy series! 

DICKINSON 
will be set in the 1800’s during Emily Dickinson’s era with a modern sensibility and tone. It takes viewers into the world of Emily audaciously exploring the constraints of society, gender, and family from the perspective of a budding writer who doesn’t fit in to her own time through her imaginative point of view. Dickinson is Emily’s coming of age story – one woman’s fight to get her voice heard.
The series will, sadly, be a comedy one

 

Death and Nightingales (BBC epic saga)

JAMIE DORNAN & MATTHEW RHYS TO LEAD BBC EPIC SAGA  (TBA)
Irish hunk Jamie Dornan will take the male lead

BBC 2 is planning to turn Eugene McCabe‘s novel DEATH AND NIGHTINGALES into a period set mini-series, and now we have the cast! Jamie Dornan and Matthew Rhys will lead the three-part saga together with young Ann Skelly!

DEATH AND NIGHTINGALES
is a riveting story of love, betrayal, deception, and revenge, set in the beautiful haunting countryside of Fermanagh in 1885. A place where neighbors observe each other and inform, a world of spies, confessions and double-dealing; where a pervading sense of beauty is shot through with menace and impending doom. Set over a desperately tense 24- hour period, it’s Beth Winters’ (Ann Skelly) 25th birthday – the day she has decided to join the charming Liam Ward (Jamie Dornan) and escape from her limited life and difficult and complex relationship with her

Ann Skelly and Matthew Rhys will star in the new series!

Protestant landowner stepfather Billy (Matthew Rhys). As decades of pain and betrayal finally build to a devastating climax, Death And Nightingales is a powerful and gripping drama that follows a woman struggling to control her own destiny and will illuminate tensions that tear both families and nations apart.