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

The Merlin Saga

RIDLEY SCOTT TO DIRECT?
‘Variety’ reports that Ridley Scott is in talks to direct Disney‘s THE MERLIN SAGA which is eyed as a possible franchise based on 12 books from T.A. Barron which he started publishing back in 1996! He would also produce it with Lord of the Rings‘ and Hobbit‘s Philippa Boyens writing the script! Similar to the popular BBC series from a decade ago, THE MERLIN SAGA depicts the origin story of a young wizard Merlin who would go on to become the mentor of the classic literary character of King Arthur. It is even more interesting that Disney is preparing another movie from this universe – a live-action version of SWORD IN THE STONE which Ridley could also produce.
The Merlin saga has 12 books so far!

‘TROY: FALL OF A CITY’ (2019)

NEW PHOTOS FROM BBC AND NETFLIX EPIC SERIES ‘TROY: FALL OF A CITY’ WITH TOM WESTON JONES, FRANCES O’CONNOR, JONAS ARMSTRONG

 NEW ‘TROY: FALL OF A CITY’
PHOTOS FROM BBC EPIC SAGA
Treats from BBC this Friday ahead of the festive weekend! Today, you can enjoy some new photos from their upcoming historical series TROY: FALL OF A CITY which will air sometime early next year and we are still waiting for a trailer.
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
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 including Joseph Mawle as Odysseus, Chloe Pirrie as Hector’s wife Andromache, Johnny Harris as Agamemnon, David Gyasi as Achilles, and Jonas Armstrong as Menelaos, 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, David Avery as Xanthius, and Aimee-Ffion Edwards as Priam and Hecuba’s daughter, Cassandra.
Louis Hunter and Bella Dayne are two epic brats Paris and Helen
Robin Hood’s Jonas Armstrong is King of Sparta Menelaos
For some reason BBC thinks Achilles was black, played by David Gyasi
As far as the spy’s heard the series is still under production in South Africa

KnightFall – Dec 06, 2017 (Series 1 @ 10 episodes)

EPIC TV SERIES STARRING TOM CULLEN

The Knights will fall this Fall, December 6th (History Channel)

 

After our majestic Epic Weekend we are still in the same epic waters today as well, with the new trailer and cast photos for History’s brand new epic adventure action television series KNIGHTFALL which starts airing worldwide Wednesday December 6th! The ten episode first season takes viewers inside the medieval politics and warfare of the Knights Templar, the most powerful, wealthy and mysterious military order of the Middle Ages who were entrusted with protecting Christianity’s most precious relics.

THE STORY OF KNIGHTFALL begins after the fall of the city of Acre, the Templar’s last stronghold in the Holy Land, where the Holy Grail is lost. Years later, a clue emerges suggesting the whereabouts of the Grail and sends the Templars, led by the noble, The King and Queen of France, Ed Stoppard and Olivia Ross courageous and headstrong Templar Knight Landry (Tom Cullen), on a life or death mission to find the lost Cup of Christ. From their battles in the Holy Land, to their clash with the King of France, to the dark events leading to the demise of the Templar Order on Friday the 13th, 1307, a date which became The Royal court of France, the royal family and De Nogaret synonymous with bad luck, the story of the Knights Templar has never been fully told until now. Focusing on themes such as belief, sacrifice, politics, love, power and revenge, KNIGHTFALL goes deep into the clandestine world of this legendary brotherhood of warrior monks to find out who these knights were, how they lived, and what they died believing.

KINGS, QUEENS AND A POPE
Beside Cullen, Pádraic Delaney plays Gawain, once the greatest swordsman of the Templar Order who was crippled at Acre, while Simon Merrells is Tancrede, a steadfast, brave, and resolute knight who venerates his Templar vows above all else. Jim Carter is Pope Boniface VIII, the Holy Leader of the Templar Knights and a stabilizing, incorruptible force within a chaotic medieval world! Olivia Ross is Queen Joan of Navarre, wife to King Philip IV of France and a powerful Queen in her own right; a devoted mother, formidable diplomat and keen strategist, while Ed Stoppard plays King Philip IV of France, the most powerful monarch in Europe who seeks to consolidate his power with the help of his Machiavellian right hand man and pragmatic lawyer, William De Nogaret, played by Julian Ovenden! Meanwhile, Sabrina Bartlett plays Princess Isabella, Queen Joan and King Philip’s daughter who would come to dominate the Kingdom of England as the She-Wolf of France.

Knightfall Trailer 2 Season 1 (2017) History Channel Series

Courtesy Hollywood Spy

Samson

  ‘SAMSON’ MOVIE POSTER
WITH TAYLOR JAMES, BILLY ZANE
Supposed to hit the big screens next February! The latest movie version of famous legend on SAMSON in which the hero is played by Taylor James with Jackson Rathbone, Rutger Hauer, Billy Zane also in the cast alongside Caitlin Leahy who plays Delilah! After his youthful ambition leads to a tragic marriage, Samson’s acts of revenge thrust him into direct conflict with the Philistine army. As his brother mounts a tribal rebellion, only Samson’s relationship with a Philistine temptress and his final surrender – both to the Philistines and to God – turns imprisonment and blindness into final victory.
Samson will get a haircut for next Valentines!  –  Releasing in February 2018