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Two Hollywood actors have signed up to star in The Lost Prince writer/director Stephen Poliakoff’s first TV drama series for the BBC.

Chiwetel Ejofor (Children of Men, The Shadow Line) and Matthew Goode (Watchmen, A Single Man) will lead the ensemble cast in Dancing on the Edge. The series will also feature Jacqueline Bisset (The Deep), Janet Montgomery (Black Swan) and Joanna Vanderham (The Runaway).

<>Dancing on the Edge is a five-part drama set in the early 1930s and follows a band of black jazz musicians as they find fame in London’s upper class society. However, when a suspected murder takes place, suspicions fall on the band.

Filming will take place in London and Birmingham during a 16-week shoot and the series is due to air on UK pubcaster BBC2 next year. It was commissioned by Ben Stephenson, BBC controller of drama commissioning, and Janice Hadlow, BBC2 controller.

Source: C21Media

Posted by fay on November 22nd, 2011 under Projects with 0 Comments

While looking for some gossip, I found an interview with Peter Jackson (The Hobbit), and it includes a little mention of Matthew….

4. Jackson did lose Martin Freeman at one point to the BBC series “Sherlock Holmes” and even had to consider different actors for the lead.
This you probably already know if you’ve been following “The Hobbit” gestation closely, but it’s interesting to hear how downcast Jackson was and how much the film was delayed until it could find another actor. Or rather, keep waiting for the right one in Martin Freeman. “We couldn’t tell Martin our dates until after the MGM situation was sorted out, which was the reason Guillermo ultimately left,” Jackson said of the project’s uncertainty at the time. As a greenlight approached, Freeman had to officially decline the role to get ready for the second season of “Sherlock Holmes.” Jackson scoured audition tapes for a backup (Matthew Goode is one of the few actors who admits he auditioned), but nobody stuck like Freeman. Jackson would watch the first season of ‘Holmes’ to torture himself and was completely “miserable.” Eventually he took matters into his own hands. “I called Martin’s agent myself: could he ask Martin if we could make Bilbo work around ‘Sherlock’? Freeman quickly agreed and the production began mapping out a reconfigured shoot which would allow the new Bilbo Baggins to return to the U.K. for his scheduled BBC shoot.

Source: IndieWire

Posted by fay on July 24th, 2011 under Articles, Projects with 0 Comments