Television casting directors have been hard at work this week, giving us a whole flurry of exciting announcements…
– First up was the announcement that Danish actor, Lars Mikkelsen (The Killing), has been cast in a major villainous role for the new series of Sherlock, set to air sometime later this year. Mikkelsen (elder brother of Hannibal’s Mads) will be Charles Augustus Magnussen, believed to be based upon one of Conan Doyle’s most infamous antagonists: Charles Augustus Milverton, a notorious blackmailer. Details about the highly anticipated series 3 are few and far between, but the BBC recently released a teaser trailer, giving us a brief glimpse of what lies in store. Check it out below:
– News about the 24: Live Another Day has been steadily released over the past few weeks, but it has now been officially confirmed that Mary Lynn Rajskub, who played fan favourite Chloe O’Brian, will be returning for the twelve episode revival, alongside Kiefer Sutherland. Speaking about her return, Rajskub said, “I am thrilled to be working with Howard and the writers again – and, of course, Kiefer! There’s a lot more room to grow in my character…I’m going to start sharpening my computer skills now!”
– Following the announcement that Fargo is being made into a ten episode mini-series, came the news that Billy Bob Thornton (Armageddon) would be starring in it as Lorne Malvo, a man with no scruples who meets and manipulates an unsuspecting insurance salesman. The series will have the same tone and dark humour as the famous Coen Brothers film, but is expected to follow a new story.
– Showtime’s newest drama series, Penny Dreadful, has landed Josh Hartnett (Lucky Number Slevin) and Eva Green (Casino Royale) in two of its leading roles. The series will follow American cowboy, Ethan Chandler (Hartnett), as he arrives in Victorian London and encounters several iconic Gothic characters such as Dr. Frankenstein and Dracula, along with the mysterious Vanessa Ives (Green). The series is set to be filmed in London later this year, for a 2014 premiere.
– Rory Kinnear (Skyfall) is set to star in factual drama, Lucan, based on the scandalous disappearance of the British Lord. Joining him will be Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who) and Michael Gambon (Harry Potter) in the two part drama to be made by ITV Studios. Executive Producer Francis Hopkinson commented, “Jeff Pope’s script, based on John Pearson’s book The Gamblers, brings new insight and revelations, which will surprise the audience. We are delighted that a top cast and director have come together to tell this story.”
– Straight from her scene-stealing role in The White Queen, Janet McTeer has signed on to appear in The Honourable Woman, alongside an already stellar cast including Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Dark Knight) who stars as Nessa Stein, a woman who inherits her father’s arms company. The cast will also include (deep breath) Stephen Rea, Lindsay Duncan, Andrew Buchan, Katherine Parkinson, Lubna Azbal, Tobias Menzies, Genevieve O’Reilly, Igal Naor and Eve Best and the series has been written by The Shadow Line’s Hugo Blick.
– And finally, David Costabile (Breaking Bad) will be appearing in the forthcoming series of Ripper Street, in the key role of Homer Jackson’s (Adam Rothenberg) brother. Joining him in the second series will be Damien Molony (Being Human) as a new police officer, Joseph Mawle (Birdsong) as a corrupt Inspector and Leanne Best (Doctors) as the first woman to be elected to the London City Council.