Friday, July 20, 2018

NEW EPIC PROJECTS AT NETFLIX: 'LETTER FOR THE KING' MEDIEVAL ADVENTURE NOVEL TO BECOME TV SERIES! 'ROMAN EMPIRE: MASTER OF ROME' JULIUS CAESAR SERIES WITH JESSICA GREEN AS CLEOPATRA! 'MEDICI: THE MAGNIFICENT' 2ND SEASON TEASER IS HERE!

 'THE LETTER FOR THE KING'
 DITCH CLASSIC TO BECOME ENGLISH LANGUAGE TV SERIES
Epic projects produced by Netflix today, people, starting with their adaptation of THE LETTER FOR THE KING  Tonke Dragt’s medieval
It will be an English language epic series
adventure novel which they will turn into family adventure series!
How to Train Your Dragon and Puss in Boots' Will Davies will adapt the story set in a fantasy world of three kingdoms, following 16 year old squire Tiuri. When he answers a desperate call for help, he finds himself on a perilous mission that could cost him his life. He must deliver a secret letter to the King who lives across the Great Mountains. Tiuri must abandon his home, break all the rules and leave everything behind – even the knighthood he has dreamed of for so long. The future of the entire realm depends on the letter and Tiuri must trust no one and keep his true identity secret. Above all, he must never reveal what is in the letter.

 NETFLIX 'ROMAN EMPIRE'
 MASTER OF ROME 2ND SEASON!
You probably remember that last year I presented you with Netflix docu series ROMAN EMPIRE: REIGN OF BLOOD which was set in Ancient
The second season will also three episodes on Caligula
Rome when Marcus Aurelius brought a century of Roman triumphs and victories to an end, transferring power to his spoiled, unprepared son Commodus (Aaron Jakubenko). Netflix has now prepared a new season
Jessica Green is Queen Cleopatra of Egypt in the second season
which starts July 27th titled ROMAN EMPIRE: MASTER OF ROME! The second season is set to follow the rise and eventual fall of Julius Caesar and his famed dynasty. Jessica Green plays Queen Cleopatra in the series! Check out the trailer here!

  'MEDICI: THE MAGNIFICENT'
1ST TEASER FROM FLORENCE
Italian RAI has, meanwhile, released the first teaser for the second season of their historical saga MEDICI: MASTERS OF FLORENCE this time titled
You can watch the first season on Amazon Prime as well
THE MAGNIFICENT which starts in Italy this October with Daniel Sharman as Lorenzo Medici and Bradley James as his brother Giuliano. Read more here.

JASON CLARKE IS HELEN MIRREN'S POTEMKIN IN 'CATHERINE THE GREAT' EPIC TV SERIES! MATTHEW GOODE, MICHAEL CAINE, PAULA PATTON JOIN 'FOUR KIDS AND IT' FANTASY MOVIE

 'CATHERINE THE GREAT'
 JASON CLARKE JOINS HELEN MIRREN IN EPIC NEW TV SAGA
We haven't heard much about Sky's and HBO's new mini series on CATHERINE THE GREAT ever since Helen Mirren was announced as
Jason Clarke will be Prince Grigory Potemkin
the lead star, but now she is being joined by Jason Clarke as her lover Potemkin after he starred with Mirren in Winchester! Written by Elizabeth I's Nigel Williams the four part saga is set against the politically tumultuous and sexually charged court of Russian empress Catherine the Great who wielded supreme power throughout Russia for nearly half of the 18th century; strong minded, independent, brilliantly intelligent and sexually liberated! 

CATHERINE THE GREAT will depict the end of her reign and her passionate affair with Grigory Potemkin (Clarke), a Russian military commander who became Catherine’s lover, favoured statesman and life long friend. Amid scandal, intrigue and immense conflict, they develop a unique and devoted relationship, overcoming their adversaries and together serving as the architects of modern-day Russia.

 'FOUR KIDS AND IT' ADVENTURE
MATTHEW GOODE,MICHAEL CAINE
Matthew Goode will be the father of the family
LEAD THE CAST
Great cast in Andy De Emmony's British family adventure movie FOUR KIDS AND IT which will have Michael Caine, Matthew Goode, Paula Patton and Russell Brand. It follows four children who are horrified to learn that their beach holiday is in fact a bonding trip with their potential future step siblings engineered by new couple Alice (Patton) and David (Goode). During an argument, the kids accidentally find a Psammead, a magical, sandy, grumpy creature called It (voiced by Caine) who can grant them one wish a day. Brand will be the local oddball villain Tristan bent on capturing the Psammead for his own gain in the big screen adaptation of the novel Four Children and It by best-selling author Jacqueline Wilson!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

KATE WINSLET, MIA WASIKOWSKA ARE DIANE KEATON'S DAUGHTERS IN 'BLACKBIRD' DRAMA. 1ST LOOK AT OLIVIA COLMAN, HELENA BONHAM CARTER, BEN DANIELS IN 'THE CROWN' SEASON 3! 'BOY ERASED' TRAILER WITH NICOLE KIDMAN, LUCAS HEDGES, RUSSELL CROWE

 KATE WINSLET JOINS
'BLACKBIRD' WITH DIANE KEATON
Kate Winslet is currently shooting new Avatars
AND MIA WASIKO WSKA
Well, this could be a powerful female drama. The English language remake of Danish drama Silent Heart, now titled BLACKBIRD has cast Diane Keaton, Kate Winslet and Mia Wasikowska in the lead roles! 

Directed by Notting Hill's helmer Roger Michel, who did recently ruin My Cousin Rachel which could've been a marvellous movie, BLACKBIRD will see Diane playing a a terminally ill mother who brings her family together for one last weekend before she commits suicide. Winslet, who is currently shooting new Avatar sequels, and Wasikowsa will, of course, play her daughters.


 'THE CROWN' SEASON 3
PHOTOS OF THE NEW ROYALS
With the production of its third season well underway, Netflix has revealed the first photos of the new cast members for their THE CROWN series on Elizabeth II! Beside Olivia Colman as the new queen of England herself, you
Olivia Colman is Queen Elizabeth II of England
can also see Helena Bonham Carter playing her sister Princess Margaret in her older years and also Ben Daniels as her husband Lord Snowdon who was played previously by Matthew Goode. As you know, Tobias Menzies will
Helena Bonham Carter is Princess Margaret
play the older Prince Philip after Matt Smith who played him in his younger years. Jason Watkins will play former Prime Minister Harold Wilson, Josh O'Connor is young Prince Charles and Erin Doherty young Princess Anne.
Ben Daniel is Margaret's husband Lord Snowdon
Season three, which starts with year 1963 and cover events such as the rise of the Beatles and England winning the soccer World Cup in 1966, won't arrive before 2019!

 'BOY ERASED' TRAILER
WITH LUCAS HEDGES, NICOLE KIDMAN AND RUSSELL CROWE
Boy Erased is out this November
Sticking to family issues, which can sometimes be very hard, check out the first trailer for BOY ERASED drama with Nicole Kidman, Lucas Hedges and Russell Crowe. The true story, directed by Joel Edgerton, follows Jared (Hedges), the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, who is outed to his parents (Kidman and Crowe) at age 19. Jared is faced with an ultimatum: attend a conversion therapy program – or be permanently exiled and shunned by his family, friends, and faith. BOY ERASED is the true story of one young man’s struggle to find himself while being forced to question every aspect of his identity. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

NEW 'ROBIN HOOD' TRAILER IS HERE WITH TARON EGERTON, JAMIE DORNAN, JAMIE FOXX! IS TIMOTHEE CHALAMET THE HEIR OF THE HOUSE OF ATREIDES IN NEW 'DUNE' SF MOVIE?

 'DUNE' SF ADAPTATION
TIMOTHEE CHALAMET IN TALKS?
Timothee Chalamet could be the lead in Dune
I'm not exactly sure why they're trying to stuff him everywhere these days, he could certainly use a bit more charisma and acting chops, but, according to Hollywood Reporter, it seems Timothee Chalamet is in talks to star in the new adaptation of Frank Herbert's seminal science fiction saga DUNE. He is, apparently, supposed to play young Paul Atreides in Denis Villeneuve directed movie. Don't know about you, but this cast would make me lose interest in the project.
DUNE, set in the far future amidst a sprawling feudal interstellar empire where planetary dynasties are controlled by noble houses that owe an allegiance to the imperial House Corrino, tells the story of young Paul Atreides (the son of Duke Leto Atreides and heir of House Atreides) as he and his family accept control of the desert planet Arrakis, the only source of the 'spice' melange, the most important and valuable substance in the cosmos which gives its users heightened consciousness and an extended lifespan.

 NEW 'ROBIN HOOD' TRAILER
IS MORE LIKE ROBIN IN DA HOOD!
Lionsgate has released a new trailer for their November 21st adventure ROBIN HOOD and it looks even more offensively ridiculous than Guy
Taron Egerton is the new Robin Hood!
Richie's blasphemous King Arthur. In it,  Robin of Loxley (Taron Egerton) a war hardened Crusader and his Moorish commander (Jamie Foxx) mount
Jamie Dornan is Will Scarlet whose fiancee has the hots for Robin
an audacious revolt against the corrupt English crown in a thrilling action adventure packed with gritty battlefield exploits, mind blowing fight
Ben Mendelsohn is evil Sheriff of Nottingham, Eve Hewson is Marian
choreography, and a timeless romance. The cast also includes Jamie Dornan as Will Scarlet and Ben Mendelsohn as the evil Sheriff of Nottingham. Eve Hewson is Maid Marian.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

PREMIUM SPOTLIGHT ON 'MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN!' WITH MERYL STREEP, AMANDA SEYFRIED, JULIE WALTERS, CELIA IMRIE, PIERCE BROSNAN, COLIN FIRTH, CHER, ANDY GARCIA! CHARACTER POSTERS!

 MAMMA MIA HERE WE GO AGAIN
Mamma Mia sings again July 20th!
MEET THE CAST OF THE SEQUEL
You can almost hear the sound of Abba's greatest hits as MAMMA MIA: HERE WE GO AGAIN is ready to dance its way into cinemas this weekend! And speaking of those songs, you will again hear Waterloo, I Have a Dream, Dancing Queen, Fernando and of course, Mamma Mia in the sequel too! Directed by Ol Parker, it is opening July 20th set after the events of the first film with flashbacks to 1979 to tell the story of how Donna came to be on the island of Kalokairi and trying to figure out who fathered her daughter, Sophie.
DONNA IS DEAD!
Five years after the events of Mamma Mia!, on the Greek island of Kalokairi, Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) is pregnant with Sky's (Dominic Cooper) child while running her mother's (Meryl Streep) villa. Her relationship with Sky has been turbulent for some time, giving her cause to doubt that she can survive without her mother, Donna, who had passed away one year prior. With Tanya (Christine Baranski) and Rosie's (Julie Walters) guidance, Sophie will find out more of Donna's past, including how she fronted The Dynamos, started her villa on the island from nothing, met each one of Sophie's dads (Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgård, and Colin Firth), and raised a daughter, without a mother to guide her. She also has an unexpected visit from someone she has never even met: her grandmother, Ruby Sheridan (Cher).

WHO ELSE IS IN THE FILM?
With the flashbacks featuring rather heavily in the movie with the main character from the original 2008 movie now dead and gone, the cast will also include younger versions of the leading stars and thus Lily James joins the movie as young Donna,  Jessica Keenan Wynn as Young Tanya, Alexa Davies as Young Rosie. When it comes to boys, Jeremy Irvine joins the cast as Irish American architect Young Sam, Hugh Skinner as British banker Young Harry and Josh Dylan as Young Bill, Swedish sailor and travel writer! Andy García is Fernando Cienfuegos, the manager of the Hotel Bella Donna, old friend of Ruby’s! Celia Imrie is Vice-Chancellor! The movie was shot last year in the wonderful seaside of Croatia where Game of Thrones is also being shot!

Monday, July 16, 2018

FIRST PHOTOS OF DOMINIC WEST AND LILY COLLINS FROM BBC EPIC TV MINI SERIES 'LES MISERABLES' ARE HERE!

    'LES MISERABLES' MINI SERIES
1ST PICS FROM BBC ADAPTATION
A few weeks ago the spy showed you some set pics from BBC and Masterpiece's mini series LES MISERABLES and now we have the first
Les Miserables will air sometime next year
official ones showing Dominic West as Valjean, Lily Collins as Fantine and David Oyelowo as Javert. Airing next year on BBC, without musical numbers and singing, the series' distinguished British cast will also includes Adeel Akhtar and Olivia Colman as Monsieur and Madame Thénardier, Ellie Bamber as Cosette, Joseph Quinn, Josh O’Connor as Marius and Erin Kellyman as Éponine.

LES MISE- RABLES six-part drama adaptation of 19th century classic will delve deep into the many layers of Victor Hugo's story, revelling in Jean Valjean and Javert's cat-and-mouse relationship, against the epic backdrop of France at a time of civil unrest. It
Dominic West is taking over the role of Valjean from Hugh Jackman
will explore the struggles and triumphs of the underclass and the quest for a better life as Valjean evades capture by the unyielding Inspector Javert. The six part television adaptation of the renowned book will vividly and faithfully
Lily Collins is Fantine who has to become a whore to survive
bring to life the vibrant and engaging characters, the spectacular and authentic imagery and, above all, the incredible yet accessible story that was Hugo’s lifework. Andrew Davies, who said Hugh Jackman's version was a
David Oyelowo is persistent inspector Javert who obviously likes big guns
travesty although he himself has made a superficial travesty out of the iconic depths of War and Peace which he criminally robbed of any Russian soul and essence, is directing, sadly. PS you can see glimpses into Les Miserables, War of the Worlds, Long Song and Gentleman Jack in the BBC upcoming dramas trailer below

Sunday, July 15, 2018

NEW TRAILERS AND POSTERS FOR 'A SIMPLE FAVOUR' WITH BLAKE LIVELY, ANNA KENDRICK, 'DOG DAYS' COMEDY WITH TONE BELL, EVA LONGORIA, NINA DOBREV, VANESSA HUDGENS

    'A SIMPLE FAVOUR' TRAILER
BLAKE LIVELY IS MISSING!
A Simple Favour is out this September
A brand new trailer and some new posters have been released for September 21st mystery thriller A SIMPLE FAVOUR starring Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick! The big screen adaptation of  Darcey Bell best selling novel also stars Rupert Friend, Eric Johnson and Linda Cardellini.

A SIMPLE FAVOUR  revolves around Stephanie (Anna Kendrick), a mommy vlogger who seeks to uncover the truth behind her best friend Emily's (Blake Lively) sudden disappearance from their small town. Stephanie is joined by Emily's husband Sean (Henry Golding) in this stylish thriller filled with twists and
A Simple Favour is based on a Darcey Bell bestselling novel
betrayals, secrets and revelations, love and loyalty, murder and revenge.The movie was previously also known as What Happened to Emily?



    'DOG DAYS' TRAILER
A COMEDY THAT'S OFF THE LEASH
A new trailer is also out for next month's delightful ensemble comedy DOG DAYS starring Nina Dobrev, Eva Longoria and Vanessa Hudgens! The
Dog Days are hitting UK, USA and Canadian cinemas August 10th
story of the movie follows a group of interconnected people in Los Angeles who are brought together by their lovable canine counterparts. Tone Bell also stars.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

JACK LOWDEN, HAYLEY ATWELL TO LEAD BBC'S 'LONG SONG' 19TH CENTURY JAMAICAN SET TV SAGA! 'DOWNTON ABBEY' FILM SHOOTING THIS SUMMER OFFICIALLY!

    'THE LONG SONG' SERIES
JACK LOWDEN & HAYLEY ATWELL TO LEAD NEW BBC EPIC SAGA
And we are back, after his Netflix movie Calibre and yesterday's trailer for Mary Queen of Scots in which he plays Lord Darnley, with our favourite
Jack Lowden will take the lead male role
Scotsman, dearest Jack Lowden, who's just been cast together with Hayley Atwell in BBC's new epic mini saga THE LONG SONG! Three part adaptation of Andrea Levy's will also star Tamara Lawrence, Lenny Henry, Doña Croll, Sharon Duncan Brewster, Ayesha Antoine, Arinzé Kene, Ansu Kabia, Jordan Bolger, Joy Richardson, Madeleine Mantock and Leo Bill!

THE LONG SONG, set during the final days of slavery in 19th century Jamaica, follows the strong willed, young slave July (Tamara Lawrance) on a plantation owned by her odious mistress Caroline Mortimer (Hayley Atwell). When a charming new arrival to the island, Robert Goodwin (Jack Lowden), becomes the new overseer, July and Caroline are both intrigued by his seemingly revolutionary determination to improve the plantation for the slaves and mistress alike. The story is told from July’s perspective as she looks back over her life; the tone is funny, defiant and indomitable. It’s a story about the injustices that humans
First look at Tamara Lawrence and Hayley Atwell in The Long Song mini series
inflict upon each other and the unexpected ways in which people’s humanity sometimes overrules their prejudices. Three hundred years of slavery finally came to a chaotic end on the British ruled Caribbean island of Jamaica in 1838.

    'DOWNTON ABBEY' MOVIE
STARTS SHOOTING THIS SUMMER
In other period set news today, the production will officially commence this summer with the old cast on the movie version of DOWNTON ABBEY! Julian Fellowes has written the script (that apparently 'charms, thrills and
The movie will be produced by Carnival Films who did our fave Jamestown
entertains) which will be directed by The Book Thief's Brian Percival. The original cast of the turn of the century series included Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith, John Carter, Jessica Brown Findlay, Matthew Goode!

Friday, July 13, 2018

MINDBLOWING TRAILER FOR 'MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS' IS HERE WITH SAOIRSE RONAN, MARGOT ROBBIE, GUY PEARCE, JACK LOWDEN, JOE ALWYN, DAVID TENNANT, MARTIN COMPSTON, BRENDAN COYLE!

'MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS'
ALL BOW! THE QUEENS ARE HERE!
That's it! The Spy is officially proclaiming this the best, most dramatic and visually most pleasing trailer we have seen so far this year! Filled with visual
Mary arrives to cinemas this Winter!
splendour, perfect cinematography, stunning choreography and memorable lines, the first, long awaited, trailer has finally been released for historical drama MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS which will ascend, or die trying, to the cinematic throne this November in Europe, December in USA, January in UK. The stellar cast includes Saoirse Ronan as Queen Mary, Margot Robbie as Elizabeth I, Guy Pearce, Jack Lowden as Lord Darnley, Joe Alwyn as Lord Dudley, David Tennant as John Knox, Martin Compston, Brendan Coyle, Gemma Chan and Ismael Cruz Cordova.
The movie was directed by Josie Rourke

MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart. Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I. Each young Queen beholds her "sister" in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to
Saoirse Ronan leads the stellar cast as Mary Queen of Scots!
play the game of marriage versus independence. Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne,
Jack Lowden plays Mary's husband Lord Darnley, father of future king James!
threatening Elizabeth's sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both thrones - and change the course of history.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

FANTASY WEDNESDAY: JASON MOMOA TO LEAD NEW EPIC FANTASY SAGA 'SEE' SET IN A FUTURE WORLD! MICHAEL PENA VS ALIENS IN 'EXTINCTION' TRAILER FOR NETFLIX SF MOVIE

'SEE' EPIC TV SAGA
JASON MOMOA TO PLAY A FEARLESS GUARDIAN WARRIOR
Jason Momoa returns first as Aquaman this winter
Epic news today as well, spylings (and be sure to return tomorrow as we shall have the first trailer for Mary Queen of Scots)! Earlier this year the spy told you that Apple is preparing a number of major series, and now they've cast Jason Momoa in epic fantasy TV saga SEE from Taboo writer Steven Knight. Momoa will play Baba Voss, a fearless warrior, leader and guardian, in an epic, world building drama set in the future.
The ten part series will have the story set in a future when the human race has lost the sense of sight, and society has had to find new ways to interact, to build, to hunt, to survive. All of that is challenged when a set of twins with sight is born. This will be Momoa's third epic series after Frontier and Game of Thrones.

'EXTINCTION' SF TRAILER
WE WERE NOT HERE FIRST!
Aliens attack July 27th but only if you have Netflix
Speaking of fantasy, check out the trailer and poster for new sf action EXTINCTION which premieres on Netflix July 27th! Michael Peña plays a working class father of the future who faces recurring dreams of destruction by an unknown force. When his unwanted nightmares begin to affect his relationship with his family, he soon realizes they may be the key to a horrible reality, as a relentless alien attack begins to destroy the Earth. As the invaders’ assault progresses, he is forced to find both the strength to protect his family and an understanding of who he truly is. The film ended up at Netflix after Universal decided to pull its release date.