Tuesday, May 31, 2016

MELISSA MCCARTHY WILL BE MASTER FORGER IN 'CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?' 'DIARY OF A CHAMBERMAID' PERIOD SET TRAILER & POSTER WITH LEA SEYDOUX

  MELISSA MCCARTHY
ASKS 'CAN YOU FORGIVE ME?'
As 'Deadline' reports today, while she's waiting to see if GHOSTBUSTERS will flop or fly, Melissa McCarthy has another new project just signed: she will lead CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? based on Lee Israel memoir.
  Israel was a magazine writer and author in the 1970s and ’80s who specialized in profiles of big name entertainment figures. But when the work dried up, she turned to selling letters she had forged from dead writers and actors, and eventually she began stealing actual letters from various archives before she was arrested in 1993. She is no longer alive.

  'DIARY OF A CHAMBERMAID'
STARRING LEA SEYDOUX
In the trailer department here's an international one for Lea Seydoux's DIARY OF A CHAMBERMAID set  in the early 1900s, in the French provinces. C√©lestine a beautiful and libertarian young woman, who has been hired as a chambermaid by the Lanlaires, arrives from Paris at the train station. Joseph, her masters' gruff gardener takes her to the house where she is to work. She is "welcomed" by Mr. Lanlaire who immediately starts fondling her. She then meets Mrs. Lanlaire, a very unpleasant woman with a class superiority. All this bodes ill for the future... 

Monday, May 30, 2016

PAUL RUDD, STEVE COOGAN ARE GAY COUPLE IN 'IDEAL HOME'! MICHAEL CAINE, BILL NIGHY, MATTHEW GOODE IN 'FOUR CHILDREN AND IT'! 'FUNDAMENTALS OF CARING' TRAILER WITH PAUL RUDD, SELENA GOMEZ

  'FOUR CHILDREN AND IT'
MICHAEL CAINE, MATTHEW GOODE, BILL NIGHY LEAD THE CAST
We mentioned our dear Brit Matthew Goode yesterday, but here he is again: he will join Michael Caine and Bill Nighy in big screen adaptation of E. Nesbit's FOUR CHILDREN AND IT 
The story follows four children who are horrified to learn that their beach holiday is in fact a bonding trip with their potential future step siblings. During an argument, they accidentally find a magical, sandy, grumpy creature called the Psammead (voiced by Caine) who can grant them one wish a day — only to see the wish cancelled as soon as the sun sets. The kids must learn to work together and choose their wishes wisely as an evil villain (Nighy) tries his best to steal the Psammead for himself.

  'IDEAL HOME'
PAUL RUDD AND STEVE COOGAN ARE A GAY COUPLE 
We're kinda having a Paul Rudd day today here, you have his new trailer below, and I also have an info that he is already shooting IDEAL HOME comedy drama in which he and Steve Coogan play a bickering gay couple whose lives are turned upside down when Coogan’s character’s grandson that he never knew he had shows up at their dinner party. The twosome, who live an extravagant existence, decide to take in the new addition after he crashes their lives.

  'FUNDAMENTALS OF CARING'
TRAILER WITH PAUL RUDD
Netflix has released a trailer for a Sundance movie they're airing from June 24th! THE FUNDAMENTALS OF CARING stars Paul Rudd as retired writer Ben, who becomes a caregiver when he takes on an 18-year-old client with muscular dystrophy named Trevor (Craig Roberts). Ben and Trevor go on a road trip across the country and eventually meet hitchhiker Dot (Selena Gomez). It is based on the same book by Jonathan Evison.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

THIS WEEK'S EPIC TV EVENTS: BBC'S 'A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM' WITH JOHN HANNAH, MAXINE PEAKE, 'ROOTS' EPIC REMAKE WITH JONATHAN RHYS MEYERS, MATTHEW GOODE, JAMES PUREFOY, LAURENCE FISHBURNE

  NEW BBC'S TV MOVIE
'A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM'
Today I'm reminding you of the two epic programmes that are airing this week on the telly, starting with new TV movie version of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM which airs tomorrow at BBC One! Starring John Hannah, Maxine Peake, Matt Lucas and Nonso Anozie it is set in the tyrannical court of Athens, where the pitiless dictator Theseus plans his wedding to Hippolyta, a prisoner of war, and young Hermia is sentenced to death by her own father. Meanwhile, in the town below, amateur theatre group the Mechanicals rehearse, with all their comic rivalries. And beyond Athens, in the wild woods, dark forces are stirring...


  'ROOTS' EPIC TV REMAKE
 MALACHI KIRBY, JONATHAN RHYS MEYERS, MATTHEW GOODE
Also debuting tomorrow simultaneously at  History, A&E and Lifetime in four consecutive nights is the new mini series version of ROOTS! The $50 million eight hour saga is a historical portrait of American slavery recounting the journey of one family and their will to survive and ultimately carry on their legacy despite hardship! With Malachi Kirby playing the lead role of Kunta Kinte, the star studded cast also includes Jonathan Rhys Meyers (as a merciless slave owner), Laurence Fishburne (as "Roots" author Alex Haley), James Purefoy (a tobacco plantation owner who buys Kunta Kinte), Mehki Phifer (as a mute farm slave) and Matthew Goode (as Dr. William Waller who is more benign toward slaves)! 

Saturday, May 28, 2016

SF SATURDAY: ROSA SALAZAR IS 'BATTLE ANGEL ALITA'! 'ANDRON' SF TRAILER WITH ALEC BALDWIN, DANNY GLOVER. 'MAN FROM EARTH HOLOCENE' SEQUEL CASTS STERLING KNIGHT, VANESSA WILLIAMS

'MAN FROM EARTH: HOLOCENE'
SEQUEL CASTS STERLING KNIGHT AND VANESSA WILLIAMS
Well, if you love sf as we do, naturally, you will be happy to hear that one of the biggest sf classics THE MAN FROM EARTH is getting a sequel with THE MAN FROM THE EARTH: HOLOCENE with Vanessa Williams, Sterling Knight, Carlos Knight, and Brittany Curran joining the original star David Lee Smith!
As 'Deadline' writes, the original film followed John Oldman (Smith), a man who has lived for millennia, always moving on after ten years to hide his secret. The story was told over the course of an intense evening conversation between Oldman and his acquaintances. HOLOCENE in the sequel title describes the historical period stretching from the end of the most recent ice age to the current day.

'BATTLE ANGEL ALITA'
ROSA SALAZAR TO LEAD
In other sf news (beside the happy info that WARCRAFT has started breaking records in the cinemas around the world this weekend), it has been confirmed that MAZE RUNNER actress Rosa Salazar will lead the movie adaptation of famous BATTLE ANGEL ALITA to be helmed by Robert Rodriguez. Produced by James Cameron who was supposed to direct it but he has too many AVATARS to do, it has the story set in the 26th century, following an amnesiac female cyborg rescued from a scrapyard and rebuilt. Possessing no memories of her life before being rebuilt but retaining an impressive set of fighting skills, she becomes a bounty hunter while seeking to discover more about her past.

'ANDRON' SF TRAILER
 ONLY ONE SURVIVES 
And a suitably sf trailer for you starring Alec Baldwin and Danny Glover. ANDRON:  In the year 2154, a group of young men and women awake in a dark claustrophobic maze. They don't remember who they are or how they got stuck in the Black Labyrinth of ANDRON. The group must learn to decipher codes, understand the signals and beat the tests in this mysterious and bizarre place. Out of necessity they struggle to form a bond to survive, while the outside world watches and wagers on their fate. It is out next week in USA.

Friday, May 27, 2016

DISNEY TO ADAPT 'DELILAH DIRK AND THE TURKISH LIEUTENANT' INTO ADVENTURE MOVIE! HOT 'CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR' TRAILER WITH NICK JONAS, DERMOT MULRONEY

DISNEY TO ADAPT
'DELILAH DIRK AND THE TURKISH LIEUTENANT' NOVEL
As 'Deadline' reports today, Disney has bought movie rights on Tony Cliff's graphic novel DELILAH DIRK AND THE TURKISH LIEUTENANT an action adventure tale set in the early 19th century in which the story follows Delilah, a female Indiana Jones, as she wields her sword (trained in 47 sword fighting techniques) and battles pirates and escapes on her flying boat while seeking adventures around the globe. In the novel, the female swashbuckler escapes a Turkish prison and as she does befriends a mild mannered officer named Selim who becomes her sidekick!

NICK JONAS TRAILER FOR 
'CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR'
In the video department today you can check out the trailer for hot thriller CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR starring currently the hottest guy around Nick Jonas (who has just admitted to dating Lily Collins) together with Dermot Mulroney and Isabel Lucas. Jonas plays Doug, a college bound kid spending the summer working in a wealthy vacation community who begins an affair with the beautiful young wife of his powerful investment banker neighbour. But when the town erupts after a suspicious death, the young lovers become embroiled in scandal that forces Doug to his limits as he battles deceit and betrayal.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

JESSICA BROWN FINDLAY, SAMANTHA MORTON ARE 18TH CENTURY 'HARLOTS' IN NEW ITV SERIES! 'MIRROR'S EDGE' GAME TO BECOME TV SERIES! 'GUERNICA' EPIC TRAILER WITH JAMES D'ARCY, JACK DAVENPORT

NEW 'HARLOTS
TV SERIES ON 18TH CENTURY LONDON BROTHELS
Ooh, here's another period set drama coming to us from ITV in the future: they're preparing HARLOTS eight episode series together with Hulu! And they already have leading three - Jessica Brown Findlay, Samantha Morton and Lesley Manville!
Set against in 18th century Georgian London, HARLOTS is a family drama offering a new take on the city’s most valuable commercial activity: sex. Based on the stories of real women, the series follows Margaret Wells (Samantha Morton) and her daughters as she struggles to reconcile her roles as mother and brothel owner. When her business comes under attack from Lydia Quigley (Lesley Manville), a rival madam with a ruthless streak, Margaret will fight back, even if it means putting her family at risk. Jessica Brown Findlay is Charlotte, Margaret’s eldest daughter and the city’s most coveted courtesan who begins to grapple with her position in both society and her immediate family.


'MIRROR'S EDGE' GAME
TO BECOME TV SERIES
Speaking of new series, 'Deadline' reports that Endemol is going to turn action adventure video game MIRROR'S EDGE into another female centred TV series! The story is set in a quasi futuristic dystopian society in which a network of “runners” act as couriers to transmit messages while evading government surveillance. The game’s main character and heroine is Faith, a runner and skilled warrior whose sister is framed for murder. The narrative follows Faith as she is drawn into the fight against the ruling Conglomerate and becomes enveloped in a conspiracy that could bring down society itself.

'GUERNICA' TRAILER WITH
JAMES D'ARCY & JACK DAVENPORT
Earlier this year I've shown you an international trailer for Spanish epic movie GUERNICA and now we have the English language one starring James D'Arcy, Jack Davenport and Maria Valverde. Out currently in Spain, it follows the fates of Henry - a cynical American correspondent who has lost his soul - and Teresa, one of the Republic's censors and in charge of overseeing the news that journalists can send abroad, which cross in Gernika.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

STUNNING NEW 'INDEPENDENCE DAY RESURGENCE' POSTERS BRING DESTRUCTION! 'THE SPACE BETWEEN US' SF TRAILER WITH ASA BUTTERFIELD, GARY OLDMAN

'THE SPACE BETWEEN US'
SF TRAILER IS HERE!
We're going sf today, starting with the first trailer for August movie THE SPACE BETWEEN US in which NASA sends astronauts to be the first to live on Mars not knowing that one of them is pregnant and gives birth without revealing who the father is. NASA didn’t tell anyone about it — for 16 years. Now he’s a teenager (Asa Butterfield) who has been raised by scientists and has met fewer than 15 people in his life but is hip to what Earth is and “knows it’s all going on without him.” He also has developed an online relationship with an Earthling girl (Britt Robertson) in Colorado. After being brought back to Earth, he is put through tests but he escapes in order to find the girl. Just one thing: His romantic heart “can’t handle our gravity.” Gary Oldman and Carla Gugino also star!


NEW POSTERS ARE IN FOR
INDEPENDENCE DAY RESURGENCE
Meanwhile, a bunch of stunning new posters has been revealed for the anticipated sequel INDEPENDENCE DAY RESURGENCE which arrives to cinemas June 24th starring Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pulman directed by Roland Emmerich!

WE ALWAYS KNEW THEY WERE COMING BACK
Twenty years after the events of the first film, the international community recovers and the United Nations creates the Earth Space Defence (ESD), a united global defence program that serves as Earth's early warning system and the main defence force using technology salvaged from remains of the alien forces, with some military forces assembled on the Moon, Mars and Rhea. However, the aliens were able to send a distress signal to their other battalions before their final defeat while others went into hiding elsewhere around the world. The aliens in deep space received the signal and sent a larger and more powerful battle fleet, threatening the human race once more, this time, with a gravitational machine.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

NEW ANIMATED TRAILERS FOR 'FINDING DORY' AND 'SING' WITH MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY, REESE WITHERSPOON! STEVE TALLEY IS MALE LEAD IN 'YOUNG AND SOFIA' SITCOM SPIN OFF

STEVE TALLEY IS
 MALE LEAD IN 'YOUNG AND SOFIA' SITCOM SPIN OFF
As you know Freeform's super popular multi camera comedy series YOUNG AND HUNGRY returns next week with the new episodes, but one of its most popular characters, Sofia or Lil' Soso is getting her own spin off sitcom called YOUNG AND SOFIA! Aimee Carrero will again play Sofia, and the latest news say that always lovely Steve Talley will be her male lead! Ryan Pinkston will also star!
It isn't known whether Sofia Rodriguez, banking intern and roommate to Gabi (Emily Osment) will leave YOUNG AND HUNGRY when in the possible spinoff (which will be announced in episode 8th of the 4th season) she lands a job working for an overbearing boss at a magazine. Steve Talley will be Kendrick, a super-hot, sexy and masculine journalist with whom Sofia is immediately intrigued by, while Pinkston will be the magazine's pop culture editor.

'SING' NEW TRAILER
WHEN PIGS GO GAGA
Two animated trailers for you today, starting with the second one for SING which will follow a koala named Buster who recruits his best friend to help him drum up business for his theatre by hosting a singing competition. Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon and Scarlett Johansson lead the voice cast!


'FINDING DORY' NEW TRAILER
 UNFORGETTABLE JOURNEY SHE PROBABLY WON'T REMEMBER
The second trailer has also been released for Disney's anticipated sequel FINDING DORY in which the eponymous forgetful blue tang searches for her parents. Along with Nemo and his dad, Marlin, the trio takes off on a life-changing adventure across the ocean to California’s Marine Life Institute, aka the fish hospital.

Monday, May 23, 2016

DISNEY IS REALLY JUST TEASING US WITH FIRST 'BEAUTY AND THE BEAST' TEASER! TRAVIS FIMMEL TO FIGHT GRAVITY IN 'INVERSION' SF ADVENTURE!

TRAVIS FIMMEL TO LEAD
'INVERSION' SF MOVIE
Straight from the just finished Cannes Film Festival comes the news that Travis Fimmel, who is preparing to shine this summer in this year's biggest epic adventure WARCRAFT, will lead Peter Segal's sci fi movie INVERSION!
Produced by Chinese producers and co written by Paul Haggis, the movie will have the story revolving around a street-wise American con man and a young Chinese physicist as they race against the clock to save the earth from a terrifying loss of gravity.

'BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
TEASER IS JUST TEASING
Disney has released the first trailer for their new version of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST but don't expect much since it only reveals the enchanting settings and not much more. Hitting theatres next March, it will boast heaps of British thespians in the cast from our beloved hunks Dan Stevens, Luke Evans and Ewan McGregor to acting legends Emma Thompson, Ian McKellen, Kevin Kline and Stanley Tucci who will all sing about tale as old as time!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

FULL TRAILERS FOR ABC'S EPIC SERIES 'STILL STAR CROSSED' ROMEO AND JULIET SEQUEL AND TIME TRAVELLING 'TIME AFTER TIME' ADVENTURE

'STILL STAR CROSSED' TRAILER
FOR ROMEO & JULIET SEQUEL
Full trailers have been released this week for ABC's freshly ordered new historical shows. Starting with their sequel to Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet STILL STAR CROSSED, which will hit the small screens probably in the mid season and smells like a potential flop, if you ask me, because of the rather poor casting - I just don't see any charisma nor star power in Lashana Lynch especially not in a love story like this. It also stars magnetic Wade Briggs as Benvolio Montague, Anthony Head as Lord Capulet, Zuleikha Robinson as Lady Capulet, Sterling Sulieman as Prince Escalus, Medalion Rahimi as Princess Isabella, Grant Bowler as Damiano Montague, Torrance Coombs as Paris and Dan Hildebrand as Friar Lawrence.
16TH CENTURY VERONA
 STILL STAR CROSSED is set in 16th century Verona charting the treachery, palace intrigue and ill-fated romances of the Montagues and Capulets in the wake of the young lovers’ tragic fate. The story will revolve around Rosaline (Lashana Lynch), Juliet’s cousin who is taken in by the Capulets after her parents die, forced to suffer her aunt's cruelty as a servant, and then ordered to marry dangerous and deadly handsome Benvolio (Wade Briggs), a Montague!


'TIME AFTER TIME' SERIES
YOUNG  H.G.WELLS ADVENTURES
On the other hand, another of ABC's freshly ordered new shows will have modern times mixed with history!  TIME AFTER TIME  will chronicle the epic adventures of young H.G. Wells (Freddie Stroma) who travels through time chasing Jack the Ripper (Josh Bowman) who, in our day, is a brilliant and charismatic surgeon. Upon arriving in modern New York, he is captivated by museum curator Jane Walker (Genesis Rodriguez). Pop star Jordin Sparks will play a New York stylist Jesse Givens who is also Jane Walker’s roommate, while Regina Taylor will play a billionaire who owns and protects the Time Machine. It is based on the novel written by Karl Alexander.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

CATE BLANCHETT, CARL URBAN, JEFF GOLDBLUM, MARK RUFFALO JOIN CHRIS HEMSWORTH, TOM HIDDLESTON, ANTHONY HOPKINS IN 'THOR RAGNAROK'! 'STAR TREK BEYOND' TRAILER WITH CHRIS PINE, KARL URBAN, ZACHARY QUINTO!

'THOR: RAGNAROK' CASTS
CATE BLANCHETT, KARL URBAN AND JEFF GOLDBLUM!
Well, this is shaping up to be the best superhero movie cast ever, seriously: it has been revealed that Cate Blanchett will officially join Chris Hemsworth's THOR: RAGNAROK as the powerful nemesis Hella, Asgardian goddess of death, while our beloved Karl Urban will be Skurge (Thor's Asgardian enemy wielding a double bladed axe, one of the Masters of Evil)! Jeff Goldblum will be the eccentric Grandmaster (a master of all games of skill and chance, a member of the Elders of the Universe), Tessa Thompson will play mighty warrior Valkyrie, while Mark Ruffalo will again be the Hulk! Tom Hiddleston will reprise his role of Loki, Idris Elba of Asgardian sentry Heimdall, while Anthony Hopkins is again the ruler of Asgard, Odin!  You can also check out the first concept art photo from the film out November next year.

'STAR TREK: BEYOND
THE NEW TRAILER IS HERE!
Star Trek stories are very in these days especially with hot rumours that Nathan Fillion might be playing the new captain in new STAR TREK TV series starting next January at CBS, but today we have the second trailer for STAR TREK BEYOND movie out this July!

In STAR TREK BEYOND, the intrepid Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a mysterious new enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test. The cast is again lead by Chris Pine, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Zachary Quinto, Anton Yelchin and Idris Elba as the new villain, with Sofia Boutella as alien warrior Jaylah!

Friday, May 20, 2016

STUNNING FIRST TRAILER FOR TARSEM'S 'EMERALD CITY' FANTASY SERIES WITH OLIVER JACKSON COHEN, JOELY RICHARDSON, VINCENT D'ONOFRIO! NEW 'ASSASSIN'S CREED' POSTER WITH MICHAEL FASSBENDER

'EMERALD CITY' TRAILER
FOR TARSEM'S EPIC SERIES
The first rather intriguing and Tarsem style visually magnificent trailer has been revealed for NBC's freshly ordered fantasy series EMERALD CITY! NBC's modernized take on the Wizard of Oz tale stars Florence Kasumba as the Wicked Witch of the East, Adria Arjona is Dorothy Gale and Oliver Jackson-Cohen is Lucas, her love interest. Joely Richardson is Glinda and Vincent D’Onofrio the Wizard of Oz.  It is set in a mystical land of competing kingdoms, lethal warriors, dark magic and a bloody battle for supremacy, the fabled Land of Oz in a way you’ve never seen before, where wicked witches don’t stay dead for long and a young girl becomes a headstrong warrior who holds the fate of kingdoms in her hands. 


'ASSASSIN'S CREED' POSTER
WITH MICHAEL FASSBENDER
Meanwhile, a new poster has been revealed for December 2016 movie version of ASSASSIN'S CREED video game!  Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day. Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson also star.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

FIRST TRAILERS FOR FRESHLY ORDERED NEW SITCOMS AT CBS 'THE GREAT INDOORS' WITH JOEL MCHALE, STEPHEN FRY, 'KEVIN CAN WAIT' WITH KEVIN JAMES!

'THE GREAT INDOORS' TRAILER
FOR NEW SITCOM WITH JOEL MCHALE AND STEPHEN FRY
Trailers for new CBS sitcoms are in, and you can first check out the one for THE GREAT INDOORS! The multi camera comedy series will revolve around an adventure reporter (Joel McHale) who must adapt to the times when he becomes the boss to a group of millennials in the digital department of the magazine. British legend Stephen Fry is starring too!


'KEVIN CAN WAIT' TRAILER
KEVIN JAMES NEW SITCOM
And continuing our look into freshly ordered new shows, check out the first trailer for new CBS multi camera sitcom KEVIN CAN WAIT starring Kevin James as a newly retired police officer looking forward to spending carefree, quality time with his wife and three kids, only to discover he faces tougher challenges at home than he ever did on the streets.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

PUNK ROCK 'WILL' SHAKESPEARE EPIC SERIES TRAILER WITH LAURIE DAVIDSON, MATTIAS INWOOD! ITV PREPARING 'VANITY FAIR' EPIC MINI SERIES ADAPTATION?

ITV TO TURN 'VANITY FAIR
INTO EPIC MINI TV SERIES
Well, ITV has really given us a lot of great new shows this year, and we're still expecting some others to air till the end of the year, but it seems they're trying to repeat the success of BBC's WAR AND PEACE by adapting another massive, albeit not at all that deep, classic. Rumour has it that they're preparing 10 million  pounds worth six episode epic series on Thackeray's VANITY FAIR. The same production house that did POLDARK is preparing the 19th century story of a girl of lowly origins who climbs up the social ladder by using her charms and wit to manipulate and seduce and gain financial and social security. Opulent sets and lavish costumes are to be expected! The studio, as Mirror reports, apparently wants stars like Emilia Clarke and Natalie Dormer for the role.

'WILL' TRAILER
FOR NEW EPIC TV SERIES
And here's a new series freshly ordered for a 10 episode season by TNT we're looking forward too: Shekhar Kapur directed WILL, the wild story (with a modern soundtrack) of young William Shakespeare’s (Laurie Davidson) arrival onto the punk-rock 16th century London theatre scene where his raw talent faced rioting audiences, religious fanatics and raucous side-shows!
PUNK ROCK WILL
Attracted to Will’s naïve genius is Alice Burbage (Olivia DeJonge), the daughter of James Burbage (Colm Meaney), the carpenter with a vision to build the first theatre in London since Roman times. Despite being the daughter of an impresario, Alice is forbidden by society from pursuing a career in the theatre. Her brother Richard Burbage (Mattias Inwood), is innately talented, but too much in love with himself and prone to overact. A chance encounter at the theatre leads him to team up with Will in what would soon become the greatest actor-writer partnership the world has ever seen. Rounding out Will’s cast of characters are playwright, poet and chief Shakespeare rival Christopher Marlowe (Jamie Campbell Bower) and wealthy and notorious law enforcer Richard Topcliffe (Ewen Bremner).