April 28, 2016

Netflix and the BBC are teaming on a blockbuster adaptation of the classic novel Watership Down. The four-part animated miniseries is the brainchild of dynamic Brit production-management banner 42. The series will premiere on BBC One in the UK and internationally on Netflix. An A-list collection of talent has been assembled for the project including Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ John Boyega, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Ben Kingsley and Gemma Arterton.

Richard Adams’ novel, expanded from stories he told his children and long popular with both children and adults, was first published in 1972 and has since gone to sell more than 50 million copies. Set in the idyllic rural landscape of southern England, the tale of adventure, courage, and survival follows a band of rabbits on their flight from the intrusion of man and the certain destruction of their home. Led by a stouthearted pair of brothers, they journey forth from their native Sandleford Warren through the harrowing trials posed by predators and adversaries, towards a promised land and a more perfect society. Throughout the narrative, their culture is expanded upon via tales of the mythological first rabbit from whom the rest are descended.

The new series is written by Tom Bidwell (My Mad Fat Diary) and directed by Noam Murro (300: Rise Of The Empire). It will be a co-production between BBC One and Netflix and produced by 42 and Murro’s bannner Biscuit Films.

“Before there was Harry Potter there was Watership Down, Richard Adams’ novel is one of the most successful books of all time and one of the biggest-selling books in history,” said Matthew Read, BBC Drama Commissioning Editor. “It is fantastic to have the opportunity to bring a modern classic to a mainstream BBC One audience with such an incredible roster of actors alongside the talented team overseeing the animation. This fantastic take on the novel will unite the whole family, and bring this classic story to a new generation.”

“Adapting this much-loved novel in a fresh and innovative way is a truly exciting opportunity,” added 42 co-founder and exec producer Aitken. “Telling the story over four hours of CG animation allows us to explore the characters from the novel and their adventure in a way not previously achievable on screen.”

The CG animation team will be led by Pete Dodd (Fantastic Mr Fox) and Hugo Sands, along with Dublin-based animation studio Brown Bag Films. It will be distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment, with whom 42 has a first-look and overhead deal.

Source: Deadline

April 20, 2016

I have updated the gallery with 2 high-quality portraits of Nicholas with Equals director, Drake Doremus, taken during the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.

Equals had its red carpet premiere at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival last night. I have added high-quality photos of Nicholas at the premiere and the after-party into the gallery.

April 08, 2016

A new batch of character posters have been released for X-Men: Apocalypse. Here’s the one featuring Nicholas as Beast.