Helena Bonham Carter poses in the foyer following the press night performance of ‘Passion Play’ at the Duke Of York’s Theatre on May 7, 2013 in London, England.
Public Appereances > Events 2013 > Passion Play – Press Night – Curtain Call and Foyer
Downton Abbey producer Carnival Films and BBC Two are partnering on the final two TV movies in writer/director David Hare’s The Worricker Trilogy. The first installment, Page Eight, aired in 2011 on BBC Two and PBS and starred Bill Nighy, Rachel Weisz, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon and Judy Davis. Nighy will reprise his role as British intelligence officer Johnny Worricker for parts two and three, respectively titled Turks & Caicos and Salting The Battlefield. Fiennes also returns for both. Turks & Caicos is adding Christopher Walken, Winona Ryder, Helena Bonham Carter, Ewen Bremner, James Naughton, Dylan Baker and Zach Grenier. Davis, who was nominated for a supporting actress Emmy for Page Eight, will return for Salting The Battlefield as will Bonham Carter and Bremner along with Saskia Reeves, Kate Burdette and Malcolm Sinclair.
Page Eight, which closed the Toronto Film Festival in 2011, saw Worricker uncover a plot to turn control of MI5 directly over to the prime minister after the head of the organization’s death. Part two will pick up after Worricker leaves his MI5 post and heads to Turks & Caicos where the CIA forces him to deal with a group of ambiguous Americans who are on the islands for a high-level conference. At the same time, an old girlfriend is being asked to betray her boss in London in order to establish an illicit connection between the prime minister and dark goings-on in the war on terror. Salting The Battlefield sees Worricker and the girlfriend on the run from MI5 until Worricker returns home to confront the prime minister in a duel of wits.
Both films are produced by Harry Potter‘s David Heyman and David Barron along with Celia Duval. Exec producers are Carnival’s Gareth Neame and Nigel Marchant and the BBC’s Christine Langan. A start date has yet to be confirmed.
More on sets are coming out of Helena on Burton & Taylor. Enjoy the HQs.
Movies > Burton & Taylor > On Set | April 12, 2013, London
One movie we pegged as a longshot to make the Cannes deadline was Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s “The Young & Prodigious Spivet” but the latest pictures suggest we should be revising that guesswork. The latest from the idiosyncratic filmmaker, who at this stage of his career is basically French cinematic royalty, has been under lock and key, but a brand new selection of official images suggest that the project is much further along than we might have guessed.
Based on the best-selling novel “The Selected Works Of T.S. Spivet” by Reif Larsen, the story follows a young amateur cartographer, the titular Spivet, who travels cross-country on a freight train to visit the Smithsonian Institute in Washington. An eclectic cast features Helena Bonham-Carter, Callum Keith Rennie, Judy Davis, Kathy Bates and Jeunet regular Dominique Pinon, with newcomer Kyle Catlett in the lead role. Basically, it’s another distinctively Jeunet-looking joint (in the vein of “Delicatessen“,”The City Of Lost Children” and of course, “Amelie“), and, as few filmmakers manage fantastical wonder quite as astutely as him, there’s good reason to start getting excited. The movie will also be Jeunet’s first 3D and it’ll be interesting to see how such a visually-oriented director will approach the format.
“The Young & Prodigious Spivet” is set for an October 16th release in France but no stateside distribution deal has been put in place yet.
First on set pictures of Helena as Liz Taylor for the biopic Burton & Taylor, yesterday in London.
Movies > Burton & Taylor > On Set | April 12, 2013, London
Her hair (and those lips!) stand out in this exclusive look at her character poster for the film opening July 3.
Helena Bonham Carter has portrayed many red-haired characters before — but never quite as deeply as her Red Harrington in The Lone Ranger.
“I’ve always wanted to have that kind of fake-looking red hair, I’ve never gone this red before,” says Bonham Carter of this exclusive reveal of her character poster. “It’s couldn’t be redder, chili-pepper red.”
Bonham Carter is putting a dash more wild into the Wild West and she has plenty of help with her co-stars Armie Hammer, playing the Lone Ranger, and Johnny Depp, as Tonto, in the film opening July 3. The original Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer are also on the project.
Despite the wild look, Bonham Carter says the crazier stuff is not pictured. Her brothel-owning Red Harrington packs an ornate ivory peg-leg with a deadly surprise.
“It has a double-barrel shotgun in it,” says Bonham Carter. “It’s a prop like I’ve never had before. That should be next month’s poster, the leg. It’s beautiful. So my bottom half is even more interesting. Any woman who runs her own business in the wild, wild West has to be a pretty strong character.”
Harrington protects her brothel employees from rowdy customers by putting signs up saying “Any bad behavior and you will be shot” and backing it up. She agrees to help the Lone Ranger and Tonto hunt down a ruthless gang for her own personal revenge.
In her first movie involving sharp-shooting (and leg-shooting). Bonham Carter found that she is a very good shot — something she missed out on during her Merchant-Ivory early film days.
“I have good hand-eye coordination,” she says. “It was like, darn, I should have done this earlier.”
But one thing Bonham Carter will not miss out on now — new dream roles involving wild red hair.
“I have always wanted to play Pippi Longstocking,” says Bonham Carter of the famed red-haired literary character. “Maybe I will play her all grown-up. I would love that.”