This Week in Period Dramas – Sunday News Roundup 21st January 2018

January 21, 2018

Awards season and Sundance film festival are both in full swing, leaving entertainment news fairly focused on big interviews and event coverage. For me, it’s frustrating to have to wait to see these award-winning films talked about without a close UK release, particularly Guillermo Del Toro’s The Shape of Water, which I’ve been looking forward to forever. Still, for now we can make do with potentially great television – Britannia and The Alienist are on the to-do list.

I also have some exciting news for the site – for the second year in a row, Lost In Drama has got accreditation for Glasgow Film Festival! I’m now keenly awaiting the schedule next week and I’ve got my fingers crossed for Colette (currently showing at Sundance). Either way, anything historical/period will definitely get a review! Right, onto this week’s news…

Keira Knightley talks costume drama and roles for women

Usually quite a reserved interview subject, period drama stalwart Keira Knightly has given a candid interview to Variety about her career so far. She’s currently promoting new historical film Colette at Sundance, where she plays the French novelist.

It’s a great read, not least because the breadth of topics led to a number of different headlines and Knightley speaks openly about why she’s been in so many costume dramas over the last few years. Her aversion to the troublesome cliches of women and sexual violence in modern films is something I’ve felt keenly aware of too – it’s good that these issues are being called out and questioned openly. Otherwise, there’s plenty more to read, particularly if you’re interested in finding out more about her latest film.

Paul Bettany in talks to join The Crown

It seems like the executives at Netflix have been listening to my not-so-subtle requests from last week as Empire have reported that Paul Bettany is in discussions to join The Crown. He’d be portraying Prince Philip opposite Olivia Colman’s Queen Elizabeth. I’m glad that they agree with me that he’d be a perfect successor to Matt Smith’s stellar work in seasons one and two.

Now to keep our fingers crossed… and Netflix, would it kill you to officially confirm Helena Bonham Carter as a cast member too? Why the hesitancy?

New 1930s-set period drama Strange Angel casts Rupert Friend

Rupert Friend, unofficial best Captain Wickham and Homeland alumni, has been cast in new CBS period drama Strange Angel. The series follows Jack Parsons (played by the lovely Jack Reynor) – a rocket scientist, occultist and founder of a religious movement, Thelema. Friend will be portraying Parsons’ mysterious neighbour Ernest Donovan.

The drama is based on George Pendle’s 2006 biography of the same name and Ridley Scott (Taboo, Blade Runner, loads more) will be acting as an executive producer. David Lowery, who recently made waves with his feature film A Ghost Story, will be taking on directorial duties. There’s no release date as yet.

Check back next Sunday for our news roundup!

More about Jen Scouler

Jen Scouler is a magazine journalist, film critic and the founder of Lost In Drama. With degrees in both English Literature and Digital Journalism, she has experience of writing for popular print and online publications. Jen is also devoted to her metaphorical novelist aunties - Aunt Jane, Charlotte and Ursula are particular favourites - and is usually found with an Earl Grey tea in hand.

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    1. Thanks for the link to the Keira Knightley interview. I am so glad that she admits she likes to do period films and so many actors seems to think there is something wrong if you do too many period films… like you cant play wonderful characters because it is set in the past.

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