The new Starz original series Camelot, expected to air in the Spring of 2011, is an epic period drama with a talented cast that includes Joseph Fiennes as Merlin, Eva Green as Morgan, Jamie Campbell Bower as Arthur and Tamsin Egerton as Guinevere. This 10-episode production takes a fresh approach to the powerful story of the legendary King Arthur, weaving it with the authenticity of the most classic medieval tale of all time.
During a recent interview, series star Joseph Fiennes and writer/showrunner Chris Chibnall talked about bringing this epic story to life in a fresh way, setting things up so that they can continue telling the story for multiple seasons and how being on Starz allows them to explore all aspects of the characters and story.
Chris, can you talk about how you assembled the rest of this cast?
CHIBNALL: That’s really the great joy of the series. We’ve got Eva Green doing her first television series. We’ve got a wonderful Arthur in Jamie Campbell Bower, who is a really terrific actor. We’ve got Tamsin Egerton as Guinevere. We’ve got some great guest stars coming in. We’ve got Fitz Regan, Sinéad Cusack and Sebastian Koch, from The Lives of Others. When it comes down to it, this is a show with an amazing ensemble, and my job is to keep feeding them and let them do great stuff. The caliber of acting in this show is something I’m really proud of and shall try and take as much credit for as possible, even though it’s down to the actors.
What is Merlin’s relationship with Morgana in this?
FIENNES: They dance around the position of who’s going to be king of the hill, in terms of the negotiation and the attainment of power. We’ll see that dance play out historically. Morgana was the daughter of King Uther, who was the right-hand man. So, their relationship has history, and we’ll see exciting stuff develop between the two of them, and see who feels they should have that position of power.
CHIBNALL: Yeah, there’s going to be a lot of contact between Merlin and Morgan, which is what we call her. There are going to be a lot of battles. It’s a story of a guy and his half-sister, who both have equal claims to the crown, throne and the realm. She’s denied because she’s a woman, so Merlin brings Arthur to the crown and she’s going to resent Merlin’s actions, which will play out through the season. They will have a lot to do with each other because putting Joe with Eva on screen is one of the great joys of this show.
Please have in mind that there’s no official word on it yet.
From what I’ve read of Thomas’ novel, it seems that Eva Green will be playing Marie Antoinette, and Lea Seydoux a reader to the queen who bears witness to the fall of the Bastille.
There’s a new 10 part miniseries about King Arthur and the mythical Camelot coming.
Here are the details:
Channel 4 has bought the rights to Arthurian romance Camelot starring Joseph Fiennes and former Bond girl Eva Green.
The 10-part series, based on Sir Thomas Malory’s 15th-century novel chronicling the history of the Arthurian legend, Le Morte d’Arthur, is in production in Ireland. Camelot, which is scheduled to air next year, features Jamie Campbell Bower as Arthur, Fiennes as Merlin and Tamsin Egerton as Guinevere. Green is to play Morgana.
The series has been executive produced by Douglas Rae of Ecosse Films – maker of shows such as BBC1′s Mistresses – and Graham King of GK Films. It is a co-production between Irish company Octagon and Canada’s Take 5.
In the US the show will air on cable channel Starz and sales have also been made in the Netherlands, Germany, Israel, Russia and Asia.
Channel 4 has secured the UK premiere broadcast rights to ‘Camelot’. The Irish-Canadian Co-Production is set to air in 2011 on Starz in the U.S and, now, Channel 4 in the UK. The deal was brokered for Channel 4 by Acting Head of Acquisitions, Penny Harris and GK-TV President Craig Cegielski.
‘Camelot’ is based on Thomas Malory’s 15th century book, ‘Le Morte d’Arthur’ and is set to weave authenticity into a modern telling of the Arthur legends that is relatable to contemporary audiences. The series’ starry cast includes Joseph Fiennes (Flash Forwad), Eva Green (Cracks), Jamie Campbell Bower (Sweeney Todd), Tamsin Egerton (St Trinians), Claire Forlani (Meet Joe Black) and Peter Mooney (Summer’s Blood).
The series commenced production in Ireland in June and is set to wrap in early December. Starz holds all U.S. rights – including home entertainment and digital distribution whilst GK-TV will handle the rest of the world. In addition to Channel 4 in the UK, ‘Camelot’ has been sold to RTL (Netherlands), DBS (Israel) and Sony AXN (Pan-Asia). GK-TV has additionally sold all rights in numerous other territories and regions including; France, Germany, Russia & CIS, Pan Eastern Europe, Pan Latin America, and Pan Middle East.
‘Camelot’ is a co-production between the Irish production company Octagon and Take 5 Productions in Canada, and is executive produced by Ecosse Films’ Douglass Rae (Nowhere Boy), Academy Award winning producer Graham King (The Departed,), Tim Headington (The Young Victoria) and Craig Cegielski.
The Irish executive producers on board include Morgan O’Sullivan (The Tudors), Octagon Films’ James Flynn (King Arthur) and the series creator, Michael Hirst (The Tudors). John Webber from Take 5 Productions will serve as the Canadian producer. The series is written by Chris Chibnall (Life on Mars, Torchwood).
Chini was kind enough to send us scans from a past issue of Elle France (Elle is a weekly magazine in France, by the way) in which Eva was said to love enjoying the summer and nature at her mom’s at Authieux-sur-Calonne, Normandy, France.
Thanks to everyone who posted about it in the previous comments. 🙂
Starz is now showing a preview of its current and upcoming shows. Camelot is one of the shows featured very briefly near the end.
Thanks to edenLiao, we have a new photoshoot from Russian magazine Menu from August.
Eva is on the cover of Russian Elle’s October issue, looking absolutely breathtaking!
Huge thanks to Astrelle for the heads up and also thanks to Stereo_Flo for the scans!!!
I’ve updated Eva’s biography page tonight, but there’s still a lot to add. If you want to help (hint, hint, George :P), let me know… 😉
PS: Expect stunningly gorgeous scans soon! 😀
Films starring Keira Knightley, George Clooney, Carey Mulligan, Colin Firth and Hilary Swank will be featured at this year’s London Film Festival.
The 54th BFI London Film Festival will screen 197 feature films and 112 shorts and will showcase 11 world premieres during its 16-day run.
Events will include the European premiere of Sir David Jason’s directorial film debut, All The Way Up, about a businessman whose life changes when he meets a hotel bell-boy.
The veteran Only Fools And Horses star agreed to forgo a salary to work on the film after being impressed with the script.
Mark Romanek’s Never Let Me Go, an adaptation of the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro starring Knightley, Mulligan and Andrew Garfield, is opening the event with an appearance by its stars on the red carpet, while Danny Boyle’s mountain climbing drama 127 Hours will close the festival, as previously announced.
Galas and special screenings include The King’s Speech, starring Firth as King George VI alongside Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter; Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, featuring Natalie Portman, and Mike Leigh’s comedy drama Another Year.
Freida Pinto appears in the Julian Schnabel film Miral while Swank plays a single mother who puts herself through law school in Conviction, both being shown at the festival.
Other films include The American, a thriller starring George Clooney, and Womb, a love story with “Doctor Who” star Matt Smith and French actress Eva Green.
The 54th BFI London Film Festival, in partnership with American Express, runs from October 13 to 28.
Source: The Press Association