Abrams Vet Kaplan Signs up for ‘Star Wars Episode VII’

- 05-23-13Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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There was some talk earlier this week that J.J. Abrams was looking at hiring Jonathan Rhys-Meyers to play the lead in Star Wars Episode VII, but it seems that Abrams instead made a move behind the scenes on the project in the form of hiring costume designer Michael Kaplan.

Like Rhys-Meyers (Mission: Impossible III), Kaplan is an Abrams veteran who designed costumes for M:I3 and both Star Treks as well as Blade Runner, Fight Club and Pearl Harbor. Kaplan confirmed his involvement via Clothes on Film:

I am very excited to be working on Star Wars. I’m so looking forward to collaborating, once again, with JJ.

This is interesting news if your a fan of the artistic side of movie making. Kaplan did a great job updating the classic Trek uniforms for the new movies, so it will be interesting to see what he can do with the Wars archives. It will also be interesting to see what other Abrams regulars will also sign up for Episode VII: Michael Giacchino (composer)? Scott Chambliss (art director)? Dan Mindel (cinematographer)? I guess we’ll see.

Disney is still aiming to get Star Wars Episode VII in theaters by summer 2015.

Source: Geek Tyrant

A Letter from Henry VIII to President Obama – Catelyn Stark for Secretary of State! – Wait, What?

- 01-30-13Cool Stuff, TV Posted by Sarah Moran

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Yes, it’s a very confusing headline full of names you no doubt recognize but have no clue how they relate. I’ll explain. Jonathan Rhys Meyers, best known for portraying Henry VII on HBO‘s The Tudors is a big fan of Game of Thrones. Being such a fan he’s got a pretty good grasp on the series’ enormous cast of characters and one of them, he thinks, would be an excellent choice for President Obama’s next Secretary of State: Catelyn Stark, Lady of Winterfell.

Read Meyer’s letter to the President, in its lengthy but well worth it entirety, below the cut.

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Rhys Meyers’ ‘Dracula’ Coming to NBC Next Year

- 07-25-12TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

He brought life to Henry VIII, and now Jonathan Rhys Meyers will give life to the undead. Dracula to be specific.

NBC has given a 10-episode straight-to-series order for Dracula, a new series from producers Tony Krantz and Colin Callender and writer Cole Haddon. The series is co-production between the U.S. network and the U.K. based Sky Living. NBC bought the concept last fall on a “script-to-series” deal, meaning that if the network liked the script it could skip the shooting of a pilot episode and go straight into production. It’s a similar deal that spurred the network’s Hannibal series which will also premiere midseason.

This new Dracula is set in the 1890s and has been described as “Dangerous Liaisons meets The Tudors.” According to Deadline, who broke the story:

Dracula (Meyers) arrives in London, posing as an American entrepreneur who maintains that he wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. In reality, he hopes to wreak revenge on the people who ruined his life centuries earlier but falls hopelessly in love with a woman who seems to be a reincarnation of his dead wife. “It is a timeless tale with relevant, surprising twists and turns with the exquisite Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the marquee role,” said Universal TV Executive Vice-President Bela Bajaria.

The decision to go with a Meyers’ starring Dracula is a no-brainer. Current NBC head honcho Bob Greenblatt greenlit The Tudors starring Meyers while he was head of Showtime, and the series went on to be an international success. Of course, a network Dracula can’t indulge in the same type of sex and nudity The Tudors did, but between this, Hannibal and the Munsters in Mockingbird Lane, NBC seems willing to try anything to get them out of fourth place.

Will it succeed? Stay tuned.

Source: Deadline

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