2015 has been a hugely exciting year for our brilliant client BEN WHISHAW, and it’s about to get even better! As his star shines ever brighter, BEN can be seen performing in numerous current and upcoming film, television and theatre roles, including the latest instalment to the James Bond franchise, Spectre, and soon-to-air contemporary spy thriller London Spy. Read on for a full breakdown of all BEN‘s exciting projects…
Released this week after its massive world premiere at the Royal Albert Hall on Monday night, Spectre is now showing in UK cinemas, starring BEN in the iconic role of technical wizard ‘Q’. BEN first appeared as the character in 2012’s monumental Skyfall, which has since gone on to become the best performing James Bond film of the franchise, topping $1.1 billion worldwide. Looking set to follow in its footsteps, Spectre sees Daniel Craig reprising the role of Bond as he trails an undercover, sinister organisation, slowly peeling back layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind its operations.
BEN‘s role as MI6 gadget guru ‘Q’ is even bigger this time around and, according to The Guardian, he “steals the show, even from James Bond!” If you haven’t seen the movie yet – go immediately, it’s awesome!
BEN can also be seen starring in two more feature films currently screening in UK cinemas. The first is The Lobster, director Yorgos Lanthimos’ blackly hilarious science fiction comedy drama set in a dystopian near future where finding love is a matter of life or death. BEN stars opposite Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Olivia Colman and HH client JOHN C. REILLY in this unconventional film, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.
BEN also stars as Carey Mulligan’s unsympathetic husband Sonny in Suffragette, Sarah Gavron’s big screen dramatisation of the early feminist movement. He stars alongside Meryl Streep, Helena Bonham Crater and Brendan Gleeson, and the film is now showing across all mainstream cinemas.
High up on our list of “must-see” television this year is the BBC’s upcoming espionage thriller London Spy, which premieres on UK television screens on November 9th at 9pm on BBC Two, starring BEN in the lead role.
The exciting and fast-paced spy thriller was created by acclaimed best-selling author Tom Rob Smith (Child 44), directed by Jakob Verbruggen (The Fall, The Bridge [US]) and consists of five one-hour-long episodes.
In what is set to be a gripping, contemporary and emotional thriller, BEN stars as Danny, an innocent, gregarious, hedonistic young romantic who is drawn into a dangerous world of espionage when he falls for the anti-social, enigmatic and brilliant Alex (played by Edward Holcroft) who works at the headquarters of the Secret Intelligence Service. But just as they realise they’re perfect for each other, Alex disappears. Danny, utterly ill-equipped to take on the complex and codified world of British espionage, must decide whether he’s prepared to fight for the truth.
BEN is joined on screen by award-winning actors Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling OBE, as well as HH clients SAMANTHA SPIRO and ZRINKA CVITESIC. London Spy will also be distributed by NBC Universal and BBC Worldwide in America, with a transmission date still to be confirmed. But in the meantime, do not miss the UK television premiere on November 9th! Check out the trailer below:
And if that wasn’t enough, BEN can also be seen starring in two further mainstream cinema releases this year: he will appear in Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl, falling in love with a transgender Eddie Redmayne, and as Moby-Dick author Herman Melville in the the massive whaling saga In the Heart of the Sea, directed by Ron Howard. Both films will be released this Christmas and you can check out the trailers below.
Finally, you can see BEN back on the stage next year as he heads over to Broadway to star as John Proctor in a new revival of Arthur Miller’s classic Salem witch trials drama The Crucible, opposite Saoirse Ronan as selfish accuser Abigail Williams and HH client SOPHIE OKONEDO as Elizabeth Proctor. Directed by Ivo van Hove and with a newly-composed score by Philip Glass, the production is set to premiere on Broadway next spring in a 20-week limited engagement, with previews beginning on February 29th and Opening Night set for April 7th. Get your tickets here!