MORGAN – Unleashed September 2

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The mysterious, eagerly awaited science fiction thriller Morgan will finally be unleashed into UK cinemas next week, starring our brilliant ROSE LESLIE.

The film tells the story of a young “girl” called Morgan, created and raised in a laboratory environment by a group of scientists (which includes Dr Amy Menser, played by ROSE). Defying nature with her super-human qualities, Morgan is walking and talking within one month and self-sufficient after just six, exceeding the expectations of her creators. After she has a “tantrum” in which she viciously attacks and injures one of the scientists, corporate troubleshooter Lee Weathers (played by Kate Mara) is called in to make the ultimate choice of letting Morgan live or terminating her before she causes any more havoc and escapes into the outside world.

ROSE stars opposite a large ensemble cast that also includes Anya Taylor-Joy, Toby Jones, Boyd Holbrook, Michelle Yeoh, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Paul Giamatti. The film is produced by 20th Century Fox and Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions, and directed by Scott’s son Luke Scott.

Make sure you see Morgan on the big screen from Friday September 2. Here’s the trailer:

VICTORIA – Starts Sunday

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ITV’s brand new, lavish period drama Victoria – starring NIGEL LINDSAY – premieres this Sunday 28 August at 9pm on ITV1 with a feature-length first episode.

Written by Daisy Goodwin and produced by Mammoth Screen, the 8-part series portrays the opulence of the Royal Family in the 1800s and chronicles the reign of Queen Victoria, beginning with the moment of the 18-year-old Queen’s accession in 1837 and following her first faltering steps from capricious, hormonal teenager with a weak grasp on her duties and responsibilities to burgeoning monarch, and her marriage to Albert.

NIGEL stars in the series as Tory leader Sir Robert Peel, loathed by Victoria from their first encounter.

Tune in on Sunday for what is set to be one of the UK’s most talked about shows of the year! Here’s the trailer:

STRIFE’s A Smash!

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BERTIE CARVEL‘s directorial debut Strife is a smash! Now showing at Chichester Festival Theatre, the play is receiving great reviews and praise, both for the production and for BERTIE‘s excellent directing.

John Galsworthy’s political play, set in 1909 in a South Wales tinplate works, has been described in a four-star Guardian review as being “as relevant and vivid as anything we have today”. Read the full review here.

You can also have a read of BERTIE‘s insightful interview with WhatsOnStage.com about his decision to step into this new role, why he chose this particular play and how he’s found the process so far.

Strife is playing at Chichester’s Minerva Theatre until 10th September. Get your tickets here.

First Teaser Trailer For Hugh’s CHANCE

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The first teaser trailer is out for Hulu’s latest original series, Chance, starring the inimitable HUGH LAURIE in the titular role. Watch it below.

Chance is a provocative, psychological thriller based on the acclaimed novel by Kem Nunn. It focuses on Eldon Chance (HUGH), a San Francisco-based forensic neuropsychiatrist who reluctantly gets sucked into a violent and dangerous world of mistaken identity, police corruption and mental illness.

After an ill-advised decision regarding an alluring patient who may or may not be struggling with a multiple personality disorder, Chance finds himself in the crosshairs of her abusive spouse, who also happens to be a ruthless police detective. In over his head, Chance descends into the city’s wayward underbelly, all while navigating the waters of a contentious divorce and tribulations of his teenage daughter.

Chance will premiere on Hulu in the USA on Wednesday 19 October. Check out the trailer:

Will To Star In Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit Riots Movie

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We’re thrilled to finally announce that our wonderful WILL POULTER has been cast to star opposite Ben O’Toole, Jack Reynor and John Boyega in Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow’s upcoming film about the 1967 Detroit Riots.

Bigelow’s currently untitled crime drama is set against the backdrop of Detroit’s devastating riots that took place over five haunting summer days in 1967. Although no studio is yet attached, producers are targeting a release in 2017, the 50th anniversary of the riots. Character descriptions are being kept under wraps at present but we can confirm that WILL is playing one of the leading roles.

Go WILL! More info soon…

Bronagh Gallagher At London’s The Lexington

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Our supremely talented soulful songbird, the one-and-only BRONAGH GALLAGHER, will be playing an exclusive gig at London’s The Lexington club on Monday 12th September to promote her outstanding new album Gather Your Greatness.

Having been writing and recording with her band for the last two and a half years in-between a successful film and television career, BRONAGH released her third full-length studio album on May 27th…and it’s absolutely stunning! Staying true to her winning formula of beautiful soul and rock ’n’ roll, BRONAGH has collaborated with long-time friend, co-producer & guitar player Conor Brady, along with pianist & composer Cian Boylan (who composed the string and brass sections) on this soaring and uplifting collection of songs.

Don’t miss BRONAGH performing these new songs live in London on Monday 12th September. Get your tickets from her official website quick before they all sell out!

In the meantime, you can check out the album’s first single Crimes and a live rendition of album track Hand On My Heart below.

Gather Your Greatness is available now at following links:
Official Store | iTunes | Amazon | Spotify | Google Play | HMV

For more info, check out Bronagh’s official pages: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Soundcloud

Bertie Carvel Directs STRIFE (WhatsOnStage Interview)

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Set to make his directorial debut with John Galsworthy’s play Strife at Chichester Festival Theatre in August, our wonderful BERTIE CARVEL has given an insightful interview to WhatsOnStage.com about his decision to step into this new role, why he chose this particular play and how he’s found the process so far. Read the full interview here.

Strife is set in 1909 in a South Wales tinplate works where men are on strike and the community is close to breaking point. Although the men have stood firm behind their firebrand leader, the union has withdrawn its support and it is only a matter of time before the men do too.

More than a hundred years after it was first performed, Galsworthy’s rarely staged play offers a strikingly balanced account of the political spectrum and speaks with directness to our present moment – something which BERTIE discusses in more detail in the interview.

Strife opens at Chichester’s Minerva Theatre on 12th August and runs until 10th September. Get your tickets here.

Craig’s HOLDING THE MAN Comes To Netflix

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Critically acclaimed 2015 Australian feature film Holding The Man, starring HH client CRAIG STOTT, will be released on Netflix worldwide from 1st August 2016.

Writer Tommy Murphy’s adaptation of Timothy Conigrave’s internationally best-selling memoir of the same name, Holding The Man is the sweeping love story of two high school boys, one the hunky captain of the football team (played by CRAIG) and the other a sensitive drama student. After a sweet courtship, the two fall madly in love and traverse a rollercoaster romance and enduring relationship over 15 years and through the AIDS crisis of the 1980s.

The film garnered six AACTA Award nominations, is directed by Neil Armfield and also stars Guy Pearce, Geoffrey Rush, Ryan Corr and Anthony LaPaglia.

Holding The Man is an inspirational true story that captures the beauty and heartbreak of the best romances of our time. Look out for it on Netflix from August 1st!

Mark Rylance is THE BFG – Released Tomorrow!

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Steven Spielberg’s big screen adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s classic The BFG (aka the Big Friendly Giant) will open in UK cinemas tomorrow, starring our amazing MARK RYLANCE as the titular character.

Fresh from his Academy Award win for his spellbinding performance in Spielberg’s previous film Bridge Of SpiesMARK looks and sounds absolutely fantastic as the loveable, titular giant in this massive visual spectacular. Just like the book, the film is magical, emotional, terrifying and heaps of fun! It tells the story of Sophie, a young orphan girl who, after spotting an elderly giant outside her window late one evening, is captured and taken into Giant Country, where the adventure begins.

The BFG also stars Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Rebecca Hall, Bill Hader, Rafe Spall and Jemaine Clement, with a script by the late Melissa Mathison.

Go see the giant spectacle on the big screen this weekend! Here’s the trailer:

Ben Stars In BBC3’s FLEABAG

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Fleabag is a new feminist comedy-drama for BBC Three, starring Olivia Colman and our very own BEN ALDRIDGE.

The sexually explicit, six-part comedy series is based on the acclaimed 2013 Olivier Award-nominated monologue of the same name by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who also takes the title role in the television adaptation. The character of Fleabag is described as a ‘dry-witted, angry, cash-strapped, grief-riddled, porn-watching young woman trying to come to terms with a recent tragedy… sleeping with anyone who dares to stand too close, squeezing money from wherever she can, rejecting anyone who tries to help her, and keeping up her bravado throughout’.

Fleabag is an unflinching, clever look at tricky youth, terrible sex and self-destruction, which the Radio Times has described as “wonderful…[it] deserves some awards for its unusual, clever and brave depiction of a female world in disarray.”

BEN stars as the amusingly named ‘Arsehole Guy’. You’ll know why after the show’s opening scene!

Fleabag premiered today on BBC Three online; head to iPlayer now to watch Episode 1. New episodes will be uploaded weekly, every Thursday.

A UNITED KINGDOM To Open London Film Festival

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Upcoming feature film A United Kingdom, starring DAVID OYELOWO, will open the 60th BFI London Film Festival in October.

The third film from BAFTA-winning director Amma Asante, A United Kingdom tells the true story of Seretse Khama, King of Bechuanaland (played by DAVID) and Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike), the London office worker he married in 1947 in the face of fierce opposition from their families and the British and South African governments. The film is testament to a defiant and enduring love story and celebrates the triumph of love and intelligence over intolerance and oppression.

The LFF gala screening, which will be the film’s European premiere, will open the festival on October 5th and there will be a live cinecast from the London event and simultaneous screenings in movie theatres across the UK. The film’s screenplay is penned by Guy Hibbert, based on the book Color Bar by Susan Williams, and HH clients JACK DAVENPORT and JESSICA OYELOWO also star.

The BFI London Film Festival runs from October 5-16. The full program will be announced in September.

THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS Trailer

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The trailer has finally arrived for the big screen adaptation of M.R. Carey’s bestselling novel The Girl With All The Gifts, one of the most fascinating sci-fi horror stories of recent years. The film stars our client – the wonderful SENNIA NANUA – in the lead role opposite Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton and Paddy Considine.

The Girl With All The Gifts is an original and compelling tale that gives a completely fresh take on the ‘zombie’ genre. It follows a contingent of soldiers and scientists researching a group of children who are infected with a zombie pathogen, but somehow still control their thoughts and emotions, despite having a desire to eat human flesh. Among the group, one girl named Melanie (played by SENNIA) seems to be the key to finding a cure.

The film opens in UK cinemas on September 23rd. Watch SENNIA in action in the fantastically creepy trailer below:

Hayley Voices Antigone

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HH client HAYLEY ATWELL has lent her voice to a recent Audible production of The Oedpius Plays, in which she plays the timeless role of Antigone in two of Sophocles’ three Theban plays: Oedipus At Colonus and Antigone.

The plays were written around 450 BC and tell the story of Oedipus, King of Thebes, who was destined to suffer a terrible fate – to kill his father, marry his mother, and beget children of the incestuous union. He does this unknowingly but still has to suffer terrible consequences, which also tragically affect the next generation.

HAYLEY says: “My background is in classical theatre…When you are part of an acting community as we have been [whilst] recording the Theban plays, you also realize you are part of a tradition that has been passed down — and hopefully we will continue to pass it down to the next generation. It is a way of keeping these texts alive.” In her opinion, Sophocles’ works translate especially well to the audiobook format. “These particular plays… were written to be heard, first and foremost,” she says. “Seeing them was kind of secondary. That’s why [they’re] so wordy — nothing very visual happens!”

Listen to HAYLEY‘s Antigone in the exclusive clip below. The audiobook is available now – order your copy at audible.com/Oedpius.

New Trailers: Summer 2016

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After a fantastic start to the year, 2016 just keeps getting better for HH and our clients. Check out the below selection of trailers to get a sneak peek at some of the year’s big upcoming cinema releases, each starring one or more of our clients. We’re sure you’ll agree, there’s a lot to get excited about. Enjoy!

The Infiltrator
Starring JOSEPH GILGUN
Released in UK cinemas on 15th July 2016


The BFG

Starring MARK RYLANCE
Released in UK cinemas on 22nd July 2016


Morgan

Starring ROSE LESLIE
Released in UK cinemas in September 2016


Queen Of Katwe

Starring DAVID OYELOWO
Released in UK cinemas in September 2016


Bridget Jones’s Baby

Starring SHIRLEY HENDERSONEMMA THOMPSONDEBRA GILLETT and BEN ASHENDEN
Released in UK cinemas on 16th September 2016


Alone In Berlin

Starring EMMA THOMPSON
Released in UK cinemas on 29th September 2016
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Doctor Strange

Starring TILDA SWINTON
Released in UK cinemas on 28th October 2016

And here’s an early TEASER TRAILER for the eagerly-awaited remake of the Disney classic Beauty and the Beast, starring EMMA THOMPSON and due for release in March 2017:

Anthony Boyle is HARRY POTTER’s Scorpius Malfoy

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After months of keeping schtum, we can finally reveal that HH client ANTHONY BOYLE will be starring as Scorpius Malfoy, son of the evil Draco Malfoy, in London’s most highly-anticipated new production Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One & Two.

For the latest instalment of the beloved Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling has teamed up with writer Jack Thorne (Glue, This is England) and prolific director John Tiffany (Once) to present an entirely original story told over two instalments.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the sequel to the previous books and films, following Harry and his friends “19 years later” and focusing on the struggles of Harry’s second son, Albus Severus. Fearing being placed in Slytherin on his arrival to Hogwarts, Albus must also carry the legacy of the Potter family name. Meanwhile, Harry is a full-time employee at the Ministry of Magic, a husband and a father. The show will see Harry and his family grapple “with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs” and will include a plethora of well-known characters appearing throughout the play, with magnificent special effects guaranteed!

First previews are only days away and social media has been blowing up today as fans around the world were treated to their first look at what some of the new characters will look like in costume. Above is actor Alex Price as Harry’s former school nemesis Draco Malfoy, and our very own ANTHONY in the role of his son, Scorpius. Rowling has teased that Scorpius might be a hit with the ladies, stating: ‘I’ve got a feeling Scorpius is going to do nothing to turn girls off the Malfoy men.’

We can’t wait to find out what Draco and Scorpius do next!

Previews commence next week on 7th June 2016 at London’s Palace Theatre and the show will take place across Parts One & Two, which will be performed at separate times. Tickets are now on sale – book yours and find out full information about the show and performances at the official Harry Potter play website. But you better be quick because, unsurprisingly, the show is almost completely sold out. GO!!

To whet your appetite, check out the character photoshoot video below to see ANTHONY and other big cast members in their official costumes:

Stephen Fry: Double Feature

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Our wonderful STEPHEN FRY stars in two of this week’s new cinema releases, each released nationwide across the UK tomorrow.

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The first is the big-budget fantasy feature Alice Through The Looking Glass, the James Bobin-directed sequel to Tim Burton’s critically acclaimed 2010 remake of Alice In Wonderland.

STEPHEN returns again to voice the delightful Cheshire Cat as ‘…Through The Looking Glass‘ takes us back to Lewis Carroll’s world of adventure, where Alice has been gone too long, things have gone wrong in her absence and the Mad Hatter is in danger. Reuniting with old friends Absolem, the White Rabbit and of course, STEPHEN‘s Cheshire Cat, she sets out on a race against Time to save the Hatter. But Time is a person, and he has dreadful designs on Wonderland…

HH client ISAAC ANDREWS appears in the film too, playing Second Mate Tom. Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Rhys Ifans, Matt Lucas, Timothy Spall and Sacha Baron Cohen also star, as well as the late Alan Rickman in his final performance. Go see the extravaganza on the big screen – here’s the trailer:

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Also released this week in selected cinemas is Love And Friendship, an adaptation of Jane Austen’s unpublished early novella Lady Susan, directed by Whit Stillman and starring STEPHEN as Mr. Johnson.

This hilarious comedy of manners is set in the opulent drawing rooms of eighteenth-century English society and focuses on the machinations of a beautiful widow, Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale), who takes up temporary residence at her in-laws’ estate. While there, the intelligent, flirtatious and amusingly egotistical Lady Vernon is determined to be a matchmaker for her daughter Frederica—and herself too, naturally, enlisting the assistance of her old friend Alicia (Chloë Sevigny).

The Guardian’s film critic Peter Bradshaw has today named Love And Friendship his film of the week, calling it “a racy delight…a hilariously self-aware period comedy polished to a brilliant sheen…refreshing and invigorating”. Check out his glowing 5-star review here. And here’s the trailer:

Malevolent & Menacing: McNulty In The Musketeers

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Hit UK action drama series The Musketeers returns to our television screens this weekend for its third and final series, starring MATTHEW McNULTY as new series villain Lucien Grimaud. Tune in for the series premiere at 9:30pm on Saturday 28th May on BBC One.

The drama picks up in a war torn Paris run by vicioius Governor Phillipe Feron (played by Rupert Everett). And with danger lurking around every corner, viewers can expect a change in pace this series as the writers have injected more brutality and jeopardy into the storylines, claiming “the final few episodes will be very dark indeed.”

New to the show this year is MATTHEW, playing a terrifying villain. He said of his character: “He’s dark and malevolent. He’s like a powerful storm, waiting to drop. He builds and builds and then he strikes. My character Grimaud is uncompromising and dark. You don’t know what makes him tick. Rupert brings some colour and fun to the villains, while I am deeper and darker. It’s more fun to play a baddie.”

Tune in this weekend and every Saturday for ten weeks to see MATTHEW enact his evil upon the series’ heroes. Here’s the trailer:

Raising Awareness: Williams Syndrome

Please watch this brilliant and hilarious sketch (above), written by and starring HH client MATHEW BAYNTON in order to raise awareness for Williams Syndrome.

The video also features clients SAMANTHA SPIRO and PATERSON JOSEPH.

Williams Syndrome is a rare congenital disorder that occurs randomly, affecting around one in 18,000 people in the UK. Please do visit the Williams Syndrome Foundation website where you can get more information and discover what you can do to help raise awareness.

Big Cannes Wins for Kahleen and Lucy!

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The closing ceremony of the 2016 Cannes film festival took place this weekend and huge congrats go to HH clients KAHLEEN CRAWFORD and LUCY RUSSELL, each associated with winning films.

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First up is British director Ken Loach’s film I, Daniel Blake, which won the coveted Palme d’Or award, voted for by the Cannes Jury. This festival-winning film was cast by long-time Loach collaborator, HH Casting Director client KAHLEEN CRAWFORD. It sets out to warn against the dangers of austerity, documenting what happens when an older man living in Newcastle has a heart attack and can no longer do his job; he is declared ‘fit for work’, his benefits are stopped and he begins to go hungry.

On winning the award, Loach said of his topical and important film: “We must give a message of hope, we must say another world is possible…We are in the grip of a dangerous project of austerity driven by ideas that we call neo-liberalism that have brought us to near catastrophe.” Check out the two teaser scenes below.

Congrats KAHLEEN, a well-deserved win!

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In another awards category, Cannes sensation and critics’ favourite Toni Erdmann, which stars LUCY RUSSELL, won the International Critics’ Prize for Best Picture in Cannes Competition, a plaudit awarded by the International Federation of Film Critics (Fipresci).

Described by Variety magazine as “a humane, hilarious triumph”, the German film, directed by Maren Ade, received the highest ever critics rating for a film In Competition at Cannes.

A dark comedy that is making audiences squirm with nervous laughter, the insightful and hilarious film provides an episodic, slow-building study of reluctantly shared depression as it follows a prank-prone father trying to lighten up his serious businesswoman daughter Ines. LUCY stars as Steph, one of Ines’ insincere ex-pat friends; a relationship which the Hollywood Reporter describes as “one of the film’s greatest comic triumphs”.

Check out the trailer below. Congrats LUCY!

TVChoice Awards: 2016 Nominees

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The first round of (longlist) nominations has been announced for the 2016 TVChoice Awards, which honour television’s most popular stars and shows. It’s been an incredible year for television and we’re thrilled to see so many nominations for our clients and the wealth of shows in which they starred. Check out the full list of our HH client nominees below.

These annual awards are voted for by the public and voting is now open. You have until 3rd June to cast your first round votes at www.tvchoicemagazine.co.uk, or by post (details of which can be found in TVChoice magazine). Shortlist nominations will then be announced in late June, when voting will re-open again to the public. The awards ceremony will take place on Monday 5th September in the Ballroom of The Dorchester, Park Lane.

The huge list of nominated shows starring our clients is too long to write here, but head over to the TVChoice website to see the full set of nominations and to cast your votes. Huge congrats to our following clients:

Nominated for Best Actor:

BERTIE CARVEL for Doctor Foster

SHAUN EVANS for Endeavour

JOSEPH GILGUN for This Is England ’90

TOM HIDDLESTON for The Night Manager

HUGH LAURIE for The Night Manager

BEN WHISHAW for London Spy

Nominated for Best Actress:

SOPHIE OKONEDO for Undercover

Congrats everyone!