Some screencaps you may enjoy from tonight’s episode.
Some screencaps you may enjoy from tonight’s episode.
Some screencaps you may enjoy from tonight’s episode.
If only Washington were really this funny. In HBO's "Veep," Julia Louis-Dreyfus is Selina Meyer, a one-time Veep, an accidental president, and a full-time queen of disaster. Her character is a narcissistic train wreck, a politician who's both a bad winner and a poor loser.
And now, in her seventh and final season, Dreyfus says Meyer is the role of a lifetime.
"And you've had some really good roles," said correspondent Tracy Smith.
"Yeah, exactly, I really have, but this is unsurpassed for me in many ways," Louis-Dreyfus said.
In her seventh and final season as narcissistic train wreck and accidental president Selina Meyer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus is saying goodbye to "the most glorious job."
In Selina Meyer's world, nothing is sacred, and no insult is ever left unsaid.
And she's also pretty high maintenance. Just ask Tony Hale, who plays her faithful bagman, Gary.
"He worships her. She is his Jesus," he told Smith. "She's an awful person, but to him, it's just the second coming."
But the show's real whipping boy is Jonah Ryan (played by Timothy Simons), a bumbling aide who eventually runs for president himself. "It's been incredibly fun to play Jonah," he said. "It is kind of hard to be this dumb all the time."
"It takes some smarts to be this dumb," Smith said.
"It does, thank you!"
Like so many great American TV shows, "Veep" has British roots. It's derived from the U.K. political comedy, "The Thick of It." Of course, total meltdowns are funny over here, too.
Meyer's fed-up chief of staff Amy Brookheimer is played by Anna Chlumsky. Asked to describe her character, Chlumsky said, "So many people, like a lot of young women especially, will come up to me and be like, 'You're me.' And I'm like, 'Oh, God, I'm so scared!'"
"I wouldn't let you run a bath without having the Coast Guard and the fire department standing by, but yet here you are running America. You are the worst thing that has happened to this country since food in buckets … and maybe slavery!"
Veteran show runner David Mandel knows how to bring out the best of the "Veep" cast, especially Julia Louis-Dreyfus. He worked with her back in the '90s as a writer on another hit show, "Seinfeld."
To make "Veep," the standards are just as high. Mandel and cast shoot the same scene again and again, adjusting the timing and punchlines and facial expressions until it all just works.
"It all sounds stupid, but I mean, we would crawl through glass to get an extra laugh into the scene," Mandel said.
And now, like "Seinfeld," Julia Louis-Dreyfus is leaving her audience wanting more.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, star of "Veep." CBS News
Is it different saying goodbye to "Veep"? "I don't know 'cause I haven't said goodbye goodbye yet!" she said. "But I will say, at our final table read we had, I was actually surprised by how frankly hysterical I became. And maybe that's because, I don't know, I'm more cognizant of what a treasure this is just 'cause I'm older, and I've been doing this a while and I'm sort of aware of, when it's good, it's a very lucky thing, yeah."
And it seems lucky is the operative word. In 2017 Louis-Dreyfus won a record sixth consecutive Emmy for "Veep." No one could tell as she accepted her statuette that she was waiting to hear whether or not she had cancer.
Mandel said. "It was so strange because that Sunday night we won the Emmy – she won, we won. It was fun. We were at the after-party. She was there at the after-party. She knew she most likely had it. She was I think, like, 90% sure. We didn't know. She knew."
She learned her diagnosis the next day, and not long after that she told the world, with a note on social media, saying, "1 in 8 women get breast cancer, today I'm the one."
Even when she began chemotherapy, it didn't stop her from showing up to work.
She said she was doing table reads for the show while sick, "but nothing beyond that I will say. I mean, then I had to really sort of hunker down and just focus on getting better, which I did. But then coming back to this, you know, it's sweeter than ever because, I don't know, it's a great gift to be able to do what you love. Not everybody gets to say that, you know? And I really love doing this."
And now, a year-and-a-half later, she says she's cancer-free.
Smith asked, "It sounds so trite, but did it add to appreciating things?"
"Well, it certainly added to appreciating life," she replied. "Life doesn't go on forever, and so that sort of came right up to my face as a reminder. And so, yeah, I think have kind of a pretty solid sense of priority, shall we say, moving forward now."
Still, moving forward can be bittersweet: The cast members that seem to hate each other on screen genuinely admire, even love each other in real life.
Chlumsky got emotional when describing how she will miss the relationships most: "When you spend 20 hours a day with people, you know, you see them at their best and their worst. And at this point you just realize how much they matter to you. … Damnit. Sorry, it's the morning."
And if there's a takeaway from "Veep"'s long run, maybe it's this: In comedy, as in life, nothing good ever comes easy.
"We squeeze as much funny out of it as we possibly can," Louis-Dreyfus said.
"And can that be torturous at times?" Smith asked.
"Yes ... I know, this is CBS, so I can't swear."
"We'll bleep you."
"It can be f****** awful! But, once you've walked through the awful to find your way to the right moment, the right language, the right emotion, and you land it, aaah, it's like chocolate cake for days!"
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George Clooney’s Hulu limited series “Catch-22” is dropping just in time for Emmy consideration: Friday, May 17. The streaming service revealed the date Monday at the Television Critics Association press tour, along with a teaser trailer (watch above).
Instead of employing its usual weekly episode release, Hulu will premiere all six episodes of “Catch-22” that day, ensuring that the project is eligible for September’s Emmys by the May 31 deadline.
Based on the acclaimed 1961 Joseph Heller novel and directed by Clooney, the series follows Capt. John Yossarian (Christopher Abbott), a World War II U.S. Air Force bombardier who is enraged by the bureaucratic rule known as Catch-22, which stipulates that a concern for one’s own safety in the face of dangers that are real and immediate is the process of a rational mind.
Clooney, who is executive-producing alongside Grant Heslov, was originally set to play Col. Cathcart, but later gave himself the smaller role of Scheisskopf to accommodate his directing duties; Kyle Chandler replaced him as Cathcart. The cast also includes Hugh Laurie, Oscar nominee Giancarlo Giannini, Daniel David Stewart (“Spring Awakening”), Tessa Ferrer (Clooney’s cousin), Lewis Pullman (Bill’s son), Rafi Gavron (aka Ally’s dick manager in “A Star Is Born”) and Heslov.
With “The Handmaid’s Tale” sitting out this Emmy cycle, “Catch-22” will likely be Hulu’s priority, especially with this pedigree in front of and behind the camera. Chandler is already an Emmy champ, having upset Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”) for Best Drama Actor for “Friday Night Lights” in 2011, but neither Clooney nor Laurie has won a competitive Emmy. Clooney, who received the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award in 2010, went 0-2 for “ER” and also lost as a producer on “Hope for Haiti Now.” Laurie, his fellow TV doctor alum and “Tomorrowland” co-star is 0-10, losing six times as an actor (including to Chandler) and once as a producer on “House,” once each as a performer and producer on “The Night Manager,” and once for his guest turn on “Veep.”
Last year, Hulu’s limited series “The Looming Tower” earned four Emmy nominations: actor for Jeff Daniels, supporting actor for Michael Stuhlbarg, directing and casting.
Harry Gregson-Williams (The Chronicles of Narnia, Shrek, The Martian) and Rupert Gregson-Williams (Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Hacksaw Ridge) are teaming up to score the upcoming Hulu limited series Catch-22. The show is written by Luke Davies (Lion, Beautiful Boy) & David Michôd (Animal Kingdom, The Rover) and stars Christopher Abbott, Kyle Chandler, Hugh Laurie, George Clooney, Giancarlo Giannini, Rafi Gavron, Austin Stowell, Gerran Howell, Pico Alexander and Jay Paulson. The 6-parter is based on Joseph Heller’s novel of the same name and tells the story of the incomparable, artful dodger, Yossarian, a US Air Force bombardier in World War II who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. Clooney is directing several episodes and is also executive producing the Paramount Television and Anonymous Content production with Grant Heslov (Good Night, and Good Luck, Argo), Davies & Michôd , Richard Brown (True Detective) and Steve Golin (Spotlight, The Revenant). Catch-22 is set to premiere this spring in the U.S. on Hulu and in the UK on Channel 4.
Harry Gregson-Williams also has Disney’s Mulan live action adaptation, Disneynature’s Penguins and ABC’s Whiskey Cavalier (co-scored with Tom Howe) coming up. Rupert Gregson-Williams’ other upcoming projects include the HBO/Sky series Catherine the Great, the animated feature Abominable and Frank Coraci’s comedy Hot Air.
Actor Hugh Laurie has been made a CBE by the Prince of Wales - the man whose royal ancestor he played as a foolish fop in Blackadder The Third.
Laurie was recognised in the New Year Honours for services to drama, having previously been made an OBE in 2007.
Known for his comedy partnership with Stephen Fry, the 59-year-old has also starred in House and The Night Manager.
For many, though, his most memorable character is George, the Prince Regent, in the third series of Blackadder.
Two years later, Laurie went on to play another upper-class twit named George in Blackadder Goes Forth.
Born in Oxford in 1959, Laurie studied at Cambridge, where he became president of the university's Footlights drama club and performed with the likes of Fry and Dame Emma Thompson.
He also took part in the 1980 Boat Race, which saw Cambridge narrowly beaten by arch rivals Oxford.
Laurie has appeared in such films as Maybe Baby and Stuart Little and will soon be seen as Mycroft Holmes in the comedy Holmes and Watson.
His other accolades include a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which he received in 2016.
Others ennobled at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday included book shop founder Tim Waterstone, who was knighted for services to bookselling and charity.
Emperor Akihito plans to abdicate in favour of his son Naruhito in April 2019
His wife, Empress Michiko, has said she plans to read lots in her retirement
She said she will read PG Wodehouse's Jeeves stories which she is addicted to
Sales of PG Wodehouse's Jeeves stories are rocketing in Japan after the Empress revealed she planned to spend her retirement reading them.
Empress Michiko, whose husband Akihito plans to abdicate as Emperor next April, is a huge fan of the English author's tales of wealthy young Londoner Bertie Wooster and his ingenious valet Jeeves.
She was recently asked about her retirement plans and replied that she was looking forward to reading Wodehouse's 35 short stories and 11 novels about the pair.
Emperor Akihito plans to abdicate in favour of his son Naruhito in April 2019. His wife, Empress Michiko (pictured together), has said she plans to read lots in her retirement
A post by Japanese bookstore Isehara Shoten which was captioned: 'We have Her Majesty's beloved Jeeves series in stock!'
She said: 'There's been a book series I've sought to read for a long time, that I have left untouched for years. I am looking forward to taking the time to read each and every one.'
When asked why she had not yet got around to reading them before now, Empress Michiko replied: 'When I read them, I get completely hooked and can't do anything else, so up until now I've kept away from them.
'But after retirement I can easily keep them on hand. I've got two or three volumes standing by.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Actress and comedian Julia Louis-Dreyfus accepted the Kennedy Center’s 21st annual Mark Twain Prize Sunday with heartfelt thanks to the cadre of colleagues gathered to pay tribute to the “Veep” star during in a warm and spontaneous evening that recounted her illustrious career. Not surprisingly, some of the event’s most pointed material was aimed at the Trump administration.
“I grew up in the D.C. area during the quaint, old-fashioned Rule of Law period,” Louis-Dreyfus said during comments upon accepting the honor from Kennedy Center Chairman David Rubenstein – a small bust of author Samuel Clemens.
Louis-Dreyfus noted that she attended the private Maryland girls school Holton Arms, “which has been in the news lately” (in connection with new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh). Recalling her performance there in a play, she said she still remembers every detail of the occasion. “But I don’t remember who drove me to the show or who drove me home,” she said, in an arch reference to the testimony of Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford.
Most of the artists on hand performed with Louis-Dreyfus throughout her TV resume that included “Saturday Night Live,” “Seinfeld,” “Watching Ellie,” and “Veep.” The list included Tina Fey, Jerry Seinfeld, Bryan Cranston, Stephen Colbert, Lisa Kudrow, Ilana Glazer, Tony Hale, Abbi Jacobson, Keegan Michael-Key and Kumail Nanjiani.
This year marks the debut of the center’s new Twain producing partner, Done + Dusted. D+D principal David Jammy was the show’s exec producer, joined by director Rick Austin and co-exec producer Chris Convey. WETA-TV exec producer is Dalton Delan. D+D succeeds the team of Bob Kaminsky, Peter Kaminsky and Mark Krantz, who co-founded the annual fundraiser with the Kennedy Center and creator Cappy McGarr.
The new team altered the show’s format that had remained largely unchanged since its debut. Out went the heavy emphasis on film and video clips that highlight each recipient’s career. Instead, they focused on chapters on Louis-Dreyfus’ professional life beginning in 1982 with the Chicago-based improv troop Practical Theater Company.
In addition, the box seat occupied by the Twain recipient and her family, including husband Brad Hall, was relocated to a forward location just off stage in the center’s Concert Hall, where she could be easily seen by the audience and joined by cast members.
Separate videos inserted into the show featured personal reflections from colleagues from each series. For example, former “SNL” actors Mary Gross and Amy Poehler extolled Louis-Dreyfus’ comedic talents, while “Seinfeld” exec producer George Shapiro lauded her significance to that show’s success. Jerry Seinfeld seconded the tribute in his reminiscence and Cranston recalled his stint on the show.
Larry David submitted an offbeat entry that added levity to the Louis-Dreyfus’ recent breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, chiding her for “the lengths she went through to get this award – the cancer thing!” Kidding aside, David extolled the artist’s many talents. “Working with her was like being in charge of the Hope diamond,” he said.
“Broad City” stars and creators Glazer and Jacobson praised the Twain honoree for leading the charge for authentic and flawed characters in television, and paving the way to their show. Former Twain recipient Fey said Louis-Dreyfus “was the real deal comedy-wise.”
Another video clip focused on Louis-Dreyfus’ run as one of the most awarded actors in television, including antics from various Emmy awards. Kudrow reminisced about being one of the actors on the losing end of Louis-Dreyfus’ streak.
The political barbs began immediately as noted Trump critic Colbert opened the evening noting that “there are some terrible people in showbiz who recently turned to politics.” Zeroing in on the Twain program itself, Colbert said it’s been 167 days since a Twain prize has been rescinded – a reference to 2009 honoree Bill Cosby.
Nanjiani of HBO’s “Silicon Valley,” who has also been a guest star on “Veep,” delivered a “Twain Talk” variation of a TED talk on why Louis-Dreyfus should run for president. He said she already has experience in the job, she would deplete the marsh in D.C., she’s diplomatic and she values consent, all qualities currently lacking in the nation’s capital.
As always, the Twain ceremony was recorded by D.C. pubcaster WETA and will air Nov. 19 on PBS stations.
'Avenue 5' currently has a pilot commitment with backup scripts at the premium cable network.
Hugh Laurie is returning to HBO.
The Emmy-nominated Veep alum has been tapped to star in Avenue 5, the space comedy from Armando Iannucci.
The comedy, which currently has a pilot commitment and order for back-up scripts, is set in the future, mostly in space. Laurie will take on the role of Ryan Clark, the charming and in-control American captain of the Avenue 5. Iannucci created the series and exec produces the comed
The casting expands Laurie's relationship with Veep creator Iannucci after the actor had a recurring guest role in the fourth season of the Julia Louis-Dreyfus comedy and completed production in the writer-producer's feature film The Personal History of David Copperfield. Laurie recently wrapped production in Hulu's take on Catch-22, where he plays Major de Coverley in the six-part miniseries due in 2019.
For Laurie, the Avenue 5 role is his follow-up series regular part following Hulu's two-season drama Chance. The actor earned six Emmy nominations for his lead role in Fox medical drama House. His credits include his Emmy-nominated role in AMC miniseries The Night Manager and features Tomorrowland, Monsters vs. Aliens and Sense and Sensibility. He's repped by WME and Hamilton Hodell.
Avenue 5 was picked up to pilot in September 2017. It marked Iannucci's return to HBO since he exited his role as showrunner on Veep at the end of season four to spend more time at home in London. The Avenue 5 pilot will shoot in London this year.
Up-and-coming actor Harrison Osterfield is set for a key role in Catch-22, Hulu’s high-profile limited series directed by George Clooney. Written by Luke Davies and David Michôd based on the seminal Joseph Heller novel, Catch-22 hails from Paramount Television and Anonymous Content. Set in Italy during World War II, Catch-22 follows the story of the incomparable, artful dodger Yossarian (Christopher Abbott), a bombardier for the U.S. Air Force, who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. But his real problem is not the enemy, but rather his own army which keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service. Osterfield will play Snowden, a tail gunner who does not know what awaits him on his first mission. Osterfield has worked on several short films and will be seen in Lionsgate’s Chaos Walking, set for release in March 2019. He’s repped by Podwall Entertainment and United Agents.
Shameless alum Noel Fisher has booked a recurring role in Hulu’s upcoming psychological-horror drama series Castle Rock from J.J. Abrams and Stephen King. Set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock, from Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television, is named after the fictional town in King’s native Maine that is featured prominently in a number of his novels, novellas and short stories. Per the producers, it combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland. Fisher will play Zalewski, a Shawshank prison guard who finds himself embroiled with the discovery of a dark and mysterious inmate. Fisher is well known for his role as Mickey Milkovich on Showtime’s Shameless. He recently starred on National Geographic’s limited series The Long Road Home and can next be seen starring on CBS’ upcoming fall drama series The Red Line. On the film side, Fisher recently wrapped production on the Al Capone biopic Fonzo opposite Tom Hardy. Fisher is repped by UTA and Industry Entertainment. Castle Rock is set to premiere July 25 on Hulu.
Giannini will play Marcello, the owner of a Rome brothel who is “weathered and once handsome but still debonair,” according to a statement issued by producers of the six-part adaptation of Joseph Heller’s anti-war classic. The series is scheduled to air in 2019 on Hulu in the U.S.
Best known for his exuberant roles in 1970s Lina Wertmüller films, Giannini has since been active in prominent Italian and international productions such as Ridley Scott’s “Hannibal” and James Bond installments “Casino Royale” and “Quantum of Solace,” in which he played MI-6 operative and Bond ally Rene Mathis.
Giannini is the only Italian talent announced so far in the “Catch-22” cast, though about 300 Sardinian extras were recently recruited for scenes involving military activity on the Italian island, where Clooney – who is co-directing as well as starring and producing – has set up camp in a villa on its Emerald Coast, according to Italian press reports.
Earlier this month, pay-TV operator Sky Italia joined Paramount Television, Anonymous Content, and Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse Pictures as a “Catch-22” co-producer. The hotly anticipated show that will be almost entirely shot in Italy marks Clooney’s first regular TV role since NBC’s “ER.” Britain’s Channel 4 has U.K. rights.
Set in Italy during World War II, the show centers on Capt. John Yossarian (to be played by Christopher Abbott, as previously announced), a U.S. Air Force bombardier who, while trying to complete the number of flight missions required to go home, must contend with an absurd bureaucratic rule.
Hugh Laurie will play squadron officer Major de Coverley, and Kyle Chandler (“Bloodline”) will play Colonel Cathcart. Clooney has taken a relatively small role as training commander Scheisskopf, in order to focus on his duties
Both broadcasters have come on board the adaptation of the Joseph Heller novel, which stars Clooney, Bloodline’s Kyle Chandler, The Night Manager’s Hugh Laurie and Girls’ Christopher Abbott.
The drama follows Captain John Yossarian (Abbott), a U.S. Air Force soldier in World War II who can’t understand why thousands of people who have never met him want to kill him. Desperate to impress his superiors, Colonel Cathcar (Chandler) keeps raising the numbers of the missions his men have to fly, but Yossarian is driven half-mad by his will tolive. He wants to complete his service and leave, but his efforts are blocked by Catch-22 — a ridiculous bureaucratic rule that pilots don’t have to fly if they are certified insane, but unfortunately for the men the same rule also states that being driven mad by fear is a rational emotion, which therefore means the individual is sane and able to carry on with the mission.
Clooney plays Scheisskopf, a training commander based at the cadet school in California who isn’t the most likable man and doesn’t put his cadets’ interests before his own career. Laurie plays Major de Coverley.
The drama is produced by Paramount Television, Anonymous Content and Smokehouse Pictures and exec produced by Clooney, Grant Heslov, Richard Brown, Steve Golin, Luke Davies and David Michod. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’s Ellen Kuras directs with Clooney and Heslov.
The six-part series is set to air on Channel 4 and Sky Italia in 2019.
Clooney said it was “very exciting” to work with C4 and Sky Italia. “I couldn’t think of a better place to be doing this,” he said. “It’s a terrific partnership for a classic book.”
Said Ian Katz, Director of Programmes of Channel 4: “It’s hard to imagine a work that speaks more directly to the frequently absurd times we live in, and to the growing sense of individual distrust of institutions, than Catch-22.”
Andrea Scrosati, EVP Programming at Sky Italia said: “We are very proud that a project like Catch-22 –– a story that has shaped the mindsets of entire generations and still continues to thrill them — is filmed almost entirely in Italy, which in recent years has been able to fully show its creative and production potential, even at an international level.”
Said Dan Cohen, President of Worldwide Television Licensing at Paramount Pictures: “We are extremely pleased to be working with Channel 4 and Sky Italia to bring this exciting new project to viewers,” With an outstanding cast and award-winning creative team, we are confident that this adaptation of Catch-22 will resonate with a wide international audience.”
Catch-22, Hulu’s high-profile limited series co-starring and directed by George Clooney, has cast its Merry Band. Daniel David Stewart (The Band’s Visit), Austin Stowell (Battle of the Sexes), Rafi Gavron (Counterpart), Graham Patrick Martin (Major Crimes), Pico Alexander (A Most Violent Year), Jon Rudnitsky (Saturday Night Live), Gerran Howell (Young Dracula) and Lewis Pullman (Battle of the Sexes) have joined the series, written by Luke Davies and David Michôd based on the seminal Joseph Heller novel, from Paramount TV and Anonymous
Set in Italy during World War II, Catch-22 is the story of the incomparable, artful dodger Yossarian (Christopher Abbott), a bombardier for the U.S. Air Force, who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. But his real problem is not the enemy, but rather his own army which keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service. Yet if Yossarian makes any attempt to avoid his military assignments, he’ll be in violation of Catch-22, a hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule which specifies that a concern for one’s own safety in the face of dangers which are real and immediate is the process of a rational mind; a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but a request to be removed from duty is evidence of sanity and therefore makes him ineligible to be relieved from duty.
Top Row L-R: Daniel David Stewart, Austin Stowell; Bottom Row L-R Rafi Gavron, Graham Patrick Martin
Stewart will play Milo, a quintessential Brooklyn native, possessed with the fierce determination and charm to bring his grand plans to fruition. Milo is a war profiteer who has figured out how to put himself in the Mess hall supervisor position in order to begin his trading syndicate. He is a definite charmer who can talk his way out of anything.
Stowell will portray Nately, Yossarian’s closest friend. He is someone who had lived his young life without trauma and is in love with Clara, a prostitute in Rome.
Gavron will play Aarfy, Yossarian’s navigator who is frequently lost. When he starts recounting stories we get a glimpse into his darker mind and soon see it manifest on a weekend away.
Martin will portray Orr, Yossarian’s tentmate, and pilot of another plane in Yossarian’s squadron. Orr is very well liked and has a goofy demeanor; he is also a great handyman who has a specific skill set to see him through the war.
Top Row L-R: Pico Alexander, Jon Rudnitsky Bottom Row L-R; Gerran Howell, Lewis Pullman
Alexander will play Clevinger, the pilot of another plane. He and Yossarian enjoy each other’s company, yet each believes the other is a fool for holding the worldview he holds.
Rudnitsky is McWatt, Yossarian’s pilot. He is a prankster who in his spare time likes to fly too low to any and all structures. He thinks he understands how the world works and is not afraid to give his opinions about it.
Howell will play Kid Sampson, McWatt’s shy, boyish co-pilot, whose unspectacular and unremarkable life will end – spectacularly and remarkably – at McWatt’s hands.
Pullman is Major Major, an Air Corps Cadet who later becomes Squadron Commander. He has never had friends and tries to figure out the best way to go unnoticed through the war.
Clooney plays Scheisskopf and will direct the series alongside Grant Heslov and Ellen Kuras. Clooney and Heslov executive produce via Smokehouse Pictures alongside Davies and Michôd as well as Anonymous Content’s Richard Brown and Steve Golin. Kuras is a producer. Kyle Chandler co-stars as Colonel Cathcart.
Stewart, perhaps best known for his work on Broadway, starred in David Cromer’s Our Town with Helen Hunt, the Tony nominated cast of the Spring Awakening revival and originated the role of Papi in The Band’s Visit opposite Tony Shalhoub. Stewart is repped by TCA, Insight and Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein.
Stowell’s film credits include Battle of the Sexes, Whiplash and Bridge of Spies. On TV, he played the role of Sean O’Bannon on TNT’s Public Morals, among other credits. He’s repped by CAA and Fourward.
Gavron currently recurs in Starz’s Counterpart and also is set for a recurring role on Amazon’s upcoming series Homecoming, starring Julia Roberts. He’ll next be seen on film in Warner Bros musical drama A Star is Born. He’s repped by Affirmative Entertainment, Greene & Associates and Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal Laviolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman.
Martin is known for his starring role as Rusty Beck on Major Crimes and he recently guest-starred on The Good Doctor. He’s repped by Hyperion and Untitled Entertainment.
Alexander’s credits include features A Most Violent Year and Alpha House and guest roles on Orange Is The New Black, Blue Bloods and Unforgettable. He’s repped by UTA and Conway van Gelder Grant.
Rudnitsky’s credits include Saturday Night Live and feature Home Again. He most recently appeared in a guest role on Champions. He’s repped by CAA and Management 360.
Howell played the lead role of Vlad for five seasons on BBC’s Young Dracula. His other TV credits include Emerald City, and guest roles on Genius: Picasso, This Country and Strike Back. Feature work includes Crusade in Jeans and Queen & Country. He’s repped by Alchemy Entertainment, Denton Brierley, and Ginsburg Daniels Kallis.
Pullman’s film credits include Battle of the Sexes, Lean on Pete and The Ballad of Lefty Brown. He’ll next be seen in the role of Miles opposite Jeff Bridges and Chris Hemsworth in Fox’s upcoming feature Bad Times At The El Royale set for release October 5. He’s repped by Anonymous Content and ICM Partners.
Armando Iannucci’s new retelling of Charles Dickens’ “The Personal History of David Copperfield” is rounding out its cast.
Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie,”Dunkirk” breakout Aneurin Barnard, Ben Whishaw, Morfydd Clark, Anthony Welsh, and Rosalind Eleazar have all joined Dev Patel, who will play the title character. FilmNation could not be reached for comment.
The project will offer a modern take on Dickens’ title character as he navigates a chaotic world to find his elusive place within it. The original “David Copperfield” was first published in 1850 and describes the journey of the titular protagonist — who was modeled after Dickens himself, from impoverished childhood to becoming a successful author, thanks to perseverance and despite a lack of personal discipline.
Kevin Loader and Iannucci will produce the feature, which was developed with FilmNation. Iannucci is directing from a script he wrote with Simon Blackwell.
Iannucci and Blackwell previously collaborated with Tony Roche and Jesse Armstrong on the script for 2009’s “In the Loop,” which received an Academy Award nomination.
Iannucci created HBO’s political comedy “Veep” as an adaptation of his British sitcom, “The Thick of It.” He was the showrunner on “Veep” for the first four seasons, from 2012 to 2015. He recently directed the 2017 feature film “The Death of Stalin” and co-wrote the script with David Schneider, Ian Martin, and Peter Fellows.
Swinton is repped by UTA and Hamilton Hodell; Laurie is repped by WME and Hamilton Hodell; Barnard is repped by WME and the Artist Partnership; Whishaw is repped by CAA and Hamilton Hodell; Clark is repped by UTA, the Curtis Brown Group and Mosaic; Welsh is repped by 42 and Eleazar is repped by Rebecca Blond Associates.