I. Howards End Mini-Series
Julia Ormond has joined Hayley Atwell, Matthew Macfadyen, Tracey Ullman and Philippa Coulthard for a BBC/Starz four-part mini-series production of Howards End, based on the classic E.M. Forster . Yes. You heard that right. Julia Ormond - and - Hayley Atwell... in the same mini-series! You may recall that the novel was also adapted into a very popular 1992 Merchant-Ivory film starring Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins. Filming has wrapped
Deadline describes the mini-series:
"Howards End tells the story of two couples caught in a swirling landscape of social and class divisions in turn-of-the-century England. Playground is executive producing in association with City Entertainment and KippSter Entertainment. Kenneth Lonergan is penning the adaptation, directed by Hettie Macdonald.
It focuses on Margaret Schlegel (Atwell), an intelligent, idealistic, bohemian young woman who is courted by the older Henry Wilcox (Macfadyen), a self-made conservative businessman, after his wife Ruth Wilcox (Ormond) dies unexpectedly. Meanwhile, Margaret’s passionate and capricious younger sister Helen Schlegel (Coulthard) takes up the cause of Leonard Bast (Quinn), a young bank clerk who falls on hard times at work and at home with his partner Jacky (Eleazar). In the absence of their parents, who have died, the sisters’ loving but interfering Aunt Juley (Ullman) tries to keep the young ladies and their brother Tibby (Lawther) on the straight and narrow."
II. Rememory, Julia's new SF drama, co-starring Peter Dinklage and the late Anton Yelchin premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to mixed reviews. Entertainment Weekly has a plot description and clip from the film (featuring Dinklage):
Reviews by The Hollywood Reporter, Variety and Birth.Movies.Death are linked.
The first season (10-episode) episodes of Syfy's INCORPORATE concluded to generally positive reviews. The author of this Vanity Fair article is clearly a fan!
No word yet on whether the series will be picked up for a second season but Bustle lists the reasons why it should be!
IV. Tour de Pharmacy, the star-studded HBO mockumentary about doping in the world of professional cycling, had its first trailer released. Considering its colossal cast I wonder if this will be a blink-or-you'll-miss-her role for Julia. That will probably apply to most of the actors credited in the trailer. The movie premiers on July 8th.