January 13, 2013 | posted by mokulen | in Rumored
Homeland star Damian Lewis has been having informal talks about going from playing a would-be terrorist on TV to leaning on a lamppost and doing the Lambeth Walk on the London stage.
The 41-year-old has a yearning to play Cockney costermonger Bill Snibson, who discovers he’s heir to a title — and fortune — in a new revival of famed 1930s musical Me And My Girl.
It’s early days and as yet there have been no formal negotiations — and no official offer.
However, I can reveal there have been ongoing private conversations between Lewis and producer Alex Armitage, who happens to be the grandson of Noel Gay, who composed Me And My Girl’s famous numbers.
‘I’ve heard the chatter as well, but there’s nothing I can confirm,’ Mr Armitage told me, adding: ‘It would be a wonderful idea to get Damian to play Bill.’
Lewis, who won an Emmy award for his performance as former marine Nicholas Brody in Homeland, trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and can certainly carry a tune.
He played the Prince and the Wolf in John Crowley’s production of the Stephen Sondheim musical Into The Woods back in 1998, and he likes to tell of the Sondheim sing-alongs he and Homeland co-star Mandy Patinkin enjoy off the set.
A couple of years ago, Lewis auditioned to play Snibson in a version of Me And My Girl that director Anna Mackmin and choreographer Stephen Mears put on at Sheffield.
Lewis had the role, but his work in Los Angeles intervened. I remember hearing how well he tap-danced, and he has kept up with his dance studies. Plus, he’s had expert vocal tuition from Patinkin, who’s a musical theatre legend.
Source: Mail Online
The new IMDb page for To Appomattox
currently lists Damian as rumored for a role in the project. The 8-part mini-series on the American Civil War is currently in early pre-production and is being shopped around to
different networks. Damian has long been listed as playing James B. McPhersonon on the official To Appomattox website (with Helen in the role of Julia
Grant). Actors Michael C. Hall, William Petersen, and Paul Giamatti are also among the long list of
rumored cast. According to the official Facebook
page, official pre-production is set for February 2012 with filming planned for the Spring.
For more information about the mini-series, visit:
The official To Appomattox website
The official Facebook page
To Appomattox fan blog
The Hollywood Reporter has more casting info and news on the Homeland pilot:
Diego Klattenhoff has been cast in the Showtime pilot Homeland. Klattenhoff is a Canadian actor who starred in the 2008 ABC series Men in Trees with Anne Heche.
In Homeland he’ll play Mike Faber, a Marine colonel and the best friend of Scott Brody (Damian Lewis), the lead character who returns after years in exile in Iraq only to raise the suspicion of a CIA agent (Claire Danes) who suspects that Brody may now harbor anti-American, jihadist tendencies.
Mandy Patinkin plays Danes’ boss. And Laura Fraser co-stars as Brody’s wife.
Adapted from the Israeli television series Prisoners of War, Homeland is executive produced by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa, veterans of Fox’s terrorism drama 24. (Klattenhoff had a small part in the 2009 season of 24.)
The pilot begins shooting in early January. Gordon, Gansa and Prisoners of War creator Gideon Raff wrote the pilot script. Dexter’s Michael Cuesta will direct for Fox 21.
Homeland is the first pilot developed under David Nevins’ watch as president of entertainment at Showtime. Nevins described Homeland as a departure for the premium cable network.
“It’s a great psychological study like all the best Showtime shows,” he said. “But it actually is much more than that in the fact that it’s a psychological thriller with a real ticking clock and real edge-of-your seat elements.”
New Project? Damian is listed on the Lords of Magic IMDb page as being rumored for a role in the project. The film written by Gary Van Haas and to be directed by Rob Walker concerns the story of “British Lords and their attempts to conjure spirits and summon the dead. A journey into the arcane world of ‘real magic’ when famous writers such as Arthur Conan Doyle, H.G. Wells, and William Butler Yeats practiced magic in the occult as an art.” There’s a good synopsis at the Angel Motion Pictures official website. The film is listed as being in pre-production and is tentatively set to begin filming in Belgium in 2011.
Gallery Update: 2 old photoshoots of Damian have been added to the albums below.
2006 Greer Studios
2008 Patrick Fraser