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Damian Visits Newcastle University Library to Research New Role – Jan 16, 2014

Researching Charles Doughty-Wylie for Queen of the Desert

by Kerry Wood | Chronicle Live | January 16, 2014

Source: Chronicle Live – Damian with Geraldine Hunwick

It was a far cry from the set of smash hit drama Homeland for actor Damian Lewis when he popped into a Tyneside library. The English actor, known to millions of viewers as Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody, visited the city this week to delve into Newcastle University’s Robinson Library archives on Washington-born explorer Gertrude Bell.

Having previously starred in Band of Brothers, since 2011 he’s been playing Brody, a turned prisoner-of-war in the American hit show.

Seen here with library archivist Geraldine Hunwick, the actor was researching his new role as Charles Doughty-Wylie in the new film Queen of the Desert.

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Categories In Development/ Pre-Production Rumored

‘Homeland’s Damian Lewis To Star With Nicole Kidman In ‘Queen Of The Desert’

Damian Lewis, who has won Golden Globes and Emmys for his work as POW-turned-terrorist Nicolas Brody in Showtime’s Homeland, is near a deal to star opposite Nicole Kidman in director Werner Herzog’s Queen Of The Desert. The UK-born Lewis won’t have to hide his homegrown accent for the feature: He will play Lt. Col. Charles Doughty-Wylie, an unhappily married English war hero who engages in a turbulent affair with Gertrude Bell (Kidman), with whom he exchanged love letters with from 1913-1915 until he was killed in active duty at Gallipoli. Production is scheduled to begin in December.

Queen Of The Desert refers to Bell, the iconic explorer, writer, archeologist and attaché for the British Empire who is credited with helping to catalyze the formation of the Middle East at the dawn of the 20th century. Nick Raslan is producing through his Palmyra Films banner along with Cassian Elwes and Michael Benaroya. Benaroya Pictures banner is financing the film. Sierra/Affinity will handle international sales.

Lewis is represented by WME, Markham, Froggatt and Irwin, and Karl Austen.


Categories Alone In Development/ Pre-Production

Damian Lewis joins astronaut thriller ‘Alone’


Damian Lewis is attached to star in sci-fi thriller Alone, which Genesis Film Sales is selling internationally and presenting to buyers at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

The high-concept story is about a US astronaut who has to save the planet when he is the sole occupant of an orbiting space station.

The project will shoot in London. Kirk Weddell wrote the script and will co-direct with Chris Taylor, a VFX veteran who has worked on films including The Dark Knight Rises and Les Miserables.

Weddell and Mark Shields will produce for London-based Atlantic Picture Company. Gareth Jones (Lock Stock, Secretary) will serve as executive producer.

The Homeland actor recently shot another UK production, The Silent Storm, opposite Andrea Riseborough.

Lewis is represented by Markham, Froggatt and Irwin and WME. Weddell is represented by Intellectual Property Group.

Source: Screen Daily

More on the film:

Genesis Film Sales – Alone page

Categories In Development/ Pre-Production The Silent Storm

New Project: The Silent Storm

EXCLUSIVE: Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson to exec-produce love story starring Andrea Riseborough and Damian Lewis, due to get underway this summer.

Oblivion and Shadowdancer star Andrea Riseborough is to star alongside Homeland’s Damian Lewis in love story The Silent Storm, which WestEnd will be presenting to buyers in Cannes.

James Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of Eon Productions will executive produce and finance the drama, which is produced by Moon co-producer Nicky Bentham of Neon Films.

BIFA-nominated director Corinna Villari-McFarlane has written and will direct the feature about an enigmatic outsider, played by Riseborough, living on a remote Scottish island who is caught between her commanding husband (Lewis) and a 17 year-old delinquent.

Principal photography is due to get underway this summer in Scotland.

Marc Samuelson, Steve Milne and Hani Farsi are also executive producers and financiers on the project alongside Transparent Film Financing.

“It is very exciting to me to be working with Corinna, a director who has a fresh female voice and a strong creative vision”, said Broccoli, whose Eon makes a rare foray into a non-Bond production. “Her inspiring script has attracted two of Britain’s most talented actors and we believe that she will make a powerful film”

On the question of whether Eon would be looking to produce more non-Bond features in the near-future, the outfit told Screen:
“We’re always interested in the potential of other projects whether it’s feature film, documentary or theatre, it just so happens we’ve been focusing more on theatre recently with the musical Once on Broadway and now in London.

“The timing on The Silent Storm has worked out well for us, we’re always excited to discover fresh British talent, Corinna is a really inspiring young female director with an incredible vision and her superb script has so far been attracting a fantastic British cast and crew.”


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New short film

Jaguar tonight revealed the F-TYPE, an all-new convertible sports car. The new Jaguar F-TYPE represents a return to the company’s heartland: a two-seat, convertible sports car focused on delivering performance, agility and maximum driver engagement. The F-TYPE is a continuation of a sporting bloodline that stretches back more than 75 years and encompasses a heritage of beautiful, thrilling and desirable cars.

The car was revealed in front of the dramatic setting of the 18th century Musée Rodin. Following the reveal, singer Lana Del Rey took to the stage and performed a new track ‘Burning Desire’, that she has written as part of her collaboration with Jaguar for the launch of the F-TYPE. The track is confirmed to be the sound track to a short film that is being produced in association with Ridley Scott Associates and will be featured on her new album.

Starring Golden Globe nominated and Emmy Award-winning actor Damian Lewis, the short film is scheduled to be filmed in South America next month and will be released early 2013.


Categories Driven In Development/ Pre-Production

‘Driven’ Update

EXCLUSIVE: Damian Lewis, Jessica Brown-Findlay, Peter Capaldi and Iwan Rheon will star in actor/writer/director David Leon’s debut feature Driven.

Production on the crime thriller is set to start in and around Newcastle and Northumberland in early 2013. Driven will be produced by Daisy Allsop with the photographer Rankin attached as executive producer alongside Gareth Wiley. German production company GFF will co-produce. The film will be made through Leon’s production company Zeitgeist Films.

Leon, currently starring in ITV’s detective drama Vera, was the winner of Best Narrative Feature at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival with his short film Man And Boy, starring Eddie Marsan, which he also co-wrote based on a true story. His first short Father, starring Sam Spruell, also met with positive response and international exposure. Leon’s second feature Orthodox is currently in development with Northern Film & Media’s Film 4Ward scheme, in association with Film4.

Driven is a loosely autobiographical film, a crime thriller based around Leon’s own childhood experiences growing up in Newcastle in the late ’80s and early ’90s.


You can read a good synopsis of the project here at the GFF website.

Categories In Development/ Pre-Production Messages

Damian Lewis is not on Twitter (Update)

The Twitter account seems to have already been deleted but just to let you know @DamianWLewis was not Damian

Lewis. According to Damian’s assistant: “I have heard from Damian and I can confirm it is NOT him on

twitter” and that “If and when he does set one up I will let you know.”

He also sends an update on the rumored project The Quiet Ones: “He was offered it but has had to turn it down due to other commitments.”

Update: In case you only see this single entry, Damian Lewis joined Twitter a day later. You can now follow him at @lewis_damian!

Categories In Development/ Pre-Production

Possible Project: ‘The Quiet Ones’?

Bloody Disgusting is hearing that Michael Sheen (Underworld, Underworld: Evolution, Underworld: Rise

of the Lycans) has been offered the lead role in Exclusive Media’s The Quiet Ones, Hammer Films’ next project

following up on the boxoffice success of The Woman in Black. In a quick update, we’ve also heard Damien Lewis

(Dreamcatcher) has also been offered a role, but we’re unsure if it’s for the same role.

We also exclusively reported back in November that John Pogue – who made his directorial debut on Sony’s direct-

to-disc Quarantine 2: Terminal – is set to direct from his own screenplay.

The film is based on a supposedly true story about a team of Cambridge academics in the 1970’s who record their

investigation as they attempt to exorcise a poltergeist from a young girl.

Shooting to take place later this year in UK. We’ll update you one whether or not Sheen accepts the role. Nicolas

Cage was originally offered the lead…


According the Variety, the film is scheduled begin

filming in May – which happens to be the same time season 2 of Homeland begins filming – still it’s something to keep

an eye on.

More on The Quiet Ones:

Exclusive Media – Press Release
Exclusive Media – The Quiet Ones page

Categories In Development/ Pre-Production Rumored To Appomattox

New rumored project at IMDB

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

Categories Download Driven In Development/ Pre-Production News Video Will

‘Will’ Poster and Trailer!

  • We have our first look at Damian Lewis in the film Will. Click here at Archstone Distribution or below to view the new trailer. Click here at the gallery for screencaps. (Update: Click here for a download.) According to the distributor, “there is no release date planned for Will yet in the US or the UK” (the November date listed on their website is incorrect) but that a film release could happen “sometime towards the end of this year to early next year.” According to, the film will make its debut at the Cannes Film Market this May.

  • The Evening Standard offers a few more details on the film Driven in an article about filmmakers David Leon and Rashid Razaq:

    Leon, who lives in east London, said they were all “tremendously proud” to have triumphed at the festival co-founded by De Niro, one of his cinema heroes – although work commitments meant none of the team was able to accept the prize from the Hollywood star in person.

    The honour comes as Leon and Razaq, 31, are fundraising for their first full-length feature script, Driven, a crime thriller-meets-love story with a budget closer to £1million. Shooting is scheduled to start next year, with Band Of Brothers star Damian Lewis.

    The film, which Leon will direct alone, is set in 1989 against the backdrop of the fall of the Berlin Wall. It tells the story of a young man facing the moral dilemma of whether to follow his family into crime.


Categories Driven Gallery Homeland In Development/ Pre-Production Messages Site

News & new gallery address

  • We received an update from Michael

    concerning Damian’s upcoming projects and it looks like at the moment Damian is attached to film Driven but that they are “still waiting for dates to be confirmed for the filming of HOMELAND. Until all of this is finalised nothing is

    confirmed for any other work.” Homeland producers said earlier this year that Homeland would film from June to October. Given the possible filming dates for Homeland, Michael also says “It does not look like the Hay Festival will be in Damian’s diary either but to date this is TBC (To Be Confirmed).”

  • We’ve changed hosts allowing us to move the gallery to its new home:

    Your username and password should work as before, but if not, please contact us!

    Registrations at the gallery are also open again. My sincerest apologies for taking so long to sort things out!

Categories Driven In Development/ Pre-Production News

New Project?

According to an interview with British actor David Leon in The Guardian, Damian will play the lead in the Leon’s first feature film, Driven:

Since then, he has made two short films; one of them, Man and Boy, about the death of a suspected paedophile, was a selection of the Tribeca film festival in New York last week. This year he hopes to direct his first feature film, Driven, a crime thriller set in Newcastle in the late 80s; Damian Lewis, star of the Forsyte Saga, is confirmed as the lead. Despite this, Leon insists he doesn’t harbour Hollywood ambitions. “All I’ve ever wanted to do is challenging projects,” he says. “If that takes me to America, fantastic, but I don’t think I’d ever really want to leave England on a permanent basis. This is where my roots are. What I’m really drawn to is, not arthouse necessarily, but the more independent, European-feeling films.” See? He would have made a terrible professional footballer.