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Hex, the supernatural drama which once aired on BBC AMERICA, may have only lasted two seasons, but its stars are making a big impact in Hollywood. Today comes news that Christina Cole, who played Cassie, has snagged the lead role on a Fox drama from the creator of CBS’ Shark. The drama is as-yet-untitled, but according to Televisionary, “she will play a female surgeon who suffers from adult-onset schizophrenia.” Definitely a meatier role than playing a desk clerk at a Caribbean hotel in Casino Royale.
Michael Fassbender has already exploded onto the scene with a supporting part in 300 and an award-winning starring role as Bobby Sands in Hunger. Quentin Tarantino took notice of the handsome, German-born actor and cast him in the upcoming release, Inglourious Basterds. The Times interviewed Fassbender about the role:
Filming ended in December and Fassbender had a blast playing a British commando who teams up with Brad Pitt’s homicidal Yanks. His character, Lt Archie Hicox, was based, Tarantino told him, on a young George Sanders. “So I got out all the original Saints and Sanders films. It’s a very particular way of speaking, affected accent and mannerisms. I just really went to town and found quite a lot of humor in it, I hope.” Pitt certainly thought so. “In our first scene together I started doing my character and he started laughing.” He smiles. “He was very supportive.”
What about the rest of the cast? Where are they? Well…
Jemima Rooper (Thelma), of course, starred in the popular ITV drama, Lost
in Austen, as a modern-day woman who time-travels to the fictional world of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. She’s also doing a bit of London theater.
Jamie Davis (Leon) co-stars with Queer as Folk‘s Robert Gant in the new BBC series, P.A.s, described as a “new offbeat drama following the fortunes of four fabulous personal assistants in the City.” A.K.A. a slightly more scripted, UK version of The Hills. It is set to premiere later this year.
Zoe Tapper (Gemma) landed big roles on not one, but two dramas: she stars in Demons, a vampire series co-starring Philip Glenister, and Survivors, a post-apocalyptic drama set to premiere on BBC AMERICA later this year.
Laura Pyper (Ella) and Katrine De Candole (Perie) both made guest appearances on Demons.
Colin Salmon could be the most in-demand former Hex cast member: alongside those persistent rumors that he’ll be the first black James Bond, the former David Tyrel has five films in the works this year.
Anna Wilson-Jones (doomed teacher Jo Watkins) appears in an upcoming episode of Ashes to Ashes. So be on the lookout.
The irresistible Joseph Beattie (Malachi) played the flamboyantly gay Anthony Blanche in the recent Brideshead Revisited remake, and he has the lead as a speedway racer in an upcoming comedy, Eating Dust.
Joseph Morgan, who played Cassie’s blond jock boyfriend Troy, continues to work steadily on British television, recently doing a four-episode stint on Casualty.
Amber Sainsbury (Roxanne) grabbed notoriety a couple years ago when she was rumored to be dating Josh Hartnett, her co-star in the 2007 film 30 Days of Night. No clue what she’s up to these days.
Sam Troughton (Jez) is, of course, eating a lot and causing mischief as Much on Robin Hood, which is preparing a third season.
If anyone else has info on what the stars of Hex are up to, do send it to me! Thanks!
In other news:
- Actress Wendy Richard – Pauline Fowler from EastEnders and Miss Brahms from Are You Being Served? – has lost her battle with cancer at age 65. The Guardian has compiled some of Richard’s most memorable clips from over the years.
- The Shockwaves NME Awards were handed out yesterday, and Oasis, Muse, and Barack Obama were the big winners.
- The Cure‘s Robert Smith is slightly embarrassed about winning NME’s Godlike Genius Award.(NME)
- The Cure + Tim Burton = a Goth teenager’s dream come true.(BBC)
- Blur‘s Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon did a surprise performance at the NME’s.(BBC)
- Instead of celebrating his NME win, Noel Gallagher uses his moment in the sun to attack Lady GaGa, The Killers, and Kings of Leon on his blog.(Mirror)
- Dev Patel and Freida Pinto bask in their Slumdog Millionaire Oscar victory on the cover of Entertainment Weekly. Meanwhile, Pinto is also gracing the cover of Vogue.
- Patel and Slumdog director Danny Boyle will appear on the UK’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire? (Guardian)
- Keira Knightley‘s King Lear movie – co-starring Anthony Hopkins and Gwyneth Paltrow – has been axed. The Daily Telegraph reports, “The film was announced at the Cannes Film Festival last year and was expected to feature epic battle sequences. It may be the first high profile casualty of the recession in the movie business, when one of the world’s most bankable stars – number 42 in a recent Forbes power list – cannot get a project made. It now leaves the way open for a rival Shakespearean production with Al Pacino in the title role.”
- Guy Ritchie‘s Sherlock Holmes movie has been pushed from November to Christmas.(Variety)
- The final Harry Potter will premiere in July 2011.(Reuters)
- In today’s Guardian, Erasure frontman Andy Bell lists his favorite “diva” songs, including Sinéad O’Connor‘s “Three Babies.” He provides a funny anecdote about meeting the controversial Irish chanteuse: “I met her once in Dublin and we went on a pub crawl – she was just as beautiful in real life as on TV. I said, ‘I wanted to see you and tell you I was in solidarity with you when you ripped up the picture of the pope on television.’ But she said, ‘No, it was fair enough, I deserved that, I shouldn’t have done those things’. And I thought, ‘Good for you that you don’t carry those things around with you and let them get you down’. Then we carried on drinking and she drank me under the table. I ended up throwing up outside the pub.”
- Earlier, we mentioned Zoe Tapper starring on the ITV drama, Demons. Well, the show’s star, Philip Glenister has allegedly quit, which means the show is unlikely to return. “ITV spent millions on Demons – but things have not worked out. Philip made it clear he would not come back. He’s busy filming, with a second series of Ashes to Ashes and has other shows in the pipeline.”(The Sun)
- Mistresses star Orla Brady – who looks frickin’ fantastic for 47 – says she’d like some vodka to calm her nerves before sex scenes. “Imagine coming to work and having to take your clothes off in front of a camera crew – it’s kind of embarrassing. All I can think about is cellulite.”(The Sun)
- Being Human will get a second season.(The Stage)
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Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.