As speculation mounts over who’ll play the Doctor’s thirteenth incarnation, it’s been announced ex-Time Lord, Christopher Eccleston, will take on the role of the leader of a group of assassins in upcoming comedy Dead in a Week (Or Your Money Back). It’s essentially the tale of a suicidal young man named William.
Okay, so at that doesn’t exactly sound laugh-out-loud funny, but the film’s synopsis has all the ingredients of a quirky, albeit extremely dark, comedy:
“After seven suicide attempts and a chance encounter on a bridge, William (Barnard) outsources the task to Leslie (Wilkinson), an aging hitman on the brink of retirement. But with the contract signed and death guaranteed within a week (or his money back), William finally discovers a reason to live.”
Eccleston’s character is Leslie’s boss, Harvey. Didn’t know hitmen had bosses? No, us neither. But Harvey is the head of the so-called Guild of Assassins, and as such is extremely keen on meeting quotas. As far as he’s concerned, William’s contract is binding.
We have to admit, Eccleston in a funny role doesn’t feel like a natural fit. After all, he has a formidable reputation, plus a penchant for the kind of serious British dramas that he made his name. And his more recent role as the reverend Matt Jamison in HBO’s The Leftovers didn’t inspire a lot of giggles. But that ignores the actor’s bone-dry — and sometimes anarchic — sense of humor, most obviously on display, of course, in his portrayal of the Doctor.
Those comedic skills look set once again to be placed front and center in Eccleston’s new role.
Deadline reports he’ll joined by two-time Oscar nominee Tom Wilkinson (Batman Begins, Michael Clayton), Aneurin Barnard (Dunkirk, The White Queen) and Marion Bailey (Mr Turner, The Lady in the Van).
Dead in a Week started filming this week in London, according to Variety, and is expected to be released in late 2017.
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