VOGUE – The short, which has been released this morning, is entitled The Tale of Thomas Burberry and comes in the form of a three-minute trailer, written by Academy Award-nominated Matt Charman and directed by Academy Award-winning Asif Kapadia. Gleeson plays protagonist Burberry, with Miller and James taking on the roles of mother of Burberry’s children and pilot Betty Dawson respectively – both fictionalised characters. West plays Polar explorer and patron of Burberry, Ernest Shackleton, whose expedition to the Antarctic in 1914 forms the central plotline.
“This Christmas, as we celebrate our 160th anniversary we wanted to tell the story of Thomas Burberry – pioneer, inventor, innovator, and the man behind the iconic trench coat – in our own words,” said Burberry chief creative and chief executive officer. “The film we have made is a brief glimpse inspired by his full and extraordinary life, which threaded its way through the history of the twentieth century in all its tumultuous highs and lows. To do justice to this story, we turned to a team of truly great twenty- first century British talent: Asif Kapadia, a director whose work I admire enormously, and a cast of our brightest and our best actors: Domhnall Gleeson, Sienna Miller, Dominic West and Lily James. We feel very proud to be sharing The Tale of Thomas Burberry this Christmas – his spirit and his vision are still at the heart of everything we do at Burberry today.”
Lily is featured in the second issue (Fall/Winter) of Luncheon magazine. We’ve added three scans in our gallery but sadly the quality is not great so we’ll try to replace them with HQ as soon as possible. If someone wants to donate scans to the site, please do not hesitate to send us an email, full credit will be given!
DEADLINE – In-demand British actress Lily James is set to star in The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society, with Mike Newell attached to direct.
Script is written by Don Roos and Tom Bezucha and is based on the international bestseller of the same name by Annie Barros and Mary Ann Shaffer. Paula Mazur and Mitchell Kaplan from The Mazur/Kaplan Company and Blueprint Pictures’ Graham Broadbent and Pete Czernin will produce.
Studiocanal is financing the project and will distribute in its own territories, the UK, France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand. The company will be selling worldwide rights to the title at the American Film Market next month.
The story is set on Guernsey Island in the aftermath of World War II and sees free-spirited journalist Juliet Ashton, played by James, form a life-changing bond with the delightful and eccentric Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, when she decides to write about the book club they formed during wartime.
“The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society has been a project of tremendous passion for us, and we are thrilled to be bringing it to screen with filmmaker Mike Newell attached and Lily James, our consummate ‘Juliet,’ ” said Mazur.
Ron Halpern, Studiocanal’s EVP International Productions and Acquisitions said: “Studiocanal is thrilled to be partnering with Mazur/Kaplan and Blueprint Pictures to bring Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Schaffer’s The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society to the big screen. We have always admired Mike Newell as a director and it would be an honor to finally work with him. Lily James is the perfect actress to bring this incredible character to life.”
Published by Random House, the novel sold 7.5 million copies in 37 territories and was a New York Times bestseller.
Filming is set to begin in the UK in spring 2017.
James, who is also starring in Working Title’s Darkest Hour, directed by Joe Wright, is repped by Tavistock Wood in the UK and UTA in the U.S.
Lily looked stunning and elegant in her Galvan dress as she attended the BFI London Film Festival Awards during the 60th BFI London Film Festival60th BFI London Film Festival on October 15, 2016 in London. Head over to our gallery to find high quality pictures from the event!
Great news! Lily is nominated for her role in ‘War & Peace’ as Natasha Rostova in the Drama Performance category at the 22nd National Television Awards. You can now show your support by voting for Lily and ‘War & Peace’ (Period Drama) HERE. The ceremony will take place on January 25, 2017 in London. Do not hesitate to spread the word!
Lily is on the cover of L’Officiel Singapore magazine for this month. You can check the gallery for digital scans featuring a new photoshoot and interview. She talks about Burberry, her latest project ‘The Darkest Hour’, Cate Blanchett and much more!
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THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – A24 and DirecTV have acquired the U.S. distribution rights to The Exception following its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival last month.
Directed by David Leveaux, the film stars Lily James (Cinderella, Downton Abbey), Jai Courtney (Suicide Squad, Terminator Genisys) and Christopher Plummer (Beginners).
Based on Alan Judd’s novel The Kaiser’s Last Kiss, the story centers a German officer (Courtney) who is sent to Holland to determine if the British Secret Service has infiltrated the home of Kaiser Wilhelm II (Plummer) at the onset of World War II. But he begins a lethally dangerous affair with a young Jewish Dutch woman (James) that results in consequences neither they nor the Kaiser could have foreseen.
Simon Burke adapted the film, which also stars Janet McTeer, Eddie Marsan and Ben Daniels.
Produced by Judy Tossell and Lou Pitt, The Exception is an Egoli Tossell Film/Ostar Production in association with Alton Road Prods., Silver Reel, uMedia, Lotus Entertainment and Film House Germany.
UTA negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers, while Lotus is selling the foreign rights.