In today’s International Newswire, German producer Bavaria adds further high-profile cast to ‘Das Boot,’ Fox confirms the addition of Patrick Stewart and Rebecca Ferguson to the cast of ‘The Kid Who Would Be King,’ and Hulu takes U.S. rights to British comedy ‘GameFace.’
“Game of Thrones” star Tom Wlaschiha and “Mad Men” actor Vincent Kartheiser have joined the cast of the rebooted “Das Boot.” The high-profile casting on the eight-episode U-boat drama, which has a $31.5 million budget, is yet another sign of the heightened international ambitions of German producers.
Also joining the Bavaria Fernsehproduktion, Sky Deutschland and Sonar Entertainment’s co-production are James D’Arcy, who appeared in “Marvel’s Agent Carter,” and Thierry Fremont, whose credits include “Juste un regard.”
The four newbies will play alongside Lizzy Caplan (“Masters of Sex”), August Wittgenstein (“The Crown”), Rainer Bock (“Inglourious Basterds”), Rick Okon (“Tatort”), and Vicky Krieps (“Phantom Thread”), among others. Andreas Prochaska directs the series, which is inspired by the Oscar and Golden Globe nominated-movie by Wolfgang Petersen, and Lothar-Guenther Buchheim’s novel.
FOX CONFIRMS PATRICK STEWART, REBECCA FERGUSON IN ‘THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING’
Patrick Stewart and Rebecca Ferguson have joined the cast of Joe Cornish’s “The Kid Who Would Be King,” which is being produced by Working Title for Twentieth Century Fox. The movie tells the story of Alex, a 12-year-old British schoolboy whose everyday problems are dwarfed by his discovery of the mythical sword Excalibur. “An epic adventure begins as Alex and his friends must thwart a medieval villain named Morgana, who is hell-bent on destroying the world,” according to a statement.
Louis Serkis (“Alice Through the Looking Glass”) stars as Alex. Newcomer Dean Chaumoo plays his best-friend Bedders, and Tom Taylor (“The Dark Tower”) and Rhianna Doris (“Secret Life of Boys”) play Lance and Kaye, who complete Alex’s band of would-be warriors. Angus Imrie (“Kingdom”) plays a young incarnation of the wizard Merlin, with Stewart as the senior version. Ferguson plays the evil Morgana.
HULU TAKES U.S. RIGHTS TO BRITISH COMEDY ‘GAMEFACE’
Hulu has nabbed the U.S. streaming video-on-demand rights to Objective Media’s “GameFace” in a deal inked with distributor All3Media Intl. The first season of the contemporary British comedy series will become available to stream, exclusively on Hulu, in the U.S. this fall.
The pilot and the six-episode first season of “GameFace,” which will premiere on the U.K.’s E4 later this year, is created and written by and stars Roisin Conaty. It follows Marcella (Conaty) as she “spiritedly crashes her way through life, assisted by her dubious life-coach, best friends and ever-patient driving instructor,” according to a statement. “Bouncing back from a seismic break-up, clinging on to her dreams of becoming an actress, and — when she remembers her lessons — finally learning to drive, Marcella is on a mission to change her future for the better.”
VIACOM ACQUIRES LUDACRIS-FRONTED SHOW ‘FEAR FACTOR’ IN MULTIPLE TERRITORIES
Viacom Intl. Media Networks has signed a multi-territory deal for the first two seasons of Endemol Shine Group’s reality series “Fear Factor” across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America, Asia (excluding India and Pakistan) and Australia/New Zealand.
The show is hosted by recording artist Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and was MTV’s highest-rated series premiere in two years for 18-34 year olds. In the show, which is filled with stunts inspired by urban legends, scary movies and viral videos, “contestants confront their fears, are pushed beyond their comfort zones and take action against some of their biggest stressors,” according to a statement.
In each episode, contestants pair up into four teams – siblings, college rivalries, roommates, best friends, co-workers and exes and more – and battle it out for $50,000 in prize money.
WARNER BROS./GULLANE TEST B.O. WATERS WITH ‘BINGO’
Warner Bros. co-production “Bingo,” Brazil’s Academy Award entry, lead-produced by Brazilian art-film/crossover powerhouse Gullane (“Second Mother”), has hit almost 300,000 admissions in Brazil, around $1.2 million in gross box office. Also released this August, a second Gullane production, Wild Bunch-sold “Just Like Our Parents,” the story of a a woman’s rediscovery of her true self, portrait of a put-upon woman who rebels against mother/wife/daughter, has sold 220,000 tickets to date. Latter’s a creditable performance, but Gullane founder Fabiano Gullane wants far more from Brazil. Its 184 million admissions last year were punched by a score of only 15 million people. Brazil, as in some other spheres, has a long way to go.