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P&P NewsBits: First photo of Keira Knightley in The Aftermath, Filming begins for Howards End starring Matthew Macfadyen, Vera starring Brenda Blethyn returns for Season 7 on March 19th, and more!

Some new movies, casting, release dates, and filming news info. featuring some P&P actors here that I thought I'd post them all in the same post...

Here's today's quick news round up of TV and film news (including casting callsfilm synopsistrailersrelease datesfestival newsetc.) of the following P&P (2005) actors: Keira Knightley, Brenda Blethyn,Talulah Riley, and , with director Joe Wright all in one post!  

First up...
(In Random Order)

First Official Photo: Keira Knightley as Rachael Morgan in The Aftermath
Fox Searchlight Pictures and BBC Films unveiled the first official photo from The Aftermath and announced principal photography has been completed on the dramatic film. The first photo features Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game, Anna Karenina) who stars along with Alexander Skarsgard (The Legend of Tarzan, True Blood), and Jason Clarke (Everest) in the film adaptation of Rhidian Brook’s bestselling novel. Brook, Joe Shrapnel, and Anna Waterhouse adapted the book and James Kent (Testament of Youth) directed The Aftermath.

The Plot: The Aftermath is set in postwar Germany in 1946. Rachael Morgan (Knightley) arrives in the ruins of Hamburg in the bitter winter, to be reunited with her husband Lewis (Clarke), a British colonel charged with rebuilding the shattered city. But as they set off for their new home, Rachael is stunned to discover that Lewis has made an unexpected decision: They will be sharing the grand house with its previous owners, a German widower (SkarsgΓ₯rd) and his troubled daughter. In this charged atmosphere, enmity and grief give way to passion and betrayal. [Showbiz Junkie]

Also, see On Set Photos of Keira Knightley looks truly radiant in vintage coat and beret as she films WWII drama The Aftermath in a snowy Prague [UK's Daily Mail]

Filming started for BBC and Starz' Howards End starring Hayley Atwell & Matthew Macfadyen
Matthew's Any Human Heart and Pillars of The Earth co-star Hayley Atwell (who also co-starred with Keira in The Duchess film) has recently posted on her official Instagram account that their upcoming new mini-series Howards End started filming last week. She posted a few on set and location photos as well as working again with MM (with their AHH still on her post). See them below...

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Howards End explores the changing landscape of social and class divisions in turn-of-the-century England through the prism of three families: the intellectual and idealistic Schlegels, the wealthy Wilcoxes from the world of business and the working-class Basts. Playground is executive producing in association with City Entertainment and KippSter Entertainment.

Atwell will play Margaret Schlegel, Macfadyen will portray Henry Wilcox, and Ullman will play Aunt Juley Mund. [Deadline]

Vera starring Brenda Blethyn returns for a 7th Season to ITV on March 19th!

Brenda and ITV both confirmed the S7 premiere date of Vera on Twitter...

Also, check out and read this recent article from the UK's Daily Mail: The one lesson I've learned from life: Brenda Blethyn OBE on on always taking pride in your work

Pip Torrens joins cast of Preacher as series regular for Season 2
AMC’s hit series Preacher is expanding its cast as it gears up for Season 2. Noah Taylor (Game of Thrones, Deep Water), Pip Torrens (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Crown) and Julie Ann Emery (Fargo, Better Call Saul) have signed on as series regulars, and Malcolm Barrett (War on Everyone, Dear White People), Ronald Guttman (Homeland, Mozart in the Jungle) and Justin Prentice (13 Reasons Why, Malibu Country) are set for recurring roles.

Preacher follows a West Texas preacher named Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper), who is inhabited by the renegade spawn of an angel and demon and gains the power to control people with just a word. The series’ second season premieres this summer and follows Jesse, his badass ex-girlfriend Tulip (Ruth Negga) and an Irish vampire named Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) as they embark on a road trip to find God, dealing with issues both worldly and otherworldly along the way. [Read full article via Deadline]

Side Note: Although he’s a prolific character actor with 172 film and television credits to his name, English actor Pip Torrens is best known to us, Pride & Prejudice (2005) movie fans as the Netherfield Butler with one of the most memorable one-liners in the film:  "A Mrs. Bennet, a Miss Bennet, a Miss Bennet, and a Miss Bennet, sir."
His other recent roles include roles in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Versailles, Grantchester, Netflix's The Crown, Poldark, War & Peace, My Week With Marilyn, Joe Wright's Anna Karenina (as Dolly and Kitty's father, Prince Shcherbatsky), and The Danish Girl.

Talulah Riley's Acts of Love novel out on Paperback July 2017!
Pride and Prejudice director Joe Wright returns to London theatre
The British director Joe Wright is returning to the theatre to direct an adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s classic play Life of Galileo.

Wright, whose films include Pride and Prejudice, Atonement and Anna Karenina, made his stage directorial debut in 2012 with Trelawny of the Wells at the Donmar Warehouse in London.
He followed that with a memorable production of A Season in the Congo with Chiwetel Ejiofor at the Young Vic, and it is to there he returns for what will be his third play. [The Guardian]



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