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In Retrospect: Matthew Macfadyen cast as Mr. Darcy on this day 2 decades ago!

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On this day,  20   years ago  ( June 11th, 2004 ),  Matthew Macfadyen   was announced and cast in the iconic role of  Mr. Darcy , opposite  Keira Knightley 's protagonist  Elizabeth Bennet  (Darcy's love interest. See  Keira's retrospect casting announcement here ) in  Joe Wright 's first feature film,  Pride & Prejudice (2005) . I've previously compiled here a few of  Joe Wright 's  P&P-era interviews  as well as a few old articles (I could find) of his  casting announcement  including  Rosamund Pike  and  Jena Malone , who were also announced (on the same day as  Matthew ) as joining the cast to play  Keira 's older sister  Jane  ( Pike ) and youngest sister  Lydia Bennet  ( Malone ).  Read  Rosamund  and  Jena 's casting here:  Joe Wright On Casting P&P '05 Actors More on Matthew's Darcy casting info. below... 

In Retrospect: Keira Knightley confirmed to star as Elizabeth Bennet in Pride & Prejudice (2005) film on this day 2 decades ago!

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On this day,  20   years ago  ( June 8, 2004 ),  Keira Knightley  was  confirmed  to star in the lead as  Elizabeth Bennet  (in which she received both a  Golden Globe  and  Oscar nominations  for  Best Actress  in the role) in  Joe Wright 's first feature film,  Pride & Prejudice (2005) . Also, the first of many  Joe Wright  and  Keira Knightley  films ( Atonement  and  Anna Karenina ) and Chanel TV commercials collaborations together. As I've previously compiled here a few  Joe Wright  past  P&P-era interviews  on his casting  Keira  as  Elizabeth Bennet  in his  P&P  directed film. Also, I've included a few old articles of  press/media announcements  of  KK 's  P&P casting  (thanks to  Paul 's  KeiraWeb 's detailed  P&P promo page  archive for saving those articles as they're nowhere or rather hard to find nowadays because it's been a decade and the web has changed over the years. The  P&P 2005 movie 's  official website ,

Happy Birthday Penelope Wilton!

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Celebrating a birthday today ( June 3rd ) is  Olivier Award winner  and  Downton Abbey 's  Penelope Wilton   ( co-stars as   Isobel Crawley ), best known to us  P&P movie fans  as  Mrs. Gardiner ,  Elizabeth Bennet 's favorite  aunt  in the   Pride & Prejudice  (2005) film . She also played  Tom Hollander 's mother in  Wives and Daughters  mini-series and co-starred with  Rosamund Pike  in  W&D  too as well as with her good friend  Judi Dench  in  Iris  and  The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel / The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel  films. Plus, she co-starred with Matthew Macfadyen in Netflix’s Operation Mincemeat .  Miss Wilton  turns  78 years  young today! Happy Birthday Penelope Wilton! Born:    Penelope Alice Wilton June 3 ,  1946  in  Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England, UK

Happy Birthday Carey Mulligan!

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Today ( May 28th ), is the  39th birthday  of three-time  Academy Award Nominee*  (and  BAFTA award winner  for  Best Actress  in  An Education *, Promising Young Woman*, Maestro*)  and  Tony Award nominee  (for Broadway play  Skylight  as  Kyra Hollis ),  Carey Mulligan ,  best known to us,  P&P movie fans,  as  Kitty Bennet  (and also as  Isabella Thorpe  in   Northanger Abbey )! Happy Birthday Carey Mulligan!!! Carey Mulligan's Mini-Biography  (via IMDB):

Watch new trailer for 'Horizon: An American Saga' starring Kevin Costner, Jena Malone, Sienna Miller, and more!

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Jena Malone  appears in a blink-and-you-missed her in the new trailer for  Kevin Costner ’s new western film,  Horizon: An American Saga , which he co-wrote and directed. It'll be released in 2 parts/2 Chapters. Chapter 1 will be released by Warner Bros. Pictures in theaters next month  June 28 ! Chapter 2 will be released August 16 , two months after the first chapter. Watch the new trailer for Horizon: An American Saga (Chapter 1) trailer below...