BRITISH COMEDY GUIDE – BBC One has announced an animated version of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes.
The two part series, which will be shown on TV this Christmas, will feature an all-star cast, including David Walliams and Rob Brydon.
Revolting Rhymes, written in 1982 by Roald Dahl, is a collection of six witty rhymes which retell classic fairy tales with playful twists and surprising endings. Animation studio Magic Light Pictures has now animated five of these for the BBC.
The chosen stories are Little Red Riding Hood, Snow-White, Three Little Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk and Cinderella.
Walliams and Brydon will play various roles in the show, including voicing the Ugly Sisters, as well as Jack’s Mother and the King respectively. Meanwhile Friday Night Dinner star Tamsin Greig will lend her voice to the roles of the Babysitter and Miss Maclahose.
Other stars include Bertie Carvel, who plays both the Magic Mirror and the Prince; Gemma Chan as Snow White; Rose Leslie as Red Riding Hood; Isaac Hempstead Wright as Jack; and Bel Powley as Cindy. (source)
The 60th BFI London Film Festival is underway and it has appeared that Rose is involved in a movie screened this year, « Letters from Baghdad », a documentary about the life of Gertrude Bell directed by Sabine Krayenbühl and Zeva Oelbaum. Bell was a pioneering English writer, archaeologist, diplomat and spy whose travels through the Arabian desert gave her local knowledge unparalleled by her British peers. Recruited by British Military Intelligence after World War I, she played a significant – often unrecognised – role in British imperial policy-making in the Middle East, notably Iraq. (source)
Rose voiced the young Gertrude and Tilda Swinton the old Gertrude.
A first screening was planned yesterday (October 9) and a second one will take place today. You can learn more about the movie here.
Some news about two projects Rose is involved in : « Sticky Notes », an upcoming movie she filmed in 2014 [more informations] ; and « Carmilla », an audiobook which was released last October. [more informations]
About « Sticky Notes » : « Carnaby has boarded world rights to comedy-drama Sticky Notes starring Ray Liotta, Rose Leslie, Justin Bartha and Gina Rodriguez. […] In post-production with delivery expected later this year, Sticky Notes explores the story of Athena (Leslie), a struggling dancer trying to make it in LA, whose father Jack (Liotta) interrupts her lonely existence when he asks her to move home to Florida to care for him after breaking the news that he has cancer. Carnaby will screen the film at EFM. » (European Film Market, 11-19 Feb 2016). [source]
About « Carmilla » : « People’s Choice Award-winning actor David Tennant and Screen Actors Guild Awards-nominated actress Rose Leslie are nominated, along with a full cast, for their performance of an audio adaptation of J. Sheridan Le Fanu’s classic gothic novella Carmilla, in the “Original Work” category at the 2016 Audies Awards. » (The Audie Awards are awards recognizing distinction in audiobooks). You can see the full list of finalists here. [source]
Also, some fun fact : if you have seen the latest « Game of Thrones » season 6 teaser, you may have noticed Ygritte’s face next to Jon’s. You can watch it here !