After it had been announced last week that Rose couldn’t attend the Emmy Awards with husband Kit Harington because of work obligations, we were waiting for an official announcement to find out what she was working on… And the exciting news has finally been shared today :
MOVIEWEB.COM – Production has officially begun on 20th Century Fox’s Death on the Nile with director Kenneth Branagh at U.K.’s Longcross Studios and on location in Egypt. Agatha Christie’s mystery-thriller reunites the filmmaking team from 2017’s Murder on the Orient Express and features an all-star cast Including Kenneth Branagh, Tom Bateman, Annette Bening, Russell Brand, Ali Fazal, Dawn French, Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Rose Leslie, Emma Mackey, Sophie Okonedo, Jennifer Saunders and Letitia Wright.
It was announced that shooting on Twentieth Century Fox’s Death on the Nile a mystery-thriller based on the book by famed author Agatha Christie, has begun. Based on another celebrated Christie novel, Death on the Nile will be released on October 9, 2020.
The screenplay for the film, adapted from Christie’s 1937 novel, is once again written by Michael Green with Ridley Scott, Mark Gordon, Simon Kinberg, Kenneth Branagh and Judy Hofflund returning as producers. Matthew Jenkins and James Prichard return as executive producers.
In Death on the Nile, Hercule Poirot’s Egyptian adventure aboard a glamorous river steamer descends into a terrifying search for a murderer when an idyllic honeymoon is shattered by violent deaths. This sinister tale of obsessive love and its murderous consequences plays out in an epic landscape of danger and foreboding, with enough shocking twists and turns to leave audiences unsettled and guessing until the final, shocking denouement. Says Kenneth Branagh.
“Crimes of passion are dangerously sexy. Agatha Christie has written a riveting story of emotional chaos and violent criminality and Michael Green has once again written a screenplay to match. With a cherished group of long-time artistic collaborators and a brilliant international cast, it is truly a pleasure to join Disney, Fox and Agatha Christie, Ltd. in bringing this daring thriller to the big screen. There are significant new twists, an awe-inspiring desert landscape and a chance to celebrate big screen entertainment in glorious 65 millimetre celluloid!“
Disney is positioning Death on the Nile as one of Fall 2020’s biggest releases, and will be releasing the movie under the 20th Century Fox banner after the acquisition of the movie studio earlier this year. (source)
Rose will attend a charity event organized by the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Great Britain with husband Kit Harington at The Royal Horticultural Halls in London on May 16th, 2019. The charity is raising money to help develop a treatment for Multiple sclerosis (MS), a chronic, neurodegenerative condition which has currently no cure. More information can be found on the official website here where you can also make a donation.
« Join us and a host of celebrities including Game of Thrones stars Kit Harington and Rose Leslie for a gala quiz night and dinner at The Royal Horticultural Halls on 16 May. Hosted by much loved broadcaster Clare Balding OBE, dine with the stars and test your guests’ general knowledge at this very special evening in aid of MS research.
To book your place please contact Claire.Murphy@mssociety.org.uk »
MS Society is also currently hosting a silent auction with some really incredible prizes – including dinner for six people with Kit Harington and Rose Leslie ! All auction items are donated by supporters and all funds raised from the auction will go towards the MS Society’s vital research program, to find treatments for everyone living with MS. Kit and Rose are very kindly donating this prize – dinner with them at London member’s club Oswalds. The winner will be announced during the charity event. Click here for more information !
Ahead of Game of Thrones’ final season, Entertainment Weekly asked Rose to look back on filming the cave scene with Kit Harington and Ygritte’s famous catchphrase. Here are the lovely things she had to say :
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY – Before Rose Leslie married her Game of Thrones costar Kit Harington, they were just Ygritte and Jon Snow. The pair connected on the HBO fantasy drama and, through their performances, proved their chemistry extended beyond the screen. In the lead-up to the final season of Thrones (premiering April 14), Leslie looks back at one of her steamiest moments with Harington — and the phrase she can’t bring herself to say to her husband.
ROSE LESLIE: I remember that scene took a day and it was a closed set, so only the amount of people who were essential to the filming were allowed to be present. It was such a moment for the two lovers to finally come together, and the promiscuous side of Ygritte was wanting to teach Jon Snow a few things. There was a lot of fun to be had in terms of her demeanor and the way she held herself. I remember enjoying this side of her. She was a lot of talk, but she ended up walking the walk. I felt very safe, and I remember enjoying that day just because it was a different element for both of those characters. And then we also got to jump into some hot water, so that’s always fun. We were pretty open to the elements, and being able to jump into the water, that was rather enjoyable.
[Harington] was, as ever, a gentleman, and he made sure that I was comfortable where he was going to be positioned, and he would always then turn around when they called cut and the lovely wardrobe dailies would come in with a dressing gown, and then I would be covered. And only then would notes be spoken to us from the director. But he was very considerate and made sure as much as possible that I didn’t feel awkward standing in front of people with your tits out. So it’s never going to be an enjoyable day, it’s always going to be an awkward one, but he and the rest of the crew were incredibly considerate, and it’s a conversation that we most certainly had in terms of where the boundaries lay.
A lot has been reported on how Leslie now feels about her Ygritte catchphrase, “You know nothing, Jon Snow.”
LESLIE: About the line, truly, I feel incredibly privileged to have a catchphrase whereby, especially for the last few years, it’s been around me. How lucky for any actor to walk away from a television show and have a catchphrase, but I’m sure many people find it the most irritating thing in the world, but there are still some people who find it fairly endearing. I think between he and I, no, we never say it to one another for obvious reasons — and not just ’cause it’s corny. We came across a mug with the catchphrase on as we were doing our Christmas shopping the other month. It’s such a phenomenon, though.
Edit : For reasons still unknown, Rose sadly wasn’t able to attend the event and had to cancel.
Finally, some exciting news ! PaleyFest New York 2018 has released its official session schedule for the annual two-week celebration of the television series format and this year’s selection includes The Good Fight ! The panel will happen on October 15th at 7PM and several cast members including Rose are scheduled to attend.
The Good Fight: Monday, October 15 @ 7 p.m.
Featuring: Christine Baranski (Diane Lockhart), Rose Leslie (Maia Rindell), Audra McDonald (Liz Reddick-Lawrence), Cush Jumbo (Lucca Quinn), Michael Boatman (Julius Cain), Nyambi Nyambi (Jay Dipersia), Sarah Steele (Marissa Gold), Michelle King (Executive Producer), and Robert King (Executive Producer)
Speaking of The Good Fight, some lovely behind-the-scenes photos from Season 2 have been released on the show’s official social media accounts recently, be sure to check them here !
The Good Fight Season 2 will premiere in the The UK next Thursday on More4, and a short article is dedicated to the show and Rose in the latest issue of ‘TV & Satellite Week’. You can read it below and find the scans in the gallery.
Most actresses would feel slightly miffed if their character was killed off from the biggest show on television. But you won’t find Rose Leslie complaining. The 31-year-old, who left Game of Thrones in 2014 when her wildling warrior Ygritte took an arrow through the heart, has never been short of work, and the Scottish actress returns to our screens this week in the second season of The Good Fight.
The spin-off from The Good Wife focuses on young lawyer Maia Rindell, played by Leslie, who we first met starting work at a large Chicago firm, Lockhard & Lee, alongside her mentor and godmother Diane Lockhard (Christine Baranski). However, it emerged that Maia’s father Henry (Paul Guilfoyle) was behind a Ponzi scheme that robbed hundreds of thousands of people – including Diane – of their life savings. The scandal forced Maia and Diane out of Lockhart & Lee to join a rival law firm. However, with the furore refusing to go away, the series one finale saw Maia arrested for helping cover up the scheme. As the new season opens, we find Maia due to face trial, and wearing an electronic tag, having already spent some time behind bars. However, Leslie believes that the ordeal has had a positive effect on her character. ’There is a strenghtening to her, and we see that reflected in her body langage. She isn’t taking any nonsense this time around.’
Other storylines see Diane beginning to rebuild her marriage to Kurt (Gary Cole) after they nearly divorced in season one. Meanwhile, the Chicago lawyers become worried when a client at another firm kills his lawyer for overcharging, sparking a copycat murder that sets everyone on edge. Since getting her big break as housemaid Gwen in Downton Abbey, Leslie has since appeared in BBC1’s Luther and C4’s cult hit Utopia. But she admits most people still associate her with Game of Thrones, especially as she is now engaged to Kit Harington, who played her on-screen lover Jon Snow.
’It was a great experience, but I think it’s important to change and not be associated with your character too much,’ she smiles. ’But I adored my time on that show. I loved wearing Ygritte’s armour and having a bow and arrow, and just being dirty and grubby. But I’ve been given some beautiful pieces to wear in The Good Fight. Maia has the most incredible wardrobe. I had the most beautiful Alexander McQueen two-piece and a Helmut Lang overcoat. So I’ve had a lot of fun in being able to wear clothes I would never have the change to in real life.’
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More news today ! A great new article about ‘The Good Fight’ has been published by The Advocate today and it includes a short interview of Rose :
THE ADVOCATE – Leslie’s character, Maia Rindell, who is Diane’s goddaughter, is a lesbian. Trump’s disdain for LGBT people was made clear in his pick of dangerously homophobic Mike Pence as his right-hand man as well as his support of allowing businesses to discriminate against LGBT people. But when Leslie took the role of an inexperienced attorney, marriage equality had been approved by the Supreme Court, President Obama was in office, and Maia’s sexuality was just an aspect of her character.
Leslie isn’t aware of any upcoming plotlines that put Maia’s sexuality front and center, but she’s inspired by the show’s willingness to go headlong into difficult subjects even when she personally feels overwhelmed by the news cycle.
“With regards to her relationship and her love life, we haven’t seen a lot of kind of turmoil, so I think that is an incredibly interesting aspect in the storyline to explore,” Leslie says. “There was a moment where I just thought I wanted to bury my head in the sand because there was a sense of being overwhelmed [by the news]. However, I fundamentally believe in being informed.” (source)