On June 1st, Rose took part in the fundraising event “An Evening for Mental Well-Being” by reading the poem “Shard” by Ella Duffy. The 2 hours live event also featured stand-up comedy and theatre performed by other artists from the UK. All donations went to the charity CALM.
Exciting news ! It has been announced that Rose will play a lead role in a new political thriller alongside Suranne Jones on BBC One. “Vigil” (working title), from the makers of Line of Duty and Bodyguard, centres around a death on board a Trident nuclear submarine. Production will start soon in Scotland ! Read the full statement released by the BBC below :
BBC MEDIA CENTRE – Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama and Charlotte Moore, BBC Director of Content have commissioned Vigil (w/t), a brand new six-part thriller from World Productions, the makers of Line Of Duty and Bodyguard.
Written and created by Bafta-nominated writer Tom Edge (Judy, The Crown, Strike) with episodes by Ed Macdonald (The End Of The F***ing World) and Chandni Lakhani (Dublin Murders). The fictional drama will be directed by Bafta-winner James Strong (Broadchurch, Vanity Fair, Liar) and Isabelle Sieb (Shetland, The Athena).
The series will star Suranne Jones (Gentleman Jack, Doctor Foster), Rose Leslie (Game Of Thrones, The Good Fight), Shaun Evans (Endeavour, Whitechapel), Anjli Mohindra (Bodyguard, Bancroft), Martin Compston (Line Of Duty, Mary Queen Of Scots), Paterson Joseph (The Leftovers, Peep Show), Connor Swindells (Sex Education, Jamestown), Adam James (Belgravia, Doctor Foster), and Gary Lewis (His Dark Materials, Billy Elliot).
The mysterious disappearance of a Scottish fishing trawler and a death on-board a Trident nuclear submarine bring the police into conflict with the Navy and British security services. DCI Amy Silva (Suranne Jones) leads an investigation on land and at sea into a conspiracy that threatens the very heart of Britain’s nuclear deterrent.
Suranne Jones says: “Tom Edge has created a thrill of a story, set in a world I knew nothing about. The cast and crew World Productions have put together to tell this story is so exciting. Amy Silva is a brilliantly complex character, thrown into a highly charged situation where her authority is weakened. We watch as she navigates her own personal trauma and loss, all at a time when she’s questioning her relationships and life choices. It feels fresh and relevant and I can’t wait to start filming.”
Rose Leslie says: “I was weaned on BBC drama and it is thrilling to be back working at a place that feels like home with Tom Edge’s complex and gripping script. It will be a real honour to work with Suranne and I am looking forward to be filming back in Scotland.“
Writer Tom Edge adds: “I’m completely thrilled to be making this series with the talented people at World Productions and BBC Drama. The ‘Continuous At Sea Deterrent’, better known as ‘Trident’, has been a contentious part of national life for half a century now, a stock of nuclear missiles kept hundreds of feet below the sea surface. But this world has rarely been explored on screen. I can’t wait to take a BBC One audience down with us, into the pitch-black icy waters of the unseen Atlantic, where tomorrow’s geopolitical struggles are already being played out.”
Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, says, “Vigil is a fantastic, adrenalised thriller set in a shadowy world which has stakes for us all. We are delighted to be working again with World Productions and the exceptionally talented writer, Tom Edge to bring this exciting story to BBC One with an outstanding cast led by Suranne Jones.”
Simon Heath, CEO and Creative Director, World Productions says, “We’re thrilled that the first drama out of our Scottish office is such a timely and gripping idea, brilliantly executed by Tom Edge. We couldn’t ask for a stronger cast, led by the brilliant Suranne Jones and Rose Leslie.”
Vigil (w/t) will be executive produced by Simon Heath (Line Of Duty, Save Me, Bodyguard) for World Productions and Gaynor Holmes for the BBC.
The 6×60’ fictional drama series will be set and filmed in Scotland and is supported by the National Lottery through Screen Scotland. International distribution will be handled by ITV Studios.
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)
TV LINE — An original Good Fight cast member is exiting the ring.
Rose Leslie — who has played legal eagle Maia Rindell since the CBS All Access drama launched three years ago — will not be returning as a series regular for Season 4. Good Fight creators Robert and Michelle King confirmed the news to TVLine Thursday at San Diego Comic-Con, describing the series’ Season 3 finale as Leslie’s “sendoff.” (The Kings were at SDCC to promote their new fall CBS drama Evil (video of our chat is forthcoming).
News of Leslie’s exit hardly comes as a surprise seeing as how the Season 3 finale literally sent Maia off to Washington D.C., where she was poised to launch a new firm with Michael Sheen’s Roland Blum. Truth be told, the writing has been on the wall since Season 2, when the show’s focus — and overall tone — morphed from legal thriller to Trump-skewering political satire. The ensemble has shifted along with the narrative, with original cast members Justin Bartha and Erica Tazel also being phased out and new blood — from the likes of Audra McDonald, Michael Boatman and Nyambi Nyambi — joining the full-time ranks. (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.
Entertainment Weekly’s new issue features an article about The Good Fight’s upcoming season ; scans from the magazine as well as a new still of Rose as Maia Rindell can be found in the gallery. Here’s what is said about Rose’s character and Roland Blum, played by Michael Sheen :
Blum “is like a cancer”, says Michelle King, and his first victim – or perhaps we should say “acolyte” – is Maia Rindell (Rose Leslie), who’s feeling underappreciated at work. “He takes her under his wing, kind of against her will”, says Sheen. Maia, says Leslie, “is in awe of the way Roland Blum operates. He’s devious and corrupt, and Maia feels that may be the path for her. She’s tackling some big moral issues inside her head.”
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY — Rose Leslie is clearing up a story about herself, husband Kit Harington, and the ending of Game of Thrones. We asked The Good Fight and former GoT actress for her side of that report where Harington said she asked him how the show’s upcoming top-secret final season ends. Harington said he told her and then “she wouldn’t talk to me for about three days.” The story is almost true, except for a rather key bit: Their conversation was about the ending of season 7, not season 8.
“I genuinely don’t know the ending [of the show],” Leslie said. “He told me the ending of last season and I remember getting a bit uppity about that … He happened to tell me – and this is a spoiler for anybody who hasn’t seen the last season – he happened to tell me that one of the dragons fall into the ice lake, and then we see the dragon being dragged out of the water and the dragon breathes fire — or ice, I can’t quite remember which one it is, I think it’s fire — onto The Wall, and then, of course, that’s when all the [Army of the Dead] can then cross over. So he told me about the dragon and I got rather livid with him, because I said, ‘You weren’t supposed to tell me everything! And that’s a huge piece of information!’ And he’s like, ‘Well, you asked!’ And I was like, ‘I know.’”
Leslie added: “To be fair I was probably rather ridiculous in the way I phrased it. I was like, ‘Tell me some things, but don’t tell me other things.’ But I actually don’t know the ending to [the show] because, believe it or not, it’s such a monumental phenomenal show, and I want to be like the rest of the world and watch it in real time and get that build up and anticipation. I want to finally come to the final episode and truly – and I honestly mean this – truly not know which way it goes.”
So did Leslie really not speak to Harington for three days over the ice dragon spoiler?
“That was an exaggeration,” she said. “I love that he said three days. Look at him trying to get a soundbite. That’s hilarious!”
Previously, Harington made some Leslie-related headlines by noting his wife rather not say her character’s famous catchphrase, “You know nothing, Jon Snow.” Leslie played Ygritte, the love interest of Harington’s Jon Snow, on the show for three seasons. The duo got married last July.
The Good Fight returns for season 3 on March 14. Game of Thrones returns for its final season April 14.
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 !
EW – CBS All Access has announced that a third season of The Good Fight is on its way. The legal drama stars Christine Baranski as the inimitable lawyer Diane Lockhart, a character she fine-tuned on the CBS drama The Good Wife. The series also stars Cush Jumbo, Rose Leslie, Audra McDonald, Sarah Steele, Justin Bartha, Michael Boatman, Nyambi Nyambi, and Delroy Lindo.
“The Good Fight is a perfect example of what we strive for a CBS All Access original series to be: thought-provoking, boundary-pushing and, most of all, incredibly entertaining,” said original content chief Julie McNamara in a statement. “We can’t wait to see what Robert and Michelle King, their creative team and the incomparable cast will bring to audiences in season three.”
The series is from The Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King. If you want to catch up, both seasons 1 and 2 can be found on CBS All Access. The finale for this year will be available to stream on May 27. To get a taste of the drama, read our most recent recap here. (source)