PEDRO PASCAL TO REPLACE GINA CARANO IN THE MANDALORIAN

HOLLYWOOD – Pedro Pascal cast as Cara Dune following Gina Carano’s departure from The Mandalorian.

Casting news came thick and fast today: Gina Carano out, and Pedro Pascal in as Cara Dune in The Mandalorian. This follows the news that he will also take up duties in the new film based on The Last of Us. We asked the Wonder Woman 1984 baddie if he might not be stretching himself too thin:

I hope not. I know what you mean. It is a lot of work, but even more than that there is a fear that I get overexposed. We’ve seen that happen with the great Sam Worthington. One year he was absolutely everywhere, the next, not so much.

How are you going to ensure you don’t?

With The Mandalorian it’s actually going to be quite easy. You see my character can easily be played by a double. You never see my face, so apart from my voice, that can be covered. I’m already around. I know Cara’s lines and I know her character. So it isn’t difficult for me to pick up from where Gina left off. To be honest, Gina is a really bad actor. She can kick your ass, no doubt about it. But she couldn’t act her way out of a wet paper bag.

Where are you from originally Pedro?

Yorkshire.

Really? Your name sounds…

Yes, I know. My parents moved over when I was nowt but a babby. And I’ve had to work a lot on my accent. Eee it’s been tough. But now I feel I’m established, I’d like to come back and rediscover my roots.

Whereabouts in Yorkshire?

Holmfirth. That’s why once I’ve finished everything on my current slate, I’d love to come back and do a film version of Last of the Summer Wine. Also, I’m perhaps a bit too young right now. Maybe I’ll just let the idea stew for a while and come back to it when I’m old enough to play Compo.

The Mandalorian Season 3 is filming.

DAD’S ARMY MOVIE REBOOT: FIRST LOOK

LONDON – The movie reboot of much loved BBC sit-com Dad’s Army has released the first picture EXCLUSIVELY to the Studio Exec which shows stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone in the roles of Captain Mainwaring and Sergeant Wilson.

For those unfamiliar with the show, Dad’s Army follows the adventures of an inept platoon of the British ‘Home Guard’ tasked with defending England from a possible German invasion in the midst of World War Two. An essentially English affair, Schwarzenegger and Stallone are both adamant that they will adopt convincing British accents and they are joined by other Hollywood big hitters Catherine Zeta Jones as a glamorous journalist and Mel Gibson who will dust off his Scottish accent to play the role of the fiery Scot, Frazer.

Director Oliver Parker told the Studio Exec EXCLUSIVELY:

Initially we were going to go with Michael Gambon and Tom Courtenay, both marvelous actors, but then Stallone got in touch and he revealed that he and Arnie were huge fans of the original show and wanted to take part. Once I saw The Expendables 3 I knew we could do it. Essentially with The Expendables franchise they were already making an American version of Dad’s Army, or Granddad’s Army perhaps! Ha ha! Actually don’t print that.

Dad’s Army is only the latest in a stream of Hollywood movies based on Brit Sit-Coms, the others being Tommy Lee Jones long gestating Are You Being Served? and a star studded ‘re-imagining’ of Last of the Summer Wine.

Dad’s Army will be released in 2016.
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NICK NOLTE IN LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE

HOLMEFIRTH – Last of the Summer Wine news keeps on coming following the teaser posters for Robert Redford’s new film, issued last week. The latest shows the legendary Nick Nolte in the role of Norman Clegg, a part made famous by Peter Sallis in the original Roy Clarke BBC sitcom.

Nolte – a notoriously difficult actor – was almost kicked off the film when he repeatedly punched Robert Redford during their scenes together. An insider on set told the Studio Exec exclusively:

He said that it was all part of his method but in actual fact Nolte kept laughing every time he did and kept muttering something about hating Downhill Racer. It turned out Nolte had wanted to do a film called Slalom, but the release of Redford’s skiing movie essentially torpedoed Nolte’s project.

Last of the Summer Wine will be released in 2015.

AL PACINO JOINS LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE

HOLLYWOOD – Following the first glimpse of Robert Redford as Foggy, Last of the Summer Wine gets another character poster, featuring Al Pacino in the role of Compo. 


The veteran actor Al Pacino told the Studio Exec:

Hooo Haaaaaa! Yes! The Summer Wine. Last of. Yorkshire. Making this film was one of the most creative experiences of my entire life! Bar none. Redford, a master. Nolte. What can you say about the man who gives everything of himself to a role? An artist! And a part! What a part! Compo. Compo Simmonite to give him his full name. Compo. HA!

How did you prepare for the role? 

I went back to the text. I wanted to get away from Bill Owen’s superfluous performance. It was too strong. Too raw for me. I needed to kill him as my theatrical father. And then allow him to haunt me like Hamlet’s ghost father. But with a piece of string keeping his trousers up. 

Last of the Summer Wine will be released in 2015. 

LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE: FIRST LOOK

HOLLYWOOD – The first character poster is out for Robert Redford‘s new film Last of the Summer Wine and it looks great.


We reported on the film several months ago (Click HERE), but since then details have been few and far between. But here we see Redford in full glamour mode for his role as Walter ‘Foggy’ Dewhurst, a role made famous by Brian Wilde in the original BBC comedy by Roy Clarke.

Redford, who is joined in the cast by Al Pacino and Nick Nolte, said of the role:

I believe this will be the capping point of my entire career. An actor dreams of a role like Foggy. He is Shakespearean in his complexity, Dickensian in his pomposity and Chekovian in his underlying sadness.

The Last of the Summer Wine will be released in 2016.  

LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE

HOLMEFIRTH – The beloved BBC comedy The Last of the Summer Wine is due to get the big screen treatment with Robert Redford as Walter ‘Foggy’ Dewheart, Nick Nolte as Clegg and Al Pacino in the role of loveable scruff Compo.

The three pensioners spend their time wandering about the countryside – Southern California will replace the Yorkshire Dales – pondering on their Autumn years, nostalgically recalling their past and conniving to forward the romance between Compo and Nora Batty, played by Cameron Diaz.

Director, Chris Columbus said that he was a fan of the original Roy Clarke show which was broadcast throughout the eighties:

It was absolutely awesome. But I think our version is going to be absolutely ‘stonking’ as the Brits say. When I was making Harry Potter, I studied the Brits and their culture and for years I wanted to do an updated heterosexual version of Are You Being Served? but I couldn’t get the funding, so I’m going to ‘make do’ with this.

Al Pacino says that he is not playing Compo. ‘I am Compo,’ he barked.

The Last of the Summer Wine will be released in 2015.