HOLLYWOOD – Samuel L. Jackson will play the role of Prince Charles in a forthcoming film.
Pulp Fiction star Samuel L. Jackson will play Prince Charles in a new film about the British royal. Scripted by Peter Morgan, The Mutha f’King tells the story of Prince Charles ascension to the throne, following the abdication of his mother Queen Elizabeth II. The role was initially to go to Colin Firth, but Jackson approached the director promising to do the film for free.
Jackson spoke with the Studio Exec EXCLUSIVELY:
I’m sick of young British actors coming over to the States and taking our roles so I decided I was going back to the old country and get some payback. You think Colin Firth is the only asshole who can do regal. I can go regal on that muthafucka, you’ll see.
Jackson recently made headlines with his assertion that black British actors were doing American roles to the detriment of young American black actors. He is currently leading an effort to reverse the trend.
Director Stephen Frears had this to say about his casting choice:
I wanted people to look at Charles in a different way. People think they know him, but in reality Charles is a very different man in private. Something Sam is able to capture is his foul language, which might come as a surprise but is totally true to the original.
Prince Charles himself said that he was ‘ecstatic’ about the prospect of seeing the film.
The Mutha f’King will be released in 2018.
HOLLYWOOD – Legendary American actor Scott Baio is to star in a sequel to Helen Mirren’s Oscar winner The Queen. Charles in Charge is set in the near future and sees the onset of a succession crisis, as Prince Charles struggles with his own children, a vicious daughter-in-law and his own unpopularity following the abdication of his mother Queen Elizabeth II.
I’m delighted finally to get a role that will stretch me. I mean, it’s no secret that the phone has stopped ringing and if it wasn’t for the wonderful though sporadic work I pick up on the cruise ships things could really have gone hard for me.
A former Happy Days alumnus is also in action behind the camera, as Ron Howard has replaced Stephen Frears where he’ll be shouting ‘action’ and ‘cut’ in his own inimitable way.
I’m fascinated by the British monarchy as I think all Americans are. And yet there is a moment of great uncertainty approaching. Elizabeth the second has been on the throne now for decades and most young people have never known another ruling monarch. So the future is laden with some real possibilities and as we know from Shakespeare, power struggles of this kind can be fascinating.
Scott Baio continues:
When I first met with Ron to talk about the script, he told me there were two reasons he wanted me. Number one, he believed I had never truly got an opportunity to show the world what a great actor I was. And number two, he thought the joke with the name of an old show I was in and the idea of playing with that was irresistible.
Of the two reasons he gave which one do you thing weighed heaviest?
I’d have to say the second one.
Charles in Charge will be released in 2016.