Two brilliant British comedy stars will be making their way to the big screen in 2011 according to various reports that have been circulating around in the Internet cloud the last several days. One just announced and one in the middle of filming as we speak.
James Bond, he’s not
Rowan Atkinson returns as the ‘so, not James Bond’ spy, Johnny English, in Johnny English Reborn. Taking his life into his own hands (ok, not really, if you look closely here at the insertion of the stunt double), Atkinson drew quite a crowd in as filming began in front of Buckingham Palace recently. While Atkinson reprises his role from the 2003 film of the same name, it was Richard Curtis that caused a stir recently as he took note that his long-time friend and co-worker was reprising a role from years ago. Curtis said recently that he was ‘hopeful’ that Atkinson would one day reprise his most famous role of Mr Bean then added, “I am tempted by the idea or Mr Bean in an old people’s home, so Rowan doesn’t have to go on dyeing his hair. Mr Bean does behave with all the selfishness of a child and I think a lot of childish traits remain in people as they grow up – though of course they try to hide them“.
He’s not Sherlock, but he’s still a Holmes
In a role that was brilliantly played by former League of Gentleman writer/creator, Mark Gatiss, in Masterpiece’s upcoming 21st century adaptation of Sherlock on PBS, the great Stephen Fry will play Sherlock Holmes‘ smarter, older brother, Mycroft, in the upcoming Guy Ritchie sequel to the 2009 Sherlock Holmes film, again starring Robert Downey Jr. Jude Law returns as Holmes’ assistant, “friend” and flat mate. If all goes well, look for this in theatres beginning in December 2011.
Spooks (MI5) update
For those in the UK, at this point, you’ve seen episode 2 from season 9 of Spooks. What’d you think? For those in the U.S., season 9 should be coming to public television stations in early 2011.