Daily Read (5/12/16)

Bryan Cranston is starring in a new series based on Philip K. Dick’s writings, entitled Electric Dreams. It looks like it’s going to be a bunch of standalone episodes, and Ronald D. Moore (Outlander, BSG) is also involved. Huh. I’m not particularly a Philip K. Dick fan but I’m curious to see how this format works out for them.

Dylan O’Brien is reportedly in talks to play main character Mitch Rapp in American Assassin, a potential franchise based on Vince Flynn’s novels.

The White Princess casting news! Michelle Fairley will play Margaret Beaufort and Jodie Comer has been cast as Elizabeth of York. In The White Queen, those roles were played by Amanda Hale and a variety of young actresses including Freya Mavor, but it makes sense to recast as the characters will be older in the new show.

Paddington 2 seems to be a thing that’s happening for some reason.

Akiva Goldsman is producing an adaptation of David E. Hoffman’s nonfiction book The Billion Dollar Spy, and you know that I am always here for a Cold War spy story.

Winter’s Tale Featurette: A Love Story for the Ages

Winter's TaleWinter’s Tale comes out on Valentine’s Day, and Warner Bros. has released this new featurette called “A Love Story for the Ages.” It includes writer/director/producer Akiva Goldsman, stars Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, and Jennifer Connelly, and producer Mark Platt, and if you’ve been trying to figure out exactly what’s going on in this movie, this should clarify some things for you.

Trailer: Winter’s Tale

Winter's TaleWarner Bros. has released the first official trailer for Akiva Goldsman’s adaptation of Mark Helprin’s Winter’s Tale, which will be in theaters on Valentine’s Day. It stars Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly, and Russell Crowe, and this trailer certainly has me interested.

Winter’s Tale Set for Valentine’s Day

Warner Bros. has announced that Winter’s Tale, the big-screen adaptation of Mark Helprin’s novel by the same name, will be in theaters on Valentine’s Day (February 14th) 2014. The movie is adapted and directed by Akiva Goldsman (Fringe) and has quite the star-studded cast, including Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt, Russell Crowe, Will Smith, Matt Bomer, and more. That will be quite the date for adaptations in the theater, as Vampire Academy and The Maze Runner are also currently scheduled then. Here’s a description of the book from the author’s site:

Set in New York at the beginning and the end of the twentieth century, Winter´s Tale unfolds with such great narrative force and beauty that a reader can feel that its world is more real than his own. Standing alone on the page before the book begins are the words, I have been to another world, and come back. Listen to me. In that world, both winter and the city of New York (old and new) have the strength and character of protagonists, and the protagonists themselves move as if in a vivid dream. Though immensely complicated, the story is centered upon Peter Lake, a turn-of-the-century Irish burglar, and Beverly Penn, a young heiress whom he encounters in robbing her house, and who eventually will die young and in his arms. His love for her, and a gift of grace, will allow him after the most extraordinary and painful explorations and discoveries to stop time and bring back the dead.