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War & Peace star Aneurin Barnard has said his new role playing Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart has been more intimidating than any other historical figure he has taken on.
The Welsh actor has played numerous real-life people including photographer David Bailey, King Richard III and Cilla Black’s partner Bobby Willis, but he said performing as one of the greatest composers of all time in new movie Interlude In Prague was even more challenging.

He told the Press Association: “It’s a tricky thing to step into the shoes of someone who is so well known, like Mozart, especially were you are stepping into elements of his life that were truth and elements which weren’t.

“You are bastardising truth and extending it to create a new world, so I guess it’s trying to make him believable in this story and nodding my head to what happened in history, using things I knew that had happened to him and then trying to influence the story we tell with that.

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Principal photography has started on the comedy “Dead in a Week (Or Your Money Back),” starring two-time Oscar-nominee Tom Wilkinson (“Batman Begins,” “Michael Clayton”), BAFTA-nominated Aneurin Barnard (“Dunkirk,” “The White Queen”), Christopher Eccleston and Marion Bailey. Altitude Film Sales is selling the film at Berlin’s European Film Market.

Tom Edmunds makes his directorial feature debut. Also in the cast are Freya Mavor, Nigel Lindsay, Gethin Anthony and Velibor Topic. The film editor is Tariq Anwar, the cinematographer is Luke Bryant and the casting director is Toby Whale.

After seven suicide attempts and a chance encounter on a bridge, William (Barnard) outsources the task to Leslie (Wilkinson), an aging hit man on the brink of retirement. But with the contract signed and death assured within a week (or his money back) William finally discovers a reason to live. However, Leslie is under growing pressure from Harvey (Eccleston), the unpleasant head of the shady Guild of Assassins, and as far as he’s concerned the contract is binding.

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Warner Bros has issued a start of production press release about one of the most eagerly awaited movies on next year. It’s the new film from Christopher Nolan, his first since Interstellar. And it’s his telling of the story of the Dunkirk evacuation.
Now officially going by the name Dunkirk, the official release also confirms the cast of the film. On board are Tom Hardy (reuniting with Nolan after The Dark Knight Rises), Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy (again, back with Nolan after their Batman work), Fionn Whitehead, Aneurin Barnard, James D’Arcy, Jack Lowden, Barry Keoghan and Tom Glynn-Carney.
Oh, and former One Direction star Harry Styles has also been confirmed.
Nolan will shoot the film on IMAX and 65mm film, with production spanning France, Holland, the UK and Los Angeles

Read more: http://www.denofgeek.com/uk/movies/dunkirk/40876/christopher-nolan-s-dunkirk-filming-started-cast-confirmed#ixzz49WeybTZN

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Variety has been given exclusive access to the first-look images for “Interlude in Prague,” which is shooting in the Czech capital. The film, which portrays a few turbulent months in the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, stars Aneurin Barnard, James Purefoy and Samantha Barks.

Barnard, whose credits include “The White Queen” and “War & Peace,” plays the composer at a time when has been brought to Prague by the vain and self-obsessed Baron Saloka. The evil aristocrat is played by Purefoy, who was serial killer Joe Carroll in Fox’s “The Following,” and is a slave owner in the “Roots” reboot.

Rising star Morfydd Clark, who appeared recently in Whit Stillman’s “Love and Friendship,” plays the beautiful soprano Zuzanna Luptak, who is betrothed to Saloka but falls in love with Mozart. Saloka, a psychopath, sexual predator and serial rapist, develops an overwhelming hatred that results in callous brutality and murder. Samantha Barks, whose credits include “Les Miserables,” is Josefa.

At the start of the shoot, director John Stephenson said: “A love story and a tragedy of epic proportions, the characters, the passions, heartbreak and awful outcome could just as easily exist in a contemporary story. I intend to shoot this with fast-moving camera and use modern post-production techniques to capture the energy and atmosphere of a modern thriller. The result will be a glorious heart-in-mouth solar plexus knockout.”

The film is produced by Productive International’s Huw Penallt Jones and Hannah Leader, and production design is by Luciana Arrighi.

London-based Carnaby Intl. is handling worldwide sales rights for the film, and will be taking it to market at next month’s Cannes Film Festival.

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Interlude In Prague, which stars Aneurin Barnard as Mozart, has commenced a six-week shoot in the eponymous Czech capital.

Joining a cast that already includes James Purefoy (Solomon Kane) and Samantha Banks (Les Miserables) is Morfydd Clark (Love & Friendship), Ade Edmundson (War & Peace) and Charlotte Peters (Pound Of Flesh).

The story follows Mozart as he composes his operatic masterpiece Don Giovanni. While visiting Prague, the composer becomes embroiled in a turbulent narrative of lust and murder.

John Stephenson (Animal Farm) is directing from a script by debutant Brian Ashby. Huw Penallt Jones is producing for UK-based Productive International alongside Hannah Leader.

London-based Carnaby International are handling worldwide rights and, having introduced the title at EFM, will be commencing sales at Cannes in May.

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British actors Jack Lowden and Aneurin Barnard are in talks for major roles in Christopher Nolan’s World War II action adventure Dunkirk. Lowden is believed to be up for one of the two leading roles in the pic, with newcomer Fionn Whitehead up for the other lead role, while Barnard’s part is also believed to be significant. Details of the exact nature of the roles are being closely guarded as is often the way with a Nolan project. What we do know is the project will deal with the World War II evacuation of Dunkirk which took place from May-June 1940.

Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh and Tom Hardy will be part of an ensemble made up largely of unknowns. Nolan, his co-producer and partner Emma Thomas, oversaw an extensive casting process for the film, with virtually every young British and Irish actor putting themselves on tape for this. Nolan was known to be looking for unknowns for the major roles, thereby giving scores of young thesps the hope of a once-in-a-lifetime big break to nab a major role with a visionary filmmaker.

Pic will be shot on Imax 65mm and 65mm large-format film. Dubbed Operation Dynamo, the evacuation of Dunkirk was a British military operation that saved some 330,000 Allied soldiers trapped in the harbor and surrounded by the German army. Winston Churchill described it as “a miracle of deliverance.”

Lowden is one of the most exciting young actors in the UK right now. He has won plaudits for his performance in BBC-Weinstein Co co-production War And Peace. He also plays iconic left-wing politician Tony Benn in Amma Asante’s much-buzzed about A United Kingdom, starring Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo. He also stars opposite Rachel Weisz, Andrew Scott and Timothy Spall in Mick Jackson’s Denial. He is repped by Conway van Gelder Grant and UTA.

Barnard impressed with his portrayal of King Richard in the BBC-Starz miniseries The White Queen. He is repped by The Artists Partnership.

Warner Bros has dated the film for July 21, 2017. The studio declined to comment when contacted by Deadline.

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Welsh actor Aneurin Barnard is swapping the britches for a more modern wardrobe in Thirteen, but the drama remains high for his new role.

He’s been seen more recently in big budget period dramas like War & Peace, but Ogmore actor Aneurin Barnard has come back into the 21st century with a bump as he stars in Thirteen.

The five-part series is BBC Three’s first drama since the youth channel’s move online and it also airs on BBC Two tonight (Sunday) and tells the story of kidnap victim, Ivy Moxam’s ( My Mad Fat Diary’s Jodie Comer ) return to her family after 13 years.

Written by young rising star Marnie Dickens, Thirteen explores how to pick up the threads of a life half-lived and how to survive as a family under the greatest pressure.

Barnard, who is also known for his roles in The Scandalous Lady W and Cilla, stars as Tim, Ivy’s friend and boyfriend from her teenage years before she was kidnapped.

Explaining why he was attracted to the role, the actor said he was intrigued by the complex relationships and, simply, good storytelling.

He said: “I like mystery in stories and when I read the scripts, at certain points I found myself questioning Ivy. Did she run away? Was she taken? “You don’t get that clarity at first and I love the way it throws you into the middle of the story with no explanation – the story has to unwind and the pieces get put together the further you go.

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“The one thing that stands out for me is the relationships: the dynamics of relationships and how complex we are as human beings. We try to hold onto the past. It’s very complicated because everyone at some point trusts someone in this story but is then betrayed. There’s a spinning chessboard of themes – you never know who is telling the truth and who is lying.

“It’s good storytelling.”

The relationship, old and new, is central to the plot development of Thirteen; “Tim and Ivy’s history is from growing up together, becoming best friends as teenagers, before becoming a couple,” he expains.

“They were each other’s first love. Both are local and had little hangouts they used to go to, different park benches and dustbins on top of hills looking over towns.

“(When she returns) you see the two souls connect again and he tries to remind her of the happy times and explains things like how you don’t need a cassette player, you can just have an iPod! She’s been blocked out from a changing world.”

Thirteen, episodes one and two are available on iPlayer now, and episode one airs on BBC Two, Sunday March 6 at 10pm

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Tell us about Tim and Ivy’s relationship.
Tim and Ivy’s history is from growing up together, becoming best friends as teenagers, before becoming a couple. They were each other’s first love. Both are local and had little hangouts they used to go to, different park benches and dustbins on top of hills looking over towns!

How has Tim changed in the 13 years Ivy was missing?
Tim was a free-spirited young boy, loved music and skateboarding. When Ivy was taken, he lost his girlfriend and best friend, and it completely changed him. He met Yazz, who becomes his wife. She is a different kind of character who calms him down and centres him. She opens his eyes to future relationships. His world is turned upside down when Ivy returns, as overnight she is back in his life. All the forgotten feelings and emotions swarm back, and he is full of confusion. We see him having to channel a 13-year-old Tim despite being grown up and married with responsibilities.

What happens when Ivy returns?
With Tim and Ivy, the challenge is that she comes back into the world as a woman, separated from being a teenager, yet she has gone through so many different things. The one person she wants to return to is Tim. She instantly starts to feel comfortable with him, but the only trouble is that she doesn’t know that he is married. When he sees her again, he doesn’t know how to tell her and removes his wedding ring as he is full of so many emotions. Ivy is none the wiser and she thinks she can step back into her relationship with Tim. But, Tim never doubts Ivy is Ivy. All he has is that picture in his head of her as a teenager and now he sees her as a woman, that’s the biggest shock.

Why doesn’t Tim tell Ivy he’s married?
It’s not from a bad place. I believe Tim wants to protect Ivy, not to upset her. But as we all know, if there’s something you don’t want to say, the longer you leave it, the more dangerous and upsetting it becomes. I think he is waiting for the right moment.

What is Ivy like upon her return?
Ivy is very damaged, she has lost so many adult years. She’s lost confidence. Everyone around her wants to give her love and support, but Tim tries to bring some humour. You see the two souls connect again and he tries to remind her of the happy times and explains things like how you don’t need a cassette player, you can just have an iPod! She’s been blocked out from a changing world.

What attracted you to Thirteen as a project?
I like mystery in stories and when I read the scripts, at certain points I found myself questioning Ivy. Did she run away? Was she taken? You don’t get that clarity at first and I love the way it throws you into the middle of the story with no explanation – the story has to unwind and the pieces get put together the further you go. The one thing that stands out for me is the relationships: the dynamics of relationships and how complex we are as human beings. We try to hold onto the past. It’s very complicated because everyone at some point trusts someone in this story but is then betrayed. There’s a spinning chessboard of themes – you never know who is telling the truth and who is lying. It’s good storytelling.

What has it been like working on Thirteen?
Thirteen has been lovely and a great dynamic. Jodie has such a story to tell – she’s younger than the character she plays and I think it helps with the natural innocence. Having two female directors in Vanessa and China has been great for this kind of story. We never think about how it affects the family, or the people who know the victim. I would want someone to think ‘what if that was my daughter, my girlfriend?’ The reality is that the story could be true and that it can happen.




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