First Mention by Richard Armitage of Something New on the Horizon?

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Into the Storm has a storm-chaser gambling everything for that once-in-a-lifetime shot of the heart of a tornado. Similarly, I speculate, there must be a once-in-a-lifetime role his heart desires. “Ye-es, there is,” he replies after a pause, “and I may have just auditioned for it.” Tantalisingly, he refuses to say more. “I’ll let you know if it doesn’t come through,” he offers. “Because if I do get it, you will read about it!”

Good for RIchard Armitage that John Proctor is no longer the role of a lifetime. Keep moving on.

Thanks to Micra, who speculates ( and I agree) that most likely he has gotten the role, or is very close.

 

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58 thoughts on “First Mention by Richard Armitage of Something New on the Horizon?

  1. Just a guess. Read about a movie being made of the friendship of JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis. I thought he would be awesome in one of those roles.

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  2. What about a Richard III film? Wasn’t that always high on his list? If Cumberbatch can play Hamlet at 38, then Armitage could play Richard III at 43… (I’ll be checking out Cumberbatch in Hamlet. Scored the tickets.)

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  3. Wow that’s really exciting!! Can’t imagine what it is. Who knew he always wanted to play Proctor, right? I agree he must be close or he wouldn’t have said anything. Can’t wait!! Don’t think a Tolkien biopic would be big news.?

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    • Depends on definition of ” big news.” Think of all the Tolkien fans, Amitage fans, Jackson fans, LOTR fans, who is writing and directing, and add in the publicity – the press releases, picked up by all the usual movie and entertainment sites. So it will become big news, and certainly would be read by people such as the writer of the article and you and me.

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  4. He could be Dr. Strange for a new Marvel film. It wouldn’t be the first time someone played one role in a Marvel film then played a major character. (*Side-eyes Chris Evans*) He may play a major role in the new Mission Impossible film due to start in London. According to IMDB Spielberg has an ‘untitled cold war thriller’ in pre-production.

    I am just playing my version of deductions a la Sherlock.

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  5. Role of a lifetime? Wow, that is promising. So far he did a few precious projects – I wonder how it is possible to top TH or TC or N+S. Is there any project out there that includes a lot of water? Moses parting the Red Sea? Or Captain Nemo? Or Captain Ahab? Or Captain Bligh? Or something with a submarine? Oh wonder…

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    • That’s just it. At this stage in his career, what’s to be gained by hinting at something that is just a maybe? More likely, IMO, that he has confidence in his chances and availability.

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  6. Oh wow, now I’m all excited! Wouldn’t it be great if the wild success of The Crucible has suddenly made him flavour of the year… I like Cumberbatch but don’t think he’s any better as an actor, ditto Tom Hiddleston…

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  7. I don’ think Cumberbatch or Hiddleston are better actors than Richard Armitage, but Armitage hasn’t been given as much opportunity to really show his range. I hope this changes now.Also, I think there are some roles or types that aren’t interchangeable among them. Shakes[eare is one thing, but other fictional characters, and characters we don’t know anything about yet – I think one of the three may be more suited than the other 2.

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  8. RA doesn’t seem like a actor who’s content to repeat himself. My guess is that this “once in a lifetime role” in his mind is something he hasn’t done before, it will be an interesting character that challenges him and high-profile.

    I like Cumberbatch, Hiddleston and Fassbender–actors I knew about long before RA come into my radar–but RA is much, much better, and Perry’s right, he hasn’t been given the same quality of material. Talk about a film role I wished RA had gotten–I’m sure it went by his UT or WME agent’s desk–is the new Scorsese’s film “Silence”, based on the novel by Shūsaku Endō. I think it’s was Liam Neeson role (originally offered to Daniel Day Lewis) that should have gone to someone else, like RA.

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  9. Alright I will make a proper guess.
    Either he’s cast as Henry VI in the latest round of films serving as a sort of sequel to the Hollow Crown Series, or he got himself a major role in the television production of Richard III starring Benedict Cumberbatch. (Same round of films.) The Hollow Crown showcased the creme de la creme of UK acting talent, and Neal Street has to top themselves somehow.

    This is why I am not a consulting detective. 😉

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    • Intriguing. Fatima, a Shakespearean role would be great, but unless he plays Richard III, me thinks it would’t be considered a role of a lifetime, playing second to Cumberbatch.

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    • I’ve been hoping for his appearance The Hollow Crown II since I heard of it and whether that is the role he referred to or not, I hope it happens. There are quite a number of meaty, uncast parts for 4 shows. But I don;t think he would consider it a role of lifetime – I know, I don’t.

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  10. Sounds like a plan, but it sure is fun to speculate. I just don’t know what’s available, what’s being cast, or even if it is very real – although I believe it is and I believe when he said it, he thought it was very real.

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  11. I think we are looking at Shakespeare here, surely? Or the next Bond?

    I’m not sure I’m confident RA is better than Hiddleston, Cumbers or Fassbender. In fact, I don’t think he is … yet…

    But I think he is on his way to being offered those kind of parts. Interesting to recall Hiddleston lamenting that the scripts he got had often passed through Fassy’s hands first.. I’m a tremendous RA fan but Fassbender does have an edge in him but RA has capacity to surprise as we keep seeing..

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    • Welcome Gripejuice. I think he could be just as good as Fassbender, but hasn’t had the range of roles yet. I still need to see more of Hiddleston, and I think Cumberbatch is a marvelous actor. I think Armitage will hold his own with them given the chance.
      I don’t necessarily agree that we’re talking about Shakespeare, though it’s possible. Bond – I don’t know. I imagine one could consider it the role of a lifetime for its prestige and visibility and franchise, – but it’s too early for a new Bond and somehow, IMO, while it may be an opportunity of lifetime, I don’t see it as the role of a lifetime.
      That being said, it is also possible that I’m putting a more literal emphasis on the phrase than he was.

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      • I do think he tends to “play up” his next or current role in a PR kind of way, so you’re right that it could be an overstatement. But with having just played some pretty momentous roles in Thorin and Proctor, it seems less likely to be just fluff talk.

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  12. *Deep Breath*

    Alright here’s guess number 1099… and I thought of this one carefully.

    Steven Spielberg’s next project is an untitled Cold War Thriller with Tom Hanks attached to star. Hanks plays:

    Hanks is attached to play James Donovan, a prominent American attorney enlisted by the CIA during the Cold War to slip behind the Iron Curtain and negotiate the release of Gary Powers, a pilot captured when his U-2 spy plane was shot down over Russia.

    What if the role is Gary Powers, or a member of Donovan’s team. Role of a lifetime can also mean working with the star and director of a lifetime. Someone saw him in The Crucible, or another role, and brought him to their attention. They scratched their collective heads wondering if the British Drama school system has a bottomless well in that acting pool.

    Listen, I can’t knit so my hobby is conjecturing in positive ways.

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    • Yeah! I would say a chance to be in a film with Hanks and Spielberg could be the role (or at least opportunity) of a lifetime! At least from the perspective of fantastic exposure and known high quality product.

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  13. Another guess. There seems to be a campaign on line for him to be cast as Matthew Clairmont in “A Discovery of Witches”. If you read Claimont’s physical description it sounds like RA. Also, MC is a very complicated character…a killer with morals. IMDb says it’s due out in 2015 and sounds like casting is being done now. It’s being produced by Warner Bros. Just say in’.

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    • I noticed he’s also following Deb Harkness on Twitter….. otoh I just can’t see Matthew Clairmont as the role of a lifetime. Perhaps if I’d read the books I’d feel differently. He’s also expressed lack of affection for horror roles in the past, though this sounds a little different.

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  14. There’s a huge lobby out there proposing him for Matthew Clairmont ( at least they sound huge.) and I’m sure he is aware of the interest. I, myself, couldn’t get through the first book. But, if I have to some time in the future, , I will.

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  15. Phillippa Langley already has produced the whole script for Richard III’s story and as she IS a script writer and has worked in close contact with Richard, it was a case of getting a backer for the film. He himself said that his dream was to direct Richard III and maybe play the part of Warwick the Kingmaker as well – also Phillippa Gregory had the book of Richard III being offered to Hollywood and asked Richard to play the lead, and he agreed. That is what I always imagined would be his dream come true!

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    • Welcome. Many would agree that on Richard Armitage’s wish list is something connected to Richard III. And this point in time though, I don’t think that’s in the mix of what he was mentioning. Perhaps some time in the future it will be.

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  16. O.K then Perry, but someone said that Alan Rickman had been to see the Crucible several times and appeared to be watching Richard … maybe with something else theatrical or film in mind, does anyone know what Alan Rickman’s connected with at present.?.. as Richard said he ‘ -may have already auditioned for the part’ Suggests he knew that someone was in the theatre watching him with a specific role in mind?

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  17. Don’t know, but Alan Rickman is going to be in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, and so is Richard Armitage. Maybe he was watching him to see how Armitage will translate to an animator character, maybe an animal. I would relish such a thing. But, how can people tell that Rickman was watching Armitage, as opposed to Rickman was watching the play?

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