After BS 3.8, this feels good #RichardArmitage

So, it was a Richard Armitage filled weekend for fans, with the premiere of The Lodge at Sundance, and enough press shots and interviews to satisfy – including some good reviews. Still, there are fans like me who are not going out of their way to see a horror/thriller film such as this – which is supposed to scare the crap out of you, and has a reportedly only 20 minutes of Armitage  screen time. OTOH, I felt good this morning learning that the film has already sold and has distribution rights. There were a  fair number of industry and  Armitage tweets and retweets picking up that news.

But the real boost came with the announcement that Richard Armitage is going to STAR in The Stranger, a Harlan Coben based limited series for Netflix UK. This news was trumpeted by so many entertainment media sites on social media – it’s a blitz, and it felt great. This felt especially great, the full article has 51 shows to look forward to, and  The Stranger is not listed first – but the photo appearing first, was this one: 
Believe you me, after last night’s Berlin Station,  episode, SOME SPOILERS SPOILERS coming now – stop reading if you want to wait:   after the whole Miller/Frost confrontation and Daniel with dead open eyes, killed by, of all characters, feckless Steven Frost, I wanted to pull my hair out. I’m still finding a way to believe that Steven Frost is not Diver, or if he was, he didn’t kill Daniel’s mother, but I’m not looking for a way to manipulate that Daniel Miller lives. He’s gotta be dead by now. Please be dead by now, Daniel. If they bring him to life again, after Season 1, getting shot in the back, and Season 3 getting shot in the front, I don’t think I’ll have even a reserve more of outrage left. Meanwhile, join the discussion at Me and Richard to express opinions on the episode. I’ll be chiming in there as well to bitch about the indignity of anybody  being killed by modern day Steven Frost, let alone Daniel Miller falling for the oldest trick in the book. He hasn’t really been a great spy.

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The Lodge Review – What’s With These Spoilers?

Makes one think the only thing for Richard Armitage fans  is to see the first 20 minutes of the film to watch Armitage and the last 20 minutes to find out the twist.

SPOILERS! here

#RichardArmitage Film to Premiere at Sundance -The Lodge

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Thanks to Fabo for the alerting tweet.

The Lodge / U.S.A., United Kingdom (Directors: Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala, Screenwriters: Sergio Casci, Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala, Producers: Simon Oakes, Aliza James, Aaron Ryder) — In this psychologically chilling slow burn, a young woman and her reticent new stepchildren find themselves isolated in the family’s remote winter cabin, locked away to dredge up the mysteries of her dark past and the losses that seem to haunt them all. Cast: Riley Keough, Jaeden Martell, Lia McHugh, Alicia Silverstone, Richard Armitage. World Premiere 

#RichardArmitage to Narrate The Bible

Oughtabull Oratory.com just announced that fan favorite narrator, Richard Armitage, is currently recordingThe Bible for its Really Classics Division. Oughtabull is being tight-lipped about which Bible Armitage will be narrating. Producer Chancy Jewell said,” on the one hand, we think Richard  reading Scriptures/Bible/Torah is great material for him and will capitalize on his dramatic ability.”

On the the other hand, release is expected around Christmas, and the New Testament ( Holy Bible) would give Armitage the challenge of individualizing, through his voices, a company of  12 characters who can be hard to distinguish – to wit – the Apostles. Ms. Jewell went on, “Richard has the perfect experience for this – it’s another version of Thorin Oakenshield and  his  company of Dwarves, who were more or less indistinguishable from one another. We think Richard can bring each apostle to life, so to speak.”

Industry insiders close to the producers and creatives, who wish to remain anonymous in order to save their jobs, are enjoying the confusion. They claim the text to be narrated is an adaptation, or retelling of The Bible called The Bible: A Novel.  The  author(s) have not been named, but it’s rumored  that one or both of them have relevant experience novelizing stuff,  though there’s a penchant for changing the endings. That might be problematic.

Oughtabull Oratory and Richard Armitage have partnered numerous, many, lotsa, times before – even winning some awards together.

Lately, Armitage has been moonlighting with other audio producers including Audible, Oughtabull Oratory and Big Finish. Does he prefer to be heard, and not seen? Three other recent voice projects give legs to that assumption: The War of the Worlds – A radio drama; Castlevania, an animated series and; Wolverine: The Long Night, a dramatic podcast series. Armitage also has a voice role in cult VR film, Arden’s Wake, which has only been seen by a handful, but has received critical acclaim. For other news on Richard Armitage’s audio projects, check out here  here , and a very current discussion here

When asked what drew him to the work of narrating The Bible, Armitage said it was one of the first books he read as a child. He loved the story of Sampson who played around with his hair and beard to much distraction, and was a real contender.

Fans now are waiting for these audio treasures, available for pre-order and post order or in no particular order. A look at the @RCArmitage Twitter feed reveals the obvious – fans are already pre-ordering in huge numbers, without actually knowing what the product will be. Some fans have tweeted their support of the project

Fans who want to actually see Richard Armitage are eagerly awaiting Berlin Station, S. 3 – or a bit of it, The Lodge and My Zoe. The writer is not up on sales and distribution for these two films – only time will tell if we get to see them or when.

(NB: Richard Armitage was a contender, too. )

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Didn’t He Say He Wouldn’t Do Horror?

I’m certain some Richard Armitage fans whose memories or actual files are archival can find the quotes from interviews – but didn’t Richard Armitage once claim he wouldn’t work in the horror genre? And didn’t he then distinguish Hannibal from more traditional horror? And Sleepwalker, which wasn’t strictly horror.

It just seems to me that on the heels of Wanderlust, and while waiting quite impatiently to learn of his next stage appearance – if it still exists – this announcement of a non-starring role in a horror film is, well, unsettling.  Right now, we have some audio works to look forward to, and Ocean’s 8. No one knows about My Zoe, though I think it will film – but will he still be available? So, there’s no new film on the horizon except this one.

It’s horror-ble.