Let the games begin! Olivier Award winner Luke Treadaway and stage newcomer Imogen Poots will take on the roles of Nick and Honey in a new production of the late Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. As previously reported, the James Macdonald-helmed revival will play a limited engagement from February 22, 2017 through May 27 and star Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill. Opening night is set for March 9 at the Harold Pinter Theatre.
Treadaway garnered an Olivier Award in 2013 for his performance as Charlie in the National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. He has appeared onstage in Saint Joan and War Horseat the NT as well as in Piranha Heights, Cradle Me and Over There. Onscreen credits include Fortitude, The Rack Pack, Brothers of the Head, BBC’s The Innocence Project and Clapham Junction.
Poots marks her stage debut in Woolf, having appeared in films including 28 Weeks Later, Jimi: All Is by My Side, The Look of Loveand Need for Speed.
In the early hours of the morning on the campus of an American college, Martha (Staunton), much to her husband George’s (Hill) displeasure, has invited the new professor Nick (Treadaway) and his wife Honey (Poots) to their home for some after-party drinks. As the alcohol flows and dawn approaches, the young couple are drawn into George and Martha’s toxic games until the evening reaches its climax in a moment of devastating truth-telling.
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? won the 1963 Tony Award for Best Play; the 1966 film adaptation was directed by Mike Nichols, and starred Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. It was last seen on the Main Stem in 2012 led by Tracy Letts and Amy Morton.
Imogen Poots has joined the drama “I Kill Giants,” which stars Zoe Saldana and begins shooting Sept. 27 in Ireland and Belgium.
Saldana came on board last year to play a school psychologist; Madison Wolfe is portraying a misfit girl battling both real and imaginary monsters in her life. Anders Walter is directing “Giants” from Joe Kelly’s script, based oo Kelly’s 2008 graphic novel.
XYZ Films is handling worldwide sales and is meeting with distributors at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival.
Chris Columbus is producing through his 1492 Pictures/Ocean Blue Entertainment, along with Kim Magnusson, Kyle Franke, Adrian Politowski, Man of Action Entertainment, Umedia, and XYZ Films. The film is backed by Ingenious and financed by Umedia.
“I Kill Giants,” illustrated by J.M. Ken Niimura, won a Gaiman Award in 2013 and the International Manga Award in 2012.
Poots was most recently seen as the female lead in Cameron Crowe’s “Roadies” on Showtime. She starred opposite Michael Shannon in “Frank and Lola,” which was picked up by Universal following its Sundance premiere.
Jon Bernthal, Christopher Abbott, Imogen Poots, Rosemarie DeWitt and Odessa Young have signed on for director Jamie Dagg’s upcoming thriller Sweet Virginia, which was a Black List script written by Ben and Paul China. XYZ Films is handling international sales on the film (and others) at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival.
Sweet Virginia follows a motel owner with a dark past (Bernthal) who unknowingly starts a rapport with a young hitman (Abbott) responsible for a spate of violence that suddenly has gripped a small town. The film is set to begin production August 27.
The film will be produced by Brian Kavanaugh-Jones for Automatik, Chris Ferguson for Oddfellows Entertainment and Fernando Loureiro and Roberto Vasconcellos for Exhibit (which is also financing). Executive producers are Rian Cahill and Jesse Savath, with XYZ Films also executive producing.
Imogen attended last night the celebration of Marc Jacob’s Divine Decadence, and i’ve added to the gallery photos from the event. Check it out bellow!