Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie are to appear together in new TV series The Night Manager.

Hiddleston, 33, and Laurie, 55, will lead the cast for the new TV adaptation of the novel by John Le Carre, according to The Hollywood reporter.

The new BBC show follows the story of Jonathan Pine, a British soldier who later becomes an auditor for a luxurious hotel.

Pine soon comes into contact with Sophie, a French-Arab woman linked to Richard Onslow Roper, who made his considerable fortune from weapons deals.

But when Sophie is killed, Pine goes undercover with intelligence operatives to avenge her death.

The new show marks the TV return of both Hiddleston – who is best known for appearing in the Thor movies – and Laurie.

Hiddleston’s last regular television role was in BBC Two’s The Hollow Crown in 2012, while Laurie left House in the same year.

Source: Mirror.Co.Uk

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Congrats to Tom who topped Glamour’s list for Best Dressed Man!

We can reveal that this year’s winner is Tom Hiddleston! He was in very good company, with Twilight star Robert Pattinson coming second, and David Beckham taking the third position.

Tom Hiddleston, who had his breakthrough role in 2011 when he portrayed Loki in Thor, is probably best known for his roles in War Horse and The Avengers.

The 33-year-old actor recently got on board with Emma Watson’s #HeForShe campaign, so he has a heart of gold as well as a gold star for his style choices.

Source: Glamour UK

Tom has announced on twitter that he has joined the Greenpeace campaign in support of change to the Artic.

Legendary Films announced this morning that Tom will be staring in the upcoming King Kong origin film, Skull Island. The film is scheduled to release November of 2016.

Legendary announced its plans to make a feature film based on the cinematic origins of King Kong during this year’s San Diego Comic Con with an original draft of the script by Max Borenstein. Previous works have touched on the island, but staying on and exploring this mysterious and dangerous place offers Legendary the opportunity to take audiences deeper inside this rich world with a style and scope that parallels other Legendary productions. Universal Pictures will distribute the film on November 4, 2016.

Vogt-Roberts directed and executive produced the Sundance darling THE KINGS OF SUMMER. He has also directed the pilot and multiple episodes of FX’s new series “You’re the Worst” and is set to direct METAL GEAR SOLID for Sony. His other credits include directing the pilot of “Cocked” for Amazon Studios and directing and executive producing the concert documentary NICK OFFERMAN: AMERICAN HAM. He is represented by UTA, 3 Arts Entertainment and attorneys Alan Wertheimer and Andy Gawker.

Hiddleston’s credits include MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE, and WAR HORSE. He is also known for portraying Thor’s nemesis and brother, Loki, in Marvel’s THOR, THOR: THE DARK WORLD, and THE AVENGERS. Upcoming projects include Legendary’s gothic horror CRIMSON PEAK from director Guillermo del Toro, Ben Wheatley’s adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s HIGH-RISE and Marc Abraham’s Hank Williams biopic I SAW THE LIGHT. He is repped by William Morris Endeavor, Hamilton Hodell and Authentic Management.

Legendary’s recent releases include GODZILLA, 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE and the Guillermo del Toro directed PACIFIC RIM as well as the Jackie Robinson biopic 42 and MAN OF STEEL with Warner Bros. In addition to WARCRAFT, highlights from Legendary’s upcoming slate include BLACKHAT and CRIMSON PEAK.

Source: Legendary

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Tom made a surprise appearance at the Wheatland Music Festival this past weekend in Remus, Michigan.

In many ways, the Wheatland Music Festival is about Mother Nature, and she blessed this year’s event with near-perfect weather.

A bit of rain on Friday didn’t stop music lovers from enjoying the festival, and they came in droves, even though nobody had any idea that “Thor” actor Tom Hiddleston was going to take the stage.

Wheatland vice president Tom T. Ball recalled that last year’s festival would have been hard to beat in terms of weather, the lineup and the overall ambience.

“At the end last year, I thought, how are we ever going to top this?” Ball said Monday. “This year, if we didn’t, we came close.”

Beautiful weather combined with a lineup that Ball and others on the Wheatland Board of Directors were sure would please guests did just that, and all of the long winter days preparing for this year’s event fell into place.

Thousands of people attended the annual festival Friday, Saturday and Sunday, camping and enjoying traditional music and arts at the 160-acre site.

Ball said after all the work the board put into this year’s festival, it’s great to see it come to fruition.

And as it turned out, Hiddleston’s appearance with country artist Rodney Crowell put the rural music organization and its festival in the national if not international entertainment spotlight.

Hiddleston, who acted in Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers,” Alan Taylor’s “Thor: The Dark World” and other films, performed Hank Williams’ “Move It on Over” and other songs Saturday night.

Crowell’s wife told Ball that he is mentoring Hiddleston in preparation for his portrayal of Hank Williams Sr. in an upcoming biopic, “I Saw the Light.”

During the festival, Crowell introduced Ball to Hiddleston as “his friend Tom.”

Ball talked about the upcoming film with Hiddleston during the festival.

Ball said Crowell is a natural role model for someone looking to learn about country music, having been in the business for 40 years or more.

Reports of Hiddleston’s “crashing” Wheatland were rampant Monday, with accounts Time, Rolling Stone Country, the New York Daily News, Billboard and other websites.

According to published reports, production for “I Saw the Light” begins in October in Louisiana, and Ball is confident the British-born Hiddleston will shine.

“He’s a pro; he’ll deliver,” Ball said, adding that it isn’t clear whether the actor will do the singing in the movie.

With or without Hiddleston, Wheatland was successful this year, with just a few small challenges arising, Ball said.

I couldn’t have imagined it going any better,” he said.

Source: The Morning Sun

Nathan Fillion recently challenged Tom to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and Tom has responded!

According to Deadline, Tom is being consider for the title role in the Ben-Hur remake!

EXCLUSIVE: MGM, Paramount and Timur Bekmambetov set a February 26, 2016, release date on an epic remake of Ben-Hur; have they found their chariot driver in Tom Hiddleston? I hear that he’s the one the studios are courting to play Judah Ben-Hur in the adaptation of the 1880 Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ, which was the biggest-selling novel of its time until it was eclipsed by Gone With The Wind.

Hiddleston isn’t being fitted for a toga just yet. He has other projects vying for his services, including the MGM pic Me Before You. Keith Clarke, who scripted the Peter Weir-directed The Way Back, wrote the script that MGM pounced on after that company got ambitious following its emergence from bankruptcy and huge hits in Skyfall and The Hobbit. Mark Burnett and Roma Downey joined Sean Daniel and Joni Levin as producers, with Clarke and Jason Brown exec producing. Oscar-winning 12 Years A Slave scribe John Ridley wrote the last draft.

MGM released the 1959 Charlton Heston-toplined Ben-Hur, as well as the 1925 silent film Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ. That doesn’t mean much here, after all the library strip mining done by Kirk Kerkorian in the 1980s. Wallace’s book is public domain, and that makes it possible. Pic leans heavier on the book than did William Wyler’s film, playing up a parallel storyline involving Jesus Christ. That’s juxtaposed by the blood feud between Judah Ben-Hur and Messala, who grew up best friends before the Roman Empire took control of Jerusalem. Judah Ben-Hur was a Jewish prince and Messala the son of a Roman tax collector. After the latter leaves to be educated in Rome for five years, the young man returns with a different attitude and mocks Judah and his religion. When a procession passes by Judah’s house and a roof tile accidentally falls and hits the governor, Messala betrays his childhood friend and manipulates the accident so that Judah is sold into slavery and certain death on a Roman warship, with his mother and sister thrown in prison for life. Judah vows revenge, culminating in the famed chariot races.

Hiddleston seems an ideal choice. Long thought of as a classical actor in parlor dramas, he remade himself as a global action star thanks to his work as the charismatic anti-hero Loki in the Thor and The Avengers films. Stay tuned.

Some news on the status of Crimson Peak by director, Guillermo del Toro.

As you may have noticed from our recent news that Guillermo del Toro is directing a small-scale black and white film before Pacific Rim 2, considering releasing two cuts of At the Mountains of Madness, and dropped details regarding the Pacific Rim animated series, Steve recently had a revealing conversation with the filmmaker about his upcoming projects. There’s plenty to unpack from the interview, and so today we’d like to share what he had to say about the current status of his next film, Crimson Peak, whether Pan’s Labyrinth will be coming to Criterion, and how much creative freedom he was given by FX to make his new TV series The Strain. Highlights include the revelation that Crimson Peak only has one deleted scene, a bit of insight into his production process, and the evolving creative procedure in making The Strain. Read on after the jump.

Del Toro most recently wrapped filming on his next film, Crimson Peak. The pic has been described as a classical gothic romance ghost story and stars Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Charlie Hunnam, and Mia Wasikowska. Del Toro has normally kept to more colorful stories for his English-language pics and tackled heavier subject matter in Spanish, so Crimson Peak marks a significant “first” for the filmmaker:

“It’s the first time I tackle, on film, an adult subject in a way that is not based on a property or comic book/animation type of arena. Mimic was such a shocking experience that I made a decision back then in 1997 to do the sort of more auteristic, harder-to-pin movies in Spanish and do the big pop spectacles in English. It was finding a home at Legendary and being supported by Universal—Donna Langley was a big champion of Crimson Peak—that gave me the courage to try to bring those sort of adult tools to an English-language studio film. It is, by comparison with Hellboy or Pacific Rim, Crimson is a smaller movie, but it’s very, very personal. So it’s something I haven’t tried before and I’m very proud of it and happy.”

Read more at Collider.Com

Some great news today! It is now confirmed that Tom will play country musician, Hank Williams in the biopic, I Saw The Light!

Marvel’s The Avengers and Only Lovers Left Alive star Tom Hiddleston has, according to Deadline, taken the lead role in I Saw the Light, an upcoming biopic of legendary country singer Hank Williams. Marc Abraham (Flash of Genius) is set to both write and direct, adapting Colin Escott’s “Hank Williams: The Biography.”

Williams ranks high among the most influential country music singer-songwriters, and he lived a life as hard as any character in a country song. After growing up dirt poor in Alabama during the Depression, Williams skyrocketed to fame with 11 No. 1 hits, including classics “Cold, Cold Heart,” “Your Cheatin’ Heart” and “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.”

Williams also suffered from spina bifida, which led him to turn to alcohol and morphine for pain relief. Haunted by demons and bad habits, Williams died in 1953 at age 29.

RatPac Entertainment, Bron Studios, and Creative Wealth Media Finance are co-producing and co-funding the project, which aims shoot this October in Louisiana.

Aaron L. Gilbert will produce with Brett Ratner, G. Marq Rosell and Abraham. Ratner’s partner, James Packer, will be exec producer.

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Packed talent schedules are the curse of good television.

With no confirmation yet on when Sherlock series four will start filming, there is still a glimmer of hope for fans of another hit BBC1 crime drama: RadioTimes.com understands that the fourth series of Wallander will be filmed next year.

For fans of the brilliant Swedish detective played by Kenneth Branagh, the news is mixed, however. The BBC have only developed Henning Mankell’s original books and they have nearly done them all.

This means that after three series of three films, the next run will be the last and looks set to conclude with a one-part adaptation of Mankell’s novel The White Lioness and a two-parter based on his final book The Troubled Man.

Sources at the BBC and independent producers Left Bank Pictures confirmed that both parties are confident next year will see the filming begin.

….The first series of Wallander aired in 2008 and subsequent films have appeared at sporadic intervals because of the difficulty of securing the services of lead actor Kenneth Branagh and the rest of the cast. These include Tom Hiddleston who played Magnus Martinsson, a member of Wallander’s team of detectives, in the first two series of the drama but did not appear in series three. Sources say they cannot confirm whether he will reappear in the final run.

Soruce: Radio Times

Producer Thomas Tull is overseeing some big projects at the moment – Godzilla, Jurassic World and Warcraft to name but three. But when we recently caught up with the Legendary Pictures’ boss, the film he seemed most excited about was Crimson Peak – the forthcoming horror from Guillermo Del Toro.

A period piece that stars Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam, Jessica Chastain and Mia Wasikowska, Del Toro revealed that it’s a gothic romance in the style of Rebecca and Jane Erye when we spoke to him last year (see video below).

And now the director has shown an early cut to Tull, which seems to have blown him away…

“I was very excited about Crimson Peak – I’d seen a bunch of the dailies and footage” he explained. “But he cut together a very large assembly and I was absolutely astounded. I’m going to quote him so I’m not being blasphemous – knowing the great films he’s made that are out there – but I think this is going to be his best film.”

He continued: “The cast in this movie – Mia, Tom, Charlie, and Jessica Chastain – have just embraced their roles and Guillermo, and I literally cannot wait for people to see this.”

High praise indeed, even if it is coming from the producer. If the finished film is better than The Devil’s Backbone or Pan’s Labyrinth, we’ll be very impressed, but audiences will have to wait awhile to find out, with Crimson Peak not hitting screens till the tail-end of 2015.

Source: IGN

Tom has signed up for Samuel L Jackson’s The One For The Boys Fashion Ball. The event takes place on June 15th!

If you saw Samuel L Jackson’s awesome (and terrifying) “Have You Got Balls?” video earlier this year, you know that the actor is passionate about raising awareness about male-specific cancers – so much so that he signed up to be the public face of Sofia Davis​’ charity One For The Boys. However next month he’s taking his efforts to the next level by hosting the first-ever One For The Boys fundraiser in the capital; and when better than during London Collections: Men, the bi-annual three-day menswear extravaganza.

The One For The Boys Fashion Ball (an apt name on many levels) will take place on 15 June at the gargantuan Natural History Museum and will feature a Moët & Chandon reception, dinner cooked by a team of Michelin star chefs including Michael Caines and Tom Kerridge, and a silent auction, raising funds for the charity.

However the real draw will be seeing a few of Jackson’s celebrity friends hit the catwalk in clothes from some of the finest designers around such as Fendi, Armani and Alexander McQueen. Names already signed up to walk? Simon Pegg, Luke Evans, Tom Hiddleston, David Walliams and, yes, Jackson himself. Our Editor Dylan Jones, a global ambassador for the charity, will be there on the night so you can be assured to see all the action here on GQ.co.uk. However if you want to get yourself along to support the very worthy cause a limited number of tickets are available to buy on request by emailing fashionball@onefortheboys.com.

The One For The Boys Fashion ball will take place on 15 June at the Natural History Museum, Cromwell Rd, London, SW7. More information at onefortheboys.com

Find @One4TheBoys or search #OFTBFashionBall on Twitter to follow all the action from the event.

Source: GQ Magazine

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Never underestimate the power of social media.

Stratford Caldecott, 60, is a huge comic book fan and loves Marvel movies. Unfortunately, due to his advanced prostate cancer, he was too ill to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier in theaters. His daughter Sofie Caldecott started an online campaign to get him a DVD before it’s released in August.

Thanks to her efforts, people began posting pictures of themselves appealing to the cast of The Avengers and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. by holding signs and using the hashtag #CapforStrat. Mark Ruffalo was the first star from the movie to participate. “Banner/Hulk for Strat! #CapForStrat,” he tweeted Wednesday. The actor, 46, added the caption: “Hang tough Strat! We are pulling for you.”

Samuel L. Jackson followed suit that day, tweeting, “Keep fighting and Stay Strong Strat! You can do it!”

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ther Marvel actors who took #CapforStrat selfies include Chloe Bennet, Brett Dalton, Clark Gregg, Elizabeth Henstridge, Tom Hiddleston, Cobie Smulders and Ming-Na Wen. Only one Avengers star (Scarlett Johansson), one Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star (Iain De Caestecker) and three Captain America stars (Hayley Atwell, Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan) have yet to participate in the campaign.

Sofie blogged Friday to publicly acknowledge “how great Christopher Markus and the people at Marvel have been, how great the actors have been, how great the general public have been, and, most importantly, the courage of cancer patients, their families and their doctors and nurses around the world.”

Source: E Online

According to Radio Times, Tom is reportedly attached to the role of Stelios Kyriakides, the Greek marathon runner who survived the Nazi occupation of Athens in an upcoming biopic. No official word yet, just rumors for now.

Among his many talents, we reckon Tom Hiddleston is a dab hand when it comes to running. After all, there is this performance to consider….

Could his next role be that of Greek marathon runner Stelios Kyriakides? According to industry website, The Tracking Board, the British actor is being lined up to star as Stelios Kyriakides, the Greek marathon runner who lived in Athens during the Nazi occupation.

The athlete – who competed at the 1936 Berlin Olympics – ran in the Boston Marathon after the war, going on to win the event and raise funds for Greece’s relief effort.

The film, written by Bill Wheeler (The Reluctant Fundamentalist), is expected to focus on one specific period of Kyriakides’ life and is yet to find a director, with Hiddleston’s attachment still very much in the rumour stage.

If he does climb on board, his involvement will make for a busy 2014 with roles already confirmed in Guillermo del Toro’s gothic horror Crimson Peak (which he’s currently filming) and Ben Wheatley’s High Rise co-starring Jeremy Irons and Sienna Miller.

Source: Radio Times