Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Terrence Malick's Next Film With Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara & Michael Fassbender Reportedly Gets Titled Terrence Malick's Next Film With Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara & Michael Fassbender Reportedly Gets Titled Watch: Jake Gyllenhaal Gets Bloody And Bruised In First Trailer For Boxing Drama 'Southpaw' Watch: Jake Gyllenhaal Gets Bloody And Bruised In First Trailer For Boxing Drama 'Southpaw' New Infographic Lays Out Canonical 'Star Wars' Timeline With Films, TV And Books New Infographic Lays Out Canonical 'Star Wars' Timeline With Films, TV And Books First Official Image: Jesse Eisenberg As Lex Luthor In 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' First Official Image: Jesse Eisenberg As Lex Luthor In 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' Watch: First Trailer For Arnold Schwarzenegger's Zombie Pic 'Maggie' With Abigail Breslin Watch: First Trailer For Arnold Schwarzenegger's Zombie Pic 'Maggie' With Abigail Breslin Idris Elba Replaces Jamie Foxx In Harmony Korine's 'The Trap,' Al Pacino, Robert Pattinson, James Franco Also Join Idris Elba Replaces Jamie Foxx In Harmony Korine's 'The Trap,' Al Pacino, Robert Pattinson, James Franco Also Join 10 Terrible Films Starring Great Actors 10 Terrible Films Starring Great Actors Watch: Tom Hanks Acts Out His Filmography In 7-Minutes On 'The Late Late Show' Watch: Tom Hanks Acts Out His Filmography In 7-Minutes On 'The Late Late Show' Watch: Trailer For 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Unrated Blu-Ray Edition, Will Also Feature An Alternate Ending Watch: Trailer For 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Unrated Blu-Ray Edition, Will Also Feature An Alternate Ending New Directors/New Films Review: Jia Zhang-ke Produced 'K' Is A New Take On Franz Kafka's 'The Castle' New Directors/New Films Review: Jia Zhang-ke Produced 'K' Is A New Take On Franz Kafka's 'The Castle' Viggo Mortensen Reveals He Turned Down Quentin Tarantino's 'The Hateful Eight,' Auditioned For 'Reservoir Dogs' Viggo Mortensen Reveals He Turned Down Quentin Tarantino's 'The Hateful Eight,' Auditioned For 'Reservoir Dogs' Watch: First Teaser Trailer For 'Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation' With Tom Cruise Arrives, If You Choose To Accept It Watch: First Teaser Trailer For 'Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation' With Tom Cruise Arrives, If You Choose To Accept It Jonathan Nolan Says His Original Ending To 'Interstellar' Was “Much More Straightforward” Jonathan Nolan Says His Original Ending To 'Interstellar' Was “Much More Straightforward” The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen Best Of 2014: The 15 Best Movie Soundtracks Of 2014 Best Of 2014: The 15 Best Movie Soundtracks Of 2014 The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More

Britflick 'This Beautiful Fantastic' Resurrected With Rhys Ifans, Bill Nighy & Rupert Friend

Photo of Oliver Lyttelton By Oliver Lyttelton | The Playlist November 4, 2010 at 12:55PM

Update: Felicity Jones has also joined the cast.
1


Update: Felicity Jones has also joined the cast.

Almost a full year ago, fresh off its high placing on the Brit List, an impressive cast was announced for the twee British fable "This Beautiful Fantastic." Set to be directed by Terry Loane ("Mickybo & Me"), the film would have starred hot property Carey Mulligan in the lead, with Tom Wilkinson, Christopher Ecclestone, Mackenzie Crook and Joanna Lumley also among the cast. Filming was set to begin in March, but, obviously, it didn't, and there hasn't even been a whisper from the film since.

The good news is that the film's still alive, according to Deadline -- there's a new director, in the shape of Joel Hopkins, who helmed the Dustin Hoffman/Emma Thompson romance "Last Chance Harvey," as well as the underrated indie "Jump Tomorrow," which starred TV On The Radio frontman Tunde Adebimpe. There's also a few new cast members -- Rhys Ifans, who'll presumably fit in the film around his duties as The Lizard in Marc Webb's "Spider-Man" reboot, the ever-busy Bill Nighy, who seems to be signed to more projects than Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp combined, and rising star, and Mr. Keira Knightley, Rupert Friend, who was very good indeed alongside Emily Blunt in "The Young Victoria."

What's unclear is whether any of the original cast members are still attached. Frankly, we imagine that they've all moved on at this stage, particularly Mulligan, who if anything is even more in demand now than she was a year ago. There's no word on a start date, and we imagine it's partly contingent on funding picked up at the American Film Market this week -- so if you want to see it hit screens, you know where to pay for it...

We took a look at the script when the project was originally announced, and wrote that "The best touchstone would definitely be "Amelie," but "This Beautiful Fantastic" is its own rather charming beast, staying just the right side of quirkiness, and provides great roles for all the cast involved, particularly Wilkinson, who could be an awards contender if the movie comes off right... The risk with material like this is that it could turn out more "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium" than "The Fisher King," but so long as the execution doesn't fall in love with its own whimsy, and stays relatively grounded, this could be a breath of fresh air."

The plot involves the relationship between Bella, an orphan with a wondrous, chaotic imagination and her neighbor Alfie, a grumpy old man, with great pride in his garden. Alfie's cook Vernon, tired of his employer's unpleasant behavior, goes to work for Bella, who has to tidy her own garden or face eviction from her flat. Bella strikes an uneasy alliance with Alfie, who promises to help her with her horticultural skills, if Vernon agrees to continue to provide his meals. By the end, they've profoundly changed each other's lives. We imagine that Nighy would replace Wilkinson as Alfie, Ifans would replace Ecclestone as Vernon, and Friend would replace Crook as love interest Billy. We're glad the film is moving forward: even if none of the original actors are involved, they couldn't have found three more promising ones to replace them with.

This article is related to: Films, Actors, This Beautiful Fantastic, Bill Nighy, Rhys Ifans, Rupert Friend


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


Check out Indiewire on LockerDome on LockerDome

E-Mail Updates