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William To Conquer The Big Screen - 28/1/2009 2:00:54 PM   
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casting? - 28/1/2009 2:00:54 PM   


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How about Will Smith for Harold and Shia The Beef for William?

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Neeson - 28/1/2009 2:02:05 PM   
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The man made phantom menace watchable and was fantastic in Taken. King Harold was tall and he is old enough to play it with enough gravitas.
William on the other hand was only in his late 30's when he invaded so that could be more difficult to place, possibly Peter Sarsgard but seems like a lazy choice especially as Liam is in his 50s

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Bleeding Bloom - 28/1/2009 2:12:17 PM   


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Oh you so know that Orlando Bloom will be involved and that the film will end up with him, er, 'meeting a maiden.'

Of course, I hope not.

And I wonder if the writers will be accurate to how it actually all went down. I am of course talking about Robin Hood POT, landing at Dover and then walking along Hadrian's Wall the next day? Impressive.

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Billy Vs. Harry - 28/1/2009 2:18:39 PM   

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Fassbender Vs. Bale...
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More likely to be some heinous marriage of Bloom versus Ferrell

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RE: William To Conquer The Big Screen - 28/1/2009 2:35:49 PM   

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I'm gonna have to jump on the Bale bandwagon for this one!

Christian Bale for William
Daniel Day Lewis for Harold


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Neeson? Hell yeah! - 28/1/2009 3:42:49 PM   


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Harold would fit him like a glove, if age is an issue then maybe Christian Bale playing him throughout the period this is going to cover.
For William, why not an actual French actor to play him? Sounds like "picking the only French actor everyone knows" but how about Vincent Cassell? He could certainly play up Williams villainous qualities (if he's to be shown in that light) but I'd like to see him play a rounded character as usually he's best known in English language films for playing criminals and scumbags.

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Harold - 28/1/2009 3:55:44 PM   


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Surely this could be the ideal role to bring John Simm to the masses as King Harold.

As for William, lord only knows, but he must be in his late thirties or early fourties; Chris Ecclestone maybe? I can see him playing an absolute shitbag.

I'd also be happy to see Kevin McKidd and Ray Stevenson in either role.

Just for the love of god keep Ray Winstone and Clive Owen well away from it.

There is one thing that worries me about this film, the plan to start filming by the end of the year despite the lack of even a first draft of the script.

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- 28/1/2009 4:07:17 PM   


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Harold - Liam Neeson/Kevin McKidd
William - Vincent Cassell

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Say No to Neeson! - 28/1/2009 4:21:50 PM   


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Am I the only one who thinks that, in recent years, you could close your eyes during a Liam Neeson film and pretend you're watching any one of them without a problem? Batman Begins, Kingdom of Heaven, even bloody Narnia. He's become a little one-dimensional, in my opinion.

This could be pretty good... or it could be King Arthur...

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shut it monkey boy! - 28/1/2009 7:11:30 PM   
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neeson a fuckin legend. any film he the king. hope this a good one, troy was excellent, alexanda was shite, dont follow suit.

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- 28/1/2009 7:47:43 PM   


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tenner says they change it so that the americans win it.

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RE: - 28/1/2009 8:02:00 PM   

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Oooh cool - 

Gary Oldman - Harold
Vincent Cassel would be a great choice for william!


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RE: RE: - 28/1/2009 8:21:19 PM   


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An EMPIRE forum discussing casting and no-one's mentioned Jason Statham? Thank christ...

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Neutral - 28/1/2009 8:42:43 PM   

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Liam Neeson, Russell Crowe or Daniel Day Lewis

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- 28/1/2009 8:58:49 PM   


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Ray Winstone for Harold & Russel Crowe for William!

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Time for Young British Blood - 28/1/2009 9:15:15 PM   


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I'm fed up of the same names that keep getting suggested. You'd think there were only about half a dozen actors working today. YAWN

Get some new young blood involved like the Andrew Buchan, Rob Pattinson's and Sam Riley's of this world. The historical characters werent that old when the key events took place.

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English Pig Dogs - 28/1/2009 9:15:15 PM   


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Oh God, time to bring out the petrol and some St George can surely only be Mel Gibson as William and Phillip Seymour Hoffman as a suitably weak and evil 'Arry.

Bring on the pain!

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These need to be young actors - 28/1/2009 9:22:08 PM   


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Harold was a tall good looking young guy. Rob Pattinson would fit well.

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- 28/1/2009 9:27:12 PM   


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Neeson is way too old! Mind, so is my fav pic for William, Ciaran Hinds. Perhaps Christopher Eccleston would do - or would his gruff northern persona better suit Harold? Remember William was a redhead - could Damien Lewis be commanding enough for the role? And Harold was a fair haired Saxon - a man's man, whom everybody admired. I'm getting images of Eomer in LotR's - Carl Urban, or even Viggo himself!?

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RE: - 28/1/2009 10:04:11 PM   
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Nathan Fillion for Harold. Mark Strong for William.

Best. Historical Epic. Ever.



She's supposed to be 13! I'd want her to be very attractive though


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RE: RE: - 28/1/2009 10:46:44 PM   


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Good call! Jason Statham to play Harold AND William. Now that's a movie right there!

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WOW, THAT'S AN EPIC MOVIE I WANNA SEE..... - 28/1/2009 11:35:33 PM   


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But can we please have it a little more neutral than ooh let's say Braveheart, I prefer Ridley Scott's approach with Kingdom of Heaven, where he depicted war as hell but had honourable men on both sides. we'll see......

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Some Character Actors Please! - 29/1/2009 4:14:09 AM   


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Sam Worthington for Harold and Maybe Guy Pierce for William

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RE: 1066 - 29/1/2009 9:40:48 AM   

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After going to the Bayeux Tapestry last April, I have to concur with Emily that there is a lot of story to tell, especially the fact that Harold and William were allies.

I have to say though, some of the above casting choices are odd - Nathan Fillion, Sam Worthington, Guy Peace? Or we THAT short on British actors?


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RE: 1066 - 29/1/2009 11:33:56 AM   
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After going to the Bayeux Tapestry last April, I have to concur with Emily that there is a lot of story to tell, especially the fact that Harold and William were allies.

I have to say though, some of the above casting choices are odd - Nathan Fillion, Sam Worthington, Guy Peace? Or we THAT short on British actors?

Haven't you heard? No casting rumour thread is complete without Nathan Fillion being dropped in there somewhere. Double points if you can drop a) Mark Strong or b) another Firefly/Serenity cast member in the mix.

Though Mark Strong would be awesome in any role here.



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american accents - 29/1/2009 12:19:32 PM   


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lets hope the studio or somebody else insists on tom cruise playing one of the leads and speaking in an american accent

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10 years ago Jason Patric - 29/1/2009 2:55:36 PM   


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I remember reading an article in total film 10 years ago that there would be a film about William the Conqueror and King Harold II exploring their friendship it was meant to star Jason Patric this was just after Jason Patric decided to be a mainstream actor again and he did sleepers and were waiting to speed Cruise control to come out after speed 2 released nothing was ever heard of about this project again and Jason Patric has barely done a mainstream movie sense but I have to say this project sounds very similar to the one that was being proposed 10 years ago

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RE: William To Conquer The Big Screen - 31/1/2009 8:42:34 PM   


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1066': Lester's Harold Conquers Rivals.   The battle hots up in the race to tell the epic tale of the great battle of Hastings, leaving several pretenders to the throne battered and bruised. With a quality script and high class retinue of cast and crew already attached, the producers of '1066' continue to crush the opposition. "We are the vanguard on this topic, and pride ourselves on being the ambassadors for what is arguably one of the most important conflicts in human history. We have seen a massive surge in interest in '1066' from the public and industry alike, the hits on our websites are at record levels and our myspace site is attracting hundreds of new recruits from around the world daily" says Robin Jacob Director and co writer of 1066. "They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and it is very satisfying to know that we have inspired so many people with '1066', there has been global coverage of the subject, some excellent and some very poor indeed, just PR puff pieces masquerading as news, surprisingly the worst offender was a globally respected British National newspaper renowned for its accuracy, but thatís show business!"   With the recent announcement that Felix Lester will play alongside his father Oliver star Mark Lester as Harold's son Godwin, the project has also attached Ian Whyte (alien Vs Predator) as King Hardrada and Martin Klebba diminutive star of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise as Turold man servant to William Duke of Normandy. But who else do the producers have in their sights? "That is an interesting question and one that we have tried to avoid" says Jacob " With so many powerful and charismatic roles to fill the list would be pretty extensive, there is some incredible talent out there who like to be challenged, enjoy taking risks and have a true understanding of the real purpose of filmmaking, we are working hard to penetrate the 'firewall' that surrounds them and to do so we must avoid some of the more unscrupulous PR tactics that others may employ to retain our credibility with both the talent and their agents, at the end of the day we have a powerful historically accurate script that has and will do the talking for us."   The impressive list of technical attachments includes Peter Hannon who has taken the role of 2nd Unit Cinematographer (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, The Gathering Storm) SFX Supervisor Ian Wingrove (Troy, AVP, Sleepy Hollow) Fight Director Anthony De Longis (Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull) and as Stunt Supervisor industry legend Rocky Taylor who's impressive CV contains amongst others 17 Bond movies, The Da Vinci Code and Titanic. What was the deciding factor that brought this talent to the project? "I guess it would have to be the epic nature of the story and the way in which we believe it should be told " Jacob continues  "These guys are some of the best in the world, they bring with them years of experience and '1066' will allow them the freedom to use all the skills at their disposal, we want '1066' to be as 'real' as possible, we will limit the use of CGI and we will employ some of the traditional methods of film making that are slowly being lost to technology, for example we plan to use 10,000 live extras for the final battle scene, a huge undertaking but the story deserves to be told with authenticity at it's heart, it is after all one of the most important and influential battles in history."    Please direct all enquiries to    

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