The following UK projects are now visible on the horizon, whether they’re in development or actively casting. Keep these leads on your radar and your eyes open for the opportunity to land an audition.
Feature thriller Borderland has gone into pre-production, starring Star Wars’ John Boyega, Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), and Jodie Turner-Smith (Queen & Slim).
Confronting the gritty reality of life in the IRA during the 1970s, the film follows Jack Reynor, a paramilitary man who witnesses the shooting of his wife by an SAS sergeant, setting him on a bloody revenge mission.
Writing and directing duo Thomas and Charles Guard are attached, sharing a script credit with Ronan Bennett (Top Boy, Gunpowder). Shooting is set for Spring 2022 in Glasgow, and casting director Olivia Scott-Webb is attached.
Unforgotten Series 5
ITV’s sleeper hit Unforgotten has been greenlit for a fifth series, with Sanjeev Bhaskar and Nicola Walker returning as odd couple detectives Sunny and Cassie in this gripping, slow-burning crime drama. Shooting is set to begin in March 2022, and casting director Victor Jenkins is attached.
Mr Shaw Goes to Hollywood
Veteran playwright and Sesame Street screenwriter Mark Saltzman has a star-studded feature in pre-production, directed by another veteran – actor Simon Callow.
Set in 1933, the story follows playwright George Bernard Shaw (played by Derek Jacobi) and his wife Charlotte’s (Eileen Atkins) visit to Hollywood. Dustin Hoffman is also starring as Louis B Mayer, and Aidan Turner is taking a turn as golden-era Hollywood heartthrob Clark Gable. Casting directors Ros and John Hubbard are attached, and shooting is set for 2022.
Check out Backstage’s UK audition listings!