U.K. Greenlit: ‘The End of the F***ing World’ Preps a New Season + More Casting News to Know

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Greenlit means a project is officially a go, so all you have to do is follow these leads to stay up to date. You never know where you’ll find an opportunity to land an audition!

“The End of the F***ing World”
Cult TV series “The End of the F***ing World” is returning for a spin-off series inspired by the characters and events of the first series. Starring Alex Lawther (“The Imitation Game”) and Jessica Barden (“The Lobster”), the original series was adapted from the comic book of the same name by Charles S. Forsman and scripted by Charlie Covell, who returns for the second series. Original casting director Kharmel Cochrane is also attached and filming begins early next year.

New feature drama “Summerland” is set in the Second World War and follows Alice (Gemma Arterton), a fiercely independent writer who reluctantly opens her heart to a young evacuee called Frank. Co-stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw (“Black Mirror,” “Belle”), Penelope Wilton, and Tom Courtenay are all signed up and the screenplay is by award-winning writer Jessica Swale who won a BAFTA Screenwriting Bursary to develop the script back in 2012. Swale also directs and casting is by Shaheen Baig. Filming is set to begin in September on location.

Donmar Warehouse
Covent Garden’s Donmar Warehouse has appointed Anna Cooper as their new casting director, replacing Alastair Coomer, who left to become head of casting at the National Theatre earlier this year. Anna Cooper is the first appointment of what will become a new regime at the theater when Michael Longhurst replaces outgoing artistic director Josie Rourke next year. Longhurst’s first season is yet to be announced. Previously a freelance casting director, Cooper worked with Longhurst on productions including “Gloria” at Hampstead Theatre, “They Drink it in the Congo” at the Almeida and “A Number” at the Young Vic. She begins her role in September and will work with Longhurst on his first season of work in 2019. Cooper’s other work includes “Ghosts” in the West End, “Measure for Measure” at Theatre Royal Plymouth, and “’Tis Pity She’s a Whore” at Southwark Playhouse.

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