David has joined Felicia Day as well as Walking Dead star Steven Yeun for an animated adaptation of the critically-acclaimed Image Comic, ‘Chew’. The part was originally going to be played by the late Robin Williams. David will be voicing the character, Mason Savoy, a mentor-turned-villain. For more information about ‘Chew’, visit Cinema Blend.
Marvel have announced that the TV series ‘AKA: Jessica Jones’ in which David plays Zebediah Killgrave/The Purple Man, has had a name change to ‘Jessica Jones’, which is much shorter and sweeter.
He was feared by monsters the universe over in Doctor Who. But for young fans of Jake and the Neverland Pirates, David Tennant may send them scurrying behind the sofa as he turns baddie for a change.
The actor has recorded an episode of the hit animation, playing an evil genie called Dread.
And judging by our exclusive picture (above) he seemed to enjoy the role.
Premiering on Tuesday July 14 on Disney Junior, the episode Dread the Evil Genie! will see the hero Jake and his mates help Pip the Pirate Genie from being captured by Dread, a wrong ‘un who drains genies of all their magic power so that he can boost his own.
The actor joins a star-studded line-up of voice cameos set to feature across Disney Junior programming in the coming months.
Jake and the Never Land Pirates will also showcase the voice talents of actor Malcolm McDowell who will voice Lord Fathom in a special 44-minute episode called Jake and the Never Land Pirates: The Great Never Sea Conquest.
Nestor Carbonell (Lost), Brett Dalton (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and Chloe Bennet (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) will lend their talents to fearless birds Eagle-Eye, Talon and Swifty in the same episode.
Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men) and John Ross Bowie (The Big Bang Theory) will reprise their roles as mermaid Oona and seahorse Sven in another Disney favourite, Sofia the First.
Sofia The First will also see Isla Fisher (The Great Gatsby) and Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings) feature as mischievous sprites Button and Bengee.
Jake and the Neverland Pirates: Dread the Evil Genie! premieres on Tuesday July 14 at 6.15pm on Disney Junior
Former Doctor Who star David Tennant is hosting a live celebration of the work of William Shakespeare 400 years after the playwright’s death.
The actor will be on stage at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon on Saturday April 23 next year, when the show will be broadcast on BBC2.
Details are being kept under wraps but “major international talent” is promised for what the BBC is billing as “a variety” show.
BBC director-general Tony Hall said: “Our ambition is to get more people excited about Shakespeare than ever before – through drama, great performance, documentary; festivals and social media too.
“We’re partnering with talent right across the country and delighted to be working with the RSC. 2016 is going to be the biggest celebration of Shakespeare we’ve ever put on – for everyone.”
Tennant joined the RSC aged 25 and has appeared in the company’s productions of work including As You Like It, Romeo And Juliet and Hamlet.
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The Royal Shakespeare Company will bring its productions of Richard II, Henry IV Parts I & II and Henry V to the Barbican this Winter, as the collaboration between the companies extends a further five years.
Recent WhatsOnStage Award winner David Tennant will return to the role of Richard II, while Antony Sher and Jasper Britton reprise Falstaff and Henry IV respectively in the Henry IV plays, and Alex Hassell plays Prince Hal/Henry V.
Gregory Doran, RSC artistic director, said: “We have loved being back at the Barbican and I am thrilled to give London audiences the very first opportunity to see all four History plays together in repertoire.”
The RSC season, which runs from 7 November to 24 January under the banner King and Country: Shakespeare’s Great Cycle of Kings, forms part of the Barbican’s programme marking 400 years since Shakespeare’s death in 2016.
Other highlights include Toneelgroep Amsterdam’s Kings of War (22 April and 1 May 2016), directed by Ivo van Hove, which reimagines Henry V, Henry VI and Richard III as modern-day political leaders.
And Malthouse Theatre’s The Shadow King will transport King Lear to the “story-rich and resource-laden terrain” of northern Australia.
‘This is a hugely exciting time for the Barbican’ (Nicholas Kenyon)
Elsewhere, Complicite will continue their longstanding relationship with the Barbican when they present The Encounter, based on the story of explorer Loren McIntyre’s search for the source of the Amazon River in 1969.
Inspired by Petru Popescu’s novel Amazon Beaming, the play, which runs from 12 February to 6 March 2016, is directed and performed by Complicite artistic director Simon McBurney.
Told by an Idiot also return to the Barbican with a Christmas revival of their 2013 children’s show Get Happy (17-30 December 2015).
The music programme includes The Dark Mirror – Zender’s Winterreise (12-14 May 2016), a “theatrical version” of Schubert’s song cycle featuring Ian Bostridge and the Britten Sinfonia, staged by Netia Jones.
And the film programme includes Beckett on Screen, complementing the Theatre’s International Beckett season in June, screening four programmes of 11 rarely shown Samuel Beckett plays.
The Barbican also announced today that its audience numbers for the past year exceeded 1.2million, higher than the 1.1million who attended in the 2012 Olympic year.
Nicholas Kenyon, the venue’s managing director, said: “This is a hugely exciting time for the Barbican as we look to the future. The next five years will transform our offer to audiences.”
David Tennant, who played Doctor Who from 2005 to 2010, will star in a new Scottish TV drama called I Feel Fine set in Glasgow in the Eighties.
The thriller, which charts the story of teenager Jonny White, who becomes embroiled in crime and drug addiction.
Dominic West, Stacy Martin, Billy Boyd, Carice Van Houten, Sharleen Spiteri and Gary Lewis will also be in I Feel Fine, with Lynne Ramsay and Robyn Slovo acting as executive producers.
Filming is expected to begin in October.
The script comes from Hamilton and Amber Trentham. Producers are casting agent Lara Manwaring for Buffalo Films and Suzanne Reid (What We Did On Our Holiday) for Capricorn Films.
Source: The Telegraph
We’re more used to thinking of David Tennant as a perky, occasionally conflicted Time Lord or a world-weary police officer working in a small town. But Marvel has decided to channel his villainous side, casting the actor as The Purple Man in Netflix series A.K.A. Jessica Jones.
The series, which will star Krysten Ritter, finds Jones still picking up the pieces after a short-lived stint as a super hero. Suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after using her powers, she decides to leave the life behind. But she doesn’t entirely forsake her past: she opens up a detective agency, which tackles cases for both ordinary people and superheroes.
Tennant is playing Yugoslavian-born Zebediah Killgrave, who becomes The Purple Man in the comics when he’s accidentally exposed to an experimental nerve gas. He survives, but his hair and skin are left permanently dyed purple. Killgrave also walks away with newfound powers, able to use mind control. His story intertwines with Jessica’s when he’s able to turn her into his puppet for a while, and the experience is partly why she gives up her heroic mission. How much of the backstory will transfer to the series remains to be seen – like the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the company’s TV incarnations have a habit of tweaking concepts. But we’d wager Tennant will have to spend some time being sprayed purple…
A.K.A. Jessica Jones, which is the second of the series to be developed by Marvel and Netflix, will follow Daredevil into production and is planned to hit the streaming series later this year. Daredevil arrives on April 10.
David Tennant’s performance as Shakespeare’s Richard II is in the running for best actor at the WhatsOnStage awards.
The star’s long-haired version of the monarch is up against Tom Hiddleston, who is nominated for his portrayal of Roman tragic figure Coriolanus.
In the musical stakes, Wet Wet Wet singer Marti Pellow in nominated for his lead role in Evita.
The winners will be disclosed at a ceremony in London on 15 February 2015.
They are determined by a public vote.
Other stars noted for their stage and musical performances include Gillian Anderson for her lead role on A Streetcar Named Desire, singer Beverley Knight for starring in Memphis the Musical and Gemma Arterton for musical adaptation Made in Dagenham.
Also competing for best actress in a play are Imelda Staunton, Billie Piper for new production Great Britain, and Helen McCrory for her role as Greek tragic figure Medea.
The revival of Miss Saigon leads the nominations with 12 nods, while Arthur Miller’s The Crucible and Coriolanus head the field in the plays category with six apiece.
The productions shortlisted for the title of best West End show are Matilda, Memphis the Musical, Miss Saigon, Wicked and long-running hit Les Miserables.
This year’s awards saw triumphs for Harry Potter stars Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint for their stage work.
The full list of nominees for the 2015 awards can be found on the WhatsOnStage website.