After several years of planning, “The Long Midnight of Barney Thomson” is finally coming to fruition. The project is Robert Carlyle’s (“Once Upon a Time”) directorial debut. As I’ve mentioned before, Carlyle has directing experience in television and theater. Shooting began last week in Glasgow, Scotland, coinciding with his break from filming episodes for “Once Upon a Time”. In addition to directing the film, Carlyle plays the titular character, a Scottish barber who unexpectedly becomes a serial killer. He is joined by Emma Thompson (“Saving Mr. Banks”) and Ray Winstone (“Hugo”).
Also in recent news is speculation over casting for “Doctor Strange”. Riding the wave of Marvel Studios live-action films, “Doctor Strange” is about a neurosurgeon who turns sorcerer after a car crash damages the nerves in his hands. According to Deadline.com, director Scott Derrickson may be considering Benedict Cumberbatch (“Sherlock”) and Tom Hardy (“The Dark Knight Rises”) for the main role. While both are strong candidates and deliver stellar performances, I prefer Cumberbatch. Weigh in with your vote in the comments section.
We can only wait in anticipation as more developments arise on both of these exciting stories!