I know we just got caught up about a week ago, but I’ve had a few more things pop up, and well…you all were so nice last time, I really want to make sure you don’t forget about me.
I’m still hanging out with the puppies whenever I get a free minute;
I like puppies.
But let me tell you my big news—heck, I’m excited about it, because my father “Chips” (his real name is Edward, but we call him Chips—way cooler) and I wrote the story together, and I’ll headline it. The BBC and Ridley Scott are producing our eight-part miniseries called Taboo,; I’ll play James Delaney, a rogue adventurer trying to avenge my father’s death. My character starts his own shipping business to compete with the East India Company. I do believe our story “will become a flagship drama for this generation and a hybrid of orthodox and unconventional storytelling” (yes, those are my own words). Ridley says my character will become “iconic,” and my Locke director (and Peaky Blinders writer), Steven Knight, will write the miniseries script. Isn’t this the niftiest thing ever (besides puppies)? I’m pretty excited to pull it all together with Chips; we start filming next January.
Here’s me with Chips; I mean, Pops, er…Dad:
Speaking of Steven Knight, here are two more Locke teasers featuring ME, because it’s pretty much all ME driving around in a car. A whole movie, mostly about ME. Okay, well, there are some other pretty cool people in it too, like Ruth Wilson, Olivia Colman, Tom Holland, Andrew Scott, Ben Daniels and Alice Lowe, but still, look at all the ME:
I’m not even nervous anymore. You know, when I first started out in that Star Trek movie—Nemesis—I was freaking terrified. Every day on that set, I was terrified. And now here I am, feeling pretty relaxed; I’m doing movies and television all over the place. You can catch Locke starting April 25th.
So remember I was talking about that movie I made with James Gandolfini? The one where I’m an ex-con trying to go straight, but after I find a mob boss’ puppy in the trash, shit starts hitting the fan? It’s called The Drop, and the trailer just dro…er, came out. Check it:
Noomi Rapace, James Frecheville, John Ortiz and Matthias Schoenaerts are also in The Drop, it’ll be out September 19th.
Oh and there’s just one more thing…I’ll have a small singing part in a film adaptation of London Road, starring my Locke co-star, Olivia Colman—she was that amazing lady copper in Broadchurch. I just wanted to be a part of the production, so I had to get involved. The story is about the community where those Ipswich serial murders happened back in 2006. Some crazy stuff for a musical, but hey, it was a smash when the National Theater put it on.
I think that’s about it for now. I’ll check back in if anything else big comes up, ‘cause I really want to be on your mind. Right now, I’ve gotta get back to the beach and work on my tan…