Here’s the complete article on The Sunday Times concerning the casting rumors of Journey’s End

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH is tipped to star in a new film version of Journey’s End, the classic play about the First World War, after Prince Andrew intervened to persuade a Hollywood studio to lift its veto on the project.

The new version of RC Sherriff’s play, first performed in 1928 with Laurence Olivier in the starring role, was given approval after Andrew wrote to the head of Warner Bros in Britain, explaining its significance to the nation.

Instead of portraying public school officers as the inept dolts parodied in the BBC comedy series, Blackadder Goes Forth, the film’s makers say it will more faithfully reflect the truth about the war. The story, set entirely in a dugout on the western front, shows a group of public school officers struggling with the pressures of trench warfare in 1918, the final year of the conflict. They are ordered by their colonel to launch a suicidal daylight raid, and, as feared, the Germans are ready for them and kill the avuncular school master who has held the company together.

Anthony Seldon, master of Wellington College, and a historical adviser to the film, said: “It is one of the great plays, telling the truth about the First World War and any war in history. It will show there is nothing grand about war and nationalism.”

An early film version in 1930 was directed by James Whale while a German remake was banned by the Nazis in 1933.

Seldon said the new film would be aimed at the US and British box office: “It’s the forgotten war for America even though its [American] death toll at 116,000 was approximately twice that in Vietnam.”

There was a backlash in 1960s theatre against Sherriff for seemingly overlooking the contribution of working-class Tommies, but the remake is timed to take advantage of the current crop of leading English actors, many of whom who went to public schools.

Cumberbatch, 37, best known for playing Sherlock Holmes, went to Harrow, while another name linked to the project is Eddie Redmayne, 32 — who starred in a television dramatisation of Birdsong, the Sebastian Faulks novel set in the First World War. He was at Eton in the same year as Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge.

Other actors set to be approached by the production company, Fluidity Films, include Tom Hiddleston, 33 — who played Loki in the Thor films, and appeared in Steven Spielberg’s War Horse — and Dominic West, 44, a star of The Wire. Both are Old Etonians. Some of the cast will be relative unknowns because some of the officers in the play are barely out of their teens.

A joint statement for Fluidity and the Sherriff estate said “the leading actors of their generation will be a part of what will be seen as a seminal film for the [First World War] centenary”. Cast members have not yet been formally attached to the film because the final contract for rights has not been signed.

The film will be directed by David Grindley, who won a Tony award for a Broadway production of the play. Guy de Beaujeu, the producer, previously made a film version of Michael Morpurgo’s First World War novel, Private Peaceful. The Duke of York was asked to intervene by Seldon after it emerged that a convoluted series of deals stretching back to 1929 meant the film could not be made.

Worldwide film rights passed from MGM to Turner Entertainment and Time Warner before ending up with Warner Bros. According to the producers and the Sherriff estate, even though Warner Bros had no intention of filming Journey’s End, the studio appeared to have a policy of never giving up the rights it held for any project, whatever the cultural significance.

A palace spokesman said Andrew met Josh Berger, head of Warner Brothers UK, at a Windsor Castle reception and wrote to the studio chief asking him to reconsider. The prince “likes to help where he can”, the spokesman said.

A 10% share of net profits from the film will be donated to charities associated with the centenary of the war, to be chosen by Andrew.

Tom Hiddleston: The Meme-iest Man of the Moment (x)

Hiddleston also discussed a particularly buzzy Internet missive issued by his “War Horse” co-star and real-life pal Benedict Cumberbatch— one that focused on both actors’s prominent cheekbones. During a recent Reddit AMA, the “Fifth Estate” actor’s answer to a fan question nearly elicited total Internet meltdown. It went down like this:

Fan: Do you, Matt Smith, andTom Hiddleston have cheekbone polishing parties?

Cumberbatch: We like nothing better than polishing our zygoma. And imagining a h—-y time-traveling, long overcoat purple scarf wearing super sleuth Nordic legend f—- fantasy. Get to work on that, Internet.

Hiddleston’s take: “You see, ‘zygoma’ is a word I didn’t know existed. That’s the Cumberbatch vocabulary for you.” (For you non-anatomy buffs out there, we’ll save you a trip to the dictionary: zygoma is indeed short for the zygomatic bone, aka cheekbone.)

Hiddleston continued reading through the rest of his buddy’s, um, cheeky response, stopping short on the F-word (because he’s classy with a ‘c’ and knows Yahoo doesn’t play that way). “Right. Benedict. That’s just asking for trouble, isn’t it? … Oh my goodness. That’s quite a mischievous thing to do.”

Tom Hiddleston On His Friendship With Benedict Cumberbatch — And Replacing Him
Hiddleston gave his buddy a ring before saying yes to Guillermo Del Toro’s Crimson Peak. Hiddlestoners and Cumberbitches unite!
posted on September 6, 2013 at 5:17pm EDT
Jordan Zakarin
BuzzFeed Staff
TORONTO — Tom Hiddleston is taking over Benedict Cumberbatch’s role in Guillermo Del Toro’s gothic romance film Crimson Peak, it was announced on Friday, but there’s no bad blood between the two English stars.
“The thing is we’re really good friends, and as soon as Guillermo called, I called Benedict and I said this is happening, and he was like, ‘Amazing!’” Hiddleston told BuzzFeed on Friday, soon after the news was announced. “So, I had his blessing.”
Once Cumberbatch — whose exit from the movie was announced in late August — gave the thumbs up, it was an easy decision.
“As these things do, they sent me the script about two weeks ago and it was a very new draft,” Hiddleston explained. “I know Mia [Wasikowska], who I’ll be playing with very closely, and I know Jessica Chastain very well. I’ve met Guillermo before. And we are all admirers of each others’ stuff. And everyone said yes! I’m really, really excited about it. I’ll be shooting here in Toronto in February.”
Hiddleston is in Toronto at the moment to promote another gothic romance, Jim Jarmusch’s film Only Lovers Left Alive, which co-stars Wasikowska, Tilda Swinton, and Anton Yelchin. Having worked with both Cumberbatch (on Star Trek Into Darkness) and Hiddleston, Yelchin — who was sitting next to the latter star during the interview — was asked which Englishman had a crazier fan base.
Yelchin played it safe, punting on the eternal Hiddlestoners vs. Cumberbitches question.
“Oh I don’t know,” he said, shrugging as Hiddleston laughed. “It’s funny, I missed all of Star Trek press because I was working so it’s hard for me to say. it’d be a funny battle, you leading one legion and Benedict the other.”
“We rode into battle together once upon a time,” Hiddleston said, “in War Horse.”
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Tom Hiddleston On His Friendship With Benedict Cumberbatch — And Replacing Him

Hiddleston gave his buddy a ring before saying yes to Guillermo Del Toro’s Crimson Peak. Hiddlestoners and Cumberbitches unite!

posted on September 6, 2013 at 5:17pm EDT

Jordan Zakarin

BuzzFeed Staff

TORONTO — Tom Hiddleston is taking over Benedict Cumberbatch’s role in Guillermo Del Toro’s gothic romance film Crimson Peak, it was announced on Friday, but there’s no bad blood between the two English stars.

“The thing is we’re really good friends, and as soon as Guillermo called, I called Benedict and I said this is happening, and he was like, ‘Amazing!’” Hiddleston told BuzzFeed on Friday, soon after the news was announced. “So, I had his blessing.”

Once Cumberbatch — whose exit from the movie was announced in late August — gave the thumbs up, it was an easy decision.

“As these things do, they sent me the script about two weeks ago and it was a very new draft,” Hiddleston explained. “I know Mia [Wasikowska], who I’ll be playing with very closely, and I know Jessica Chastain very well. I’ve met Guillermo before. And we are all admirers of each others’ stuff. And everyone said yes! I’m really, really excited about it. I’ll be shooting here in Toronto in February.”

Hiddleston is in Toronto at the moment to promote another gothic romance, Jim Jarmusch’s film Only Lovers Left Alive, which co-stars Wasikowska, Tilda Swinton, and Anton Yelchin. Having worked with both Cumberbatch (on Star Trek Into Darkness) and Hiddleston, Yelchin — who was sitting next to the latter star during the interview — was asked which Englishman had a crazier fan base.

Yelchin played it safe, punting on the eternal Hiddlestoners vs. Cumberbitches question.

“Oh I don’t know,” he said, shrugging as Hiddleston laughed. “It’s funny, I missed all of Star Trek press because I was working so it’s hard for me to say. it’d be a funny battle, you leading one legion and Benedict the other.”

“We rode into battle together once upon a time,” Hiddleston said, “in War Horse.”

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