DEADLINE.COM – EXCLUSIVE: Nicholas Hoult and Jack O’Connell are circling A Life In The Day, the Tony Gittelson script about the life of Brian Epstein, who discovered and managed the Beatles from 1961-1967, before he died of a drug overdose at 32. Justin Chadwick (Tulip Fever) is in talks to direct the project, which David Permut will produce through his Permut Presentations banner along with Dylan Sellers’ Rivers Edge Films.
Rivers Edge has a strategic partnership with Kevin Frakes’ Palmstar Media that has Palmstar funding Sellers’ overhead, production and development costs. The two companies are committed to jointly produce four to five films with budgets between $20 million-$40 million.
This is still a fluid situation with no deals set, but if it all comes together, Hoult would play the flamboyant and gay Epstein, with O’Connell the brilliant but troubled John Lennon. The intense relationship between the two men has been the subject of much debate and analysis over the years. As recently as this week, Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono mused about the possibility that Epstein and Lennon had sex with each other. She was quoted in the Daily Beast as saying, “It was almost a love affair, but not quite. It was never consummated. But it was a pretty intense relationship.”
Chadwick, coming off the Weinstein Company period drama Tulip Fever — which also stars O’Connell — has a number of projects he’s choosing from with A Life In The Day believed to be near the top of the list for what would be his next project. Hoult is currently in pre-production on Sand Castle opposite Henry Cavill and Luke Evans. O’Connell has George Clooney-starrer Money Monster in post.
Chadwick is repped by Independent Talent Group in the UK and UTA in the U.S. Hoult is repped by 42 in the UK and UTA in the U.S. O’Connell is repped by Conway Van Gelder Grant in the UK and CAA in the U.S. Tony Gittelson is repped by ICM Partners and Donaldson & Callif.
BBC.COM – Actor Jack O’Connell is to play a troubled snooker professional in a new play staged in the sport’s spiritual home, Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre.
The Crucible hosts snooker’s annual world championships as well as being one of the UK’s leading theatres.
The worlds of snooker and theatre will meet with the world premiere of The Nap, written by Richard Bean, who is best known for One Man, Two Guvnors.
O’Connell has made his name in films including Unbroken, ’71 and Starred Up.
Those performances helped him win the rising star prize at the Bafta film awards earlier this year.
In The Nap, he will take the role of Sheffield-born snooker player Dylan Spokes who, according to The Crucible, has to contend with “his ex-con Dad, local gangster Waxy Chuff and the snooker corruption squad”.
The play is described as a “comedy thriller” and will be staged next March, just before the snooker world championships, which take place every April.
The Nap will be directed by actor and The Crucible associate director Richard Wilson. Next week, Wilson will reprise his role as Victor Meldrew in TV sitcom One Foot in the Grave at a one-off fundraising event for the theatre.
The venue’s new season also includes new musical Flowers for Mrs Harris, based on the 1958 novel of the same name by Paul Gallico; revivals of A Raisin in the Sun and Waiting for Godot; and the regional premiere of Contractions by Mike Bartlett, who wrote BBC One’s recent drama Doctor Foster.
Sheffield Theatres artistic director Daniel Evans said: “This is, without doubt, our boldest season to date. We’re announcing seven original productions: three new plays, a new British musical, a regional premiere and two major revivals of 20th Century classics.”
I have updated the gallery with scans of Jack in the Autumn/Winter 2015 issue of British GQ Style. I’m in love with the photos!
GQ-MAGAZINE.CO.UK – Jack O’ Connell caught our attention when he was cast in Skins back in 2009 and since then he’s established himself as one of the most talented British actors of his generation. Not to mention he’s worked alongside some of the biggest names on the planet from Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken to George Clooney in next year’s Money Monster. Here’s a preview of the bad boy of acting’s cover interview and shoot…
On George Clooney (his co-star in Money Monster):
“On all fronts, in terms of the events he goes to, the charities he represents, the humanitarian work that he does. He set a good example for me. He’s a good man. We had a good laugh.”
On his past brushes with the law:
“I still have to remind myself to stay focused. Less so these days, but I am still nervous of what happens in my own time. I might react badly in certain situations that might hinder my future. So at the moment I’m between jobs. And I’m looking forward to getting back under it. I’d hate to find myself in a predicament that would potentially compromise what I’d like to achieve.”
On trying to stay out of trouble:
“You always encounter wankers and sometimes they get the better of you. I heard this saying about arguing with idiots. It goes: ‘Never fight an idiot. You’ll never win, because they bring you down to their level.’ So I’m trying my best not to be an idiot.”
Read the full article in the A/W ’15 issue of GQ Style, on sale on 24 September in print and as a digital download.
Jack is featured in the latest October issue of British GQ. Thanks to my friend Mouza, I have added high quality digital scans from the issue the gallery!
Jack attended the GQ Men Of The Year Awards at The Royal Opera House tonight in London, England. I have started adding the first high quality from the awards to the gallery. I will continue to add more photos tonight and tomorrow! And many congrats to Jack for winning Vetru’s Breakthrough Actor of the Year!
Public Appearances > 2015 > September 08: GQ Men Of The Year Awards (Inside Ceremony)
DerbyTelegraph.co.uk – DERBY-BORN Hollywood star Jack O’Connell is to receive an honorary degree from his home university.
Jack, who will become an Honorary Master of the Arts, is one of six people to be selected by the University of Derby for the honours which will be presented next January.
The ardent Derby County fan said: “I feel a sincere level of gratitude for this honour I am presented with by the University of Derby. It’s an achievement, and one I feel I can be proud of. Up the Rams.”
Starting his acting life in productions at St Benedict Catholic Academy, Jack, 24, made his film debut in 2006 in This Is England – three years after he took the part of James Cook in Skins.
Jack’s film credits include Eden Lake, Private Peaceful and 300: Rise of an Empire. His breakthrough came when he gave critically acclaimed performances in the independent films Starred Up and ’71. Jack received consecutive nominations for the ‘Best Actor’ award at the British Independent Film Awards.
It was 2014 which saw him make the transition to Hollywood, taking his first leading role in the major studio picture, Unbroken.
The film directed by Angelina Jolie saw Jack portray Louis Zamperini, the Olympian athlete and Second World War veteran.
Jack received the New Hollywood Award at the Hollywood Film Awards. He was presented with the accolade at the ceremony in Los Angeles by Angelina Jolie, who famously introduced him with the East Midlands phrase, “ay up me duck”.
Jack also received the prestigious BAFTA Rising Star Award in 2015. Next year, he will be seen in Money Monster, a film directed by Jodie Foster, starring alongside George Clooney and Julia Roberts, and Tulip Fever with Alicia Vikander. He is due to start filming new project HHHH this year.
The other honorary degree recipients are: Rt Hon Sir John Mummery, a former Lord Justice of Appeal (Honorary Doctor of the University); Professor Ashwani Gupta, University of Maryland (Honorary Doctor of the University); Richard Gerver, former superhead and speaker (Honorary Doctor of Education); Donna Kellogg MBE, former Olympian and badminton coach (Honorary Master of the Arts) and Eileen Fry, former researcher and director of the Multi-Faith Centre at the University of Derby (Honorary Doctor of the University).
Each year notable people, with a strong connection to the university or to the city, are chosen to receive an honorary degree at the annual awards ceremonies, which is when the university’s students graduate after completing their courses.
Today is Jack O’Connell’s 25th birthday! On behalf of Jack O’Connell Web and all Jack fans around the world, we wanted to wish you a very happy birthday! We are all wishing you a year of happiness, success, joy, health, and love. Have an amazing day!
Jack attended the Audi Polo Challenge 2015 at Cambridge County Polo Club yesterday, July 3rd in Cambridge, England. I have photos from the event to the gallery!