James Nesbitt tells moviefone.co.uk that he and his dwarf co-stars (including Richard) in The Hobbit will be heading to New Zealand in January for “Dwarf Training.” He also says they’ll have off in June, July and August and then return to finish filming the 2 movies.
American Consumer News announces that the Naxos audiobook of Georgette Heyer’s, Venetia, has been released by Audible.com and gives it an average rating of 4.19. It also notes that the audiobook is in Audible.com’s top 2000 for November and gives details on how to obtain it through Audible.com. You can hear excerpts of the audiobook (as well as all Richard’s other audiobooks) on our Career Audiobooks and Performances page where you will also find details on where else to obtain copies. You can download those excerpts from our Media Downloads & Links page.
Tiger Aspects has released a 5 minute Youtube video, “21 Years of Tiger Aspects Productions” which shows a few moments of Richard in his roles as Sir Guy of Gisborne (Robin Hood) and the dream sequence Harry Kennedy (Vicar of Dibley).
TVOntario will be airing the 5- part series, The Story of the Costume Drama, from Sunday 19th December at 8:01pm with the first episode repeated on Thursday, December 23 at 1:00 am. Richard Armitage talks about North & South in episode 3, Affairs of the Heart. There is no airdate for this episode yet. (Thanks to Leslieg)
Suite101 has listed its 5 best British shows for 2010. Listing Spooks series 9 as #4, Steven Cookson says, ” … in its ninth series Spooks (maybe the best so far) proved without a doubt why more episodes are commissioned every year. … However, this year was all about Lucas North (Richard Armitage) … . Fifty words can’t do this arc any justice so it’s best to watch it in full. Armitage’s star has risen and it’s a shame for him to leave Spooks after developing an enigmatic character full of mystery.”
Amazon.com is now selling, Moving On: Drowning Not Waving, in which Richard stars as John Mulligan, as a download for US$1.99.
Richard’s 3 Georgette Heyer novels for Naxos audibooks, Sylvester, Venetia and The Convenient Marriage, are on the top of UK Amazon’s Romance Best Seller list. (Thanks to Alice) You can listen to excerpts and find details of how to purchase a copy – a terrific Christmas present – on our Career Audio page. You can also download the excerpts from our Media page.
Variety reports that New Line Productions and MGM have confirmed that Cate Blanchett will reprise her role as Galadriel for the forthcoming The Hobbit, which stars Richard as Thorin Oakenshield and Martin Freeman as Bilbo. Other actors confirmed are Ken Stott (Balin), Sylvester McCoy (Radagast the Brown) and Mikael Persbrandt (Beorn) as well as Ryan Gage, Jed Brophy and William Kircher. Although, as reported on 27th November, Ian McKellen’s website shows The Hobbit as a future project, the latest information is that the ‘arduous’ negotiations with Sir Ian, Andy Serkis (Gollum) and Hugo Weaving (Elrond) are ongoing.
As we posted on 5th November (and thanks to Monetsmum for that information), Richard’s character, John Porter, will be written out of Strike Back 2. It is rumoured that 2 new characters have been brought in and, now, a recent tweet has provided further confirmation. There is, as yet, no information on how many episodes he will be in. (Thanks Sandrac and RichardArmitageNet).
Richard, as Lucas North (Spooks), features in a 41 second advertisement for the BBC’s iPlayer. You can view the advertisement on YouTube. (Thanks to Lady Gisborne)