Homeland star Damian Lewis is thinking of returning home to London to do the Lambeth Walk in the West End. The 41-year-old award-winner is in talks to play cockney barrow boy Bill Snibson, who discovers he’s heir to a fortune, in a revival of beloved 1930s musical Me and My Girl. It may surprise his many American fans, but Lewis can certainly dance and hold a tune, having studied at Guildhall School of Music and Drama from 1990 to 1993, alongside Daniel Craig and Joseph Fiennes.
In 1998, he shone in a London production of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods, and apparently he and Homeland co-star and Broadway legend Mandy Patinkin often have singalongs between takes. Lewis has signed on for a third series of Homeland and looks set to appear in new Civil War mini-series To Appomattox, which will also feature his wife, Helen McCrory (Hugo, Skyfall), Rob Lowe, Stephen Lang and William Petersen.
- For his first Hollywood movie, Danish director Niels Arden Oplev is reuniting with the star of his Girl with the Dragon Tattoo flick, Noomi Rapace. Another revenge thriller, Dead Man Down also stars Colin Farrell, Terrence Howard, Dominic Cooper, Armand Assante and Isabelle Huppert. Set in New York, it’s about a crime lord’s right-hand man who is seduced by one of his boss’s victims, a woman seeking retribution. The film is due out in the US in March.
- Rapace is also gearing up for Prometheus 2, which will reunite her with Ridley Scott and Michael Fassbender’s android head. The good news is Lost creator Damon Lindelof will not be writing the sequel, as he says he doesn’t have the time. Hopefully, this means the follow-up will have fewer plot holes and make more sense.
- Although Ben Affleck missed out on an expected Best Director Oscar nomination for Argo, he still has plenty of acting work lined up. He is in two films due out this year – Terence Malick’s To the Wonder and Brad Furman’s Runner, Runner. In Malick’s romantic drama, he and his wife (Olga Kurylenko) visit Mont Saint-Michel, then strike problems
when they go to Oklahoma. His wife meets a priest and fellow exile (Javier Bardem) who is struggling with his vocation and Affleck’s character renews ties with a childhood friend (Rachel McAdams).
- Crime thriller Runner, Runner is about a businessman with an offshore gambling operation who finds his relationship with his apprentice reaching boiling point. Justin Timberlake, Anthony Mackie and Gemma Arterton co-star.