Lena Headey is an assassin’s mother and Pedro Pascal is a superhero. Michelle Fairley gets an award and Mark Stanley (Grenn) is the king of England!
Game of Thrones veterans are always up to the most interesting of things, starting with Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), who’s starring alongside Guardians of the Galaxy’s Karen Gillan in Gunpowder Milkshake, about an assassin whose mother abandoned her years ago to protect her from a powerful criminal enterprise known as The Firm. Empire got a hold of the first stills:Image: Gunpowder Milkshake/STXfilms
“When a high-risk job goes wrong, Sam (Gillan) must choose between serving The Firm and protecting the life of an innocent 8-year-old girl – Emily (Chloe Coleman),” reads the synopsis. “With a target on her back, Sam has only one chance to survive: reunite with her mother (Headey) and her lethal associates The Librarians (Angela Bassett, Michelle Yeoh and Carla Gugino).”Image: Gunpowder Milkshake/STXfilms
Sounds cheesy but fun. The cast alone is a big draw: it also stars Paul Giamatti and The Witcher’s Freya Allan. Look out for Gunpowder Milkshake next year.
Headey is making moves behind the camera, too. Deadline reports that her production company, Peephole Production, has struck a deal with Platform One Media to develop scripted and unscripted TV and digital projects, with Headey executive producing all projects made under the deal.
“I am beyond excited to work with this incredibly collaborative group of people,” Heady said. “To get to do what you love with the support of such a great company is a dream come true. I am thrilled to get a chance to create projects in an environment like this one “
Cersei may be dead and gone, but clearly, Headey is thriving.
Moving on, Pedro Pascal (Oberyn Martell) is starring in We Can Be Heroes, a new family-friendly superhero drama from Robert Rodriguez, the guy behind Spy Kids and The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D.
In fact, this one is kind of a spiritual successor to Sharkboy. Pascal, who’s also killing it over on The Mandalorian, plays Marcus Moreno, a superhero on the verge of retirement. When he and the other members of a superhero team called the Heroics are captured, it’s up to their kids, budding superheroes themselves, to save them.
We Can Be Heroes is out on Netflix on January 1. It sounds like great quarantine entertainment, especially if you have kids.Image: Game of Thrones/HBO
Elsewhere, Thrones vet Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Stark) won the coveted Brian Waddell Award at a virtual Royal Television Society Northern Ireland (RTS NI) ceremony, in honor of her outstanding contributions to the broadcast industry.
“I am so incredibly thankful and honoured to be receiving this award for outstanding contribution,” she said. “I feel very lucky to have been given some fantastic opportunities throughout my career and believe that my ‘outstanding contribution’ really is just that; a contribution to fantastic productions and wonderful creative teams. We would be nothing in this industry without our collaborators and I have been truly blessed to work alongside some of the best. Long may it continue.”
Well deserved.Image: Game of Thrones/HBO
Finally, Variety reports that Mark Stanley (Grenn) will play King Henry VIII in a new drama all about the final days of Anne Boleyn, the king’s second wife, who was railroading into execution after she didn’t produce a male heir. Her daughter Elizabeth, however, would go on to become one of Britain’s most iconic queens.
Jodie Turner-Smith will play Anne Boleyn. Weirdly, the drama doesn’t seem to have a name yet, but it’s coming to Channel 5 in Britain.