Carice van Houten joins Starz’s Dangerous Liaisons series, and other stuff


Game of Thrones veteran Carice van Houten (Melisandre) is gearing up for another period piece in Starz’s upcoming adaptation of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Pierre Choderlos de Laclos’ 1782 novel about the Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont, two narcissistic ex-lovers who seduce and manipulate each other and members of 18th nobility in order to survive. The story was adapted as the movie Dangerous Liaisons in 1988, starring Glenn Close, John Malkovich and Michelle Pfeiffer; and served as the inspiration for 1999’s Cruel Intensions, with Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon. The book gets around.

Per Entertainment Weekly, the central characters will be played by Alice Englert and Nicholas Denton. Van Houten will play Jacqueline de Montrachet, a “pious noblewoman with a mysterious connection” to the story. She’ll join an ensemble cast that includes the likes of Lesley Manville, Paloma Faith and Michael McElhatton, who played Roose Bolton on Game of Thrones; with a cast that huge, it’s hard to avoid running into your old coworkers.

In other celebrity news, Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm) has released a new music video for his song “I’m Not Okay But I Know I’m Going To Be,” under his stage name Raleigh Ritchie. Have a listen:

Didn’t know Anderson was a musician? He is, and a pretty good one; I liked his laid back R&B stylings whenever I hear them. His album Andy is out now.

Emilia Clarke has “heard nothing” about returning to the Star Wars universe as Qi’ra

Finally, this isn’t exactly about a new gig, but Emilia Clarke is out here talking about a role she probably won’t be returning to anytime soon: Qi’ra, the character she played in Solo: A Star Wars Story. “I have heard nothing,” she said on the Happy Sad Confused podcast. “Absolutely nothing,”

"I loved Qi’ra. Loved her, really, really did. I loved Han, I loved the story, I loved the people, I loved the experience."

That said, Solo didn’t have the best reception at the box office, and a follow-up never materialized. But with Qi’ra now back in comic form and plenty of new Star Wars shows coming our way, who knows what could happen? Clarke is particularly excited the prospect of a Lando show potentially starring Donald Glover. “A Lando show makes so much sense. Give that man his own show! Yes!”

And hey, if there was ever a show where it would make sense for Qi’ra to make an appearance, it would be that one.

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