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Sara By May 14, 2021 0 Comments

Radio Times | The actor wants to maintain the “broken fairy-tale” ending of series one.

Theo James won’t be reprising his role as Sidney Parker in ITV’s sumptuous period drama Sanditon when it returns for seasons two and three.

The series adapted from Jane Austen’s unfinished novel was recently renewed for a second and third run, after initially being cancelled by ITV back in 2019. It will air first as an exclusive on BritBox UK before being broadcast on ITV at a later date.

When the show returns to our small screens, sadly Divergent star James won’t be back as the enigmatic Sidney, as he says he wants to maintain the “broken fairy-tale” ending of series one.

“Although I relished playing Sidney, for me, I’ve always maintained that his journey concluded as I wanted it to,” James shared in a statement. “The broken fairy-tale like ending between Charlotte and Sidney is different, unique and so interesting to me and I wish the cast and crew of Sanditon every success with future series.”

The first series ended on a massive cliffhanger which featured its leads Charlotte (Rose Williams) and Sidney (James) tearfully bidding each other goodbye with their fates uncertain. The cliffhanger ending being explored in the new series which will be written by Justin Young, who previously wrote four episodes of the original run. Williams will be back as heroine Charlotte.

Speaking about the renewal, Belinda Campbell, the joint managing director of production company Red Planet Pictures said, “We’re thrilled to be able to invite viewers back to Sanditon for not just one but two further visits!

“Justin Young and Andrew Davies’ sensational scripts are relevant, timely and captivating and we can’t wait to share all the exciting new developments we have in store for our much loved characters. Now, more than ever, I think we could all do with some joy on our TV screens as well as a healthy dose of fresh sea air.”

Red Planet Pictures also revealed details of the season two’s synopsis: “The drama will continue to follow the high-spirited and independent heroine, Charlotte Heywood as she returns to the picturesque coastal resort of Sanditon.

“Charlotte’s journey is one thread of an intricate tapestry of compelling stories full of intrigue, excitement, and romance. Against the backdrop of beautiful vistas, familiar faces return and new inhabitants are introduced – all of whom will be having adventures as joyous and surprising as the seaside town itself.”

Annie By September 03, 2015 0 Comments

NYMag.com – Like many actors, Theo James says he doesn’t care much about how he looks — but he certainly cares about what he smells like. The Divergent actor, whose Boss the Scent ads were released today, sat down with the Cut a few months ago to talk about his grooming routine. Below, James tells us about his most poignant scent memories, his love of shaving, and his experience filming the Hugo Boss campaign under the watchful eye of producer Darren Aronofsky.

What was the experience of filming the Boss campaign like?
Being an actor, you have a script and a character as an anchor. Whereas when you’re doing a campaign, it’s more kind of “moody” — mood boards, that kind of stuff. It was easy with Darren Aronofsky. Obviously I like his films, and he made it very easy.

But you definitely have to go in a bit of a headspace where your friends would call you a dickhead if they saw you doing it. You have to own it; otherwise you’ll look stupid. The idea with this is a bit different for Boss — that’s why I was interested in doing it in the first place. There’s an element of mystery to the character, and that kind of classic, old-school masculinity.

What’s your first scent memory?
I don’t know, but there are certain ones that bring me back to certain times. For some reason tea reminds me of being a kid in my parents’ house in the kitchen. They would always fill their cupboards with tea. Mediterranean pine leaves from those trees have a certain fragrance when they fall from the tree and they bake in the sun; that reminded me of being in the Mediterranean — holidays and those kinds of trips and adventures.

What is your grooming routine and how do you feel about male makeup?
I don’t have to wear it too much when filming because I’ve got some Greek in me so I have the old Mediterranean tan. When I start, I shave my crotch region …

But you don’t want to be too wrapped up in how you look. At the same time, if you’re doing something when you’re in front of lots of cameras and people taking pictures, you need to be in a good suit, you need to feel confident, and you need to feel good about yourself because it’s quite revealing, isn’t it — to be doing that kind of thing?

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Annie By May 09, 2015 0 Comments

EONLINE.COM – Smells like Hugo Boss fragrance landed yet another sizzling hot star.

Divergent stud Theo James will serve as the new face of Hugo Boss fragrance, marking his first major spokesmen deal ever. Coming in September, the ads will showcase the 30-year-old actor not only looking his best but (we imagine) smelling his finest as well. Looking at James, it’s really a no brainer as to why the lux men’s label landed on the hunk—he’s charming, suave, classically handsome and every inch the debonair dud the brand personifies.

And those dreamy brown eyes… Sorry, what were we talking about again?

“I’m honored to be representing Boss Parfums as an Ambassador in their latest perfume campaign. I have for a longtime admired Boss for achieving the perfect balance between the classic and the contemporary,” James said via press release. “This campaign encapsulates the iconic spirit of the brand and reflects my own tastes and attitudes towards a truly unique fragrance.”

What’s more, he’s in pretty good company, joining the leagues of Hugo Boss fragrance alums like Gerard Butler, Orlando Bloom and Ryan Reynolds.

Be on the lookout for those swarthy ads, coming in September!

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Annie By March 22, 2015 0 Comments

It’s 2 p.m. on a Thursday, and Theo James is ready for his weekend to begin.

“Can I get just a single shot of tequila?” the English actor asks a server at a trendy downtown L.A. eatery. Seconds later, James, 30, breaks out a movie star grin and an apologetic “Just kidding,” and takes another sip of espresso.

If there were a faction for class clowns in the dystopian future, James, clearly would be sorted into it, given his talent for deadpan one-liners and his gift for winking, witty sarcasm. There’s little of that sort of levity, however, in the actor’s new movie, “The Divergent Series: Insurgent.”

Opening Friday, the film is the second in a planned four-part adaptation of Veronica Roth’s best-selling YA trilogy about one special girl who sets out to bring down a corrupt system. A younger sister of sorts to the blockbuster “Hunger Games” franchise, “Divergent” posits a world where an authoritarian regime sorts its citizens into preordained categories, then targets those who don’t fit it.

The first movie arrived last year to a $54-million opening weekend and went on to about $150 million in its domestic run in theaters, proving once again that a dark future is a marketable commodity in the movie business. The follow-up “Insurgent” is noticeably more action-oriented than the first, aimed at bringing in more boys along with the loyal teen girl audience.

In the new film, directed by Robert Schwentke, James reprises his role as Four, loyal ally and handsome, heavily tattooed love interest to Shailene Woodley’s Tris Prior, who is branded an outcast after she’s discovered to be divergent. The story picks up with Tris and Four on the run from ruthless Erudite leader Jeanine (an icy Kate Winslet).

Early on, they reconnect with an important figure from Four’s past, Evelyn (Naomi Watts), who urges him to help foment rebellion by joining his Dauntless group of warriors with her forces of Factionless outcasts. Suspicious of her motives, he is reluctant to sign on to the plan.
“What I liked about him is he’s not Joe Hero,” James said of Four. “He’s a quiet person in some ways. He’s authoritative. He has a good moral objective. He’s not just willingly accepting of any kind of leadership destiny.”

The London-based James has his own reluctance about stepping into the spotlight as an action hero: “Action guy, hunky dude, in terms of career longevity, it’s not great.”

The youngest of five children, James studied philosophy at the University of Nottingham and spent time traveling before enrolling at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He began to pursue acting full time about five years ago, although he says he was always a performer — his first love was music, specifically saxophone.

“Now I’m scared to touch one,” he says of the instrument. “I feel like I’ve lost all my powers. It saddens me.”

His career got a jump-start with a small turn in Woody Allen’s “You Will Meet a Tall, Dark Stranger,” and with various roles on British television, including as the ill-fated Mr. Pamuk on Season 1 of “Downton Abbey.” He made the jump to Hollywood playing a vampire named David in “Underworld: Awakening” before landing the role of Four in “Divergent.”

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Annie By March 19, 2015 0 Comments

First there was Edward, then Gale. Now Four is the new brooding hottie you’re drooling over, and he’s returning to the big screen, when Insurgent finally hits theaters this week. His love for Tris is so deep, he would literally die for her (awww), not to mention he’s a serious badass. So is Theo just as melt-worthy? Oh, yeah! Check out what Shailene Woodley’s gorgeous co-star told Seventeen about love, his character Four, and the craziest thing he’s done to impress a girl.

Would you say that you’re a lot like Four?
“Definitely. He likes to play outside the rules and is someone who sees through the BS. He has a strong sense of who he is. I like to think I have that in me, too”

What’s the most fearless thing you have ever done?
“I was in New Zealand and met this girl. Her sister dared me to bungee jump, so I did! It was a spur-of-the-moment decision — I wanted to impress the girl and it worked! We were in a relationship after that.”

Four is such a badass, but why else do you think people will love him?
“He has this protective kindness. Four loves Tris and would die for her, but he’s not going to coddle her. And his love stems from this real place. Even though she pisses him off and gets on his nerves sometimes, he’s still interested and inspired by her.”

Have you ever been in love?
“Yes, but it’s a tricky thing because I often have trouble opening up. Everybody has a bit of body armor they wear to protect themselves, and love is about trying to break it down. You have to see who a person really is and connect with her to break that armor.”

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Annie By March 18, 2015 0 Comments

As the handsome boyfriend of heroine Tris Prior in the “Divergent” sci-fi action film series, actor Theo James has been thrust into the spotlight as a young adult movie hero.

The 30-year-old British actor plays Four, the mentor of Prior (Shailene Woodley), in the films, which are based on dystopian novels by American author Veronica Roth.

James spoke to Reuters ahead of the release on Friday of the second film in the series, “Insurgent,” about his character’s evolution, the film’s handling of warfare and being a teen idol.

Q: Where is Four mentally at in “Insurgent”?

A: For the first time, he has something to lose in Tris, and Tris is very different in this film because she’s lost her parents, and she’s on this very destructive path of vengeance. He is trying to temper that and make sure she doesn’t kill herself essentially, so he’s a little bit more open than he was in the first movie.

Q: The second movie diverges from the book significantly. Did it allow you to take more liberty with portraying Four?

A: Yes, we definitely had a little bit more liberty. We still felt like we had the grounding of the first film, and you feel like you vaguely know who these people are, but you had a little bit more. People were a bit more relaxed, so everyone could push the boundaries a little bit.

Q: How was the brutal violence of wartime conveyed in this film, given its young adult audience?

A: The cost of violence and the cost of death are dealt with. I know what you mean, the question of glorification of guns or glorification of death, but people aren’t dispatched with submachine guns.

Similarly the questions of social structure and what information you withhold from society, and how that affects people, and how it dominates them and how eventually it leads to some kind of uprising (are dealt with.)

Q: How have you handled being a young adult hero, especially with such an avid fan base for the books?

A: You want the audiences to enjoy the movies, definitely, and that’s why you’re doing it, that’s definitely a great thing. Otherwise it’s not like my day-to-day life has changed astronomically. There are things I probably wouldn’t do that I did before, but I’m kind of the same person.

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Annie By March 09, 2015 0 Comments

After shooting Divergent together, Shailene Woodley and her onscreen boyfriend Theo James are loving the way Tris and Four’s relationship is developing.

When asked about the progression of their relationship in Insurgent at the film’s junket in Beverly Hills, Calif. Friday, Shailene told reporters, “One of the reasons I fell in love so deeply with Divergent was Tris and Four’s relationship because it was grounded in truth and respect and authenticity and it wasn’t based on surface level physical attraction or infatuation.”

“Tris and Four saw each other as individuals they were inspired by, individuals that they were intrigued by, there was a sense of mystique about them,” she continued. “I loved that in Insurgent, their relationship was rocky, it’s not 100%, it’s not every time they see each other they feel safe and they feel protected. They’re able to be vulnerable, they put up walls against each other and that happens in relationships. Everything has an ebb and a flow and I thought that was one of the smartest things [author Veronica Roth] could’ve gifted to the young adult world.”

Theo also gushed over the duo’s relationship, adding, “I like the fact that they have mutual respect for one another. I think this movie is different from the first in the sense that in the first Shai’s character is kind of playing catch up in a way because she’s introduced to this world, and you kind of don’t know where Four is coming from.”

“He’s kind of elusive, whereas in this movie, he’s almost trying to quell her revenge for the death of her parents and her family,” he continued. “So, I think the relationship is different in the sense that they have a mutual respect for each other and her femininity is attracted to his masculinity and the other way around. She’s a very strong female but at the same time she’s also very feminine at the same time.”

In this film, Shailene and Theo not only have an intimate scene together, but their fighting skills go up a notch as they try to take down Erudite leader Jeanine. Are you excited to see Insurgent? Tell us in the comments!

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Annie By September 12, 2014 0 Comments

Theo James will be going back to Underworld.

The Divergent actor is attached as the lead in the fifth film in the vampire action franchise, which Lakeshore Entertainment is currently developing.

James, who played a vampire named David in 2013’s Underworld: Awakening, will be the central character in the new film, which is not a reboot but rather an expansion of the existing universe. Sources say there was an option on James because of his work on the previous film, and he’ll star opposite two new female characters. Casting is underway for those roles, with plans to start shooting in the spring.
Cory Goodman has been hired to write the script, as The Hollywood Reporter exclusively reported. Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi are producing.

James’ star has risen significantly since he appeared in Underworld: Awakening because of his lead role in YA franchise Divergent. The film, starring James opposite Shailene Woodley, has earned $274.9 million worldwide. The sequel, Insurgent, recently wrapped shooting, and there are two more films — Allegiant Part 1 and Part 2 — in the franchise, which will all star James.

James also has wrapped work on two other projects: London Fields and Franny. He’s repped by WME and Markham, Froggatt and Irwin in the U.K.

-Source: THR

Annie By August 30, 2014 0 Comments

Shailene Woodley kicked off 2014 with the Sundance Film Festival premiere of “White Bird in a Blizzard,” the Gregg Araki film in which she plays a teenager whose mother unexpectedly disappears. Two months later, she was forging her own path in a future Chicago in “Divergent,” the first big-screen adaptation of the bestselling young adult novels written by Veronica Roth. By midsummer, she was grappling with first love and a terminal cancer diagnosis in the breakout hit “The Fault in Our Stars.”

But neither her demanding work schedule nor the attendant onslaught of exposure Woodley’s received appears to have created much stress or tension for the young actress, who has developed a reputation in Hollywood for her candor and earthiness. Both qualities were on display when the 22-year-old sat down with Hero Complex last month to discuss the August arrival of “Divergent” on Blu-ray and DVD. (Click through the gallery above for a detailed look at “Divergent.”)

Stretched out on a sofa in a San Diego hotel room, Woodley snacked on popcorn — “It makes life feel like a movie” — while seated beside costar Theo James. The duo, who brought to life feisty heroine Tris Prior and her Dauntless guide Four, described their on-screen rapport and offered some details on the upcoming “Divergent” sequel, “Insurgent,” which is being directed by Robert Schwentke and is set for release March 20, 2015.

Hero Complex: There’s been a lot of discussion about the importance of strong women on screen of late, but, as a recent essay on The Dissolve pointed out, those characters don’t always have enough to do on screen. It’s great that Tris is the engine that drives this story.

Shailene Woodley: That is one of the reasons I fell in love with “Divergent,” because Tris, she’s not a superhero, and she wasn’t born with superpowers or an ability to do things. She was born a normal girl and lived a very normal life for a long time, and although she had curiosities about Dauntless and these other factions, she was never able to exercise them in Abnegation. I love that the movie follows her arc and it follows this young girl who starts from a very vulnerable place and in the end is still in a very vulnerable place but a very different place internally. I love that you get to watch her grow and learn certain skill sets. She doesn’t know how to shoot a gun in the beginning of the film, and she learns it throughout the movie. I think it’s a great example of whatever your cause is for young girls that you don’t have to start somewhere, you can always aim to get somewhere.

Theo James: Shai’s the perfect person to do it because she’s a great actress and doing the second movie, it’s nice to see the evolution with both our characters, watching them change and evolve. One thing that’s great in the first film about Tris is her strength never detracts from her femininity or her emotionality. She can be strong independent of anything, which is really interesting. Sometimes that’s sacrificed for trying to be a masculine archetype but she retains all the best elements of womanhood but she’s very strong and complex and driven and all those things. In the same way, her strength doesn’t detract from his masculinity. They can very much be strong, complex gender archetypes but there’s nothing lost in between.

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Annie By August 04, 2014 0 Comments

The massive success of The Hunger Games series may have initially made people think that Divergent’s $54 million dollar opening weekend (more than enough to come in first at the box office) was somewhat soft. A few months later and $274 million worth of international gross ($151 million domestic) against an $85 million dollar budget and it’s clear that the film is a huge success and one that will go on to be a big franchise for Summit Entertainment.

Based on the novel of the same name by Veronica Roth, Divergent (out on Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow; Digital HD available now) stars Shailene Woodley (The Spectacular Now), Theo James, Ashley Judd, Miles Teller, and Kate Winslet in a dystopian post-apocalyptic world where humans are split into factions. Beatrice “Tris” Prior (Woodley), however, doesn’t quite fit in, so she must put her Divergent skills to the test. Not only is the film a worthy start to the franchise (The Divergent Series: Insurgent is set for a March 20, 2015 release), but it’s also an action-packed bit of fun.

Parade is excited to premiere this exclusive bonus features clip from the Divergent Blu-ray (which hits stores tomorrow). The clip features Academy Award-winning star Kate Winslet discussing what makes the film so special. She explains how Divergent’s “strong moral message” makes it quite different from some of the other franchises out there at the moment. We’re then joined by star Theo James as he talks about the way that the film makes the characters’ choices paramount and what that means for Divergent.

Divergent arrives on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD tomorrow.

-Source: Parade