With two cameo scenes of him portraying King Oleron (postage stamp edit at right by Ania Zrysiowana, via MezzmerizedbyRichard) in the recently released film Alice Through the Looking Glass—which I have yet to see–the exquisitely talented British actor Richard Armitage has more films in post and pre-production than a bumble bee flitting from flower to flower.
Actually, the bee analogy is rather apt. Richard has been busy as a bee with filming now completed but yet to be released film projects ranging from—in my viewing preference order–Pilgrimage (right, via RANet) to Urban and the Shed Crew to Brain on Fire and to Sleepwalker. I will make a beeline to my local cinema to see these films. Then there are film projects where Richard’s prior participation has been announced, but filming has yet to be scheduled—and interest level for me yet to be determined film projects–such as Bridget Cleary, Summer, and Clearance.
And of course, we have Fall 2016 to look forward to with a 10 episode season of the new EPIX television spy show Berlin Station (right). And the hive of intrigue inherent in a spy thriller project lends itself to riveting cliffhanger plots. Think of it, watching a new Richard Armitage storytelling performance on a weekly basis. Sighhhh! Just please don’t let him die in this project. Otherwise, the techie term spy drone might take on an altogether different connotation. That is, of course, if Richard’s Berlin Station character Daniel Miller has a love interest or her posse who kills Daniel after he impregnates her. Of course, the Clematis70 Tumblr gif below–of a stalking/predatory Daniel Miller (portrayed by Richard Armitage)–is rather ominous and dark in its tone. TV noir at its best!
I missed Richard’s other recent tv outing. So it has been a really long haul for me with no new Richard Armitage film or tv project viewings since the December 2014 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies release. Oh, Richard Armitage’s recent Audible audio book narrations such as Hamlet, Classic Love Poems (and below), and David Copperfield are very nice.
However audiobooks lack the visual experience that seeing Richard perform live action provides—though I love them, too, listening might be likened to watching bees make honey without eating some of it. No pun intended there—I’ve had a sore throat of late, and honey in hot spiced cider is very soothing. Anyway. Richard Armitage is an explosive presence on screen and on stage—and should not be missed. But of course, I was tided over somewhat in that regard with Richard Armitage’s 2014 The Crucible theatrical triumph (poster image right by Jay Brooks) and my delight in being able to watch his and everyone’s stellar performance via the Digital Theatre filmed version. This was a wonderful boon for those of us who could not afford the thousands of dollars it would have cost to travel get to see the play live in London, England at the Old Vic Theatre.
And Richard Armitage so enjoyed his experience working with his TC director Yael Farber so much, that there has been teasing speculation that Richard and Yael might team up again soon for another play. Hmmm. Somehow, I don’t think the Halloween 2015 image left was a clue as to their play choice in that regard. Though I’m sure that the Matthew Clairmont vampire tales fans loved it. Ha! I’m thinking something more angsty—a classic play involving issues of fate, abandonment, patricide, mother love—Oedipus! I wonder 62 year old Oscar winner Kim Basinger (right) is available to play the luscious older woman wife/mother Jocasta to a 45 year old Richard Armitage’s King Oedipus?
But right now, everyone is abuzz with the speculation that Richard might be doing a film called Mid Life Crisis about aging teen garage band mates now in their forties who strike gold by entering a UK Talent Contest and winning it. Okay, based on the film’s premise, I’m not sure where the crisis part of that film title comes into play, but Richard Armitage singing with musical instruments (right) gets my attention right away. Check out Perry’s Armitage Agonistes blog for updates and analyzed speculations.
And, to keep things humming, there is also speculation about Richard possibly being a musical/play with a 60’s and 70’s music era theme. I had joked earlier elsewhere that anything that put Richard Armitage in skin tight spandex or leather, a bare chest revealing shirt, and long hair has to be a good thing. It would be like having Guy and Porter (for the copious bare chest moments) wrapped into one–and singing. Maybe his cool rock star name could be Stinger. Bzzzt!