Robert has just joined the cast as the lead in Peter Jackson’s Mortal Engines! Filming will take place from March to June in Wellington, New Zealand.
“Fortitude” actor Robbie Sheehan and “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’s” Ronan Raftery have been cast in Universal and MRC’s adaptation of Philip Reeve’s “Mortal Engines,” which will be written and produced by Peter Jackson.
Sheehan will have a lead role, while Raftery plays a supporting one. Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens will co-write the film with Christian Rivers directing. MRC and Universal are co-financing the movie, with Universal also serving as worldwide distributor.
Jackson and Walsh have been involved with the project for several years, having optioned the rights from Scholastic in 2001. Ken Kamins — Jackson, Walsh, and Boyens’ longtime manager — brought the project to MRC.
Zane Weiner (“The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies), Amanda Walker (“The Hobbit”), and Deborah Forte (“The Golden Compass”) are serving as producers, along with Walsh and Jackson. Kamins (“The Hobbit” trilogy, “District 9”) will executive produce, while Boyens co-produces.
The book is set thousands of years in the future. Earth’s cities now roam the globe on huge wheels, devouring each other in a struggle over diminishing resources. On one of these massive Traction Cities, Tom Natsworthy has an unexpected encounter with a mysterious young woman from the Outlands, who will change the course of his life forever.
Production is slated to begin in New Zealand this spring, and the film is set to bow on Dec. 14, 2018.
The sci-fi/fantasy movie is the first in a planned series of films based on Reeve’s novels. The series is comprised of four books: “Mortal Engines,” “Predator’s Gold,” “Infernal Devices,” and “A Darkling Plain.”
The “Mortal Engines” novels have won several awards, including the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the Smarties Gold Award, and Blue Peter Book of the Year.
In addition to “Fortitude,” Sheehan can be seen next in Warner Bros.’ “Geostorm.” He is represented by Gersh.
I hope everyone has their DVR’s ready! While we wait for tonight’s exciting premiere of Fortitude Season 2, read up on the new interview Robert did for The Version!
What attracted you to the world of Fortitude?
“It was mainly the prospect of seeing Richard Dormer, topless, in the snow. You should see his chest hair, it’s pretty magnificent. It looks like an old wolf has laid down and died on his midriff. But when the part came around, I binge-watched the whole show over, like, a two-day period, and, you know, that’s a good sign – I was addicted to it. The scripts zing along at a great pace, and the most compelling thing, I thought, was the character of Vladek. As a show-off, naturally you’re always looking for the thing you think is going to be the most interesting in the project, so to be that thing is always very intriguing.”
Who is Vladek?
“He’s an electrical engineer, but he comes to town seemingly with a mission.”
He has an interesting look…
“He looks like an old Inuit lady – wearing moon boots. Why not try moon boots? His look is very much derived from the earth, everything he wears is of a practical nature. ”
Is season two just as graphic as season one?
“There’s quite a graphic naked shower scene involving my character – that was fun to shoot. There is all of the gore and the horror which was in the first season – it’s back in spades, man.”
Is there a sense of achievement around the series?
“Among us, definitely, yes. What’s interesting about doing this show is that due to deadlines, or whatever, you’re getting scripts and scripts are changing and you are hurtling towards the climactic end. So at times when we’re creating this series we have no idea what is coming ahead, which is frustrating, but also quite exciting, because I suppose it’s quite like life. But I think we’ve done some interesting, really out-there, challenging things and I think people’s heads are going to be blown off when they see some of the Robert Sheehan Vladek Klimov I think people’s heads are going to be blown off when they see some of the mad, mad stuff we’ve put together in this season ABOUT VLADEK An electrical engineer and a new arrival in Fortitude. mad, mad stuff we’ve put together in this season. The thing about being in this show is you can’t go into it half-assed. You have to take the material, which is incredibly risky dramatically, and elevate it, which takes balls. So that’s been the challenge and it’s been really nice because the vast amount of Vladek’s journey has been with the one director [Kieron Hawkes] and very personal, and that’s been a joy because I’ve been completely uninhibited in pushing the boundaries of the scenes. If you go into something like Fortitude half-cooked and not willing to show up then you’re at nothing really.”
Fortitude Season 2 starts tonight, 9pm on Sky Atlantic
Robert Sheehan chats with Digital Spy about Fortitude which will be airing in just TWO days on Sky Atlantic. We also get a new quality promotional still of Robert!
It was the TV show that brought us a woman’s gut being torn open with a fork… and now Fortitude is back for more “graphic madness”.
The first series of Sky Atlantic’s chiller – which aired in 2015 – told a dark and twisted tale about parasitic wasps which invaded the human body, provoking violent behaviour in their hosts.
The story for series two is strictly under wraps, but actor Robert Sheehan – who joins the show as the enigmatic Vladek Klimov – has promised that it would be pulling back on the bloodshed.
“I can’t say [what happens] but loads of people get murdered,” Sheehan told press including Digital Spy.
“The show doesn’t pull any punches, which is really interesting. There’s a sort of an etiquette to TV anywhere in the world – there are parts emotionally and graphically where the show has to lean away from its own intensity…
“But I think this show very much stayed with, and challenged the audience to stay with, the graphic madness of the show. It’s a lot to take when you start watching it.”
The ex-Misfits star described his character Vladek as “a young man on a mission” – hell-bent on confronting the evil force that has descended upon Fortitude.
“From the hangover of the first series, he feels there’s a deep fundamental illness in the place that he has to deal with. He’s a man who has inherited this responsibility. He talks about it historically, it’s not the first time – it’s a fight that has happened before.
“It’s not immediately obvious at first, but he is good and has good intentions, however twisted his actions might seem.”
Fortitude returns to Sky Atlantic on Thursday (January 26) at 9pm. The entire 10-part series will also be available to watch on Sky Box Sets, immediately after episode one airs.
A new press release for the new series of Sky Atlantic’s Fortitude includes interviews and promotional stills with Robert Sheehan and cast! For those who like spoilers, there are also some new episode summaries!
If you can’t access the official press release for any reason, you can always find them in full resolution in the photo gallery, along with the original still (exclusively without text).