Benedict Cumberbatch will star in “Gypsy Boy,” an adaptation of Mikey Walsh’s memoirs.
The Oscar-nominated star of “The Imitation Game” and “Sherlock” will play a demanding father and a member of the last generation of the Romany Gypsy people, known for their ability to fight. Boxing is a religion to the Walsh clan, so much so that when Mikey is born he is given a pair of golden gloves on a chain around his neck. The pressure for Mikey to become a boxer splits the family.
“I was immediately drawn to Mikey’s courageous and heart-breaking story. And his father Frank is unlike any character I’ve played before,” Cumberbatch said in a statement. “He’s a complex man torn between tradition and his love for a son struggling to come to terms with an identity that’s completely at odds with Frank and his culture.”
The producers are looking for a young actor to play Mikey opposite Cumberbatch.
Production on the film is scheduled to start next summer. Protagonist Pictures is handling worldwide sales on the project and is introducing it to buyers at the ongoing Toronto International Film Festival.
Morgan Matthews (“X+Y”), is directing the film. Dee Koppang O’Leary (Netflix’s “The Crown”) and Kevin Loader (“The Death of Stalin”) will produce. James Graham (“The Vote”) adapted Walsh’s books. BBC Films is financing the picture.
The first autobiography “Gypsy Boy.” was released in 2010 by Hodder & Stoughton Ltd and was a Sunday Times No. 1 bestseller in the UK, a follow-up book, “Gypsy Boy: On The Run,” was published in 201l.
Cumberbatch is repped by Conway van Gelder Grant and UTA. He most recently starred in “Doctor Strange” and will be in Toronto to premiere “The Current War,” a drama in which he plays Thomas Edison.
Is it possible for you to post the list of all the costumes from Masquerade?
I can try… Though I’m not sure what every single one of them is called. The ones I’m not sure what’s called is in italic. Some of the costumes also have multiple names, I’m writing the most established one or, if known, the one written on the costume design.
Last, but not least, not all productions have every single costume.
Note how many of the ensemble costumes has its parallel in the dummy costumes. They often echo eachother in theme - Skeleton/Skeleton, African Man/African Man, Clown/Clown etc. Other costumes echo what we’ve previously seen in the show, or is about to see (Monkey Girl/Monkey Musical Box, Gypsy Girl etc).
PRINCIPALS Star Princess (Christine) Red Death (Phantom) Hussar (Raoul) Spider Dance (Carlotta) Skull cloak (Firmin) Skeleton (André) Sun King (Piangi) Glittering cape (Madame Giry) Riding habit (Meg Giry)
CORPS DE BALLET Triton Girl (dancer) Butterfly Girl (dancer) Flower Girl (dancer) Goldfish (dancer) Tyrolean (dancer) Gypsy Girl (dancer) Hula Girl (dancer/swing/ensemble, depending on the production) Man/Woman (male dancer)
ENSEMBLE BonBon Ribbon (ensemble) Gauloise (ensemble) Frilly Lady (ensemble) Fall Lady (ensemble) Green Lady (ensemble) Rococo Lady (ensemble) Fan Lady (ensemble) Snow Queen (ensemble/swing, depending on the production) Pirate/Buccaneer (ensemble) Mandarin Man (male dancer/ensemble, depending on the production) Executioner (ensemble) Tweedledum (ensemble) Matador (ensemble, sometimes put on a dummy instead) Highlander (ensemble, usually put on a dummy instead) Scary Clown/Whiteface (ensemble) Bacchus (swing, only some very few productions have this one) African Man (ensemble) Harlequin Cloak (ensemble, covering Red Death’s entrance)
LITTLE BAND Triangle Girl (Christine understudy) Tin Soldier (often the Raoul understudy) Monkey Girl (dancer) Rigoletto (ensemble)
DUMMIES Snake Woman Golden Lion Mob Cap Girl Ox Man Golden Eagle Rooster Golden Mask Woman Lon Chaney Mephistopheles Dyonysus/Bacchus Harlequin Woman Shepherdess Rococo Lady Oriental Lady (this was made into an ensemble costume in Las Vegas) Bajazzo Wild Boar Bo Peep African Man Skeleton (in the angle of the staircase) Red Dress Girl (in the angle of the staircase) Feather Had Man (in the angle of the staircase)
LAS VEGAS SPECIFIC DUMMIES Napoleon Bee Woman (strangely enough Bacchus and Hula Girl was never incorporated here)
Once regarded as something that happens exclusively in Guy Ritchie films and on Gypsy sites, bare-knuckle boxing is fast becoming a thriving scene in the UK—the ultimate British bloodsport.
When Clive Martin embeds with the bare-knuckle boxing elite, what he discovers is not dissimilar to Fight Club: IT technicians, builders, lifestyle coaches, and even a lawyer, all throwing their unprotected fists into one another’s faces. It’s a subculture of honor, pride, and violence.
As the UK prepares to play host to the first US-vs.-UK bare-knuckle title fight in 150 years—the biggest event the scene has known since it went underground in the 19th century—Clive tries to find out whether violence is a cause or effect for these angry young men.