A miniseries about the life of Cary Grant is coming. Titled Archie, after Grant’s birthname Archibald "Archie" Alexander Leach, the four-part series will star Jason Isaacs, who is perhaps best known for playing Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films as Grant.
Here's everything we know about Archie.
Archie will be a biographical drama about Cary Grant.
Per Deadline, which broke the news of the show, "Archie will start with his birth in Bristol in 1904 and tell the story of a childhood spent in extreme poverty, dealing with his father’s adultery and the loss of older brother John. At 14, he joined music hall act the Bob Pender Troupe and moved to the U.S. and, soon after, Cary Grant was born."
The show will intercut his childhood and early years in Hollywood with scenes from 1961, the height of Grant's fame and when he starts romancing Dyan Cannon.
Jeff Pope, who wrote Philomena and Stan & Ollie, is writing and executive producing Archie. He shared that the focus of the miniseries will predominately be on Grant's childhood, which is the "key" to understanding how Grant became one of Hollywood's most famous leading men.
Jason Isaacs will star as Cary Grant.
"There was and only ever will be one Cary Grant. I can’t wait to play Archie Leach, though, who struggled to play Cary Grant himself," Isaacs wrote on Twitter. "A fascinating, complicated, haunted man who was much, much more beautiful than me." He ended his tweet, "Here goes something."
In addition, Laura Aikman will star as his ex-wife Dyan Cannon and Harriet Walter will play Grant's mother Elise Leach. Dainton Anderson, Calam Lynch, and Oaklee Pendergast will play younger versions of Isaac's Archie and Kara Tointon will play a younger Elsie.
Cary Grant's family approves of the project.
Grant’s daughter Jennifer Grant and former wife Dyan Cannon "both gave Archie their blessing," reports Deadline. The two describe the Archie script as "intelligent, understanding" and "capturing him so brilliantly."
It will premiere on ITVX, ITV Studios's streaming platform, and BritBox.
The show will be a joint production between ITV and BritBox International. There's no word yet on a premiere date; we'll update this as soon as we learn more.
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