It’s been a busy old week on the reality TV front, and some of the best news I’ve heard in ages is that the lovely Mark Wright – late of TOWIE, and more recently of the Aussie I’m A Celeb jungle – has landed a role in a movie!
The Sun reports that Essex boy Mark will star alongside Kelly Brook as her “love interest” in a British-based gangster movie. Danny Dyer and Tamar Hassan are to star as well.
A source close to the movie told the paper, “Mark is keen to get into acting and Cockney gangster films are right up his street.
“He loves The Business and Football Factory, so it’s a dream for him to work with Danny and Tamar.
“Add Kelly into the mix, he’s made up.”
I’m really chuffed for him! He’s such as nice guy – as witnessed on I’m A Celeb – so good on ya Mark!
More good news today – and also from the Sun – is that BGT judge Amanda Holden and her new baby daughter Hollie are back at home, safe and well.
As you’re probably aware, Amanda and Hollie were both critically ill following the baby’s birth, and had to spend several days in intensive care, where Amanda received blood transfusions.
Amanda’s spokeswoman, Alison Griffin, confirmed that Amanda and Hollie were now at home, saying, “She is thrilled to be home with her family.
“Hollie is absolutely beautiful — and Amanda and Chris are completely besotted with their girls.”
So glad for them it all ended happily!
Finally, it seems that Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new search for an singer/actor to take the part of Jesus Christ in a remake of Jesus Christ Superstar is open to both men and women.
The search for the new star is to be televised, X Factor styly, and ultimately, the new musical will play at venues all across the UK.
A source close to the project said, “Andrew wants to create the best performance he can and if that means hiring a woman to be Jesus then so be it.
“For him it’s all about the talent.”
However, it seems Lloyd Webber is braced for a backlash from Christian groups, who have already started muttering “blasphemy”…
But there again, if he hadn’t opened it to both genders, surely Equity would have had something to say about inequality?
Guess you can’t please all the people all the time, however, as Mary Magdalene is expected to be played by Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger, that could end up being a sticky wicket if a woman was cast as Jesus.
However, auditions kick off this month, and will see Andrew himself heading up the panel of judges.
The contestants will be whittled down to join a boot camp, and from there, the best acts will be invited to the judges’ houses round, where 12 of them will be selected for the live TV shows.
I can’t wait to see how this turns out actually! I smell c.. c… controversy!
More reality TV news soon.