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All Upcoming Alan Cumming Movies and TV Shows

June 19, 2019
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Scottish actor Alan Cumming started experimenting with his life at the age of 16 when he left school to join a magazine as a writer. Later, the young man moved to Glasgow to join the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama when he was 20. Cumming gained fame as a professional actor even when he was a student. The head start helped him to appear in several roles by the time he finished graduation. The actor’s major works during that time include regular roles on various stage and on television. Cumming made his television debut in 1984 with the ITV Granada’s ‘Travelling Man.’ He also appeared in a significant role in the Scottish Television series ‘Take the High Road and Taggart.’

In 1986, he landed his first feature role in ‘Passing Glory’ which was a basketball drama. The 1992 movie ‘Prague’ featured him in a major role alongside Sandrine Bonnaire and Bruno Ganz. ‘Prague’ earned Cumming the Best Actor prize at the Atlantic Film Festival and the best actor nomination for BAFTA. The actor got a foothold in the U.S. with the Irish movie ‘Circle of Friends,’ which was released in America in 1995. He also landed the role of Boris Ivanovich Grishenko in the James Bond film ‘GoldenEye’ in the same year. The 1996 movie ‘Emma’ brought the actor another hit in Hollywood. Based on the renowned 1815 novel of the same name by Jane Austen, the movie features Gwyneth Paltrow, Alan Cumming and Ewan McGregor in major roles.

Cumming got his first breakthrough with the 1991 BBC comedy ‘Bernard and the Genie,’ in which he played the character of Bernard Bottle opposite Lenny Henry and Rowan Atkinson. The success of the show helped the actor to land several roles in television comedies throughout the ‘90s. His major titles during that time include ‘Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion’ (1997) and ‘Spice World’ (1998). Cumming made his Broadway debut with a reprisal of his role as the master of ceremonies, in the revival drama ‘Cabaret’ from Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall. He had played the same role in 1993 in the West End musical of the same name directed by Sam Mendes. He has maintained an impressive Broadway track record with productions like ‘Threepenny Opera’ (2006) and ‘Macbeth’ (2014).

The actor is also known for his popular character roles in ‘Eyes Wide Shut‘ (1999), directed by Stanley Kubrick, adaptations of Shakespearean works ‘Titus’ (1999) and ‘The Tempest’ (2010), and ‘Nicholas Nickleby’ (2002). Cumming played diverse roles in other movies like ‘Full Grown Men,’ ‘Burlesque,’Boogie Woogie’ ‘Garfield: The Movie,’ ‘X-Men: X2,’ ‘Spy Kids’ film franchise, and ‘Jackboots on Whitehall.’ He lent his voice to the popular character of Gary Smurf in the movies ‘The Smurfs’ and ‘The Smurfs 2.’ In 2005, he played three parts, including President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in the television movie ‘Reefer Madness,’ which was based on an Off-Broadway musical.

In 2001, Cumming made his directorial debut with the comedy ‘The Anniversary Party.’ He co-directed and starred in the movie alongside Jennifer Jason Leigh. He started hosting the popular PBS show ‘Mystery!’ in 2008. The actor joined the CBS legal drama series ‘The Good Wife’ opposite Julianna Margulies in 2009. Cumming got nominations for Primetime Emmy Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Golden Globe Award and a Satellite Award for his performance as the character of Eli Gold in ‘The Good Wife.’ So now you might be wondering what is the next Alan Cumming movie or TV show? Well, here’s the list of upcoming Alan Cumming films and TV shows scheduled to release in 2019 and 2020. We can only hope that the latest Alan Cumming movies would be as good as some of his recent ones.

3. Run (TBA)

‘Run’ is an upcoming drama film with Frankie Valenti playing the lead role Nick Paxton. The plot centers on Nick’s tormenting loneliness in his distant garage in the rural outskirts of Ohio. He leads a reclusive life disconnected from the outside world. His only connection to life outside his world is his girlfriend Emma. They maintain an on and off relationship. After an ‘off’ phase, Emma crash lands in Nick’s life unexpectedly one night. The new development turns his life upside down as he dares to face the demons inside. Alan Cumming plays the role of Steve in the movie. Other cast includes Marlee Matlin, Barbara Rosenblat and Frank DeCaro. ‘Run’ is directed by Craig Otto from a screenplay he co-wrote with Frankie Valenti. “We are all born on this earth destined for journeys greater than we could have ever imagined. Making a difference in others’ lives starts by truly knowing and loving yourself,” says director Otto in the official synopsis of the movie. The film is yet to get a release date.

2. Going Back (TBA)

‘Going Back’ tells the real-life story of Brian Mackinnon, a 30-year-old Scottish man who played one of the weirdest pranks in the history of Scotland by pretending as a 16-year-old boy named Brandon Lee. He returned to his old school after 15 years as Lee to continue his course as a medical student. He had to terminate his course at the Glasgow university earlier. After a term in the new identity, he dropped out of college. Later, he wrote a memoir titled ‘Rhesus Negative’ under the name B.L. MacKinnon. Alan Cumming reportedly plays the central characters of MacKinnon and Lee. ‘Going Back’ is directed by Jonothan McLeod, who studied at the same institution with MacKinnon. The movie is produced by Hopscotch Films’ John Archer and Olivia Lichtenstein. No release date has been attached to the project yet.

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1. Bright in a Hollow Sky (TBA)

Alan Cumming teams up with actor-director Eric Balfour for the upcoming movie ‘Bright in a Hollow Sky.’ The plot revolves around three strangers whose paths cross during a road trip. While Eric plays the character of Monty, Cumming portrays the role of a Pastor. The journey turns out to be a soul-searching quest for the three people who find the meaning of life along their path. Eric Balfour directs the movie from a screenplay he co-wrote with Ariana Basile. More details about the plot and cast members are kept under tight wraps. No release date has been announced for ‘Bright in a Hollow Sky’ yet.

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