Actress Emily Watson, who was often tagged as a “softly spoken, middle-class English girl,” by friends and relatives, discovered herself as an actor during her stint at the Drama Studio London as a student. After receiving her MA from Bristol University, she started her career on the stage. Watson has a prolific career in theater with a number of productions to her credit that includes ‘The Children’s Hour,’ ‘Three Sisters,’ ‘Much Ado About Nothing,’ ‘The Changeling,’ and ‘Uncle Vanya.’
Director Lars von Trier’s controversial classic ‘Breaking the Waves‘ opened up a dreamlike debut feat for Watson. Her stunning portrayal of the protagonist, Bess McNeill brought her a slew of awards including an Oscar nomination. She emerged as an icon of the revival of the indie cinema in the first decade of the 21st century. Movies like ‘Hilary and Jackie,’ ‘Gosford Park,’ ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ prequel ‘Red Dragon,’ ‘Fireflies in the Garden,’ ‘Oranges and Sunshine,’ and ‘Appropriate Adult,’ cemented her reputation as one of the best character actors of all time. At this point, the question that might be circling your mind is what is the next Emily Watson movie or TV show? Well, the good news is that we have a clear answer to that question. Here’s the list of upcoming Emily Watson films/TV shows scheduled to release in 2019 and 2020. We can only hope that the latest Emily Watson movies would be as good as some of her recent ones.
3. Chernobyl (2019)
The miniseries ‘Chernobyl‘ is a co-production between HBO and the British network Sky. Based on the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of 1986, the series dramatizes the horrendous events as it unfolded through five one-hour episodes. Emily Watson plays Ulyana Khomyuk, a Belarusian nuclear physicist who gets a tip about the magnitude of horror from her office in Minsk. She comes down to the site and offers physicist Valery Legasov, played by Jared Harris, help and support to sort out the damage. After learning about the real extent of the tragedy, she embarks on a mission to find the truth behind the accident.
‘Chernobyl’ is one of the most horrific man-made disasters in history. The chain of the catastrophe began with an explosion at around 01:15 local time at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Soviet Ukraine on 26 April 1986. The miniseries follows the people who sacrificed their lives to save hundreds of thousands of people from death. Estimates suggest that the disaster could wipe out a significant number of population from Eastern Europe forever. ‘Chernobyl’ is created by Craig Mazin. Apart from Emily Watson, the miniseries stars Jared Harris and Stellan Skarsgård. The drama is set to premiere on May 6, 2019, on HBO and Sky.
2. Quicksand (TBA)
‘Quicksand’ is a psychological thriller starring Emily Watson and David Tennant. It follows Dan, played by Tennant, and Sarah, played by Watson, a couple who is living a dream life on the coasts of the Mediterranean. To add more joy to the family, their son comes for a surprise visit to see his parents. But the couple’s life turns on its head when the son is tragically murdered by a young man in the neighborhood. The grief-stricken Dan is offered an opportunity to avenge his son’s murder. But revenge always comes at a price. The mysterious stranger who offers Dan the chance to kill the local youth who murdered his son, drags the couple into one more tragedy and more horrors ensue. ‘Quicksand‘ is written by Steve Lewis and Tony Owen. Reports suggest that the script is rich with psychological undertones and resonating emotional moments. The movie is the feature directorial debut of Mark Brozel, who is known for ‘Humans and Troy: Fall of a City.’ It is scheduled to start filming this year.
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1. Fortunate Sons (TBA)
‘Fortunate Sons’ is a drama that focuses on the human rights issue of honor killings. The movie is written and directed by Danielle Lurie based on the practice of women being brutally murdered by family members to save the honor of the clan in the wake of any form of adultery. Emily Watson and Ray Panthaki play lead roles in the movie. According to the UN Commission on Human Rights, over 5,000 honor killings occur around the world each year and very few of them are reported to the authorities and media. ‘Fortunate Sons’ explores the roots and reasons behind these murders in the name of honor. The filmmaker raises crucial questions about the custom and patriarchal framework of societies which execute this blatant violation of an individual’s right to choose her life.
Director Danielle Lurie is known for her critically acclaimed short film ‘The Morning.’ The movie, which premiered at Sundance in 2005, is based on the true story of an honor killing in Turkey. Reports suggest that ‘Fortunate Sons’ is the feature-length version of ‘The Morning,’ and revolves around a female vigilante based in India. The details of the roles of Emily Watson and Ray Panthaki are still under wraps.
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