“X-Files” star and geek Goddess Gillian Anderson is set to face the undead in British actor-turned-director Mathew Butler’s zombie period piece The Curse of the Buxom Strumpet. The horror-comedy costars Ian McKellen (Lord of the Rings), Judi Dench (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), and Mark Williams (Harry Potter).
Set in a small sea-side town in England during the 18th century, The Curse of the Buxom Strumpet follows a small group of zombie apocalypse survivors as they attempt to reach safe haven in France. Butler and producing partner Tori Hart are shopping the project at Cannes and hope to start shooting in Scotland later this year.
Anderson, best known for her role as Agent Dana Scully on the Fox sci-fi series “The X-Files,” has not been seen near supernatural forces since 2008’s regrettably dull The X-Files: I Want to Believe.
Michelle Williams is set to stir things up as Glinda (The Good Witch of the North) in director Sam Raimi’s Wizard of Oz prequel Oz, the Great and Powerful. The 30-year-old stunner joins a cast that includes Mila Kunis as Theodora (Wicked Witch of the West), Rachel Weisz as Evanora (Wicked Witch of the East), and James Franco as the soon-to-be wizard.
Oz, the Great and Powerful tells the tale of how a lost snake oil salesman and illusionist (Franco) defeats evil witches Theodora (Kunis) and Evanora (Weisz) with the help of their sister Gilda (Williams) to rule the land of Oz. The film goes into production in July and is slated for 2012 fall release.
Williams, who made her genre debut at age 15 as Young Sil in the 1995 sci-fi classic Species, received an Oscar nomination this year for her performance in the relationship drama Blue Valentine. Her horror creds include 1998’s Halloween H20: 20 Years Later and the slightly better-reviewed 2010 Martin Scorsese thriller Shutter Island.
Imagine having the ability to alternately wake up every morning next to either Laura Allen (”Terriers”) or Michaela McManus (pictured above). Sounds pretty fucking sweet right? Such is the reality Jason Isaacs’ character Detective Michael Britten is living on NBC’s much buzzed-about mind-fuck of a show “Awake.”
Of course, a series about a guy who gets to bang two beautiful women for the rest of his life isn’t going to score big ratings from women-folk. Things need to be complicated. He needs to suffer. That brings us to the synopsis:
When Detective Michael Britten regains consciousness following his family’s car accident, he is told that his wife Hannah (Allen) perished but that his teen son, Rex (Dylan Minnette), has survived. As he tries to put the pieces of his life back together, he awakens again in a parallel reality in which his wife is very much alive — but his son Rex died in the accident.
In order to keep both of his loved ones alive at one time, he begins living two dueling realities in parallel worlds, which churns up confusion — in one moment, Michael and his wife debate about having another child to replace their son, while in the other reality, he is attracted to his son’s tennis coach, Tara (McManus), to fill the void from the loss of his wife.
Trying to regain some normalcy, Michael returns to police work and solves crimes in both worlds with the help of two different partners — Detective Isaiah “Bird” Freeman (Steve Harris) and Detective Efrem Vega (Wilmer Valderrama).
So, will Det. Britten end up living his life with his wife or his kid and the hot tennis instructor? It’s quite the dilemma. Thankfully for him, one that can be pondered while having lots of sex with both women.