What are some of the fun eras you’ll visit this season?
We get Billy Zane and the circus [in the second episode]; we get a little Julius Caesar on the beach in Aruba in the premiere. We meet [new team member] Zari in this sort of dystopian future. We get to do a little Amblin alien episode back in the ’80s; we do some Jack the Ripper Victorian London; Golden Age of Hollywood; John Constantine doing an exorcism. We do a Freaky Friday episode. The only thing we haven’t been able to do: We really wanted to do an Abba “Waterloo” in then Napoleonic wars but we could not get the rights for the song. [Source]
Last week, I had the chance to see Matt on stage during a weekend performance of “Knives in Hens“. The play was amazing and Matt did a superb job. It was my first time seeing him on stage and I’m hoping it won’t be the last.
I got to sit down with Matt after the play for a mini interview, these were his answers.
Matt about the Play: It’s so intense and concentrated and the thing is, it’s not literal, it’s very symbolic and metaphorical and ambiguous, lots of questions are deliberately left unanswered. The play I think is very filmic, with the lighting and the pictures and the sensuality of it.
Matt about the Cast: The way we work together as actors, very early on we did a lot of physical work so that when we came to it, we’re way used to each other’s bodies. Getting used to the physicality of that so that there’s no fear for us as actors.
Matt about the Director: Our director is unbelievable, [Yaël Farber] she’s such a special human being and director.
Matt about any future projects: (smirks) Maybe.
Knives in Hens runs until October 7, so make sure to try and see him before the show runs end.
With a huge thanks to my friend Don for the tip, Matt have joined the cast of a small production that will run over the few couple of months in London titled ‘Knives in Hens‘.
‘I have no name for the thing which is in my head. It is not envy. It is more than envy. It does not scare me. I must look close enough to look at what it is.’
A ploughman and his wife live a simple existence in a pre-industrial time until they, along with the hated local miller, are drawn into a struggle of knowledge, power and attraction.
David Harrower’s haunting play established him as one of the UK’s leading contemporary playwrights. Multi-award-winning director Yaël Farber brings her own distinctive style to this tense, modern classic.’
The play will be performed starting 17 August 2017 – 7 October 2017 in Donmar Warehouse in London. You can check the official play page for details about tickets and workshops
The CW announced at the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Sunday that the DC Comics character, previously brought to life via a one-and-done NBC drama, will return in an animated CW Seed series. Matt Ryan, who fronted the aforementioned live-action series (and reprised the character in an episode of The CW’s Arrow), will voice the character’s cartoon form.
As with the typical CW Seed offering, Constantine will run for six to seven episodes of about 10 minutes each. [Source]
Sony Pictures Television is inviting delegates at MIPCOM2016 to an exclusive screening of its highly-anticipated, new period drama series, “The Halcyon.” The global entertainment content market, MIPCOM takes place in Cannes, France, from 17-20 October.
The Halcyon screening will take place at the Palais des Festivals on Sunday 16 October at 6.30pm, and will be open to all delegates. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the producers of the show.
Produced by Left Bank Pictures and commissioned by ITV in the UK, the eight-part drama is set in 1940, and tells the story of a bustling and glamorous five-star hotel at the centre of London society at the start of World War Two. It shows life in the capital through the prism of war, and the impact it has on families, politics, relationships and work across all social strata, set to a soundtrack of the music of the era.
Justice League Dark will be featured at the Main Stage of the Javits Center on Saturday, October 8 at 4:45 PM. While the full movie will not be shown, there will be footage from the film as well as a panel discussion accompanying it. According to the press release:
“The spotlight panel will include the first official film footage from the all-new animated Justice League Dark, and an enthralling discussion led actors Matt Ryan and Jason O’Mara alongside the filmmaking trio of producer James Tucker, director Jay Oliva and character designer Phil Bourassa.” [Source]
Darkness is rising, demons are everywhere…and one man stands between humanity and its worst nightmares: John Constantine. Warner Archive Collection (WAC) and DC Entertainment bring the live-action television series, Constantine: The Complete Series, to Blu-ray and DVD on October 4, 2016 via WBshop.com, Amazon and popular online retailers.
Based on the wildly popular DC character, seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult John Constantine (Matt Ryan) is armed with a ferocious knowledge of the dark arts and a wickedly naughty wit. He fights the good fight – or at least he did. With his soul already damned to Hell, he’s decided to abandon his campaign against evil…until a series of events thrusts him back into the fray, and he’ll do whatever it takes to protect the innocent.
With the balance of good and evil on the line, Constantine will use his skills to travel the country, find the supernatural terrors that threaten our world, and send them back to where they belong. After that, who knows…maybe there’s hope for him and his soul after all. Matt Ryan (The Halcyon, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior) stars as Constantine, a role he has since reprised for Arrow and as the voice of the animated character in the upcoming Justice League Dark. [Source]
Fans of DC Comics TV shows should start saving their money now, because the company plans to be taking all of it next year. The next wave of action figures from DC Collectibles will be officially unveiled at Comic-Con International in San Diego next week and TV Insider has your exclusive first look.
After several previous waves of figures featuring characters from Arrow and The Flash, the company is adding Supergirl and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow to the line-up. The Supergirl figures feature the title character, plus Martian Manhunter (both coming out in May 2017), while Legends’ initial trio will be Firestorm, Hawkgirl (both February 2017) and The Atom (later in 2017).
The Arrow and The Flash lines are also growing, with Arrow adding guest stars Constantine and Vixen, while The Flash’s Season 2 villain Zoom is getting in on the action. All three will be available in May 2017.
All of the figures are based on the characters’ DCTV appearances and stand approximately 6.75 inches tall (though we’re guessing that Firestorm’s flaming “hair” might put him over that!) and come with a suggested retail price of $28. [Source]
The series will star Luther’s Steven Mackintosh and Olivia Williams (most recently seen in Anna Karenina), joined by EastEnders’ Kara Tointon, Matt Ryan of Constantine fame, Alex Jennings (The Lady in the Van), Hermione Corfield (Pride and Prejudice And Zombies) and Mark Benton (Eddie the Eagle).
Set in 1940, American journalist Joe O’Hara sees first-hand how war impacts life and commerce while observing the staff at a luxury hotel. The Halcyon reflects on the time period through the eyes of the hotel’s modest and hard-working staff, as well as its high-profile guests. [source]
“Haunted” – (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-14, LV) (HDTV)
MATT RYAN REPRISES HIS ROLE AS JOHN CONSTANTINE ON ARROW – When things take a turn for the worse with Sara (guest star Caity Lotz), Oliver (Stephen Amell) calls in a favor from an old friend who deals in the mystical, John Constantine (guest star Matt Ryan). John Badham directed the episode written by Brian Ford Sullivan & Oscar Balderrama (#404). Original airdate 11/4/2015.