James Purefoy To Play Simon Templar in The Saint
Breaking news on the forthcoming coming TV series of The Saint, and you heard it here first!
James Purefoy, who played Mark Antony in "Rome" is set to play the new Simon Templar in the forthcoming TV series of The Saint.
Bill Macdonald tells www.saint.org (the official website of The Saint Club) that his team is prepping a two-hour pilot for a European shoot. The reason for shooting in Europe is the current strike situation in U.S. would otherwise hold up production. Shooting in Berlin and Australia begins in April.
Bill goes on to say that the show is being produced by himself (William J. MacDonald), Geoffrey Moore (Sir Roger Moore's son), and Jorge Zamacona (most recently of "Oz").
James Purefoy, who will play the new Saint, was screen tested for the role of James Bond in 1995 for Goldeneye, and throughout 2004 and 2005 Purefoy's name was rumoured as a possible candidate to replace Brosnan as agent 007 in future James Bond films. These rumors surfaced again before the 2006 film, Casino Royale.
Labels: 2007, Geoffrey Moore, James Bond, James Purefoy, Jorge Zamacona, TV, William J. MacDonald
9 comments for James Purefoy To Play Simon Templar in The Saint
This is excellent, excellent news. I've been watching "Rome" on DVD with a friend, and Purefoy's Mark Antony is one of that show's great pleasures!
He totally captures the Saint's roguish sense of fun, and can bring a real sense of danger to any role he plays.
I'm totally excited!
Having read almost all the original saint novels and watched the reruns of the George Sanders and Roger Moore series as well as Ian Ogilvy's great portrayal I believe that this new series has the ability to resurrect and reboot one of the most famous names in fiction and hopefully bury memories of the lack lustre 1997 movie. Let's pray that James does for the saint what Daniel did for 007.
I am SO excited by this news! I can't wait to see it!
Hopefully it won't be as cringeworthy as Val Kilmer's effort.
The current writer's strike in the USA makes it impossible to even start discussing a US production right now, so they are going ahead in Europe as far as they can go until the strike is over. This means that now we actually care about the strike as it has real impact!
Good choice! But the series is still at least a year away then?
If they're shooting in April then my guess--and it is only that, for it depends on lots of variables like the strike--is that it'll be broadcast in the Autumn 08 season.
This is great news.
and most importantly he's a Pom
It would be great to see some of the old crew in the series. ie Hoppy, Patricia et al
Wonderful! Finally a new Saint! All the best Jim Purefoy!
I think we can all agree that Purefoy will allow us all to forget the Val Kilmer movie. We certainly won't be getting an 'origin' tale, I'm sure.
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