Tom Felton and Samantha Morton to Star in New Film “Save the Cinema”

Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), Samantha Morton (Marry Lou Barebone in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), and Jonathan Pryce (The Two PopesPirates of the Caribbean) are set to star in a new film called Save the Cinema.

The film is a true story about a hairdresser and youth leader, Liz Evans, who began a campaign in 1993 to save her local movie theater, the Lyric Theatre (not to be confused with the home of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway). The Welsh theater relied on big blockbusters to stay open, and when Evans realized that the film Jurassic Park would not be coming to the theater, she sprung to action, enlisting the help of the mayor, Richard Goodridge (whose role is changed in the film to a local councilor), who wrote a letter to director Steven Spielberg:

The Lyric Theatre has advertised extensively that the film is to be shown, and indeed, thousands now believe that the film will be shown here. However, many thousands are now going to be disappointed, not least to say, very angry that this has happened.

Their campaign ultimately resulted in the film being shown at the Lyric Theatre on the same day as the London premiere, a whole day earlier than the official release date. This rescue story, coupled with the media attention (it was featured on CNN and the BBC), is what truly saved the theater.

The film is directed by Sara Sugarman (Confessions of a Teenage Drama QueenVinyl) and written by Piers Ashworth, adapted from a story by Lorraine King.

It is not clear whom Felton and Morton will play in Save the Cinema at this time, but we will keep you updated on all the latest news before its release toward the end of 2021.

In the meantime, you can catch Tom Felton in his current projects, including Lead Heads with Mark Williams (Arthur Weasley) and Canyon Del Muerto. You can also find Felton in Netflix’s A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting and (K)nox: The Rob Knox Story, a documentary that follows the fatal stabbing of fellow Harry Potter costar Rob Knox (Marcus Belby). You can find Samantha’s most recent work in The Walking Dead (Alpha) and The Sandman (Urania Blackwell).

 

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Jillian Loveday

Having grown up with Harry since I was twelve years old, it is such a treat to be a part of the best book club any Harry Potter fan could ask for. I graduated in 2016 with a Creative Writing degree and since then have been freelance writing on the side. Outside of the literary world, I love the outdoors, hiking, and binge-watching Parks and Rec for the billionth time.