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Julia Sawalha furious after being told she is ‘too old’

Julia Sawalha has said she has been “plucked, stuffed and roasted” after being told that she would n..

Julia Sawalha has said she has been “plucked, stuffed and roasted” after being told that she would not be cast in the forthcoming sequel to the hit Aardman Animation film Chicken Run as her voice sounded “too old”.

In the original film, released in 2000, Sawalha voiced the lead role of Ginger, the plucky hen who inspires her fellow egg-layers to escape from a farm when they are threatened with being turned into pies. News of the development of a sequel first emerged in 2018, and Netflixs involvement was announced in June. It is due to be directed by Sam Fell (ParaNorman) and start production in 2021.

Sawalha posted a statement on social media saying she was told a week ago that she was not wanted for the sequel. “The reason they gave is that my voice now sounds too old and they want a younger actress to reprise the role.”

She added: “Usually in these circumstances, an actress would be given the chance to do a voice test in order to determine the suitability of their pitch and tone, I however was not given this opportunity. I am passionate about my work and I dont go down without a fight, so I did my own voice test at home and sent it to the producers … However, they stated, We will be going ahead to recast the voice of Ginger.”

Sawalhas protest follows reports that Mel Gibson, who voiced the character of daredevil rooster Rocky, would not be involved in the sequel. While Rocky is named as a character in the official plot synopsis for Chicken Run 2, the role is due to be recast. Variety magazine reported that Gibson was told that as “the sequel will revolve around younger chickens, therefore casting younger voice actors” was necessary. The report also claimed that Gibsons history of controversial behaviour, including an accusation of antisemitic comments by actor Winona Ryder, which Gibson denies, played no part in the recasting.

Sawalha added: “I feel I have been fobbed off with the same excuse … To say I am devastated and furious would be an understatement. I feel totally powerless.”

No official announcements have been made for the Chicken Run 2 cast, but original film cast members Jane Horrocks and Lynn Ferguson have been added to the films IMDb page.

Aardman has been contacted for a response.

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Princess Diana movie: Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston favourites for Prince Charles

PRINCESS DIANA movie Spencer, starring Kristen Stewart, sees Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hiddleston..

PRINCESS DIANA movie Spencer, starring Kristen Stewart, sees Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hiddleston lead the bookies’ favourites to play Prince Charles.

Last week, it was announced that Twilight star Kristen Stewart will play Princess Diana in new movie Spencer. The film about the late Royal will focus on a weekend in the early 1990s when she decided to end her marriage with Prince Charles. And now the most likely actors to play the heir to the throne have been revealed by bookmakers Bovada, whose US odds have been converted to fractions.

Leading the pack is Doctor Strange star Benedict Cumberbatch, who is odds on at 0.625/1.

While right behind him is Loki actor Tom Hiddleston on 3.5/1.

Both former public school boys would fit into the role well, while just behind them is Spider-Man star Tom Holland on 7/1.

However, Prince Charles divorced at 47-years-old, so he seems an unlikely candidate at 24-years-old.

While way behind at 15/1 is Tom Hardy, followed by Zac Efron on 20/1.

Plus Stewarts Twilight co-star and new Batman Robert Pattinson is on 25/1.

Spencer will be directed by Pablo Larraín, who is best known for 2016 film Jackie, which followed JFKs First Lady in the aftermath of his assassination.

Speaking with Deadline, the director said: “We all grew up, at least I did in my generation, reading and understanding what a fairy tale is.”

Larrain continued: “Usually, the prince comes and finds the princess, invites her to become his wife and eventually she becomes queen. That is the fairy tale.

“When someone decides not to be the queen, and says, Id rather go and be myself, its a big big decision, a fairy tale upside down.

“Ive always been very surprised by that and thought it must have been very hard to do. That is the heart of the movie.

“How and why do you decide to do that? Its a great universal story that can reach millions and millions of people, and thats what we want to do.”

Spencer is yet to have a release date announced and is expected to begin production in 2021.

Meanwhile, Prince Charles is also portrayed on the small screen in Netflixs The Crown.

Josh OConnor plays the heir apparent in the third series set during the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Hes expected to reprise the role for the fourth season, which is likely to release at the end of the year.

The Crown season 4 will focus on the 1980s during Margaret Thatchers premiership as prime minister.

Princess Diana will be played by Emma Corrin in the upcoming series.

Events will include her appearance at the Barnados Champion Children Awards and her 1989 Concorde flight.

The fifth and final series will see Imelda Staunton replace Olivia Colman as The Queen in a season that will presumably cover the 1990s, including Princess Dianas death in 1997.



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Outlander season 6 theories: Brianna Frasers death

OUTLANDER sent Claire Fraser into brutal ordeal in the show’s season five finale earlier this year, ..

OUTLANDER sent Claire Fraser into brutal ordeal in the show’s season five finale earlier this year, as she was held captive and abused by the evil Lionel Brown – but could one of her visions during this time have illustrated how Brianna Fraser and Roger MacKenzie are going to be killed off?

Outlander concluded its fifth season earlier this month with a dramatic turn of events. Claire Fraser (played by Caitriona Balfe) was horrifically captured by Lionel Brown (Ned Dennehy) and raped by his gang, leaving Starz viewers utterly devastated for their protagonist.

During this ordeal, Claire coped with her trauma by envisioning a stylised version of her life in her mind.

These dreams saw her and her husband, Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan), living in a 1950s era world.

Brianna Fraser (Sophie Skelton) and Roger MacKenzie (Richard Rankin) were also present during these visions and illustrated their lives further.

However, during these visions, Claire saw Brianna and Roger being killed off in a tragic car crash.

This is also the same way Claire’s parents died, so viewers knew how personal and horrifying this vision must have been for the character.

But could the vision in question have been some sort of clairvoyance of how Brianna is going to be killed off?

Viewers know Outlander is not grounded in a strict reality and regularly utilises time travel as a plot device.

Fans of time travel fiction may also be aware they sometimes show off time repeating itself.

Considering Claire has had odd visions and looks into the future before, could this vision she had during her time in captivity have been a glimpse into the future of her daughter for season six?

If this is the case, Claire may never even realise her daughter and son-in-law are dead, as they may venture back to the future, cutting all communication between them.

This would, of course, be a devastating turn of events for the character, as she would have to relive losing her loved-ones in a car crash.

But, considering Claire now has the fear of this event happening, could she somehow go on to prevent it?

Elsewhere in Outlander news, Sam Heughan, the actor who plays Sam was originally not well-liked by Outlander author Diana Gabaldon.

The writer recently explained in an interview that she wasn’t his biggest fan upon first seeing him.

She explained: “At this point he had relatively little film work and just a series of extremely bizarre still photos – his IMDb page is strange.

“Some of his photos are strange! I was sitting there typing, this man is grotesque, what are you thinking?”

Thankfully, things seemed to look up for both Sam and Diana as production rolled on with the show.

Diana added: “I loaded up the computer not knowing what I was going to see, and five seconds in I was thinking: He doesn’t look anything like his pictures, he looks great.”

Sam has since played Jamie throughout all five seasons of the show, maintaining his position as one of the core characters in the story.



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Cain Dingle fuming as Moira Barton’s new love interest ‘revealed’

EMMERDALE fans saw Cain Dingle issue Moira Barton a divorce earlier this year, but that can’t stop h..

EMMERDALE fans saw Cain Dingle issue Moira Barton a divorce earlier this year, but that can’t stop him getting upset when his estranged wife moves on. But who is the new romance with?

Emmerdales resident wedding planner Leyla Harding (played by Roxy Shahidi) was devastated when Dr. Liam Cavanagh (Johnny McPherson) decided to break off their relationship after his daughter, Leanna Cavanagh (Mimi Slinger) revealed she was struggling with all the changes in their lives and needed her dad back. However, could the real reason Liam ended things with Leyla be because he wants to embark on a romance with someone else? And how is Cain Dingle (Jeff Hordley) going to feel when he finds out it could be his wife?

Leyla comforted her heartbreak with a bottle or two of cheap champagne in her trashed office last month.

Ex-David Metcalfe (Matthew Wolfenden) was on hand to offer her some support, but those watching at home saw her cry her eyes and out and confess to how much she loves the villages doctor.

Following a heart to heart with Leanna, Liam realised he had to make a decision; continue dating Leyla and lose his daughter for good, or step up to the plate and be the father Leanna needs.

He chose the latter, and while Leyla understood his decision, she was completely upset.

But that upset may turn to anger in upcoming months when she realises Liam has moved onto someone else.

It comes after the cast of Emmerdale took part in a Zoom call earlier this month and fans noticed two actors were in the same household.

Celebrating Liam Foxs 50th birthday – who plays Dan Spencer – Johnny and Natalie J. Robb appeared together.

This sparked speculation amongst fans that the two of them were dating, but hadn’t announced it.



According to the Mirror, an unnamed source said: “Natalie has had her fair share of romps as Moira but this time shes found love off screen. Everyone is so happy for them.

“Lockdown gave them some quality time together and they couldnt be happier. Its still early days but Natalie cant stop smiling.”

Express.co.uk has contacted Emmerdale for a comment.

Should their relationship be confirmed, there is a chance the characters they play could be embroiled in their own love story.

It comes after the soap has introduced new measures for filming in accordance to the current coronavirus guidelines outlined by the government.

Soap producers revealed how a two-metre stick is being used on set to ensure there is a safe distance between all characters and crew.

Big fight scenes and love scenes have been scrapped for the time begin as actors cannot interact with one another.

But should Natalie and Johnny be dating and living together in real life, a new romance could occur between Liam and Moira.

After all, Moira is currently embroiled in a divorce with Cain Dingle (Jeff Hordley) and while she is willing to do everything to make their marriage work, the mechanic has lost all trust for her after she had an affair with his estranged son Nate Robinson (Jurell Carter) last summer.

The farmer is currently focused on improving her business with the help of Rhona Goskirk (Zoe Henry).

The former vet inherited Graham Fosters (Andrew Scarborough) fortune and after leaving her previously employment, she wanted a new project to focus on and decided to give Moira the quick cash injection she needed to save Butlers Farm.

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