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    Big screen features find adaptations on television, giving cult characters a new lease of life with a fresh crop of actors

    Bradley James
    We all remember Damien, the Antichrist, from The Omen movie installments. Now we have some good news (or is it bad?). The scary little boy is all grown up and his character will be portrayed by Bradley James in the television series of the same name. The trailer puts the spotlight on the 32 year-old actor and how he deals with his identity of devil’s advocate. Recently, the hunk even shared the poster of the series, for which he is clearly excited, on social media. The English actor is best known for his role as Prince Arthur in the series Merlin. The upcoming series by A&E, to premier on March 7, is produced by Fox Television Studios.
    Jon Foo
    The hilarious Rush Hour series is being turned into a CBS TV series by the same name, staring Jon Foo. The last time we saw this 33-year-old actor was in 2013, in the movie Extraction. London-born Foo plays Detective Lee, famously essayed by Jackie Chan in the movie, and his ‘partner in crime’ is Justin Hires of 21 Jump Street fame. In the trailer, we get to see him putting his martial arts and Wushu skills to maximum use as he deals with machine-gun wielding villains while unarmed. The series starts on March 31.

    James Marsden
    Here to send chills down your spine is Westworld, written by Dark Knight co-writer Jonathan Nolan and Burn Notice creator Lisa Joy. Staring James Marsden, Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood, it is based on the 1973 movie of the same name. The series is set in a futuristic amusement park where attractions like robots come alive and create a scare fair. Marsden arrives amidst the goings-on — in pursuit of a mysterious local beauty. The 42-year-old actor pops up regularly on the small screen, his most recent appearance being on Comedy Bang! Bang!  and now, as the gun slinger Teddy Flood in this sci-fi series produced by JJ Abrams. As of now, HBO has announced a production break of two months — “to get ahead of writing”.

    Tony Cavalero
    Can we ever have enough comedies? Almost as an answer to this rhetorical question, Nickelodeon will air the TV series, School of Rock, based on the 2003 movie of the same name. Tony Cavalero will essay the role of outcast-singer-turned-popular-teacher, in this show produced by Paramount Pictures. After essaying guest roles in series like Modern Family and Hart of Dixie, Cavalero landed the titular role, of which he has been sharing tantalising sneak peeks on Twitter, piquing our curiosity. He is accompanied by cast from Nickelodeon’s other shows, Lance Lim and Aidan Miner.

    Ryan Phillippe
    Actor Phillippe has landed the role of Shooter’s Bob Lee Swagger, a dejected Marine sniper who draws away from service, but needs to get his head back in the game to save the president. Phillippe was last seen in the 2015 television series Drunk History. Written by John Hlavin (The Shield) and driven by USA Network, the upcoming television series, Shooter, is produced by Mark Wahlberg—who played the same role in the 2007 movie the series is inspired from. We know for a fact that the production is on in full-swing as the 41-year-old shared a video of him preparing for the role on social media last year, making it tougher for us to wait.

    Seema Rajpal

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