From The Tudors to Game of Thrones, Natalie Dormer has queened her way across the small screen. And now she is ready for a cinematic second act…
You might expect an actress with the mantra ‘fear is a mind-killer’ tattooed on her wrist to lean towards the daring or reckless in her work and behaviour. Yet Natalie Dormer, the wearer of that tattoo, is exercising caution. ‘When it does come to an end,’ she says, avoiding any intimations about the fate of Margaery Tyrell, her thrice-crowned queen in Game of Thrones, ‘I will always be sad not to have those people in my life on a day-to-day basis. They become your family after six, seven, however many years.’
Dormer, 34, with her butterscotch hair, angular cheekbones and flawless silk jumpsuit, seems of a piece with the Beverly Hills hotel suite in which she’s installed (decorative scheme: money). The setting couldn’t be further from the dungeons and battlefields of the fantasy epic that is Thrones. But Hollywood is a mythical land with dragons of its own, and Dormer is winning here.
She has flown in from London to be named the Women In Film MaxMara Face of the Future at the 2016 Crystal + Lucy Awards (past honourees include Rose Byrne and Emily Blunt). At tonight’s ceremony, she will accept her statuette in front of an audience of the most powerful people in the entertainment business.
For now, she is here, deliberating over every word to avoid giving away the fact that (major spoiler alert if you haven’t caught up yet) in the season-six finale, with 8.9 million people watching in the US alone, Tyrell and everyone with her in the Sept of Baelor – the Thrones equivalent of Westminster Abbey – will explode in an inferno of green wildfire. ‘For me, that’s the whole point of storytelling: that it reaches the third act,’ she continues. ‘That’s what I’m in it for. I’m really looking forward to the end, because I want to know who sits on that throne.’
Our gallery has been updated with pictures of Natalie attending the “Patient Zero” Panel and Press line at Comic Con yesterday. We’ve also updated pictures of the “Mockingjay” Autograph signing.
Screen Gems will premiere footage and introduce cast members from “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” and “Patient Zero” during its July 11 panel at Comic-Con in San Diego.
The event will be moderated by Entertainment Weekly’s Dalton Ross.
The “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” panel will include cast members Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth, Jack Huston and Matt Smith, along with director Burr Steers and the book’s author, Seth Grahame-Smith. The film opens Feb. 6, 2016.
“Patient Zero” stars Matt Smith and Natalie Dormer will attend the panel along with the film’s director, Stefan Ruzowitzky, and screenwriter, Mike Le. Screen Gems has not yet dated the fantasy-horror vehicle.
News has broke that Matt Smith with join Natalie in her upcoming project Patient Zero.
Empire – He may have played a Doctor on television, but that doesn’t necessarily mean Matt Smith would be any use in a global pandemic. Unless you need someone to look quizzical in a fez, we assume. But that isn’t stopping him signing on for Patient Zero.
Natalie Dormer is already aboard to star in the film, which sees an unprecedented viral infection spread across the Earth, birthed from a super strain of rabies. The disease creates a new species that is entirely driven by violence. But when a survivor turns out to be inexplicably immune, yet with the ability to communicate with the new series, he starts the hunt for Patient Zero, and the first step in saving his infected wife along with the rest of humanity.
Though we speculated previously that Dormer would be the lucky central figure, it appears Smith will instead be the survivor, with Dormer taking some other role – possibly his wife? Mike Le wrote the script, which Stefan Ruzowitzky will direct.
Smith will be back on our screens next year in Terminator: Genisys, which arrives here on July 3. And he’ll have plenty of experience with nasty outbreaks, as he’s been shooting Pride And Prejudice And Zombies, which should also emerge in 2015 but has yet to lock down a date.