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James McAvoy has been tapped to lead a revival of Peter Barnes’s The Ruling Class in London’s West End. According to the Daily Mail, the X-Men star will play the fictional—and paranoid schizophrenic—14th Earl of Gurney in the black comedy. Directed by Jamie Lloyd, previews will begin at the Trafalgar Theatre on January 16, 2015. The production will play a limited engagement through April 11.

McAvoy was last seen in the West End in 2013 headlining Macbeth. Previous stage credits include Three Days of Rain. Probably best known for his role of Charles Xavier in the X-Men film franchise, other notable screen credits include The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, The Last King of Scotland, Wanted, Atonement and Filfth.

The star revealed that his character “is heir to the Gurney estate and arrives wearing a Franciscan monk’s tunic of the Capuchin order.” McAvoy went on to say: “That’s just one of the many people he thinks he is…It’s about people at the top, thinking they’re God, and thinking that their power isn’t in any way limited.”

The Ruling Class won the 1969 Evening Standard best drama award and the 1972 film adaptation starring Peter O’Toole became a cult classic.


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Pictures from the premiere of The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby Premiere at the 58th BFI – London Film Awards are up.

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Some beautiful photoshoots and outtakes have been added, thanks Luciana from Jessica-Chastain.com for the USA Today ones!


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Here are some scans from the latest magazines featuring James!

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Hello everyone! Catching up on events updates, sorry about the delay!

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A New video where the writer and director Ned Benson narrates a sequence from his drama “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them.” And a great interview with Benson which you can read over at the NY Times website, excerpt below.

Boy meets girl. Boy and girl fall in love, get married, start a family, confront a crisis, split apart. It’s one of the oldest stories ever told, and writers and filmmakers are always searching for new ways to tell it: exactly the challenge that the screenwriter and rookie director Ned Benson faced in making “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby,” which opens Friday.

Though it was not his intention when he started nearly a decade ago, Mr. Benson ended up making not one film but three, each of which uses the same cast to tell the story of Eleanor Rigby and Conor Ludlow, played by Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy, from a different point of view. “Her” is the version of their romance, breakup and attempt at reconciliation as experienced by Eleanor, “Him” is Conor’s account, and “Them” is a kind of condensed hybrid, with both viewpoints synthesized into something more neutral and detached.

“The point is perspective and subjectivity,” Mr. Benson, 37, said last month, seated on a bench in Tompkins Square Park, just yards from the spot where the films’ final scenes were shot. “With ‘Him’ and ‘Her,’ I wanted to show their separate experiences, and the disparate ways they perceived that,” whereas “ ‘Them’ is more a straight-up two-handed love story.”

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James will be on The Late Show with David Letterman promoting The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby and here are two clips, thanks Luciana from Jessica-Chastain.com for the heads up!

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James McAvoy has done the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, here’s the video:

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A new international trailer for The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby has been released.

While much discussion has us looking at the current fall festival slate, we’ll also be getting a few projects that debuted last year. One of the most intriguing is The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby, looking at a relationship between two characters, played James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain. Directed by Ned Benson, it was confirmed some time back that we’d be getting all possible versions of the project in theaters, and now The Weinstein Company has firmed up their exact release plans.

On September 12th, The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby: Them, running 122 minutes and combining both of their stories in a condensed form will open in limited release and then expand nationwide a week later. Following that, The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby: Her/Him, running 201 minutes and featuring both feature-length versions back-to-back, will open in limited release on October 10th.

Also starring Nina Arianda, Viola Davis, Bill Hader, Ciarán Hinds, Isabelle Huppert, William Hurt, Jess Weixler, Nikki M. James, and Jeremy Shamos, a new international trailer has dropped, which is much different than the U.S. version, and perhaps a better sell.


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With his unique vision, writer/director Ned Benson ambitiously captures a complete picture of a relationship in the beautifully relatable portrait of love, empathy and truth that is THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY. Once happily married, Conor (McAvoy) and Eleanor (Chastain) suddenly find themselves as strangers longing to understand each other in the wake of tragedy. The film explores the couple’s story as they try to reclaim the life and love they once knew and pick up the pieces of a past that may be too far gone. Screened for the first time at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, Benson’s latest version of their story combines his previous two films – titled HIM and HER – uniting their perspectives and taking a further look into the subjectivity of relationships.


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New cover for James, this time Nylon Guys from September. Here is the cover and the photoshoot and below is an excerpt from the article via nylonguysmag.com. The magazine is on stands, go get your copy!


Not many people are having a year as big as James McAvoy. Fresh off a starring role where he played Charles Xavier in X-Men: Days of Future Past, which will be followed up X-Men: Apocalypse in 2016, the Scottish actor is also set to turn heads next month in the romantic drama The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (even though he initially turned the project down.) We’re just glad the circumstances changed and he ended up taking the part—and that he’s our newest cover star.

Gracing our latest issue, aka “The Badass Issue,” McAvoy has a lot to share. Check out page 102 of this month’s mag for the full story. In the meantime a few quotes and photo outtakes will have to suffice. The issue hits stands today.

On his career:
“For a long time, I was playing the normal guy in an exceptional world, or the normal guy who was in a relationship with someone much more weird and interesting. I was holding the audience’s hand, guiding them into a world they weren’t familiar with, keeping them onside when things got grotesque….Basically I was letting everybody else do the fireworks.”

On his past roles:
“The last two or three years have been so unlike what I was doing for the 10 years before them…. There’s a part I’ve been offered and really want to do, but I was worried about taking it because the character is a proper mental case. And I feel like it’s been a couple of years of solely playing mental cases,” says McAvoy citing roles in Welcome to the Punch, Trance, and Filth.

On his role in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby:
The Scottish actor says he initially turned down the starring role in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby because its subject matter was “too close to the bone” for someone whose life was the picture of domestic bliss. “Then two or three years later….they had something like four days to save the film, so they came back to me. At that point, my kid wasn’t brand new anymore, so that made it a bit more feasible.”

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    Status: Out in May 23rd, 2014

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