Andrew Scott has joined the cast of the new film, 'Pride,' which is based on a true story that took place in Wales in 1984, in which an unusual cross-section of cultures met when the Welsh miners went on strike and the notoriously austere Great Britain Prime Minister known as the "Iron Lady," Margaret Thatcher, was intent on not letting them break her government as they had with a previous strike during the tenure of Prime Minister Edward Heath in the 1970s. Striking is not unusual for miners, but when a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender activist group hears about the families in need of financial support as the strike grinds on, and decides to collect funds to send to them, the reaction of the miners is unusual when, the NUM (National Union of Mineworkers), is embarrassed and reluctant to accept the money from them. The story goes from there.
Scott plays, Gethin, the man who goes between the two groups, though exactly what that means about his character is not yet known. The film is an ensemble piece with well-known, respected actors Bill Nighy (Love, Actually), Dominic West (The Wire) and Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake) in the cast. Scott previously worked with Nighy in 'The Vertical Hour' which marked both of their Broadway debuts in 2006, and with West in the period drama, 'The Hour,' on the BBC. Scott and Nighy were spotted last week having a coffee together at Fortnum & Mason's cafe in London. Perhaps talking over the film?
First-time scripter is Stephen Beresford, who last year had his very first play, 'The Last of the Hausmanns,' produced to mostly positive, but somewhat mixed reviews, at the National Theatre in London. The play, like the new film, attracted a great cast including Julie Walters. Scott can be seen in the accompanying video getting a bear hug from Beresford at the BAFTA awards in 2012 when Scott was nominated and won Best Supporting Actor for his career-making performance as Moriarty in BBC/PBS's 'Sherlock.' Beresford, it appears, has been plying his writing skills to good effect when not at his day job in the set design department at the National Theatre.
The director is Tony-winning Brit, Matthew Warchus. Shooting is to start October 7 in London and Wales. The release date has not been determined.