Lucy Boynton Owes Her American Accent to Sabrina the Teenage Witch

Get to know the bi-continental Murder on the Orient Express star.

AGE: 23.

PROVENANCE: Bi-continental.

SCREEN GAB: Daughter of British journalist Graham Boynton, she moved to London from New York when she was five. “I consider myself British through and through, but owe Sabrina the Teenage Witch for when I need my American accent.”
BUNNY HOP: At 10, she enrolled in drama class. “I was incredibly lucky. A casting director came to my school to audition girls for Miss Potter, and in that process I realized that I loved, craved, and needed acting.” She got the part. “It was a magical introduction to this world.”

CATCH HER: With a dozen films complete, Boynton recently starred as Claire Douglas, J. D. Salinger’s second wife, in IFC’s biopic Rebel in the Rye. “I was familiar with Salinger’s work, but not his reclusive nature. The rose-tinted glasses are elegantly removed.”

NEXT STOP: Boynton, as Countess Andrenyi, joins Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Judi Dench next month in Kenneth Branagh’s starry Twentieth Century Fox adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express. “The script stays brilliantly true to Agatha Christie, with a modernized twist.”

ALL ABOARD: “My first day, I was in the train carriage looking down that line of faces. It was very surreal and intimidating, but the best learning experience you could ask for.”

Source: Vanity Fair

Lucy Boynton on ‘Murder on the Orient Express’, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and Gareth Edwards’ ‘Apostle’

With director Kenneth Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express opening in North America this weekend, a few days ago I sat down with actors Lucy Boynton and Sergei Polunin to talk about the making of the film. While I had a lot of questions for him after watching the movie, the one thing I knew I had to talk about was the epic five-minute 65mm Steadicam closing shot. If you’re not aware, doing a long Steadicam shot is hard on its own, but trying to do it when you’re shooting on 65mm film adds an entirely new challenge due to the weight of the camera. In addition to the challenges of shooting such a cool Steadicam shot, Lucy Boynton talked about being in Bryan Singer’s Bohemian Rhapsody and Gareth Edwards’ Apostle, while Sergei Polunin talks about being in Francis Lawrence’s Red Sparrow opposite Jennifer Lawrence.

As most of you know, Murder on the Orient Express is based on the Agatha Christie mystery novel of the same name, the film follows famous detective Hercule Poirot (Branagh) as he tries to solve the murder of one of the passengers aboard the Orient Express. The film also features an all-star cast made up of Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Tom Bateman, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Marwan Kenzari, Olivia Colman, and Manuel Garcia-Rulfo.

Check out what Lucy Boynton and Sergei Polunin had to say in the player above and below is exactly what we talked about followed by the synopsis.

Lucy Boynton and Sergei Polunin:
• I mention how much I love Sing Street.
• How much did they pay to be in the film?
• What it was like filming the 5 minute Stedicam shot that ends the film.
• Memorable moments from filming.
• Lucy Boynton talks about being part of Bohemian Rhapsody and Sergei Polunin talks about being in Red Sparrow.
• Lucy talks about being part of Gareth Edwards Apostle and how it compares to The Raid and The Raid 2.

Here’s the official synopsis for Murder on the Orient Express:
What starts out as a lavish train ride through Europe quickly unfolds into one of the most stylish, suspenseful and thrilling mysteries ever told. From the novel by best-selling author Agatha Christie, “Murder on the Orient Express” tells the tale of thirteen strangers stranded on a train, where everyone’s a suspect. One man must race against time to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again. Kenneth Branagh directs and leads an all-star cast including- Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley and Josh Gad.

Source: Collider

Meet Lucy Boynton, the Love of Rami Malek’s Life In the Freddie Mercury Biopic Bohemian Rhapsody

When the British actress Lucy Boynton was cast as the young Beatrix, opposite Renée Zellweger in Chris Noonan’s 2006 biopic Miss Potter, at just 12 years old, her classmates scarcely took notice. That is, until her mother, a journalist, published an op-ed entitled “My Lucy, the Film Star” in The Telegraph, to Boynton’s dismay. “At the time, it was like, ‘God, Mum, leave me alone,’ ” she recalled recently with a groan.

Boynton still has no plans on ever reading mum’s essay, but these days, it’s obvious that the 23-year-old no longer needs help getting recognition. She was speaking from Wales on a break from one of her recent, buzzy roles: that of a cult leader’s daughter in Gareth Evans’s upcoming film Apostle, which she stars in with Dan Stevens. He’s among a growing contingent of heartthrobs Boynton will soon be sharing the screen with—including Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in Bryan Singer’s biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, out next Christmas.

The role of Mary Austin, Mercury’s longtime partner and muse from his pre-Queen youth to the band’s heyday, might not seem like one for an up-and-comer, but Boynton’s modesty in the face of stardom makes her an ideal candidate to portray someone who inspired Mercury’s hit songs like “Love of My Life,” yet who preferred to stay out of the spotlight. Over the past couple of years, Boynton has starred opposite Kiernan Shipka and Emma Roberts in The Blackcoat’s Daughter; as Nicholas Hoult’s wife in the J.D. Salinger biopic Rebel in the Rye; and on Naomi Watts’s therapist couch as a worn-down drug addict in the Netflix series Gypsy.

The speed at which Boynton has been hurdling through projects has called for some adjustments along the way. “I went straight from all my costumes being wooly hair and tracksuits to being draped in these incredible vintage materials and veils and capes,” Boynton recalled of going from Gypsy to the Agatha Christie adaptation Murder on the Orient Express. The latter, which is in theaters Thursday, kicked off with quite a bang: the film’s director and star Kenneth Branagh was so committed to recreating the story’s claustrophobic atmosphere that on the very first day of filming, Boynton found herself cramped into a single train car with “all these faces that I’d grown up watching and admiring”—Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Willem Dafoe, Penélope Cruz, Leslie Odom Jr., Daisy Ridley, and Dame Judi Dench among them.

Somehow, Boynton manages to stand out from the star-studded ensemble cast—once again by keeping things under wraps. Her character, the Countess Andrenyi, who was played by Jacqueline Bisset in the original 1974 version, only emerges towards the film’s end—understandable, given that the “oceans” of the sedative Barbital consumed by her and her husband, a Hungarian count played by Sergei Polunin, have made her nocturnal, as she explains when she finally emerges from behind the tightly drawn curtains in their dim, off-limits cabin.
The dark, Boynton is increasingly learning, is to her liking. “As I get older, the roles get more exciting because I get to be trusted with more adult ones—more of the murder mysteries and the darker material,” she said. “I want to play as many different types of types of people as I can, but at the moment, it’s definitely the darker stuff that appeals to me more.” She paused, then added with a laugh: “There’s definitely a pattern emerging.”

Source: W Magazine

Queen Biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Adds Lucy Boynton

Rami Malek, Ben Hardy, Joe Mazzello and Gwilym Lee are starring as the members of the iconic band.
Rising star Lucy Boynton has signed on for Bryan Singer’s Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

Rami Malek already is attached to portray legendary frontman Freddie Mercury while Ben Hardy, Joe Mazzello and Gwilym Lee are playing the other band members, Roger Taylor, John Deacon and Brian May, respectively.

Boynton will play Freddie Mercury’s lifelong companion, Mary Austin. While they lived together in London for several years, he later had relationships with male lovers, and told Austin of his homosexuality. Austin and Mercury remained friends. He wrote several songs about Austin, including “Love of My Life.”

Graham King’s GK Films banner is producing for 20th Century Fox and New Regency. Justin Haythe (Red Sparrow, Revolutionary Road) penned the script with King, Jim Beach and Singer producing. Denis O’Sullivan, Arnon Milchan and Jane Rosenthal are executive producers. Kira Goldberg is overseeing the project for Fox.

The production start date is scheduled for September. The film is slated for U.S. release on Dec. 25, 2018.

Boynton was recently seen in another music-themed film, the critically acclaimed Sing Street. She will soon be seen in IFC’s Rebel in the Rye and FOX’s Murder on the Orient Express, as well as Apostle, which she recently completed lensing on. She is repped by CAA and United Agents.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Entertaintment Weekly: Murder on the Orient Express

Kenneth Branagh was dying to play this trick on his Murder on the Orient Express cast

The cast of Kenneth Branagh’s Agatha Christie adaptation Murder on the Orient Express boasts an array of acting luminaries, including Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penélope Cruz, Judi Dench, Olivia Colman, and Derek Jacobi, who is one of the Branagh’s personal heroes. “You know, 40 years ago, I stood at the back of the theatre watching Derek play Hamlet at the New Theatre, Oxford, and afterwards I waited at the stage door to get his autograph,” says Branagh, who in addition to directing the new version of Christie’s classic whodunnit is also playing her famous detective, Hercule Poirot.

Despite the respect Branagh felt for his thespian colleagues, the filmmaker admits he was tempted to play on his cast a trick which, according to legend, the late Robert Altman had played on his cast during the shoot for Gosford Park. That 2001 drama was another period piece with a star-studded lineup whose membership included Maggie Smith, Ryan Phillipe, Clive Owen, Helen Mirren, and Charles Dance.

“I don’t know if you know this story, but several friends have told me about this,” says Branagh, who starred in Altman’s 1998 film, The Gingerbread Man. “They all did their first scene together for the first time in a room. They called ‘Cut!’ Altman quickly opened the door, stuck his head in, and said, ‘Everybody was brilliant, except one of you. We’re gonna go again!’ I was desperate to use that line, but I was too scared.”

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Vogue: Lucy Boynton Is the Beauty Risk-Taker We’ve Been Waiting For

A chestnut new-wave beehive. A wavy dark-as-night bob. A shoulder-length strawberry red coif. A headful of cascading golden tendrils. At only 23 years old, actress Lucy Boynton has already had more hairstyles than most do in a lifetime. “I’ve been every hair color under the sun for different projects,” says Boynton, in a lilting English accent, over the phone. “It helps me get into character.”

Most recently, that character is Rose in A24’s psychological thriller, The Blackcoat’s Daughter (out Friday), for which her naturally blonde lengths were dyed an inky hue—and back again. “It felt very apt to have such a dark hair color with such a horrific film, but it’s tainted the way I see dark hair!”

Anyone who’s dabbled with Manic Panic knows that one major dye job—let alone multiple—can wreak devastating havoc upon hair, and yet Boynton’s current flaxen bob is surprisingly healthy. For this, Boynton credits Olaplex’s bond-building treatment and London-based colorist Mark William Selley, who had to take her hair from jet black to platinum in one day and still lives to tell the tale. “He’s the only reason I have any hair left!” she laughs.

But Boynton’s love affair with color doesn’t stop with the strands on her head. “I just watched Play It As It Lays, and the main character [Maria] wears this bright blue eyeshadow,” she says of the 1972 film inspiration behind the bold cobalt, green, and purple MAC eyeshadows with which she covers her whole lid—no matter the time of day. Her approach to red carpet beauty is similarly daring, thanks to makeup artists like the Streicher sisters in L.A. and London’s Alexis Day who shares her passion for glitter. “I find that I’m quite experimental. I’m drawn to the brighter and weirder things.” In other words, this is one beauty risk-taker to watch.

Source: Vogue

Boynton on Netflix’s Artful Ghost Story, I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House

Actress Lucy Boynton on Netflix’s Artful Ghost Story, I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House

If you’re looking for a scare this Hallo-weekend that’s a little more nuanced than something with “chainsaw” or “massacre” in the title, Netflix has you covered. The streaming giant’s latest original movie, I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House, is like an “artful ghost story” according to one of its leads, actress Lucy Boynton.

“Everyone had kind of labeled it as a horror film, but it’s much more than that,” says Boynton, who shares the screen with The Affair’s Ruth Wilson. “It takes a look at the existence of ghosts in a deeper, more emotional way.” Think spooky, rather than slasher (but still just as jumpy).

The film follows Lily, a nurse (Ruth Wilson) who moves into a remote country home to take care of Iris, an elderly woman that is also a best-selling author of ghost stories (Paula Prentiss). The twist? The house has a pretty scary story of its own—and that’s where Boynton comes in. “I play Polly Parsons, a character from one of Iris’ books,” says Boyton. “But it turns out that Polly also once lived in the house that Iris and Lily are living in now. And without giving too much away, they realize that her spirit has never really left.”

Even though Boynton has logged her fair share of time on supernatural movie sets (she has another thriller called The Blackcoat’s Daughter in the pipeline), she says she still scares easily when the cameras aren’t rolling. “This was one of those eerie, dark sets,” she says. “Sometimes it would feel completely normal and then sometimes you would come back from lunch and see a wall smeared with fake blood. I would be like, ‘Guys, really?’ I used to sort of avoid watching horror movies, but with this film and others like Rosemary’s Baby or Don’t Look Now, I’ve learned that it can be more about a human experience that turns horrific, rather than empty violence and slashes. I’ve definitely found the beauty in it.”

Source: InStyle

‘Sing Street’s Lucy Boynton Cast In ‘Gypsy’ Netflix Drama

Sing Street star Lucy Boynton has been cast in a key role opposite Naomi Watts in Netflix’s upcoming drama series Gypsy.

The series follows the journey of Jean Holloway (Watts), a therapist who begins to develop dangerous and intimate relationships with the people in her patients’ lives. Boynton will play Allison, a 19-year-old patient of Jean’s (Watts). She has recently dropped out of school to support her addiction and is hiding this secret from her mother.

Boynton, who received critical praise for her performance as the aspiring model in Raphina John Carney’s Sundance buzz title Sing Street, will next be seen in Osgood Perkin’s I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives In The House, which recently premiered at Toronto, and Danny Strong’s Rebel in the Rye, opposite Nicholas Hoult and Kevin Spacey. Boynton also was recently cast in Fox’s re-imagining of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, to be directed by Kenneth Branagh. She’s repped by CAA and United Agents.

Source: Deadline