The Duke of Blackwood & Freya

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Colin has been cast as The Duke of Blackwood, Freya’s lover.

Freyja (sometimes anglicized as Freya) is a major goddess in Norse Paganism, a subset of Germanic Paganism.  She is a goddess of love, beauty, and fertility. Blonde, blue-eyed, and beautiful, Freyja is described as the fairest of all goddesses, and people prayed to her for happiness in love. She was also called on to assist childbirths and prayed to for good seasons.

So, in the first film, was Freya a friend to Snow White or an enemy?  Do we have any idea yet how the Duke will affect the story?


The Huntsman

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Apparently a new role for Colin.  Recently cast as The Duke of Blackwood in the forthcoming Universal Pictures film, The Huntsman, scheduled for release in April 2016.

It appears some filming has already been done on this production, which started out as a sequel to the 2012 film Snow White and the Huntsman.  After a few hiccups, it was announced on July 31, 2014, that there would not be a sequel, but a prequel.  Principal photography on the film began on April 6, 2015.  Filming also occurred from May to July 2015, as well as July 2015.

It is not clear what role The Duke of Blackwood has to play in the story, or how they may plan to insert it in the filming that has already been done.  This being a Universal Pictures film it may not, and probably won’t, have the emotional elements we find so engaging in Colin’s performances.  Of course, it is always a treat to watch him, regardless of the role.  And perhaps in Period costuming, as well.

Here is a link to the trailer for the 2012 production, to which this endeavor aspires to be a prequel.  It will give you some idea of the storyline and what to expect from the production.

(Artwork credit to Mahboobe h  This is a particularly beautiful rendition, and we thank the artist for sharing her talent.)

Grace, sung by Anthony Kearns

GraceGrace Gifford married her love Joseph Mary Plunkett, hours before he was executed by firing-squad.  Joseph had been sentenced as one of the leaders of the 1916 Rising.  This is the story of their last moments together, memorialized in a beautiful Irish ballad.


As we gather in the chapel here in old Kilmainham Jail
I think about these past few weeks, oh will they say we’ve failed
From our schooldays they have told us we must yearn for liberty
Yet all I want in this dark place is to have you here with me.

Oh Grace just hold me in your arms and let this moment linger
They’ll take me out at dawn and I will die
With all my love I’ll place this wedding ring upon your finger
There won’t be time to share our love for we must say goodbye.

Now I know it’s hard for you my love to ever understand
The love I bear for these brave men, the love for my dear land
But when Padhraic called me to his side down in the GPO
I had to leave my own sick bed, to him I had to go CHORUS

Now as the dawn is breaking, my heart is breaking too,
On this May morn as I walk out my thoughts will be of you
And I’ll write some words upon the wall so everyone will know
I love so much that I could see his blood upon the rose. CHORUS

Sunday nights … BBC One 2016

Marianne Oldham plays the elegant, cosmopolitan Mary Hutchinson, Clive’s mistress. Clive Bell is one of the worldliest of the Bloomsbury Group. Other TV credits include The Crimson Field and The Musketeers for BBC One; Foyle’s War for ITV1 and Obsession for the Discovery Channel. Marianne recently finished shooting feature, Absolutely Anything,starring alongside Kate Beckinsale and Simon Pegg. She’s soon to start shooting on BBC One’s new Sunday night drama, The Living and the Dead.

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An interesting comparison ..

The resemblance between & is uncanny indeed!

 It would be interesting to know where this photo of the young Sean was found.  Any detectives out there who can help with this?  Either way, it is certainly an interesting comparison.  🙂