Tessa Ferrer Lands Starring Role on AT&T Audience Network’s Series “Mr. Mercedes”

Tessa Ferrer is going into overdrive…

The 31-year-old part-Puerto Rican actress and former Grey’s Anatomy star will star as a series regular opposite Jack Huston in Season 2 of AT&T Audience Network’s breakout series Mr. Mercedes.

Tessa Ferrer

The second season will be based on King’s best-selling Bill Hodges Trilogy, which includes Mr. Mercedes, Finders Keepers and End of Watch.

Season 1 followed a demented killer Brady Hartsfield (Harry Treadaway) who taunts a retired police detective Bill Hodges (Brendan Gleeson) with a series of lurid letters and emails, forcing the ex-cop to undertake a private, and potentially felonious, crusade to bring the killer to justice before he is able to strike again.

Ferrer will play Cora Babineau, wife of Dr. Felix Babineau (Huston) and head of marketing at a major pharmaceutical corporation, who’s even more ambitious than she is beautiful. If her husband has a genius for manipulating people from the inside out as he reaches into their brains and rewires them, Cora has a genius for influencing people from the outside in. Her beauty, brains and force of will, judiciously softened with poise and extreme charm, make her a formidable saleswoman, of whatever she’s peddling.

Ferrer is onscreen in Blumhouse’s Insidious 4: The Last Key. On television, she played the series regular role of Leah Murphy on Grey’s Anatomy and recurred on CBSExtant and FXX’s You’re the Worst.

Production begins next month in Charleston, SC, on the Sonar Entertainment-produced Stephen King adaptation.

Season 2 of Mr. Mercedes will air this summer on AT&T Audience Network.

Trailer Released for Bonham Carter’s “Suffragette”

It’s women’s (rights) work for Helena Bonham Carter

The official trailer has been released for the 49-year-old part-Spanish actress’ latest film Suffragette, co-starring Meryl Streep and Carey Mulligan.

Suffragette

Directed by Sarah Gavron’s drama and written by Abi Morgan, the film centers on early members of the British women’s suffrage movement of the late 19th and early 20th century.

Inspired by true events, the film also stars Ben Whishaw, Anne-Marie Duff, Brendan Gleeson, Romola Garai, and Natalie Press.

The film debuts October 23 in New York and Los Angeles, expanding October 30 and November 6 to additional cities.

Pathé to Release Bonham Carter’s “Suffragette” in October

Helena Bonham Carter is bringing the historic fight for women’s voting rights to the big screen in the United Kingdom…

Pathé has announced plans to release Suffragette, starring the 48-year-old part-Spanish actress, on October 30 in the UK.

Helena Bonham Carter in Suffragette

From director Sarah Gavron, the drama also stars Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep. Focus Features has set Suffragette for a domestic awards season release on October 23.

The film tracks the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement as they fought for the right to vote in Britain. Radicalized and turning to violence as the only route to change, they were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality. The pic centers on Maud (Mulligan), a working wife and mother who decides she must fight for her dignity both at home and in her workplace.

With the UK’s General Election coming up on May 7, and given that nine million women failed to vote in the 2010 election, there is a major campaign under way in Britain to get women to register by the April 20 deadline. In support of the movement, Pathé has released a new teaser trailer.

“Never give up the fight,” Streep’s Emmeline Pankhurst tells Mulligan’s Maud.

Brendan Gleeson, Anne-Marie Duff and Ben Whishaw also star. Abi Morgan wrote the script.

Sheen Receives Nod for Ireland’s IFTA Awards

He’s earned a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award… But Martin Sheen could soon be the proud recipient of Ireland’s IFTA Award.

The 71-year-old half-Spanish/half-Irish actor, best known for his turn as the U.S. President on The West Wing, has received a leading actor in a film nomination from the Irish Film & Television Academy.

Martin Sheen

Sheen earned the nod for his role as Irish priest father Daniel Barry in the Irish film production Stella Days, a film about a small town cinema in rural Ireland that becomes the setting for a dramatic struggle between faith and passion, Rome and Hollywood and a man and his conscience.

He faces some tough competition from Michael Fassbender (Shame), Brendan Gleeson (The Guard) and Ciaran Hinds (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) in the category.

The Irish Academy’s awards are handed out annually, aiming to celebrate Irish talent in both film and television.

“Ireland’s economic struggles have been well documented, but against this pressure it’s heartening to see how Ireland’s hard-working creative community continues to punch above its weight and really deliver,” says Irish Academy CEO Aine Moriarty.

This year’s awards will be presented in Dublin on February 11.