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Samstag, 19. April 2014, 14:17

"The First Rule of Survival"

"Philip Glenister and Rupert Penry-Jones compete for detective drama" - The Telegraph

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/celebrit…tive-drama.html

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Philip Glenister and Rupert Penry-Jones compete for detective drama

Philip Glenister and Rupert Penry-Jones are both in the running for the starring role in the television adaptation of Paul Mendelson’s new crime thriller, The First Rule of Survival.


Actor Philip Glenister Photo: GETTY IMAGES

By Tim Walker
7:30AM BST 17 Apr 2014

Rupert Penry-Jones and Philip Glenister searched for treasure together in Sky One’s adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. Now, the pair are fighting over it as the battle for the starring role in the television adaptation of Paul Mendelson’s new crime thriller The First Rule of Survival gets serious.

“Philip is in deep negotiations through a production company to do it,” Mendelson tells Mandrake at the launch of the novel at Daunt Books in Marylebone. “There is another actor called Rupert Penry-Jones. He is in deep negotiation, too, through another production company that wants to do it.”

Set in Cape Town, the book follows Colonel Vaughn de Vries as he revisits a case involving the abduction of three white schoolboys. As for who will win the role, I hear that Glenister, who, incidentally, attended the launch, is the frontrunner. “Ultimately, I guess the publisher decides and I guess I’m part of that decision,” says Mendelson. “Phil is one of my oldest friends. I’ve known him for 30 years and he was in the back of my mind when I wrote it.”

This wouldn’t be the first career setback for Penry-Jones. In November, the 43-year-old Spooks actor revealed on Twitter that ITV had decided to axe Whitechapel, and, last month, it was announced that Silk would not return for a fourth series. He has also spoken of his struggle to crack America. “If they call me, of course I’d do it, but I’m not going to go banging on doors. It’s too demeaning and humiliating,” he lamented.
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