Johnny Flynn: ‘I feel I need to do things with urgency’

The British musician and actor discusses his latest lead roles – in dark thriller Cordelia and the Bowie biopic Stardust

He’s an actor equipped with “weapons grade animal magnetism” (according to the Observer’s critic Mark Kermode). Over the past decade or so, he has steadily built an enviable CV across film, TV and theatre, flitting seamlessly from edgy contemporary thrillers to classy period adaptations. He’s also a singer and band leader, who has topped off a role in a forthcoming David Bowie biopic by writing and performing a new “Bowie” song. Is there anything Johnny Flynn can’t do?

Chat shows, he says, without missing a beat. “I’m very shy and I get quite overwhelmed. I’ve turned things down in the past on the premise that when the film comes out I’ll have to go on one and I can’t do it! I’ve got over that a little bit, but I’ve been very wary of that type of notoriety.”

His latest film, Cordelia, is a stylish exercise in chamber noir, directed by Adrian Shergold, which puts Flynn’s charisma to use in subverting the comforting stereotypes of boy and girl next door. The eponymous Cordelia (Antonia Campbell-Hughes) is suffering from a bad case of post-traumatic stress disorder, and initially Frank seems just the friend she needs. But for all his friendly, easy-going veneer, he speaks with a slightly lingering intimacy that sends shivers up the back of your neck.

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Sally Hawkins to Produce Thriller ‘Cordelia’ 

Antonia Campbell-Hughes will play the titular role, with Michael Gambon and Johnny Flynn also starring.

Sally Hawkins is to executive produce the U.K. bombing drama Cordelia from writer-director Adrian Shergold and POW Films, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Hawkins has backed the psychological thriller since its inception. The film sees Antonia Campbell-Hughes as Cordelia, a young actress who is on the London subway system on July 7, 2005, when terrorists attack the carriage she is traveling in. Cordelia, which also stars Michael Gambon, Johnny Flynn and Catherine McCormack, picks up the young woman’s story 12 years after the terrorist attack when she is attempting to get on with her life in a rundown section of London.

Hawkins has her first executive-producing gig after landing a best actress nomination for The Shape of Water, where she played a mute cleaning woman at a top-secret government facility with a romantic interest (played by Doug Jones) in a fishlike creature.

Campbell-Hughes penned the script for Cordelia along with Shergold. Kevin Proctor of London-based POW Films is producing, after earlier collaborating with Shergold on Funny Cow, which is set for a U.K. release next month.

Their latest indie is being shot at the Twickenham studios through May 2018. Hawkins is repped by CAA and Principal Entertainment.

Source: Sally Hawkins to Produce Thriller ‘Cordelia’ | Hollywood Reporter