TV Fact #244 – June 25th, 2015:

Cast members Saskia Reeves and Alice Krige of the TV film “Page Eight” (2011), who played the characters Home Secretary Anthea Catcheside and Emma Baron respectively, had each played the same character, Lady Jessica Atreides, for television in adaptations of the “Dune” book series written by author Frank Herbert.

Reeves portrayed Lady Jessica Atreides in the mini-series “Dune” (2000), based on Herbert’s original 1965 novel of the same name, though Krige had been the first choice. Ironically, Krige would then play Lady Jessica in the follow-up mini-series “Children of Dune”, based on the second and third novels in the “Dune” book series titled “Dune Messiah” (1969) and its sequel “Children of Dune” (1976), when pregnancy prevented Reeves from reprising the role. However, “Page Eight” also saw three heavy hitter actors reunite after working together on the big screen.

Cast members Bill Nighy, Rachel Weisz, and Ralph Fiennes of “Page Eight” had previously worked together on the award-winning 2005 political thriller “The Constant Gardener”, for which Weisz had won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role as the character Tessa Quayle. In “Page Eight”, Nighy played the lead MI5 analyst character Johnny Worricker, Weisz had played the political activist character Nancy Pierpan, and Fiennes had played the character Prime Minister Alec Beasley.

Hey…who doesn’t like a cast reunion…from multiple films and miniseries. At least it was almost a guarantee they could work well together.

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