Casting Locke: The Voices on the End of the Line
Hardy is surrounded by some of the industry's most compelling actors. "We
dream team list of who we wanted and we pretty much got everybody," says Knight.
"There is a certain sort of 'alone-ness' about being in a car and driving on
he continues. 'People do very odd things when they are driving alone. They sing
themselves, talk to themselves. I wanted to capture the loneliness of that
And then these voices come in and their lives change."
The actors were impressed by the quality of the script, the opportunity to
Hardy and the intriguing concept of Knight's "anti film".
"It's a fascinating, quirky piece, experimental and interesting," says Ruth
won't do anything like this again because it won't happen ever again I think, so
why I did it."
Katrina's life falls apart over a series of telephone calls with her husband.
her shock, then anger and eventually the process of the decision she makes. Like
reading a novel or listening to a radio play, we create what Katrina might look
"Ruth gives such a brilliant performance," says Knight. "When you hear her
her in your head. You see the bedroom she's in, you see the kids and you see
It's a situation Wilson relishes. "What's interesting for all of us is that
you might not
recognize who we are," the actress says of the supporting cast. "That's a joy
benefit for us."
Olivia Colman, who plays Bethan, is one of the UK's most in-demand actors.
compares the audience's perspective to being a passenger in Ivan's car. "You're
watching this guy's life unravel, going, 'Oh God! Who's going to phone him now?
Please have some good news!' He can't see anyone so you are going through his
emotions with him."
Colman does not have much sympathy for her character. "She's a home-wrecker!"
says Colman. "When I first read it I was thinking it's just awful, it's really
The Irish-born actor Andrew Scott, well known for his role as Moriarty in the
TV series Sherlock, provides light relief as Ivan's subordinate Donal. He has to
talked through a very difficult process over the telephone.
"He goes from calm to slightly hysterical, from sober to slightly drunk,"
says Scott of
Donal. "And he's running around. I have to imagine what he's going through so
not coming with exactly the same energy each time, so it gives Tom something to
"Andrew Scott is very funny and gets so many laughs," says Knight. "It's very
important people laugh because it's a tragedy and a comedy, often at the same
As the pressure builds on Ivan, we should release that tension with laughter."
Locke's sons are played by 17 year-old Tom Holland and 18 year-old Bill
is an incredible story," says Holland. "It happens in such a short space of
is so scary. It's very interesting and very fun to do as an actor."
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