We wrote about this last February but it seems like “Girls’ Night Out” is still happening. The Guardian wrote an article about it earlier this week.
The Queen’s late sister, Princess Margaret, has gone down in history as a fun-loving woman with a penchant for parties. But the royal family probably never expected to see her portrayed on screen by a young English actress who has made her name playing an American serial killer beauty queen, a 1970s prostitute, a lesbian werewolf and an abused teenager from a Texas trailer park.
The actress, Juno Temple, 23, also happens to be the daughter of renegade movie-maker Julien Temple, director of the Sex Pistols film, The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle. Her aunt, Nina Temple, was the last secretary of the Communist Party of Great Britain, and she is the granddaughter of another notable British communist, Landon Temple.
Temple, who is cast in the role of the young princess in the British film Girls’ Night Out, is one of Britain’s most promising talents and was nominated by Bafta this month as a rising star of 2013. Despite having made an early career habit of tackling the meaner edges of society, Temple is now to play Queen Elizabeth’s younger sister Margaret in Michael Hoffman’s romance, set on VE Day in 1945.
Said to have its basis in fact, the film will tell a fictionalised story of how the two princesses escaped from Buckingham Palace to join the thousands of revellers who were marking the end of the second world war along the Mall. Alexandra Roach is cast as the young future Queen, and the screenplay will see the princesses dancing the night away incognito at the Ritz after meeting a young soldier.
The rapid ascent of Temple, who first appeared in smaller roles in Notes on a Scandal, Atonement and St Trinian’s and more recently in The Dark Knight Rises, is also celebrated this weekend at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, where Temple appears with lead roles in another three films. Like her best-known screen performance so far in last year’s Killer Joe – a Texan thriller directed by William Friedkin and co-starring Matthew McConaughey – these three parts each take the actress a long way from the clipped vowels of the Windsor sisters. As she told a film magazine: “I have to say, I’ve definitely been in a trailer park for a little while recently.”
In Afternoon Delight, a film in official competition at the festival, Temple plays a pole-dancing stripper who is rescued by a middle-class mother in need of a nanny. Also premiering at Sundance is Lovelace, a biopic of the porn star Linda Lovelace in which Temple is cast opposite Amanda Seyfried. The film charts the sinister story behind Deep Throat, the 1972 pornographic film that became a cultural phenomenon.
Temple’s third film at Sundance is Magic Magic, in which she plays a young woman who suffers a mental illness while on holiday with her friends in Chile.
Educated at Bedales, a long-established liberal public school in Hampshire, Temple says her father passed down a strong belief that no one should ever take work just for the money. “The advice from him that I take everywhere is ‘don’t do anything unless you’re passionate about it’. I have never taken a role that I haven’t wanted to play,” she said. “I’ve never said, ‘Yeah – payday! Let’s do it!’”
Her grandfather, Landon, set up the leftwing travel company Progressive Tours, which he said he founded “to give people from Britain an opportunity to see at first hand the achievements of socialism, and to see that the independence of third world countries and the building of socialism is crucial for the future of all mankind”.
The actress appeared in her father’s 2000 film Pandaemonium, about the Romantic poets Wordsworth and Coleridge, and she hopes to work with him again.
At the end of last year, with a shock of dyed red hair, Temple completed work on the film Horns with Daniel Radcliffe. The Harry Potter star plays alongside her as a young man who wakes to find two odd growths sprouting from his forehead.
Temple has also recently finished a live-action fairy tale from Disney called Maleficent, directed by Robert Stromberg. Due out in 2014, it is based on the story of Sleeping Beauty and stars Angelina Jolie as the Wicked Stepmother.