Christopher Lee, known from his many key characters and roles, has passed away due to heart failure. While still working at his age, he was most recently set to star in The 11th with Uma Thurman.
Christopher was 93-years-old at the time of his death. Though Lee’s movie was just getting underway, he was pronounced dead on Sunday, June 7, 2015, as reports BBC News. It was mentioned that the Register Office issued a death certificate the following Monday.
While known in movies for the villainous roles portrayed — such as Saruman in Lord of the Rings — The 11th was possibly going to take a different approach to Christopher’s award-winning, on-screen presence.
As the movie is still in pre-production, according to the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), Lee was going to play the role of Lars Ole Hansen. On the movie’s page, the tagline states, “Where were you on 9/11?”
The site also states that the characters’ separate lives are supposed to intertwine throughout the movie. However, it doesn’t state, specifically, the nature of each character.
Nonetheless, given the theme of the movie, the chances that Christopher Lee would’ve been playing a villain should’ve been slim to none. Unless Lars Ole Hansen is set to be part of the terrorist group? Yet, again, IMDb offers no information on the roles, themselves.
Lee was to be joined with a familiar cast, containing the likes of Uma Thurman, Connie Nielsen, Isabel Lucas, Faran Tahir, and others.
— Valentina De Brasi (@MidnightVea) May 20, 2015
The movie’s page was last updated on March 23, 2015. Given that the film is in pre-production, Christopher Lee’s role will have to be re-cast.
Though Lee was an avid and accomplished actor, he also dabbled in music as well — actually, a lot. According to the same BBC News article, he crossed musical genres during his singing career.
“A lover of opera, Sir Christopher launched his singing career in the 1990s, with an album of Broadway tunes, including I Stole The Prince from Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers, and Epiphany from Sweeney Todd.
He also enjoyed an unlikely heavy metal career. In 2010, his album Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross won a Spirit of Metal Award from Metal Hammer magazine.”
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) June 11, 2015
Though unknown if Lee found all things he sought during his journey, he definitely crossed many milestones and gained a lifetime of accomplishments along the way.
The movie’s release year is set for 2016. Though Christopher may not be in the finished production, it could still possibly add to his net worth, especially given his untimely death.
One of The 11th‘s production companies is Dog One Productions. As it states in the trivia section on the movie’s IMDb page, that company’s owner has a connection with the tragic date.
“Renaud Laplanche, President of Dog One, had his offices in the World Trade Center on 9/11. None of his staff was injured. But he had no idea “The 11th” would be his first project as a producer, 15 years later. (Dog One was basically created to produce another project which rights are stuck for the moment…).”
Another goes on to state as follows.
“Dog One productions, the delegate producer of The 11th, happened to be created on… September 11th (which is strange as there is no way in France to know when the authorities are going to deliver your “Company’s act of birth”… it usually takes weeks!).”
What are your thoughts on Christopher’s passing, as well as The 11th and Dog One’s president’s correlation to the date? Feel free to share your opinion in the comments below.
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