Degrees of separation: what connects Richard Osman to LeBron and Zendaya? | Culture

Richard Osman
The cohost of the BBC’s Pointless is now a fiction celebrity: 2020’s caper, The Thursday Homicide Membership, was adopted final month by The Man Who Died Twice. Each observe residents of a Kent retirement village who turn out to be sleuths. Osman’s debut bought greater than one million and the follow-up is one of the fastest-selling novels of all time within the UK.

Richard Osman.
Richard Osman, writer of The Thursday Homicide Membership … {Photograph}: Antonio Olmos/The Guardian

Ol Parker
Final 12 months Ol Parker was lined up to make a movie of The Thursday Homicide Membership. The English writer-director, who’s married to Thandiwe Newton, is carving out an actual area of interest for himself, having written the Marigold Resort movies and directed the Mamma Mia! sequel. In 2018, Newton featured within the semi-dud Star Wars spin-off Solo, alongside Emilia Clarke, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian.

Still from the Mamma Mia! sequel movie
… being made right into a film by Ol Parker, director of the Mamma Mia! sequel. {Photograph}: Common Photos

Solo’s modest field workplace returns have been a mere blip within the Donald Glover’s spectacular profession. The third season of his brilliantly freewheeling sequence Atlanta is within the works, some of it seemingly shot in London. Again in 2017, Glover additionally had a task in Spider-Man: Homecoming with Tom Holland and Zendaya (now on screens in sci-fi blockbuster Dune).

Donald Glover.
Donald Glover, who appeared in Solo with Parker’s spouse, Thandiwe Newton. {Photograph}: Rex/Shutterstock

House Jamming
It received’t go down as Zendaya’s most interesting function, however she voiced Lola Bunny in final July’s reboot of House Jam (one star! – the Guardian). Within the 1996 unique, basketball celebrity Michael Jordan performed a fictional model of himself beside Bugs Bunny. Within the remake, Jordan is changed by LeBron James. When not on court docket for the LA Lakers, one of James’s aspect initiatives is manufacturing improvement agency SpringHill Firm.

LeBron James
LeBron James, whose manufacturing firm created the US unique of TV present The Wall. {Photograph}: Alamy

The Wall
Saturday nights on BBC One see Danny Dyer bellow at balls rolling down a big wall. The creators of the US unique embody LeBron James via SpringHill. It could be one of the few gameshows on British TV that doesn’t have the fingerprints of Richard Osman on it. However the involvement of LeBron is the type of random proven fact that Osman may inform you whereas sitting at his desk on Pointless. See additionally: Osman’s brother Mat is the bassist in Suede.

Osman’s brother Mat.
Who’s the Suede bassist? Mat Osman. (Properly completed should you bought that at dwelling.) {Photograph}: Getty Photos

Watch Solely Murders within the Constructing: Steve Martin, Martin Brief and Selena Gomez star as true-crime obsessed neighbours, on this genial comedy-mystery sequence out there on Disney+.

Drink Osman’s first novel comprises an unlikely paean to the British commuter’s post-work drink of selection: M&S tinned G&T.

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