In other words, for the 42 British actors, directors, producers and other creative types who made the guest-list cut, this is an enormous honor and opportunity. If I may use a Hogwarts analogy here, it’s as if the Sorting Hat of Life has placed every one of these individuals in Gryffindor House.
Who are these lucky few?
Jessica Brown-Findlay: This 21-year-old actress is one of the stars of the much-talked-about “Downton Abbey.” She plays Lady Sybil Crawley, the likable youngest of the Crawley sisters and a woman who has inspired many awful homemade tribute videos on YouTube..
Joe Cornish: A friend of Edgar Wright (director of “Shaun of the Dead”and “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”) and the director of “Attack of the Block,” a sci-fi comedy that generated buzz at South by Southwest and has already been released in Britain.
Harry Lloyd: You know him as Viserys Targaryen on HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” He also plays a younger version of Denis Thatcher, husband of Margaret Thatcher, in the upcoming Meryl Streep film “The Iron Lady.”
Gugu Mbatha-Raw: She was the female lead on the short-lived J.J. Abrams series “Undercovers.” She’s hoping for better luck on TV now that she’s been cast opposite Kiefer Sutherland in the Fox midseason replacement “Touch.”
Talulah Riley: Her biggest roles so far have been in “Pride and Prejudice”and as the wife of PayPal founder Elon Musk; she also scored bit parts in “Inception” and “The Dilemma.”
Juno Temple: She appeared in “Notes on a Scandal” and played Lola in “Atonement,” and will next be seen in “The Three Musketeers.”