Role Call: What Will 2016 Bring “Potter” Fans This Year?
In this week’s Casting News, we get a personal glimpse at Domhnall Gleeson’s favorite sex scene, watch as a fan favorite battles a few dragons, find out where fans will soon be able to meet with Dumbledore and Lucius Malfoy, and explore a handful of films we get to see in 2016 starring our Potter friends (Hint, Daniel Radcliffe is a very, very busy man!).
Domhnall Gleeson (Bill Weasley) has dominated our past few posts, but we figure it’s appropriate since Tuesday was Kiss a Ginger Day! Domhnall has been on a media tour for a few of his films that were recently released and spoke with W magazine in a rather personal series featuring stars talking about their favorite sex scenes. While not exactly what we think W had in mind, Domhnall shared that he had to direct a sex scene for his brother once. Talk about getting personal! Be warned: the description of the scene is a bit graphic, despite his attempts to “make it classy.” You can watch the short video here.
Some additional information on Domhnall’s new film, The Little Stranger, directed by his friend Lenny Abrahamson (Frank), was revealed during an interview with the director via Empire Online. Lenny gave his thoughts on working with Domhnall again, saying,
He’s brilliant. ‘The Little Stranger‘ is an amazing novel by Sarah Waters and I’ve been working with the very wonderful Lucinda Coxon who wrote ‘The Danish Girl‘ and she’s done brilliant work and we’re hoping to shoot next year. And it will be Domhnall Gleeson playing a doctor in the late 1940s who comes from a very working-class background, sort of a grammar school boy, and then goes back to treat a family of gentry that he remembers from when he was younger. And it’s a brilliant meditation on class, again there’s quite a strong theme about how strongly children feel things and it’s a poltergeist story on top of all that. So it’s my first flirtation with, you know, those genre elements.
I love [Domhnall]. He’s a real friend as well. ‘Frank‘ was such a great experience with him and we have a great way of working together. I love his company. So having him lead a film will just be fabulous.
Gary Oldman (Sirius Black) is once again journeying to space in the futuristic film The Space Between Us. We recently revealed that Gary would be involved, and this week, we get a few more hints about the plot, courtesy of The Young Folks, who have broken down exactly what interested viewers need to know about the film. For once, filmgoers will get an original story, meaning it is not an adaptation of any kind. The star-crossed lovers is a theme we might all be familiar with, but the online blog indicates that the film could actually happen in a few years!
After extensive research on the topic from producer Richard Lewis and talks with NASA, there is a possibility that today or in the very near future of a human giving birth in Mars and growing up there would not be surprising.
What is now known about the film is Gary’s role as Gardner’s (played by Asa Butterfield) father, a resident of Earth named Nathanial Shepherd. The character is based on a real-life Mars colonization program creator, Elon Musk. We’re very excited about an original story finally making its way to screens and can’t wait to see Gary in this role. Here’s a synopsis of the film:
In this interplanetary adventure, a space shuttle embarks on the first mission to colonize Mars, only to discover after takeoff that one of the astronauts is pregnant. Shortly after landing, she dies from complications while giving birth to the first human born on the red planet – never revealing who the father is. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Gardner Elliot – an inquisitive, highly intelligent boy who reaches the age of 16 having only met 14 people in his very unconventional upbringing. While searching for clues about his father, and the home planet he’s never known, Gardner begins an online friendship with a street smart girl in Colorado named Tulsa. When he finally gets a chance to go to Earth, he’s eager to experience all of the wonders he could only read about on Mars – from the most simple to the extraordinary. But once his explorations begin, scientists discover that Gardner’s organs can’t withstand Earth’s atmosphere. Eager to find his father, Gardner escapes the team of scientists and joins with Tulsa on a race against time to unravel the mysteries of how he came to be, and where he belongs in the universe.
We’re finally returning to television after what feels like a long winter break from the holidays and we’re thrilled (and a wee bit scared!) to see that Frank Dillane‘s (teenage Tom Riddle, Half-Blood Prince) series, Fear the Walking Dead, is back for season two as well! AMC recently announced the return date at the Television Critics’ Association press tour, revealing that the first part of the second season will air seven episodes beginning April 10, followed by eight more episodes to wrap things up later in the year.
Having you been tuning in to the new season of Galavant to support Harry Potter star Luke Youngblood (Lee Jordan)? The cast of the musical comedy series recently appeared at the Disney/ABC Winter TCA event to promote the return of the series and did so with glee. We have the pictures to prove it (including Luke’s fresh new ‘do!):
The actor also shared a new photo of his new shorn locks on his Instagram account. Pretty fly, Luke!
We can only assume that filming for the series has wrapped for season two, unless his character, Sid the Squire, receives the haircut from the lovely but demanding Queen Madalena as punishment? Guess we’ll have to keep watching to see!
For fans of David Tennant (Barty Crouch, Jr.), we hope you’re ready to see him battle a dragon or two! The talented star has signed on to voice his previous character in the Dreamworks animated series Dragons: Race to the Edge, a spin-off of the popular film series How to Train Your Dragon. Tennant rejoins the cast as Spitelout Jorgenson and will voice his character for at least three episodes of the series, which streams exclusively on Netflix. Here’s a synopsis for the series, as well as some photos of David’s animated character, thanks to our friends over at David Tennant News blog:
In the last season of ‘Dragons: Race To The Edge’, Hiccup and the team unlocked the secrets of the Dragon Eye and discovered the island of Dragon’s Edge. Now an army of dragon hunters led by the nefarious Ryker are invading their new land, meaning that the Dragon Riders must pull together to protect what’s theirs.
Sir Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbledore) will make fans in Canada very happy – the actor is set to attend the 2016 Calgary Expo this April at Stampede Park. Fans will be able to attend a Q & A session, also featuring Jason Isaacs, as well as get autographs and photos taken with the actors. To learn more about how you can attend the expo, visit their site here.
Are you dying to know what some of your favorite Potter actors will star in this year? Look no further! Here’s a brief list of films that are set for release in 2016 that you might want to get on your calendars:
Robert Pattinson (Cedric Diggory) will star in The Lost City of Z alongside Charlie Hunnam. He will play Henry Costin, a missing explorer, in a film that attempts to solve the mystery of what really happened in the Amazon in 1925:
[‘The Lost City of Z’ is a] true-life tale of British explorer Percy Fawcett who disappeared in 1925 in the Amazon while searching for a Lost City. That infamously sparked a decades-long hunt for the party and more evidence of the city, which resulted in up to 100 deaths.
Rhys Ifans (Xeniophilius Lovegood) will star alongside Joseph Gordon-Levin in Snowden, telling the backstory of the CIA whistleblower. No word yet on his character, but a trailer was released:
An animated version of The Canterville Ghost is set to premiere this year, starring the voice talents of Imelda Staunton (Dolores Umbridge), Toby Jones (Dobby), and voice of the UK Harry Potter audiobooks, Stephen Fry. Here’s the breakdown, if you’re unfamiliar with the tale:
Based on Oscar Wilde’s short story, ‘The Canterville Ghost’ is the tale of an American family who move in to the Canterville Chase, a mansion in London that has been haunted for 300 years by the ghost Sir Simon De Canterville. They’re initially skeptical, but the ghost tries his damnedest to get them to move out terrified, only to find that they’re impossible to scare and even harder to shift.
Kelly MacDonald (The Grey Lady/Helena Ravenclaw) will star in a remake of Swallows and Amazons, which follows the children of two families as they spend their summer holiday exploring, playing at war, and making good use of their imaginations. No word yet on Kelly’s role.
We’re also expecting to see at least four films with Daniel Radcliffe this year: Young Americans, with previous co-star Dane DeHaan starring as Karl Rove and Daniel starring as Lee Atwater, which is described as a political coming-of-age film; Imperium, in which he plays an FBI agent who goes undercover in a white supremacist group; Now You See Me 2, where he’s lost ALL of Harry’s magical prowess; and Swiss Army Man, where Daniel plays a reanimated corpse who keeps his friend company in the middle of the woods.
Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) will star in the previously announced Risen, but we should also expect to see his period piece, A United Kingdom. Felton stars as Rufus Lancaster, a commissioner who attempts to thwart the wedding plans of the heir to the African throne of Botswana in 1948.
That’s all for this mid-week edition of Casting News! Don’t forget to tell us your thoughts on the latest roles and projects coming out this year by reaching out to us via all of our social media sites. We want to hear from you!