Role Call: Off the Wallander
Welcome to this week’s Casting News! June is here, and it has brought with it some fun, exciting projects that I can’t wait to see! From the magical makings of Domhnall Gleeson, to the suspenseful thriller of Timothy Spall, you can be sure to not be disappointed! Check out this week’s Role Call, and weigh in in the comments below about which films you are MOST excited for!
It has been confirmed that one of our favorite gingers, Domhnall Gleeson (Bill Weasley), will star in Simon Curtis’s Goodbye Christopher Robin alongside Margot Robbie. Gleeson will play Winnie the Pooh creator A.A. Milne in a story that gives a glimpse into the relationship between him and his son, Christopher Robin. I CANNOT WAIT to see the story unfold. Winnie the Pooh is the icon of my childhood.
Speaking of Domhnall Gleeson, his father, Brendan Gleeson (Mad-Eye Moody), has an upcoming film, Live by Night, that has been pushed forward nine months from October 20 to January 13 of next year. The film is directed and written by Ben Affleck and has been adapted from the 2012 novel by Dennis Lehane.
The first trailer for Timothy Spall’s (Peter Pettigrew) Denial was released this week, and I have no doubt that anyone with an affinity for World War II history and beyond will love this film. Denial is based on a true story and adapted from Deborah E. Lipstadt’s book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier. The book follows a woman, played by Rachel Weisz, who fought a legal battle against a man (Timothy Spall) who denied that the Holocaust ever happened. It is bound to be a suspenseful, emotional journey. The film will be released on September 30. Watch the trailer below!
Also on Timothy Spall’s lineup is The Party, which he will be starring in alongside several other British stars. The Party has been described as “a comedy wrapped around a tragedy,” unfolding in a contemporary London house. This reminds me of Clue in the way that it starts with a celebration or a party and ends with, for lack of a better phrase, blood on the floor. We’ll update you on The Party as it comes closer to its release!
According to Daniel Mays, star of Dad’s Army, a sequel to the film is a possibility if the script is good enough. A second film has yet to be confirmed, but we will update you as soon as we know! The film, which also features the amazing Sir Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbledore), Toby Jones (voice of Dobby), and Bill Nighy (Rufus Scrimgeour), came out on DVD on June 13. Did you get YOUR copy?
Sir Michael Gambon also spoke at the Dalkey Book Festival in Zurich. Opening the festival, President Michael D. Higgins spoke on Thursday, welcoming world-renowned Irish writers. Gambon spoke yesterday at St. Patrick’s Church with Michael Colgan.
— Dalkey Book Festival (@dalkeybookfest) June 17, 2016
Shirley Henderson (Moaning Myrtle) is starring in the upcoming Tale of Tales as a girl trapped in an old woman’s body. According to Henderson, Tale of Tales is a fairy tale with a sinister quality. In a recent Metro article that was tweeted by its author, Henderson answers questions varying from her time working on Harry Potter to her varying experiences with ghosts. Check out the article in its entirety below!
— Anna Smith (@annasmithjourno) June 14, 2016
Sonia Friedman, producer of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, has been awarded an OBE for services to theater in this year’s Queen’s birthday honors list. Let’s give it up for the amazing Sonia Friedman and her work in theater, especially Cursed Child!
In an interview with AwardsDaily TV, Kenneth Branagh (Professor Lockhart) recently unleashed his feelings regarding Wallander and its final series. Of course, Kenneth Branagh himself is a brilliant actor and performer, so this interview covered favorite moments of his career to his character on Wallander, Kurt Wallander. In its entirety, the interview is both inspiring and enlightening; so much so that it would be impossible to capture the essence here. If you wish to read the whole interview, visit AwardsDaily TV. Wallander might have ended in late May, but you can find the last series on iTunes and Amazon.
Colin Farrell, who will be playing Percival Graves in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, will be starring alongside Nicole Kidman in The Killing. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the plot is as follows:
Farrell is on board as a successful surgeon who attempts to integrate a teenager into his family, but when the teen’s actions grow increasingly sinister, the doctor is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice. Kidman will play Farrell’s wife.
The film is heading towards an August start. Sounds creepy!
Last but not least, our favorite villain, David Tennant (Barty Crouch Jr.), has been longlisted in the 68th Emmy Awards for his performance on Jessica Jones. Listed for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, he is alongside 388 other considered actors.
Marvel’s Jessica Jones itself is longlisted for Outstanding Drama, and the episodes “AKA Crush Syndrome” and “AKA Ladies Night” are also longlisted in the Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series category. If you have yet to watch David take on his villainous role as Doctor Kilgrave, you can catch up on Netflix!
Well that’s a wrap on this week’s Role Call! Is it just me, or can you barely wait one more second to see Domhnall Gleeson as A.A. Milne? Do we have any Wallander fans in the house? How do you feel about the series’s end? Let us know below, and join us again next week!