Role Call: April Bulls!

In this week’s Role Call, we try to forget about the April Fool’s Day pranks MuggleNet pulled on readers and instead focus on a few projects our stars are working on for your enjoyment! We’ve got bulls, time travelers, politicians, and fat ladies to entertain us, so let’s get down to it!

Actor Lee Ingleby, known best by fans of the wizarding world as Stan Shunpike, is celebrating a new season of his series The A Word. He recently tweeted a photo from the set showing his first day back on the BBC One drama.



We told you all about the addition of David Thewlis (Remus Lupin) to Fargo on FX, bringing the first stills from the show to readers last week. This week we have our first look at a trailer!



David Tennant (Barty Crouch, Jr.) is lending his voice to the movie Ferdinand, which just released a trailer. Tennant will be portraying Angus, a bull in the animated version of the children’s book The Story of Ferdinand. This film has been in the works for quite some time, with rumors of its creation going as far back as 2011. After several release dates were scheduled and pushed back, a new release date has the film debuting this year, on December 17. Here’s the new trailer!



Sad news for fans of Freddie Stroma (Cormac McLaggen) and his ABC series, Time After Time. The show has received the ax and has been replaced before the mid-season point. The show, which followed H.G. Wells (Stroma) as he attempts to return his friend, Dr. John Stevenson (a.k.a. Jack the Ripper), back to their own time after they both travel into modern-day New York City, was canceled after airing only five episodes. We hope the following takes away some of the sting.



The first trailer for Timothy Spall‘s (Peter Pettigrew/Wormtail) The Journey is now available for viewing! We previously reported on the film, which is based on the true story of how Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness became friends despite the fact that they were part of completely opposite political parties in Northern Ireland. The film also stars the late Sir John Hurt (Garrick Ollivander) and Dame Maggie Smith‘s (Minerva McGonagall) son, actor Toby Stephens (who we still swear would make an excellent younger Dumbledore in the next Fantastic Beasts film!)

A fictional account of the extraordinary story of two implacable enemies in Northern Ireland – firebrand Democratic Unionist Party leader Paisley and Sinn Fein politician Martin McGuinness – who are forced to take a short journey together in which they will take the biggest leap of faith and change the course of history.

Here’s your first look at the trailer!



Although we previously reported that Sir Kenneth Branagh (Gilderoy Lockhart) was directing and starring in a remake of Murder on the Orient Express, we had no idea that actor Johnny Depp (SPOILER ALERT: Grindelwald, Fantastic Beasts) was involved as well! This week, a new trailer for the film was released, which showed us a bit more of his character, Ratchett. Take a look!



One of our favorite Fat Ladies is reuniting with a funny friend for a special event! Dawn French (Fat Lady, PoA) and her comedienne partner in crime, Jennifer Saunders, will be recipients of the Aardman Slapstick Comedy Legend Award 2017 this June 22.



In a special one-night event, former Great British Bake Off host and funny lady in her own right Mel Giedroyc will host this tribute to the comedy duo in Bristol, which will also feature a sit down with French and Saunders to celebrate their success. French is ready to take on the label of “legend.”

I just can’t believe we are receiving the Aardman Slapstick Award. Actually, wait a minute – on second thoughts, I can, because it’s happening on June 22, and I’ve already bought a lovely new top especially.

Tickets to the event are on sale now and can be purchased here. All proceeds from the sale will go towards funding next year’s Slapstick Festival.

That wraps up MuggleNet’s weekly Casting News! Check back with us next week to get all the scoop on what cast and crew members are up to!