Castium Revelio: “The Woman in the Window” and “Men in Black”!

Welcome back to another week of MuggleNet’s Casting News! As always, this is your place for the latest updates on what our magical alumni have been up to, so let’s find out! Castium Revelio!

Harry Potter
As we covered last week, Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange) has joined the cast of The Crown, portraying an older version of Princess Margaret. Vanessa Kirby, who had portrayed the younger version of Princess Margaret, recently shared a photo to Instagram of herself with Bonham Carter. Kirby tagged the handle for the series and captioned the photo, “Honoured.”

 

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As we reported back in March, Christian Coulson (Tom Riddle, Chamber of Secrets) is playing the role of King Richard II at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival! Coulson is also performing in a stage version of Shakespeare in Love, as noted by the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Philly.com.

The productions will run through August 5, “in rotating repertoire.” The festival is being held at DeSales University, with the Labuda Center Main Stage as the venue. For more information, visit the festival’s website.

Last week, we also reported to you on Roma, a new film from Alfonso Cuarón, director of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Now, we have a trailer for it!

Vulture posted the trailer from Cuarón’s Twitter.

 

 

The trailer for ‘Roma’ — Alfonso Cuarón’s Netflix drama — is a very dramatic low-key preview. Instead of showing us its stars, Cuarón presents floor tiles as they’re being washed with soapy water. ‘Roma’ is described as a Mexico City–set family drama in the early 1970s. Two young domestic workers — Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio) and Adela (Nancy García García), both from Mixteco descent — work for a family in the middle-class neighborhood of Roma. Meanwhile, their employer Sofia (Marina de Tavira) is dealing with her husband’s absence. Together, the women ‘construct a new sense of love and solidarity in a context of a social hierarchy where class and race are perversely intertwined,’ per the movie’s description.

Notably, Cuarón did the cinematography himself, saying that most of the film’s scenes were taken from his own memory.

We’ve reported before on Alfred Enoch’s (Dean Thomas) role in the play Red, in which he is acting alongside Alfred Molina. Now, even wider audiences will get the opportunity to see the play, reports Playbill!

The current London production of John Logan’s ‘Red’, running through July 28 at the West End’s Wyndham’s Theatre, will make its way from stage to screen this fall. The Michael Grangage Company presentation will be screened in movie theatres in the U.K. and North America November 7 through Trafalgar Releasing.

Tickets for the screenings go on sale on August 15.

Father and son Brendan Gleeson (Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody) and Domhnall Gleeson (Bill Weasley) were interviewed about the short film Psychic, which is something of a family affair: Rory Gleeson and Brian Gleeson, also sons of Brendan Gleeson, are involved with the project too.

IFTN provides more information about the film in the piece. A special screening of Psychic was held at the Galway Film Fleadh.

Brendan Gleeson’s first outing as Director delivers a skillful and intriguing short film.

Written by Rory Gleeson (‘Rockadoon Shore’), ‘Psychic’ tells the story of a charismatic psychic (Brendan Gleeson) who is forced out of retirement by his two manipulative sons (Domhnall and Brian Gleeson) and taken on the road. The last obstacle to gaining a large cult following is a TV show host (Ingrid Craigie) determined to bring them down. A light and dark tale of family showmanship and the suspension of disbelief.

Psychic will air on Sky Arts in 2019.

The late Sir John Hurt’s (Garrick Ollivander) final film role was in Damascus Cover, releasing on August 3 in the United Kingdom. Express.co.uk has published an exclusive clip from the film, which you can watch below!

‘Damascus Cover’ centres on Ari Ben-Zion (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), an Israeli spy haunted by the death of his son.

John Hurt stars in the spy thriller in his final ever role as Ari’s handler, Miki.

 

 

Toby Jones, the voice of Dobby, will be joining the lineup of the Lughnasa FrielFest, writes the Irish News. Jones will be joining the cast of Faith Healer, the publication writes, “for three special performed readings from August 17-19.”

The play will be presented in promenade fashion with the audience travelling by bus between the four acts in four different village halls in Co Donegal from Edininfagh, Portnoo, Ardara and Glenties with an interval barbecue on Portnoo Pier.

For more information, you can visit www.artsoverborders.com.

Gary Oldman (Sirius Black) has joined the cast of The Woman in the Window, alongside Amy Adams. The drama from Fox 2000 is an adaptation of the book of the same name by A.J. Finn, writes the Hollywood Reporter.

With a nod to the Alfred Hitchcock classic ‘Rear Window’, the book centers on a child psychologist with severe agoraphobia (and a penchant for mixing alcohol with her medication) who hasn’t left her house in months. The woman witnesses a horrible crime involving a new neighboring family but no one, including the police, will believe her. And she has doubts herself.

Oldman will play the father of the mysterious family.

Dame Emma Thompson (Professor Trelawney) will be reprising her role as Agent O in a new spinoff film of Men in Black! The Hollywood Reporter broke the news but noted that plot details have not been made public so far.

Additional casting has been announced for the touring pantomime adaptation of Doctor Dolittle, in which Mark Williams (Arthur Weasley) will be starring. About Manchester reported on the news.

Coronation Street actors Brian Caprone and Vicky Entwhistle will be playing Albert Blossom/Straight Arrow and Polynesia, respectively. Mollie Melia-Redgrave has been cast as Emma Fairfax, and Patrick Sullivan has been cast as Matthew Mugg.

Fantastic Beasts
Zoë Kravitz (Leta Lestrange) and Ezra Miller (Credence Barebone) were among the Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald cast members at San Diego Comic-Con, and the two were also in attendance at Entertainment Weekly’s Comic-Con party! Check out what they (and other attendees) were up to by visiting Entertainment Weekly’s photo gallery from the event.

Jude Law (Albus Dumbledore) has praised costar Brie Larson for her work on Captain Marvel. Entertainment Weekly quoted Law.

‘Yes, it’s been reported I’m playing Mar-Vell,’ Law said. ‘I’m not going to confirm or deny that. It’s been a very interesting experience. Brie Larson has approached it with incredible dedication and devotion. She really turned out a wonderful performance — fun and feisty and smart. I think she’s going to be absolutely magnificent.’

Eddie Redmayne (Newt Scamander) will be starring alongside his former The Theory of Everything costar Felicity Jones, writes Den of Geek! The two will star in The Aeronauts, and Jack Thorne, the playwright of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, has written the script. The news was confirmation of a previous report from Den of Geek, which included its story from November 2017.

‘The Theory Of Everything”s Eddie Redmayne (‘Fantastic Beasts’) and Felicity Jones (‘Rogue One’) are in talks to play the leads in Amazon Studios’ ‘The Aeronauts’, the real life story of two 19th-century hot air balloonists and their fight for survival amidst an exploratory mission that turns dangerous.

According to Deadline, Jones would play balloon pilot Amelia Wren, with Redmayne taking on the role of scientist James Glaisher. The script is penned by the prolific Jack Thorne (‘Star Wars IX’), with War & Peace’s Tom Harper signed on to direct.

Jessica Williams, who will play Ilvermorny’s Professor Eulalie “Lally” Hicks, will be returning to HBO with Phoebe Robinson. The network has ordered four more hour-long specials of Williams and Robinson’s podcast 2 Dope Queens, according to Vulture.

The first round of specials, which were directed by Tig Notaro, debuted earlier this year featuring special guests Jon Stewart, Sarah Jessica Parker, Tituss Burgess, and Uzo Aduba plus appearances by John Early, Rhea Butcher, Kevin Barnett, Naomi Ekperigin, and more.

Strike (C.B. Strike)
Elarica Johnson, who played the Muggle waitress in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince as well as Lula Landry, can be seen in the upcoming Sky One television series A Discovery of Witches. Johnson previously tweeted a short trailer for the film, but BroadwayWorld has now provided additional information and the show’s full teaser trailer. The website also quoted the Sky One press release.

What happens when a witch and a vampire fall in love? History professor and closet witch Diana Bishop and geneticist and secret vampire Matthew Clairmont find out when they are thrown together in pursuit of the truth behind a strange manuscript found in the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Library.

Check out the trailer below!

 

That’s all we have for this week’s Casting News! Which project are you most excited to see? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

Mary W.

I am a Slytherin, a lifelong fan of Harry Potter, and a member of MuggleNet staff since 2014. In my Muggle life, I am passionate about human rights, and I love to travel around the world and meet new people.