Castium Revelio: There Casting News Goes!

Welcome back to another edition of MuggleNet’s Casting News, your source for the latest information on what our magical alumni have been up to lately! Are you ready to find out what’s new? Castium Revelio!

First up, we have some magical news about some of the biggest names from the Harry Potter films! Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) appears in James Arthur’s music video for “Empty Space,” according to Capital FM. Tom is reportedly one of Arthur’s favorite actors, and Arthur stated, “He was perfect for the song.”

Capital FM also described the song itself.

‘Empty Space’ is a song full of emotion – something we’ve come to expect from James Arthur’s music – and he went on to reveal that the love and loss he’s been through in his own life is the inspiration behind the track.

James explained, ‘It’s one of my happy songs. It talks about love and loss, in my capacity something I’ve dealt with in my life, and initially being in denial when you lose someone.’

Check out the video for “Empty Space” below!

 

 

We also have a first look at a project from another major Harry Potter actor! Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) can be seen in the upcoming BBC One adaptation of Agatha Christie’s The ABC Murders, which will air this Christmas. In an exclusive promotional image, RadioTimes.com has given us a peek at Rupert in character as the mustached Inspector Crome. John Malkovich, meanwhile, will star opposite Rupert as Inspector Hercule Poirot in the mystery.

Besides rocking the ballroom on Dancing with the Stars, Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) spoke at Animal Equality’s Inspiring Global Action Gala on October 27.

 

 

Evanna also wrote about the event on her own Instagram.

 

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Had the honour of opening the @animalequality gala with the hugely inspiring animal activist @moby on Saturday. Moby has been a vegan for over 30 years and doesn’t seem to let a day go by where he doesn’t think seriously about how to change the world for animals. It is still odd and socially awkward to be a vegan sometimes and I can’t even imagine the stubborn conviction and determination it must have taken to be vegan decades ago when people were so miseducated on the lifestyle. Pre bloody internet!! I’m so grateful for people like him who committed to it, built a community and created demand to a point where it is possible and enjoyable to live a life free from animals. It’s so much harder to listen to your heart’s whispers and gut instinct when everyone else around you thinks you’re weird for it – it being the belief that animals should have the right to life and protection from abuse. So cheers to @moby and everyone who listens to their own truth over the customs of society and gives the rest of us the courage to do the same. Thank you @animalequality for another amazing evening reminding us why we do what we do.

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On the red carpet, Evanna spoke about how she is excited to see Jude Law as the younger version of Albus Dumbledore in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. The Hollywood Reporter quotes her as saying, “He totally captures that serenity, that inner peace.”

She also added that she feels Law captures another side of Dumbledore, too.

He captures the manipulative side of Dumbledore. Dumbledore’s a kind person — he’s nice. He’s not manipulative in an evil way. He wants to get people on his side, fighting for the right thing. You see that in Book 6, and that’s really shown more, explored more, in this movie. From what I’ve seen, I think he’s perfect.

You can find photos from the red carpet of the gala event here.

Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) rounds out our news on the “Big Seven” cast members, as they are sometimes known. Currently performing on Broadway in the play The Lifespan of a Fact, Daniel appeared on ABC’s The View on October 29. You can watch him discuss the play during his guest appearance in the video below.

 


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Sir Kenneth Branagh (Gilderoy Lockhart) has planned a sequel to Murder on the Orient Express in an adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile, but it sounds as though the film has run into some trouble. We Got This Covered writes that the film has been pushed to October 2, 2020, from December 20, 2019, possibly due to the merger between Disney and Fox.

In more positive news for Branagh, however, his Shakespeare biopic, titled All Is True, has been acquired by Sony Pictures Classics in anticipation of the Academy Awards. Entertainment Weekly reported on the acquisition.

The film follows five-time Oscar nominee Branagh (who has directed several Shakespeare adaptations in the past) as the famed playwright in 1613 Britain. At the time, Shakespeare is regarded as the world’s premier writer, though the incineration of his Globe Theatre forces him to return to his hometown of Stratford to face his troubled past (including the death of his son Hamnet) and neglected family (namely his wife Anne, played by Judi Dench). Ian McKellen rounds out the cast as the Earl of Southampton.

All Is True will hit select theaters on December 21, and it is anticipated that it will be released more widely in early 2019.

Jim Broadbent (Horace Slughorn) is portraying author Hans Christian Andersen in the play A Very Very Very Dark Matter, running from October 22 to December 29 at London’s Bridge Theatre. The Evening Standard’s GO London published stills from the play, which is described as “twisted.”

Taking on the tales of the master storyteller, McDonagh’s latest script delves into the life of the man who created them and the secret dwelling upstairs in his attic.

More information about the play can be found on the Bridge Theatre’s website.

Jessie Cave (Lavender Brown) is going to have her stand-up comedy show, Sunrise, released as a book! The show, which was highly acclaimed at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, will be published as a book on November 22, writes Chortle.

[‘Sunrise’] revolved around her retuning to dating following the break-up from fellow comic Alfie Brown, the father of her children, and won praise for its emotional rawness and complexity.

The book version of the show, to be published by Nick Hern Books, also includes dozens of new full-colour doodles by Cave, who, thanks to Instagram, has become known for her low-fi artwork almost as much as her comedy.

The book will reportedly sell for £9.99 in paperback, and its publication will come as Cave holds a three-week run of the show at London’s Soho Theatre beginning on November 12. Even better, a limited number of books ordered directly from the publisher will come with a set of postcards featuring Cave’s doodles. More about that offer can be found here.

Alfonso Cuarón (director of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), has discussed his newest film, Roma, for Variety’s latest cover story. Cuarón spoke about how his childhood influenced the film, in particular.

I was upset while I was shooting one scene, and I had to stop and take a walk. I was walking and I said, ‘Why are you upset? The crew is doing an amazing job. You have the street where you grew up turning to how it looked like 40 years ago. How many people have this amazing opportunity to recreate their childhood?’

You can find more of Cuarón’s comments on Variety’s website.

Roma will premiere on Netflix on December 14.

Stephen Fry (narrator of the UK Harry Potter audiobooks), Imelda Staunton (Dolores Umbridge), and Toby Jones (voice of Dobby) are all part of the cast of an animated adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Canterville Ghost. Screen Daily writes that Fry’s Sprout Pictures is also one of the producers.

Veteran British performer, writer and raconteur Fry will voice Sir Simon de Canterville, a spirit that has scared off anybody who has dared to inhabit his stately home for several centuries.

All that changes when an American family move in and turns the tables on the spectral resident. The exhausted ghost rediscovers hope when he teams up with the family’s teenage daughter to find out the reason behind his 300-year-old curse.

No word has been given on Staunton’s or Jones’s roles, but production is expected to begin in early 2019.

David Heyman, producer of all of the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films to date, is behind a new live-action adaptation of Attack on Titan, now green-lit by Warner Bros. Studios!

The Business Times has provided more details about the film and the manga on which it will be based.

Set in a world overrun by gigantic man-eating humanoids known as titans, the popular manga series ‘Attack on Titan’ follows the adventures of Eren Yeager, a young boy who swears revenge on the Titans after it destroyed his hometown and devoured his mother, Carla Yeager, alive.

In order to do so, Eren Yeager enlists in the Military and joins the Survey Corps – an elite group of soldiers who fight the titans outside the Walls (Wall Maria, Wall Rose, Wall Sheena) – along with his adoptive sister, Mikasa Ackerman and childhood friend, Armin Arlert.

Luke Newberry, who portrayed Teddy Lupin in the epilogue scene of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 but did not appear in the final version of the film, does appear in a 2015 music video that he recently celebrated on his Instagram account! The actor posted a clip from the video and provided more details.

Music Video for ‘Wherever I go’ by Mark Knopfler Ft. Ruth Moody. Directed by @matthiaslebeer hit 1.5 million views on YouTube!

Check out the video below!

 

 

Gary Oldman’s (Sirius Black) newest film has a North American distributor! The Hollywood Reporter writes that the film Killers Anonymous, also starring Jessica Alba, has been acquired by Grindstone Entertainment Group for the North American market. Fabrication Films has acquired it for worldwide sales. Miriam Elchanan, Fabrication’s Senior VP Sales and Acquisitions, was quoted in the report.

‘Killers Anonymous’ is a stylish thriller with some great action sequences and is very high concept. The script really grabbed our attention and has attracted remarkable star power with tremendous talent. With Gary Oldman having just secured an Oscar win for best actor and Jessica Alba, whose talent brings a whole new element to this project, we could not be happier to represent this film to buyers.

Robert Pattinson (Cedric Diggory) and the Fantastic Beasts franchise’s Johnny Depp (Gellert Grindelwald) will both star in the upcoming film Waiting for the Barbarians alongside Mark Rylance, reports Collider.

The film is based on the allegorical novel by J.M. Coetzee and follows a British magistrate (Rylance) in a small colonial town who begins to question his loyalty to the Empire as he attempts to ignore an inevitable war with the so-called ‘barbarians.’ No word on who Depp (or Pattinson) is playing, but this is an intriguing project for the actor [Depp], who has shied away from this kind of serious drama of late, sticking to commercial fare like ‘Fantastic Beasts’, ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ and a pair of Disney franchises (‘Pirates of the Caribbean’, ‘Alice in Wonderland’) instead.

A piece from Variety additionally notes that Depp and the film’s producer, Andrea Iervolino, “have formed a partnership to develop and produce film and digital content,” beginning with this film.

Clémence Poésy (Fleur Delacour) has joined the cast of the World War II film Resistance, according to Deadline Hollywood. Reportedly, the film, which is said to be based on the true story of mime artist Marcel Marceau, began shooting in Prague in September. Poésy will play a member of the French Resistance.

Anna Shaffer (Romilda Vane) will be coming to Netflix in the role of another witch! She has joined the cast of the Netflix series Witcher, Screen Rant has reported.

Netflix’s ‘The Witcher’ TV show has cast Anna Shaffer (‘Harry Potter’) as Triss Merigold, a talented witch who is both an ally and love interest for Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill). A full cast list for the TV show was revealed alongside a first look at Cavill in costume – including a luxurious silver wig – as Geralt.

The Witcher will debut on Netflix in 2019.

David Tennant (Barty Crouch, Jr.) stars alongside Jessica Hynes in There She Goes. The new comedy-drama series on BBC Four follows a family as they raise their nine-year-old daughter with severe learning disabilities. You can find out more about the show here.

David Thewlis (Remus Lupin) will star in Oscar nominee Atom Egoyan’s upcoming feature film Guest Of Honour, Deadline Hollywood writes.

Thewlis (‘Harry Potter’, ‘Wonder Woman’) plays Jim, dad to Veronica (De Oliveira), a young high-school music teacher. The two attempt to unravel their complicated histories and intertwined secrets in the film which weaves through time exploring perception and penance, memory and forgiveness.

When a hoax instigated by an aggressive school bus driver (Rossif Sutherland) goes very wrong, Veronica is accused of abusing her position of authority with 17-year-old Clive (Alexandre Bourgeois) and other students, and is imprisoned. Convinced she deserves to be punished for crimes she committed at an earlier age, Veronica rebuffs her father’s attempts to secure her early release. Confused and frustrated by Veronica’s intransigence, Jim’s anguish begins to impinge on his job. As a food inspector, he wields great power over small, family-owned restaurants. It’s a power he doesn’t hesitate to use.

While preparing Jim’s funeral, Veronica confides the secrets of her past to Father Greg (Wilson) who may hold the final piece of the puzzle.

Filming begins this week in the Toronto area.

Dame Emma Thompson (Sybill Trelawney) has joined the cast of the film adaption of the bestseller How to Build a Girl, writes the Hollywood Reporter.

The comedic coming-of-age story comes from U.K. producer Monumental Pictures, which optioned Moran’s semi-autobiographical 2014 book and developed the project with Film4. Coky Giedroyc (‘The Killing’, ‘The Hour’) directs from Moran’s screenplay.

‘How to Build a Girl’, set in 1993, sees Feldstein play Johanna Morrigan, a smart, opinionated and overweight 16-year-old. Hormones raging, she is desperate to get out of her hometown and make a name for herself — which she does, reinventing herself as Dolly Wilde, a rock music critic. Gaining notoriety as an enfant terrible, she finally figures out ‘how to build a girl.’ But is this the girl she wanted to build?

Thompson will reportedly play Johanna’s editor at a music magazine.

Thompson has also lent her singing voice to Sir Bryn Terfel’s new album, Dreams and Songs, according to Classic FM. Thompson joins Terfel for a duet of “Do You Love Me” from Fiddler on the Roof.

Of the duet with Emma Thompson, Sir Bryn said: ‘She came to the recording at Abbey Road the day after it was announced she was being made a Dame, so of course the champagne corks should have been popping but there was work to be done.’

Dreams and Songs is available now.

Lastly, Thompson has joined the television series Years and Years, as reported by Empire.

‘Years And Years’ sees Britain rocked by unstable political, economic and technological advances and we follow the Lyons family as their complex lives converge on one crucial night in 2019. Then, over the next 15 years, the twists and turns of everyday life are explored as we find out if this ordinary family could ever change the world.

Thompson will play Vivienne Rook, “an outspoken celebrity turned political figure whose controversial opinions divide the nation”.

The show will be co-produced by the BBC and HBO.

Dame Julie Walters (Molly Weasley) can be seen in the upcoming Mary Poppins Returns, and Dancing with the Stars posted a preview of the new film to Twitter. You can watch it below!

 

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Johnny Depp (Gellert Grindelwald) has also signed on to star in the film Minamata, writes ComingSoon.net. The film will be a “biopic on famed war photographer W. Eugene Smith.”

During his lifetime, Smith was a photographer for ‘Life’ magazine, with one of his most infamous works being his coverage of the poisoning of the people of Minamata, Japan, through mercury poisoning, which the film will cover. The story will begin with Smith, a former World War II photographer, coming out of a life of reclusiveness when an old friend asks him to travel to Japan to expose this big story.

Jude Law (Albus Dumbledore) will be returning to his role in Neo Yokio for Netflix! A Christmas special of the original anime from the streaming platform, titled Neo Yokio: Pink Christmas, will be released on December 7 and feature Jamie Foxx as a new character, according to ComicBook.com.

If you are unfamiliar with ‘Neo Yokio’, it was originally created by Ezra Koenig of the band Vampire Weekend. An American and Japanese co-effort, it was produced by notable anime studios Production I.G. and Studio Deen. The series is set in an alternate future of New York called ‘Neo Yokio,’ where magicians once saved the city by demons in the 19th century and have earned their place at the top of society as ‘magistocrats.’ The series follows one of these, Kaz Kaan, and his mecha-butler Charles as he tries to balance his vapid and wealthy lifestyle with his job of hunting down demons.

Law voices Charles in the series.

Law’s film Vox Lux now has a full-length trailer, which you can watch below. The film, as noted by Collider, contains some darker themes.

Brady Corbet’s new movie is an incredibly ambitious attempt to break down the 21st century by dividing its wild story in two. The first half follows young Celeste (Raffey Cassidy), a school shooting victim who, with the help of her sister Eleanor (Stacy Martin) and her manager (Jude Law), becomes a worldwide pop sensation. The second half of the story follows an adult Celeste (Natalie Portman) dealing with the weight of pop superstardom while also trying to be a good mother to her daughter, Albertine (also Cassidy).

The film’s trailer also contains some content that may be inappropriate for or upsetting to some viewers, including images of gun violence.

 

 

Vox Lux will be released on December 7.

From the rumor mill, Eddie Redmayne (Newt Scamander) is reportedly in talks to join the upcoming film The Trial of the Chicago 7, written and directed by Aaron Sorkin. Variety has provided more information on the project.

The film is based on the infamous 1969 trial of seven defendants charged by the federal government with conspiracy and more, arising from the countercultural protests in Chicago at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. The trial transfixed the nation and sparked a conversation about mayhem intended to undermine the U.S. government.

Redmayne will play Tom Hayden, the co-founder of the Students for a Democratic Society, who was best known for his role as an anti-war, civil rights, and radical intellectual activist in the 1960s, authoring the Port Huron Statement and eventually standing trial in the Chicago Seven case.

Callum Turner (Theseus Scamander) has been cast alongside Strike‘s Holliday Grainger (Robin Ellacott) in the new conspiracy thriller series The Capture, reports Screen Daily. The series will be produced by David Heyman’s Heyday Television and begin filming next month. The project will be a joint venture between NBCUniversal and BBC One.

A timely surveillance thriller set in London, the 6×60 series follows a British soldier (Turner) whose conviction for murder in Afghanistan is successfully overturned due to flawed video evidence. However, when damming CCTV footage emerges from an incident involving the soldier in London, a detective inspector (Grainger) is drafted in to investigate in what could be a career-defining case for her.

Jessica Williams (Eulalie “Lally” Hicks) will star in Mindy Kaling’s miniseries remake of Four Weddings and a Funeral for Hulu, Complex reports.

According to Deadline, the comedian/actress who rose to stardom via ‘The Daily Show’ and her podcast-turned-HBO project ‘2 Dope Queens’ will play Jess, a New York senatorial campaign communications director who leaves her life in the states behind to reconnect with old friends in London. Instead of being a two-hour rom-com with a predominantly white cast, this version will be a limited series that emphasizes the international intersections of race and romance. Co-stars include Indian Summer’s Nikesh Patel, Mindy Project’s Rebecca Rittenhouse, and Search Party star John Reynolds.

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Playwright Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany have reunited for the Royal Court Theatre’s new season, as the Stage reports. Their collaboration will be on a play titled The End of History…, which, like Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, is written by Thorne and will be directed by Tiffany. It will open at the theater in June at the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs and will run from June 27 to August 10, with its press night on July 3.

Nathan Salstone, a member of the original Broadway cast of Cursed Child (part of the ensemble and an understudy for Scorpius Malfoy), stopped by Broadway.com’s #LiveatFive on October 24. Watch Salstone’s interview here!

That’s all for this edition of Casting News! Stay tuned for even more great updates next week! Until then, be sure to tell us your thoughts in the comments below!