Castium Revelio: Rumors and Relationships

This week, we explore the return of a bossy pixie, are introduced to a rich but dramatic aunt, are made aware of the appearance of a Star Wars film villain in an animated series, and continue to speculate on just what in the Marvel universe Jude Law is actually doing for Captain Marvel. Castium Revelio!



Harry Potter Cast & Crew

We previously revealed that Imelda Staunton (Dolores Umbridge) would return to her role as Knotgrass in the Disney sequel to Maleficent, which at the time did not have a title. Rumor has it that the new film will likely be titled Maleficent: Mistress of All Evil. Here’s a brief plot summary of the film, which is set to debut in theaters in May 2020:

A fantasy adventure that picks up several years after ‘Maleficent’, in which audiences learned of the events that hardened the heart of Disney’s most notorious villain and drove her to curse a baby Princess Aurora, ‘Maleficent II’ continues to explore the complex relationship between the horned fairy and the soon to be Queen, as they form new alliances and face new adversaries in their struggle to protect the moors and the magical creatures that reside within.

If you have Amazon Prime Video, you may have seen the streaming service advertising a new period drama, Vanity Fair. Surprisingly, the limited series provides a modern twist on this television adaptation of the book, and it happens to star Frances de la Tour (Madame Maxime) as Lady Matilda Crawley in at least three episodes. We’ve seen the entire series and loved every minute. Lady Crawley, played to the comedic hilt by de la Tour, is an extremely wealthy woman who dislikes many of her family members, with one exception. The main character of the series does her best to weasel her way into Lady Crawley’s good graces in order to share some of her wealth and good standing in society.

Here’s the trailer for Vanity Fair, which can now be seen on Amazon Prime:



Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy) is rumored to be voicing a character in the upcoming Superman: Red Son animated film. Isaacs has previously voiced Lex Luthor, and although this new film has not yet been officially announced, the author of the site, who is claiming to know the cast list, has been right a few times before. We’ll be keeping an eye on this one and will confirm once we know more. While we wait, here’s the synopsis of Superman: Red Son:

Imagine a reality where the world’s most powerful super-being does not grow up in Smallville, Kansas – or even America, for that matter…

SUPERMAN: RED SON is a vivid tale of Cold War paranoia, that reveals how the ship carrying the infant who would later be known as Superman lands in the midst of the 1950s Soviet Union. Raised on a collective, the infant grows up and becomes a symbol to the Soviet people, and the world changes drastically from what we know – bringing Superman into conflict with Batman, Lex Luthor and many others.

One of the best things about BBC America is The Graham Norton Show, which often plays host to some of our favorite Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts cast members. Sir Kenneth Branagh (Gilderoy Lockhart) will be one of Norton’s guests on January 25, along with Dame Judi Dench. Since Dench is part of the cast of Artemis Fowl, which Branagh has directed, we think it’s a safe bet that we might get some new information or a sneak peek at some film footage before it debuts on August 9! For now, check out the teaser trailer for the film, which was released at the end of November:



The pair will also talk about their new Shakespeare film, All Is True, which we reported on a few weeks ago.

Domhnall Gleeson‘s (Bill Weasley) General Hux is getting animated! The Star Wars villain will be appearing in the upcoming Star Wars Resistance series on the Disney Channel. The audio from the scene in Star Wars: The Force Awakens in which General Hux addresses the First Order troops has been used for the animated Resistance series, which returns from its mid-season break on January 13. The series was also renewed for a second season, so it is possible that Domhnall could make another appearance, either from his previous work on the films or as part of the animated series. Watch the trailer for the animated series below!



Christmas may be over, but Dame Emma Thompson (Sybill Trelawney) is busy playing make-believe for the sake of her new film, Last Christmas. Photos appeared online this week of the actress with her costar Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) as the pair waited between takes. Thompson isn’t just starring in the film, although her character is still to be revealed, she also cowrote the screenplay. Last Christmas centers a holiday romance around a young woman named Kat (Clarke) who works in a Christmas shop that is open all year long. Kat meets Tom and immediately falls for him, but she feels he must be too good to be true since her decision-making never seems to be all that great. The film is set to debut on November 15, 2019.

Finally, Last Call with Carson Daly will be re-airing episodes from December, including an episode that features Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) as a special guest. Make sure to check your local listings so you can tune in on January 16 to see Tom!

Fantastic Beasts Cast & Crew

Rumors are still swirling about just who in the heck Jude Law (Albus Dumbledore) is playing in the upcoming Captain Marvel film. At this point, we’re just going to wait to see the movie for ourselves, but that doesn’t mean we won’t share the rumors with you. First, let’s start with the new trailer that surfaced this week. Take a look; we’ll wait.



A roundtable interview featuring Law took place this summer, but it’s only now finding its way online. Law discussed his role in the film, without dropping any real confirmation of who his character is – Yon-Rogg or Mar-Vell. Here’s about all he could say about his character:

He heads Starforce which is an elite special forces-esqe group of Kree warriors, and also mentor to Carol, Brie’s character. As a member of the military, not only that but as a commander of the military, and not only that, as a poster boy of the military obviously of the Krees, my character is somewhat judgmental and full of hatred of the Skrulls. The Skrulls to the Krees really represent despicable maneuvering and manipulation. He’s a pistol and knife man. I’ve got this kind of cool business I can do with gravity.

Regarding his character’s relationship to Carol Danvers, here’s what Law revealed:

I’d say that as leader of the group I lead by example, so he’s very much hands on combat. The relationship really is about containment. There’s a sort of control to my character, there’s a sense of focus and clarity and discipline, and really that’s one of the things I think of the piece, is trying to contain and what is being in control and what isn’t.

Law also confirmed what we knew about Gemma Chan‘s character, Minn-Erva, that she was a sniper and a long-range specialist.

Captain Marvel will premiere on March 8.

A new photo was also released this week of Law in the sequel to his award-winning series, The Young Pope. Take a look at the photo from The New Pope, which is set to debut as an eight-episode series on HBO and Sky. No air date has been released yet.



A few Fantastic Beasts cast members will be featured guests on Last Call with Carson Daly, which is currently re-airing November and December episodes. Dan Fogler‘s (Jacob Kowalski) November 12 episode repeated on January 10; Claudia Kim (Nagini) was a guest on November 13, but her episode was aired again on January 11; and Gemma Chan (Madam Ya Zhou) will guest on January 21, which is a repeat of her December 6 appearance. Check your local listings for showtimes!

Last but never least, Colin Farrell (Percival Graves) spoke at the Pendulum Summit in Dublin this week, joining John Cleese (Nearly Headless Nick) at the 2019 Self-Empowerment Event. Farrell shared lessons he’s learned throughout his life in a main stage event called “A Career in Entertainment: From Beginning to Success.”








Cleese also spoke at Day 1 of the event, focusing on creativity and the thought process involved.




That concludes our weekly Casting Roundup! Join us next week as we check in with our cast and crew on all the new projects and appearances announced. Don’t forget to send us any casting news tips you think we should cover. You can reach out to us here!