Castium Revelio: Worthy Causes and Wedding Bells

It’s time for another edition of MuggleNet’s Casting News! This week, we have a few wizarding world alumni stepping out for worthy causes, and wedding bells will soon be ringing for one Fantastic Beasts actor – maybe they’ll even release a flock of phoenixes! We also do a quick check-in with The Flash, see who’s been tripping through time with the Doctor, and let you know which of your favorite actors’ and actresses’ projects are coming soon to – and departing from – Netflix. So let’s hurry up and get to it! Castium Revelio!

 

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Harry Potter Cast & Crew

The upcoming new film in the James Bond franchise finally has a name: Shatterhand.

IOL reported Friday that a listing in trade publication Production Weekly noted the name change from the film’s previous working title, Bond 25. It’s scheduled to enter production April 6 at Pinewood Studios in London and in Matera, Italy, with Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort) reprising his role as M/Gareth Mallory.

Bond fans know Dr. Shatterhand as an alias of supervillain Blofeld from Ian Fleming’s novel You Only Live Twice, prompting much speculation as to whether Blofeld himself will return and, if so, whether he’ll be portrayed once again by Christoph Waltz or continue the tradition of being portrayed by a different actor in each film appearance. Shatterhand is scheduled for an April 8, 2020, release, bumped back from February 14, 2020, due to a major script rewrite.

Fiennes’ next project to arrive in theaters will be The White Crow on April 26, and a new poster for the film was released this week by the Hollywood News.

 

 

The White Crow tells the story of famed Soviet ballet and contemporary dancer Rudolf Nureyev’s defection to the West, and you can view a trailer for the already-acclaimed picture below.

 

 

Fiennes is currently in Dublin attending the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival, where he’ll receive the festival’s prestigious Volta Award Friday. Goss.ie says Irish actor John Kavanagh, whom Fiennes directed in The Invisible Woman, will present the award, which is given to “individuals who have made a significant contribution to the world of film.” Past recipients include Sir Kenneth Branagh (Gilderoy Lockhart), Dame Julie Andrews, and Al Pacino.

We gave you some insight earlier this month into Hero Fiennes-Tiffin‘s (11-year-old Tom Riddle) mindset after taking on his first starring role. Fiennes-Tiffin is gearing up for the April 12 release of After, and he’s already been a bit taken aback by the strong fan response to his steamy performance.

The 21-year-old actor portrays Hardin Scott – a character originally based on Harry Styles – in the coming-of-age romance that began as a One Direction fan fiction, and while he quite literally played a bad boy in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, his new fans are now using that phrase in an entirely different sense. The latest trailer for the film – released, of course, on Valentine’s Day – already has more than 11 million views, if that tells you anything.

 

Jessica Jones fans were surprised – and David Tennant (Barty Crouch Jr.) fans elated – when the actor’s character (Kilgrave) on the Marvel Comics–based show made a return for a few episodes during Season 2, despite his death at the hands of Jones in Season 1. All fans were then subsequently devastated a few days ago when Netflix announced the cancellation of the popular series.

That means Season 3, which is scheduled for release later this year, will be the series’ last, but when one Kilgrave enthusiast took to Twitter recently to lament, showrunner Melissa Rosenberg had a promising message for her.

 


Meanwhile, Tennant will be joining fellow Harry Potter alumnus Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange) next week at the #March4Women in London, a rally for gender equality.

The Irish Independent reports the event will be held March 3 at Westminster’s Central Hall on the 100th anniversary of the UK’s Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act, which allowed women to enter the workforce and hold civil and judicial offices and posts.

Bonham Carter will be reading verbatim testimonies from survivors of workplace sexual harassment, abuse, and exploitation.

I am privileged to be speaking at #March4Women. It’s so important to show solidarity with women and girls, not only in the UK but around the world. I’ll be sharing the words of women who aren’t able to be there themselves because they are working in factories, construction sites, or as domestic workers in conditions that leave them vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. Sexual harassment isn’t in anyone’s job description.

Tennant will be delivering a speech at the event.

Domhnall Gleeson‘s (Bill Weasley) upcoming film The Kitchen has a new release date, according to Deadline Hollywood.

The movie, based on the Vertigo comic book series, stars Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, and Elisabeth Moss as 1970s mafia wives in Hell’s Kitchen who continue running their husbands’ rackets after the men are locked up. It was originally slated for a September 20 debut but has been moved up to August 9. Gleeson will portray Gabriel O’Malley.

The actor is also looking forward to the premiere of his first major television project, Run.

The HBO series from Killing Eve creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge is a comedy/romance/thriller that, Deadline Hollywood says, follows Ruby (Merritt Wever, Birdman), a young woman feeling trapped in her boring life when she receives a mysterious text message inviting her to make good on a youthful pact by embarking on a journey with her first love.

Gleeson plays Billy Johnson, described as “a successful life guru from a wealthy Irish family. Born with the gift of gab, he deftly combines a boatload of charisma with a boundless need for approval.”

The series is scheduled to air sometime this year.

We know we can catch Detective Pikachu in theaters May 10. We know Bill Nighy (Rufus Scrimgeour) is in it. As yet, that’s about all we know. Well, that and that Ryan Reynolds saying “Pika Pika” is hilarious, so here’s another trailer for the film. While it may still not reveal anything about Nighy’s character, it will fill your adorable meter for the day. You’re welcome.

 

 

Ricky Gervais’s new dark comedy series, After Life, is set to premiere next month on Netflix and will feature David Bradley (Argus Filch) in a recurring role.

Bradley will appear in all six episodes of the series as the “doddering father” of Gervais’s character, Tony, the Daily Telegraph reports. Tony is a local newspaper journalist who descends into a crippling period of bereavement following the death of his wife and has an unorthodox method of working his way out of it.

After Life will debut March 8, and Netflix released an official trailer last week.

 

Whovians out and about last week in Swansea, Wales, were treated to a few sightings of some of their favorite stars – and guest stars. Several people posted to Twitter after spotting Stephen Fry (narrator of the UK Harry Potter audiobooks) dressed in a 1940s-style tweed suit while filming scenes with the 13th Doctor, Jodie Whittaker.

 


Fry isn’t a newcomer to the Whoniverse, having voiced the Minister of Chance in the 2002 webcast audio drama Death Comes to Time and been jokingly mentioned by the 12th Doctor, Peter Capaldi, as one of River Song’s husbands during the 2015 Christmas special. He was also scheduled to write an episode in 2006 but unfortunately couldn’t complete the script in time.

Series 12 of Doctor Who is scheduled to air early in 2020.

Fry has a few more irons in the fire as well. Greed, starring Steve Coogan (Stan & Ollie), a satire about the world of the super-rich, will feature Fry in a currently unnamed role and is listed in postproduction. In preproduction is Summer Night, Winter Moon, a crime thriller set in 1935 and based on the novel of the same name by Jane Huxley. Fry is slated to portray Rufus, a Brighton art gallery owner who becomes innocently involved in a deceitful plot. The film has been planned for several years but was postponed due to the death of Sir Roger Moore, who was also intended to star.

Finally, Fry has been announced as the voice of Cecil Rhodes, former British prime minister of the Cape Colony in southern Africa, in the upcoming animated feature I Am Khama. The film will tell the story of King Khama III, who fought to save his country in 1895 by soliciting British protection, going as far as to confront Queen Victoria herself.

Fantastic Beasts Cast & Crew

It’s official: He’s Yon-Rogg.

While the Kree military commander is the character most fans had accepted as being Jude Law‘s (Albus Dumbledore) in the upcoming Captain Marvel movie – thanks to its listing on various items of merchandise, most recently including a tie-in book – Marvel Studios itself finally put it in writing Friday in a behind-the-scenes featurette shared on Twitter by Fandom.

 


Now that that’s out of the way, let’s relax and enjoy as Yum-Rogg (can we make that a thing as well?) shows off his sparring skills with Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) in a clip released over the weekend by Marvel.

 

 

Just Jared reports Law, Larson, and costar Gemma Chan (Madam Ya Zhou) also participated Friday in a press junket for the film at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, and you can check out a few images from that event in the gallery below.

 

 

Finally, in a bit of personal news, wedding bells will be sounding this spring for Law and his girlfriend of four years, business psychologist Phillipa Coan. According to the Irish Sun, the two will tie the knot in France, with Law’s eldest son, 22-year-old Rafferty, serving as best man. Congratulations to the happy couple!

 

 

Meanwhile, Chan’s fashion choices have been turning heads of late, and the actress tweeted Tuesday that she’s gracing the cover of the March issues of Harper’s Bazaar Singapore. In an included interview, Chan tells the magazine, “Identity is plural – I’m English, I’m British, I’m European, I’m Chinese, I’m Asian. I’m all of those things.”

 


Harper’s Bazaar UK also this week named Chan to its top-ten list of best-dressed women at the Oscars for her “voluminous pink Valentino parachute dress and Bulgari jewelry.” The dress was notable for the inclusion of pockets, and Entertainment Tonight caught up with Chan following the awards ceremony to inquire how she’d used the rare storage space. She did what any of us would have done: smuggled in cookies.

 


While we’re obviously anxiously awaiting Chan’s appearance in Captain Marvel March 8, she has two more projects in postproduction. She will be featured in one part of a currently untitled three-part drama anthology series by writer-director Dominic Savage for UK’s Channel 4 that also stars Samantha Morton (Mary Lou Barebone) and Vicky McClure (Broadchurch). Me+You Productions says each part was developed with and co-authored by the actresses and “explores the experience of three women in moments that are emotionally raw, thought-provoking, and utterly personal.”

That project was shot over the summer and fall of 2018 and has no release date as of yet. Neither does the crime mystery Intrigo: Dear Agnes, the third and final film adaptation of Swedish author Hakan Nesser’s Intrigo trilogy. Chan’s role in that film is currently unspecified.

As MuggleNet told you earlier this month, DC fans have been concerned about whether the Flash would be speeding into his anticipated solo film or tripping out of the starting gate after filming for Fantastic Beasts 3 was delayed, thus tying up Ezra Miller (Credence Barebone). ComicBookMovie.com reports, however, that Miller recently assured his adoring public the project would be moving forward soon.

Anyone that knows anything about Barry Allen knows that he’s always late, but then when he arrives, he gets stuff done. And that’s definitely how this film’s production schedule is proceeding. We are a little late, but the reason why … is because we are all very meticulously focused on making a movie that is just not one of the greatest superhero movies that we can possibly make, this movie is also going to be a gift to the fans. This movie is going to be a real, pure offering to the fans of this material.

Miller didn’t stop there, also teasing that The Flash could mark the start of the expansion of the DC Extended Universe into a multiverse.

We are talking about sparking a whole new universe, which is not just the DC multiverse, it’s also – it’s the Speedster multiverse. And the Speedsters are the ones who connect all of the disparate pieces. All these different stories with different realities, characters, and versions of characters, and the Speedsters are the ones who move through it all. They are like the connecting bridge between all these different collaged parts.

The internet’s bevy of digital artists has been having fun with concepts of what Miller’s costume for the standalone film might look like, with Dalton Barrett posting this more comic-correct getup to Instagram last week:

 

 

Speaking of style, Miller’s is always impeccable, and he showed it off again Tuesday in Paris, attending the Saint Laurent Fall 2019 fashion show with Lindsay Lohan and her younger sister, Aliana.

 

 

City Summit, the business acceleration experience that brings together founders of successful companies for networking and instruction on how to weather any economic climate, presented Colin Farrell (Percival Graves) with its Inspiration award at the Fourth Annual City Summit & Gala in Burbank, California.

City Summit strives each year to find speakers who can provide inspirational messages and philanthropic viewpoints, and Farrell – who, founder Ryan Long pointed out, has “overcome monstrous amounts of adversity in his personal life and professional career” – accepted the award at the post-Oscars gala that also serves as a fundraiser for several nonprofit organizations.

I’m grateful to organizations like the City Summit for highlighting professionals and providing awareness and support to entrepreneurs that want to help solve today’s challenges.

 

 

Claudia Kim (Nagini) will be providing a glimpse next week into her day-to-day life with an appearance on Middle East Broadcasting Center’s The Manager (known in Korea as Point of Omniscient Interference). The reality show follows stars and their managers as they navigate their busy schedule, and allkpop provided a clip of Kim’s appearance last week. In it, she’s seen urging her manager to hurry through the airport, and when asked whether she felt her itinerary was too full, she responds, “We haven’t even started yet.”

 

Kim also posted a video to her Instagram account of her new W Korea magazine spot for John Hardy jewelry.

 

 

Kim’s footage for The Manager was filmed in both Korea and the US, the latter due to an appearance on Dan Fogler‘s (Jacob Kowalski) podcast, Dan Fogler’s 4D Xperience. The pair watched a 4DX showing of Alita: Battle Angel prior to recording in order to discuss the experience during the podcast.

In addition to discovering the fowl form of Kim’s Boggart and partaking with her in a little soju, Fogler also spoke with the actress about the unexpected gentleness she brought to the character of Nagini.

Fogler: David Yates must have seen when they were casting you that yes, you’re beautiful, but the relationship that you have with Ezra – Credence – the loving, nurturing, mothering side, is very special. I mean, I feel it just talking to you. They obviously saw that, and they saw your soft nature. And to have that be the character choice for Nagini is so [expletive] brilliant.

Kim: I feel so blessed to be playing a character like that. I loved every moment on that movie because of that connection with Credence.

Fogler: Everybody knows Nagini as this terrifying killer snake that is on the bad guys’ side.

Kim: But who she is is just… she’s just this nurturing, soft person, caring person, that is so vulnerable and real. She has real feelings.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Cast & Crew

Since 2007, when star-studded film The Golden Compass left Sir Philip Pullman fans hanging and his fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials without any significant screen adaptation, lovers of the books have been waiting for someone to take up the mantle. Bad Wolf and New Line Cinema stepped forward in 2015 to turn the saga into a television series, and after four long years, it’s finally on its way.

Jack Thorne (cowriter of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) is the writer on the project and told the Radio Times back in April 2017 that “the most important thing is being loyal to the books and trying to tell those books as well as we possibly can.” Filming for the first eight episodes of His Dark Materials wrapped in late 2018, and Deadline Hollywood announced in September 2018 that a second eight-episode season had already been ordered.

The series will star Dafne Keen (Logan) as Lyra Belacqua, Lin-Manuel Miranda (Mary Poppins Returns) as Lee Scoresby, James McAvoy (Glass) as Lord Asriel, and Ruth Wilson (Saving Mr. Banks) as Marisa Coulter, and will air on BBC1 and HBO later this year. Check out the first trailer below!

 

Netflix: Coming and Going

From now on, be sure to also check Castium Revelio each week to see if any projects from your favorite wizarding world alumni are coming to or departing from Netflix! Here’s the list for the month of March: Lumos if it’s on its way, Nox if it’s on its way out.

 

 

  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007): Alan Rickman (Severus Snape), Johnny Depp (Gellert Grindelwald), Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange), Timothy Spall (Peter Pettigrew), and Jamie Campbell Bower (teen Gellert Grindelwald)
  • Saving Mr. Banks (2013): Dame Emma Thompson (Sybill Trelawney)
  • Christopher Robin (2018): Toby Jones (voice of Dobby)
  • After Life (coming March 8, television series): David Bradley (Argus Filch)

 

 

  • Beauty and the Beast (2017): Emma Watson (Hermione Granger)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007): Johnny Depp (Gellert Grindelwald)

Thanks for Apparating along with us on another journey through the lives of your wizarding world favorites! Be sure to head back next week for more Casting News, and let us know in the comments which projects have caught your eye! (Or just leave sad-face emojis because Jude Law’s off the market again. We understand.)

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I'm a passionate journalist, feeding my wizarding world obsession on MuggleNet by night, forever trying to find ways to work "Potter" references into high school sports stories by day. When not writing, I can be often be found making quiche at 2 a.m., playing Queen tunes on the piano, or talking (and talking and talking) about Sirius Black.