Castium Revelio: Tonys, Trailers, and Terrible Days
by Brienne Green · Published · Updated
Have you ever had one of those days when you just didn’t feel appreciated? Henry Lloyd-Hughes has, and the actor behind Roger Davies in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire opened up this week about how it felt to watch the film for the first time… and find out someone had cast Evanesco on his lone line. We’ve also got the lowdown on the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child crew members who took home Tonys last week and trailers for multiple new projects from wizarding world alumni. ALL OF WHOM WE APPRECIATE! Ready to show yours? Castium Revelio!
MuggleNet had you covered and then some this week on all things Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, and we’re sure you enjoyed our live streaming of the press conference with Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood), James Phelps (Fred Weasley), Oliver Phelps (George Weasley), and Warwick Davis (Griphook/Filius Flitwick). Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) was also in attendance for the grand opening of Universal Orlando Resort’s new roller coaster, and Entertainment Weekly took the opportunity to ask him and Felton whether they’d be open to portraying their characters’ fathers, Arthur Weasley and Lucius Malfoy, should a Harry Potter reboot ever surface in the (hopefully extremely distant) future.
“Absolutely,” Felton said. “I say I’ll do it for free, but yeah, I’d love to.”
“I’d be up for that,” Grint agreed. “It’d be a nice kind of bit of closure.”
We previously let you know that Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort) and Rhys Ifans (Xenophilius Lovegood) would be starring in the upcoming biographical thriller Official Secrets, and the film had its first official trailer released this week, which you can check out below. Fiennes will portray British lawyer Ben Emmerson and Ifans journalist and writer Ed Vulliamy in the film, which is scheduled to arrive in theaters August 23.
I was a young man and keen to make my way in the showbiz universe, and I got offered what seemed like a twinkly role in the wonderful world of ‘Harry Potter’. I appeared at the gates of Hogwarts, my wand tucked neatly under my arm, keen to make a good impression… only to be swiftly told on the first page of the screenplay that even though I’d got the role of Quidditch captain, there was to be no Quidditch this year at Hogwarts. I then realised that my ten or so lines of dialogue were quickly to become five, four, three, two… none. I ended up with one line, which I try to say to Maggie Smith, but she doesn’t give me the time of day. Basically, I wasn’t invited to the premiere, and I eventually saw the movie, and I was thinking, ‘My one line has been shifted to later in the film… it’s been shifted quite far back… they must have left it to the last scene in the film…’ Then the credits rolled, and they had spelt my name wrong in the credits.
Henry, we are so sorry… shoot us an email at MuggleNet – we will let you say that line to us all day long. #JusticeForRoger
Toy Story 4 had its premiere this week at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California, and while no wizarding world alumni were among the voice cast, Gary Oldman (Sirius Black), ever the doting dad, was on hand with his son, William, and wife, Gisele Schmidt. Toy Story 4 hits theaters June 21.
As you’re aware (if you read Casting News, that is!), Timothy Spall‘s (Peter Pettigrew) film Mrs Lowry & Son will be closing out this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival, and the Irish Examiner has reported the actor will also be in attendance at the event. Peter Mullan (Corban Yaxley) will be on hand as well for a conversation program with composer Craig Armstrong titled “The Magic of Collaborations.” The festival runs June 19–30, with a screening of all six episodes of Good Omens – starring David Tennant (Barty Crouch Jr.) and Miranda Richardson (Rita Skeeter) – set for June 29. Festival promoters say that screening will be attended by “some special guests,” but there’s no official word on whether Tennant or Richardson will be among them.
In Good Omens news, you’ll soon be able to own your own Blu-ray copy of the fantastic series from Amazon Prime. Preorders are currently being accepted; if you’re in the United States, click here, and click here to preorder in the United Kingdom.
Richardson, meanwhile, will feature in a new eight-part series about a high-stakes street race, Spectrum Originals revealed in a press release issued this week. She’ll portray Lou Collins in Curfew.
In a near-future London, a mysterious illness has spread throughout the country, leaving a population gripped in fear. As an increasingly desperate government imposes a strict nightly curfew, there is only one hope for freedom, from the virus and from tyranny: an illegal and potentially deadly street race that takes place once a year.
Curfew also stars Sean Bean (Game of Thrones), Adam Brody (The O.C.), Billy Zane (Titanic), and Adrian Lester (Trauma), and is scheduled to be released free on demand on June 24 to subscribers of Spectrum’s video service. You can check out a trailer below.
The Chester Standard reports that when Chalice Productions learned it had forgotten Oberon’s crown prior to a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Royal Shakespeare Gardens in Stratford-upon-Avon, Bradley and his wife, Rosanna, offered to loan the company one of his. They retrieved the crown Bradley wore during his performance as Henry IV for the National Theatre as well as a laurel wreath he wore as Julius Caesar for the Royal Shakespeare Company, just in time for the performance. “I’m just glad to see someone making use of them again – and doing so very well!” Bradley said. After the performance, Bradley asked to meet the cast, enthusiastically congratulating them on a “brilliant and really vibrant performance.” Director Laura J. Harris was impressed.
The fact that David was also able to make the performance was just wonderful for all the cast. He’s such a lovely guy. Such a gentleman and nothing like the grumpy, grouchy, or treacherous characters he often portrays!
While we’re on the topic of people who are nowhere near as horrible as their characters, Imelda Staunton (Dolores Umbridge) has been cast in a new drama series on ITV, Deadline Hollywood says. Flesh and Blood will tell the story of three adult siblings whose lives are turned upside down by a new man in the life of their recently widowed mother, Vivien. Staunton will portray Mary, a longtime next-door neighbor who, “despite not being family, appears unhealthily attached to Vivien and her family’s unfolding drama.”
As Vivien nears her 70th birthday, the siblings’ suspicions are heightened when retired GP Mark sweeps their mother off her feet, shifting her priorities away from her children. The happiness of her 45-year marriage to their father, Terry, is called into question, which sends a seismic shock through the lives of the siblings. Years of secrets, lies, rivalries, and betrayals come to the surface and threaten to blow apart everything they’ve held dear. With their large family home overlooking the Sussex coast, their inheritance, and the happy memories of their childhood all suddenly threatened by the arrival of Mark, the siblings attempt to find out more about him. But will their long-buried grudges and complicated personal lives allow them to pull together?
Filming began this week on the Sussex coast in London.
We’re hoping Dame Emma Thompson (Sybill Trelawney) will have time for a little R&R now that two of the films she’s been promoting for some time – Late Night and Men in Black: International – are hitting the big screen today. On the Late Night front, a final trailer was released for the picture this week, and you can check it out below before heading to the theater to see the whole thing!
It’s because everybody’s been through something like it. What really gets to [viewers] is the fact that she has to get herself together. It’s not the fact that she’s upset, that’s a ten a penny. It’s the fact that she has to pull herself together, and that’s Richard’s [Curtis] writing. You’ve got to carry on and be normal, especially for your children.
Thompson is also busy backing a fundraising campaign to save Montage Theatre Arts, a British performing arts charity that provides low-cost voice, acting, and dance classes to children from low-income families or who are facing social hardships. The program recently had its funding slashed by 90 percent. Through June 17, all public donations will be doubled by the Williams Foundation and the Childhood Trust, and you can find out more about donating here.
This reporter isn’t the least bit biased as a proud Irish American, but there are few things lovelier than an Irish brogue, and Fiona Shaw (Petunia Dursley) revealed on BBC’s The One Show this week that she wanted to use her native accent while playing Carolyn Martens on Killing Eve. She was ultimately shot down but enjoys portraying the posh Brit regardless, and you can see more of her interview below.
Well, I was hoping to play her as somebody from Trinity College Dublin. And they said, ‘Absolutely not!’ So I don’t. But it’s very much in the tradition of those very highly educated Oxbridge spies who get commandeered when they’re undergraduates and become very high up. She’s a person with a great history, and that’s always a very fun thing to play.
— BBC The One Show (@BBCTheOneShow) June 12, 2019
Robert Pattinson (Cedric Diggory) is about to become Emma Thompson–-level busy, and as such, IndieWire reports, he’s been forced to drop out of a project to which his name has been attached for some time: the sequel to Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir, which is scheduled for an August 30 release in the United Kingdom. IndieWire says Pattinson was rumored to serve as a possible love interest for Honor Swinton Byrne’s character, Julie, in the sequel, but he’ll be tied up this summer instead with filming for Christopher Nolan’s new epic, Tenet, also starring Clémence Poésy (Fleur Delacour). Plus, there’s that little Batman gig coming up as well, no biggie.
Chortle reports that Season 2 of comedian Jon Richardson’s series Jon Richardson: Ultimate Worrier will return July 3 to the Dave network in the UK, and Jessie Cave (Lavender Brown) will guest star. No word yet on when Cave’s episode will air, but we’ll keep an eye out!
While we still don’t know for certain when Season 5 of Peaky Blinders will arrive on the small screen, UK residents will have the opportunity to see Episode 1 of the new season before anyone else, not to mention enjoy a Q&A with some of the cast, including Helen McCrory (Narcissa Malfoy). The British Film Institute will host the special screening July 23 at its Southbank Theatre, and ticket information is available here. The Q&A panel will include McCrory, who portrays Aunt Polly, and costars Paul Anderson (Arthur), Sophie Rundle (Ada), and newcomer Sam Claflin.
Hero Fiennes-Tiffin (11-year-old Tom Riddle) was looking suave as ever this week as he walked in a Salvatore Ferragamo fashion show in Florence, Italy. You can view a few photos of Fiennes-Tiffin and his now-patented smolder below, courtesy of Just Jared.
We can’t imagine the inimitable Bill Nighy (Rufus Scrimgeour) being mistaken for anyone else, but the actor tells the Times it happens frequently; he’s even been mistaken several times for Gary Oldman. Nighy, whose new film Sometimes Always Never arrives in theaters today in the UK and has been receiving very positive critical reviews, sat down with the Times this week to discuss that and more, including his practical advice for young actors seeking guidance: “‘Don’t take drugs, and pay your taxes.’ They laugh, and you say, ‘Well, I know it’s kind of funny, but it’s a couple of things I passionately recommend.'” Nighy also takes an introspective look within (that we are very on board with, especially the walking in the rain and crying bit) in both that interview, which you can read here, and an appearance on the podcast Full Disclosure with James O’Brien, which you can listen to here.
I don’t know how you arrange to be self-aware. I don’t know how that’s done. People say, ‘Who I am…’ How would that information EVER be made available to you? […] I mean, there’s a part of me that only wants to wear dark clothes, and talk, and sit in shadows, and drink coffee, and speak gnomically, and maybe walk in the rain in a good coat and cry. It’s not gonna happen.
Ciarán Hinds (Aberforth Dumbledore) will be reprising his role as Pabbie/Grandpa in Disney’s much-anticipated Frozen II, and the first trailer for the film was released this week. In it, we hear Hinds’ character telling Elsa that “the past is not what it seems” and sending her on a quest for the truth. Frozen II will arrive in theaters November 22.
Here’s a name that will take you back to your childhood: Clifford the Big Red Dog. A movie adaptation of the book series is underway, and the Hollywood Reporter says John Cleese (Nearly Headless Nick) has signed on for a currently unnamed role. Cleese will join Jack Whitehall (Good Omens) and Darby Camp (Big Little Lies) in the tale of Emily and her oversized pup.
The movie will see Emily (Camp), who is struggling to fit in at home and at school, discover a small, red puppy who is destined to become her best friend. When Clifford magically undergoes one heck of a growth spurt and attracts the attention of a genetics company, Emily and her Uncle Casey (Whitehall) have to fight the forces of greed as they go on the run across New York City.
Clifford the Big Red Dog is scheduled for a November 13, 2020, release.
Another children’s movie in which Cleese played a part is coming to Blu-ray and 4K digital download October 29. The 1994 film The Swan Princess was award-winning and critically acclaimed and spawned a film franchise, the latest installment of which – The Swan Princess: Kingdom of Music – will debut on DVD and digital download August 6. The original film’s Blu-ray and digital release will include a featurette titled “A Look Back, Tease Ahead” and other archival goodies. Cleese voiced Jean-Bob the frog in The Swan Princess.
The 1973 horror-thriller Don’t Look Now, starring Julie Christie (Madam Rosmerta) and Donald Sutherland, has been called one of the best British films of all time, and FirstShowing.net reports it’s getting a shiny new 4K restoration. The movie about a married couple, grieving the death of their young daughter, who receives a psychic warning from the beyond will be re-released in UK cinemas beginning July 5 and on Blu-ray this summer. No word yet on the possibility of a US re-release, but you can check out the trailer for the restoration below.
Michael Seresin, the cinematographer behind Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, is working in that capacity on a new female-led assassin film titled Gunpowder Milkshake, HN Entertainment reports. The movie stars Karen Gillan (Avengers: Endgame) and began filming this week in Berlin, Germany. There’s no release date at this time, but we’ll let you know!
MuggleNet let you know in April about Stephen Fry‘s (narrator of the UK Harry Potter audiobooks) and Emma Thompson‘s involvements as producers for the short film Ponyboi, created by intersex filmmaker River Gallo, and Fry spoke with Gay Star News this week about the importance of the project.
It’s a great step forward that the team behind ‘Ponyboi’ have made. I’m seriously very proud to have been involved in a small way. I also asked my friend Emma Thompson – we were thrilled [to be involved]. […] It’s the ‘I’ in LGBTI. Some of the worst cruelty that is perpetrated is the nonconsensual mutilation of young intersex children. Some have no knowledge of their status.
Deadline Hollywood says Jude Law (Albus Dumbledore) has been cast in a new mystery-drama series titled The Third Day. The six-part series will be the latest collaboration between HBO and Sky following the success of Chernobyl, which stars Ralph Ineson (Amycus Carrow, Harry Potter) and Adrian Rawlins (James Potter, Harry Potter). Production on The Third Day is slated to begin next month.
In the series, Law plays Sam, who, after being drawn to a mysterious island off the British coast, is thrown into the unusual world of its secretive inhabitants. Isolated from the mainland, the rituals of the island begin to overwhelm him, and he is confronted by a trauma from his past. As the line between reality and fantasy blurs, Sam finds himself immersed in an emotional quest, which puts him at odds with the islanders and begins to threaten their way of life.
Johnny Depp (Gellert Grindelwald) celebrated his 56th birthday last week and is clearly either Dorian Gray or a vampire. But that’s not the news. We have a lovely photo of the actor and rocker posted to Instagram by Hollywood Vampires (that might not just be a clever name…) bandmate Joe Perry in honor of the occasion.
Speaking of immortal beings, Colin Farrell (Percival Graves) was trending this week after a Twitter account found and posted an old commercial for RTÉ’s coverage of the World Cup featuring the actor. HE. LOOKS. THE. EXACT. SAME. How do they…? What are they…? Never mind. Just enjoy.
The opening titles of RTE’s World Cup 98 coverage was pretty forgettable, but it did feature a young jobbing actor at the time.
Amazingly, I couldn’t find anything at all about this online given the internets love for a bit of ‘before they were famous’. pic.twitter.com/Xl4Ix1qr9v
— KillianM2 TV Archive (@KillianM2) June 12, 2019
Farrell’s 2008 hit In Bruges, which also starred Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort, Harry Potter), Brendan Gleeson (Mad-Eye Moody, Harry Potter), and Clémence Poésy (Fleur Delacour, Harry Potter), is being released to Blu-ray in a limited-edition format that includes a number of extras. In the UK, preorders are already being accepted on Amazon. The set is listed as unavailable thus far in the US, but you can keep an eye on it here.
Filming for Zoë Kravitz‘s (Leta Lestrange) upcoming Hulu series reboot of High Fidelity is continuing in New York City, and the actress was spotted again shooting scenes by the Daily Mail. You can check out those images below.
Claudia Kim (Nagini) marked a milestone this week, Soompi reports, when she became the first Korean actress to attend the annual Women in Film gala in Los Angeles. Women in Film was created in 1973 and advocates for women and gender equality in the entertainment industry. You can view photos of Kim on the red carpet and going to the InStyle/Max Mara Face of the Future cocktail party afterward.
Television shows across the spectrum are turning in their submissions for the 2019 Emmy Awards – set to air September 22 – and Samantha Morton (Mary Lou Barebone) is among them. ComicBook.com says Morton and The Walking Dead costars Melissa McBride (Carol) and Danai Gurira (Michonne) were all submitted by the show for the Best Drama Supporting Actress category. Good luck, Samantha!
After winning big at the Tonys in 2018 for their work on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, producer Sonia Friedman and lighting designer Neil Austin repeated the feat at this year’s event last Sunday. Austin took the Best Lighting Design of a Play award for the second year in a row, making him the only person to go back-to-back. Austin is the lighting designer for Ink, which is also coproduced by Sonia Friedman Productions.
Friedman, meanwhile, matched her 2018 total of six Tonys for Cursed Child with six more between Ink and The Ferryman. In addition to Austin’s award, Ink won Best Featured Actor for Bertie Carvel, and The Ferryman took home Best Play, Best Costume Design, Best Scenic Design, and Best Direction.
Ink will also be hosting Broadway’s first-ever “touch tour” for blind or low-vision individuals next week, Theatermania says. The tour will allow the visually impaired to tour the set prior to the performance in order to give them a feel for the environment. The Manhattan Theatre Club will host the event June 22.
Cursed Child Melbourne will also be up for eight Helpmann Awards – Australia’s equivalent of the Tonys – next month. Nominations include Best Production of a Play, Best Female Actor in a Play for Paula Arundell (Hermione Granger), and Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play for William McKenna (Scorpius Malfoy). You can view all the nominations here. The awards will be presented on July 15.
That just about covers this week in the wizarding world. Make sure to check back with MuggleNet next week for more of the latest news on your favorite stars, and let us know in the comments how much you love Henry Lloyd-Hughes!