Castium Revelio: All Together Now

It makes us a special sort of warm and fuzzy when actors from the wizarding world come together again – or for the first time! – on other projects. Let’s be honest: With as many famous faces’ characters as have inhabited the halls of Hogwarts and Ilvermorny at this point, it happens with a fair amount of frequency, but it’s still cause for a happy dance! Right now, three major projects featuring ensembles of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts actors are in the works, and you can read about those below. We’ve also got everything featuring wizarding world stars coming and going from the major streaming services, a new release date for Daniel Radcliffe‘s Playmobil: The Movie, Jude Law looking a bit worse for the wear filming his new picture, the possibility of more Good Omens on the horizon, and the revelation that Ralph Fiennes‘ body is, in fact, a lethal weapon. Hey, you’ve been warned. Castium Revelio!

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Harry Potter Cast & Crew

Unfortunately, we have to start off with a bit of bad news this week: Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) fans in the United States will have to wait a few more months yet to catch the actor’s voice work in Playmobil: The Movie. The Hollywood Reporter said Friday that STX Entertainment has made the decision to push back the movie’s US premiere from August 30 to December 6. Insert all the sad faces here. Still, we suppose it’ll be a nice enough Christmas present, and as far as all sources indicate, United Kingdom fans will still be seeing the film in theaters this Friday.

And while MuggleNet taketh away, MuggleNet also giveth, so here’s a happy thought: Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood). That alone is happy enough, right? But we’ve got more! The actress just capped off her third week of performances in Games for Lovers at the Vaults beneath Waterloo Station in London, England, and she celebrated by sharing a trailer to which we can likely all relate. You can check that out below and continue to catch Games for Lovers through August 25.

 

 

In Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort) news, a project we let you know about in 2018, The Dig, is finally beginning to break ground, according to Backstage. Fiennes will portray Basil Brown opposite Nicole Kidman as Edith Pretty in the story of the pair who led a team of archaeologists to one of Britain’s most important historical finds: Sutton Hoo. Filming is expected to begin September 9.

The King’s Man director Matthew Vaughn also had high praise recently for Fiennes’ action chops. The actor portrays the Duke of Oxford in the Kingsman franchise prequel, and Vaughn told Film News that he was “like a duck to water for the action.”

He’s fit as f***. He’s been doing yoga two hours every day for 35 years. There’s one scene, which is an homage to a Jackie Chan moment, where we put a safety harness and a winch on him. After we shot it, the safety guy said, ‘He didn’t even use the winch.’ Ralph did it himself. […] Ralph is a brilliant actor. And his secret weapon, and I don’t think enough people appreciate it, is that he’s very f***ing funny. He had no problem going into the murkiness of ‘Kingsman’ quite happily. He can do it all.

Meanwhile, The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle – one of those films that seems to star everyone you’ve ever heard of, including Fiennes, Dame Emma Thompson (Sybill Trelawney), Jim Broadbent (Horace Slughorn), Frances de la Tour (Madame Maxime), Ralph Ineson (Amycus Carrow), and Carmen Ejogo (Seraphina Picquery, Fantastic Beasts) – is another project that’s been stuck in the mud for a while, but it also seems to be getting back on track. HN Entertainment says visual effects supervisor John Dykstra has signed on to help polish things up ahead of the movie’s January 17, 2020, release date.

Let’s keep the togetherness vibe going! Three more wizarding world alumni – Sir Kenneth Branagh (Gilderoy Lockhart), Robert Pattinson (Cedric Diggory), and Clémence Poésy (Fleur Delacour) – are set to star in Christopher Nolan’s new epic, Tenet, and the film’s first teaser was released this week. But in true Nolan suspenseful, dramatic fashion, it wasn’t posted online but rather tucked unexpectedly into previews before showings of Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. Any and all leaked videos of the teaser posted online in the last few days have been swiftly kiboshed by Warner Bros., but Vanity Fair described it for us. It reportedly shows star John David Washington (BlacKkKlansman) walking slowly toward a broken window, with brief glimpses of the actor fighting and wearing a gas mask. The taglines “Time has come for a new protagonist” and “Time has come for a new kind of mission” also appear, and that, along with a video taken during filming in Estonia of vehicles driving backward, has many speculating the movie could feature some element of time travel. We’ll have to wait and see! Tenet is scheduled for a July 17, 2020, premiere.

 

 

Branagh is also featured in The Virtual Production Field Guide, a PDF manual that aims to improve the use of virtual effects in cinematography, animation, and more. In an excerpt from Branagh’s interview for the guide, he talks about the use of VFX on his upcoming directorial effort Artemis Fowl, which is slated to premiere May 29, 2020. You can read that below and download the guide itself from Epic Games.

There’s a formidable creature that exists in ‘Artemis Fowl’. We determined with our visual-effects colleagues and our prop-making colleagues, despite producing a creature that would essentially be computer generated, we would create a 13.5-foot-high, entirely three-dimensional model of him. We shared this with the actors on set and early on, and although the features may change, it gave a sense of scale, sense of bulk, and everything. Something that might come in useful in all sorts of other parts of the production process and was inspirational for the characters who are interacting with this creature, for actors who would be part of the motion capture element of giving the internal performance.

In final ensemble news, Miranda Richardson (Rita Skeeter), Jamie Campbell Bower (young Gellert Grindelwald), and Toby Regbo (young Albus Dumbledore) have reportedly wrapped filming in Belfast, Ireland, on the pilot for the proposed Game of Thrones prequel. Speaking to Variety at the Television Critics Association’s 2019 Summer Press Tour, HBO president of programming Casey Bloys said there wasn’t a timeline yet for the project but that “the cast looks really, really good; it’s exciting.”

Campbell Bower also took to Twitter this week to invite fans to promote upcoming tour dates for his band, Counterfeit. If you live in one of these cities, grab your tickets now, and if you don’t… road trip!

Richardson, meanwhile – along with David Tennant (Barty Crouch Jr.) – could have the opportunity to revisit Good Omens, if Amazon Prime has anything to do with it. The series became one of the streaming service’s most successful shows ever in May, and Deadline Hollywood says Amazon’s co-head of television, Vernon Sanders, told media during a Television Critics Association executive session that the company would love to continue the series.

We’re so excited about how Season 1 has done for us. The notion has come up about whether we can revisit that world. It’s in Neil’s hands now, but we’d love to do it. We’re finding that it just takes a little time, perhaps, in the case of Neil. But whatever he wants to do, we’re interested in.

Gaiman, who cowrote the 1990 book on which the series is based with the late Terry Pratchett, previously indicated the show wouldn’t continue past one season, ending as the book ended. But Gaiman and Pratchett also had plans to pen a sequel to the book that never came to fruition, and a Season 2 of the show could provide that chance for Gaiman. Do we get a vote? (Hint: It’s “yes” if we do.) We’ll keep you posted on this!

We gave you a first look last month at Gary Oldman (Sirius Black) in the supernatural thriller Mary, and Bloody Disgusting has graced us this week with a few more images of Oldman in action. The site also reports RLJE Films has acquired the picture, setting an October 11 release date for both theaters and video on demand.

In addition, as we let you know in May, Oldman recently appeared on an episode of Savage Builds, and you can check out a “making of” look at that episode below.

 

 

As we know, Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange) will be taking over the role of Princess Margaret on Season 3 of The Crown, and one of her castmates may have given us an idea last week of when that season will be premiering. Speaking with BBC Radio London, Tobias Menzies (Prince Philip) let slip that new episodes would be coming in November! We can’t wait – and won’t have to much longer – to see Bonham Carter in this role.

The official trailer for Season 5 of Peaky Blinders, starring Helen McCrory (Narcissa Malfoy), has finally been released, and the Shelbys are certainly giving the Black family a run for its money. We’ll let you see for yourself.

 

 

The BBC has also announced an official Peaky Blinders festival will be heading to Digbeth, Birmingham, England, September 14–15, featuring 200 actors recreating scenes from the series, fashion shows, a dance, historically accurate street food, and plenty of live music.

 

A poster advertises events at an upcoming "Peaky Blinders" festival.

 

McCrory was additionally spotted at the London premiere of Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which was produced by David Heyman (Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts producer) and stars McCrory’s husband, Damian Lewis, as Steve McQueen.

 

Helen McCrory and husband Damian Lewis attend the London premiere of "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood".

 

Also at the premiere, of course, was Heyman, who spoke with Social News XYZ on the red carpet. Heyman’s portion of the video begins at the 2:39 mark.

 

 

Heyman also talked about the film with Uproxx, alongside fellow producer Shannon Macintosh. You can check out a quote from that interview below.

I think it’s interesting when it’s called a love letter to Hollywood. In some ways, it is. I’d say 70 percent is love, and there’s a portion of it which is not such a love letter, it’s more negative. I think that’s really important for Quentin. It’s not all one thing or the other.

We haven’t had an update on the actor behind everyone’s favorite dad, Mark Williams (Arthur Weasley), of late, so here’s a bit of news for fans of Father Brown. The seventh season of the popular series will be added to streaming service BritBox next month, with previous seasons to also be added later in the year, Television Business International says. Now available on BritBox is the third season of Mum, starring Peter Mullan (Corban Yaxley), and additionally, coming soon will be Death in Paradise, which has featured a plethora of wizarding world actors, as you can see under the “Coming and Going” tab below.

Mullan, who is as talented a director as he is an actor, will also soon have scores from his directorial films celebrated with composer Craig Armstrong’s impending album, Music for the Films of Peter Mullan. The album will feature tracks from such movies as Orphans, The Magdalene Sisters, and Neds. It’s scheduled for release on August 9 and can be preordered now on Amazon in both the United States and the United Kingdom.

 

A new album will celebrate the film scores of works directed by Peter Mullan.

 

As you learned here in May, Alfred Enoch (Dean Thomas) is starring in Idris Elba’s Tree at the Young Vic in London. The production is now a few days into its run, and Enoch says his dancing skills have tremendously improved. Calling himself more of a “Friday night dancer,” the actor struggled a bit at first with the structured moves. “My ability to learn choreography is nil,” he told the Evening Standard. “I like dancing and hearing music and doing what I feel, but that’s it.” He says the fact that his character invites the audience onstage to dance at both the start and end of the show, however, is “cathartic” for the cast because “you shake it off at the end of the show.” Tree continues through August 24, and you can still pick up tickets. You can also view a gallery of stills from the show below.

While Men in Black: International may not have enjoyed success at the level of its franchise predecessors, Dame Emma Thompson (Sybill Trelawney) is in it, so it can’t be all bad. Thompson features as Agent O (and Timothy Spall‘s (Peter Pettigrew) son, Rafe Spall, as Agent C) in the film, which will be coming to digital download August 20 and Blu-ray and DVD September 3. Discs are available for preorder now at Amazon US and Amazon UK.

Screen Daily reports the 2019 San Sebastian Film Festival, scheduled for September 20 to 28 in Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain, has revealed the films that will compete for its New Directors award. Among them is Delphine Lehericey’s Beyond the Horizon, starring Clémence Poésy as Cécile. The film tells the story of a 13-year-old boy who watches his family fall apart during a summer heatwave in 1976.

Sky Atlantic’s drama Tin Star is headed into its third and final season, and TV Wise says Ian Hart (Quirinus Quirrell) will be joining the cast. Hart takes on the role of Michael Ryan, Merseyside’s most successful crime boss, who can “smell the law through concrete walls and across county lines, which is why he remains unconvicted of any major drug-related crime.” Production is underway now in Liverpool, England, and the six-part season is expected to debut in 2020.

Attendees of the seventh annual Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival received a pleasant surprise this weekend: Domhnall Gleeson (Bill Weasley). The actor made an unscheduled appearance at the Samuel Beckett Festival in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, to join in a reading of Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, the Impartial Reports said. You can check out a couple of photos of Gleeson in action below, and also be sure to tune in to The Late Late Show with James Corden Monday, August 5 to see the man behind the eldest Weasley child on the couch with Olivia Munn and Aldis Hodge.

 

Domhnall Gleeson as Vladimir and David Pearse as Estragon read a scene from "Waiting for Godot" at the Beckett Festival.

 

Domhnall Gleeson as Vladimir and David Pearse as Estragon read a scene from "Waiting for Godot" at the Beckett Festival.

 

We let you know in July that Adrian Rawlins (James Potter) had been cast in ITV’s upcoming series adaptation of Jane Austen’s final and unfinished novel, Sanditon, and this week, we have a trailer for you! First, however, you can check out the eight-episode series’ official description.

When a chance accident transports her from her rural hometown of Willingden to the would-be coastal resort of the eponymous title, it exposes Charlotte Heywood (Rose Williams) to the intrigues and dalliances of a seaside town on the make and the characters whose fortunes depend on its commercial success. The twists and turns of the plot, which takes viewers from the West Indies to the rotting alleys of London, expose the hidden agendas of each character and see Charlotte discover herself and, ultimately, find love.

Rawlins will play Mr. Heywood, Charlotte’s father, in the show, and you can see him right off the bat in the trailer. There’s no official date yet for Sanditon on ITV in the UK, but PBS’s Masterpiece in the US has said the series will be coming stateside in 2020.

 

 

Jessie Cave (Lavender Brown) is doing her part to promote mental health awareness, taking part in two recent projects that aim to eliminate stigmas. Cave is among 75 contributors to have essays featured in Scarlett Curtis’s new book, It’s Not OK to Feel Blue (and Other Lies). The essayists share what mental health means to them, and all proceeds will benefit giveusashoutinsta, the UK’s first 24/7 crisis text line, in partnership with Sussex Royal. You can preorder the book now in the UK.

Cave and 16 fellow comedians also participated last week in a partnership between England’s Dave channel and the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) to reduce suicide by encouraging people to show their friends they’re there for them. The comedians took over an ad break on the channel to convey their views on friendship, and you can view the ad spot below.

 

 

The world is continuing to celebrate – probably with hors d’oeuvres featuring plenty of Spam – the 50th anniversary of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, and a new Blu-ray boxed set featuring all 45 episodes of the groundbreaking comedy sketch show starring John Cleese (Nearly Headless Nick), Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam, and the late Graham Chapman is on its way.

 

John Cleese poses with fellow Pythons Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, and Terry Gilliam.

 

The episodes of the troupe’s television program are all restored and uncut, and the set also features special and rare content. It’s scheduled for an October 7 release, but you can preorder it now and check out a teaser below.

 

 

We’ve also got a sneak peek at Palin’s home movies from one of the group’s 1972 shoots for you. The behind-the-scenes filming in its entirety will be screened at “It’s… Monty Python at 50,” which we told you about last month.

 

 

In final Cleese news, a second season of the actor’s popular BBC comedy Hold the Sunset hit the airwaves Friday, the Sun reports. The story of two pensioners forced to put their lifelong retirement dreams on hold when an unexpected guest arrives was a hit in both its first season and a 2018 Christmas special, and while the internet seemed rather disappointed in the first episode of Season 2, there’s nowhere for it to go but up!

Amazon Prime has released a new teaser for Carnival Row, featuring Simon McBurney (voice of Kreacher) as Runyan Millworthy, and Deadline Hollywood says Amazon has also announced the series will continue for a second season. The eight-part Season 1, set to premiere August 30, will introduce us to the Victorian fantasy world shared by humans and mythological immigrants whose homelands were invaded by man. Orlando Bloom stars as human detective Rycroft Philostrate, and Cara Delevingne as faerie Vignette Stonemoss. Check out the teaser below!

 

 

Henry Lloyd-Hughes (Roger Davies) has been cast in BBC One and Amazon’s new Agatha Christie adaptation, The Pale Horse. Lloyd-Hughes will portray David Ardingly in the two-part limited series from the Mammoth Screen and Agatha Christie Limited team, which also brought you The ABC Murders, starring Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley). Playbill reports other recent casting for the project includes Rufus Sewell (Dark City) as Mark Eastebrook, Kaya Scodelario (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) as Hermia, and Bertie Carvel (Ink) as Zachariah Osborne. No word yet on a release date, but we’ll keep you posted!

A production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? will be coming soon to Serbia, and Rade Šerbedžija (Mykew Gregorovitch) will be featured in the starring role of George. The Serbian Monitor reports that the play’s run will begin in mid-October at the Belgrade Drama Theatre.

The Old Guard comic series is being adapted into a film starring Charlize Theron, and Harry Melling (Dudley Dursley) is among the cast! Melling’s role is as yet unnamed. KentOnline says filming is underway, with crews having transformed Market Street in Sandwich, England, into a French shopping district last week for the project.

The Museum of London has opened a popular new immersive exhibition titled “Beasts of London,” which takes visitors on a unique guided tour through history, narrated by the animals who once inhabited London. The animals are brought to life by a number of famous voices, including Pam Ferris (Aunt Marge) as Aquila the Eagle. You can find out more about the experience, purchase tickets on the museum’s website, and view a trailer below.

 

 

The youth whom Potter fans remember from flashback glimpses of young Sirius Black, Rohan Gotobed, now works as the joint artistic director for the Coast to Coast Theatre Company, and he spoke last week with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe about the prevalence of climate change themes in productions at the festival. Coast to Coast is staging Play Before Birth, which deals with the implications of climate change on motherhood, at the Fringe, and Gotobed calls it “a call to action: horror on stage.”

I like my theatre to question the personal within the political. ‘Play Before Birth’ puts this climate change catastrophe into four young women’s lives, so our perspective shifts with their beliefs and agenda.

Play Before Birth will run August 12–17 and 19–24 at the festival, and you can purchase tickets online.

We have art director Alan Gilmore to thank for many of the breathtaking magical details we love about not only the Harry Potter movies but also the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, and Gilmore recently spoke with the Irish Sun about looking to his home country of Ireland for inspiration. For instance, Gilmore says he based a lot of Hagrid’s Magical Creatures around Quin Abbey in County Clare. The artist also discussed some of the Easter eggs you can find scattered about the Wizarding World theme parks and the commitment J.K. Rowling had to making them as realistic as possible.

She was the one that, when they first had the idea of doing the theme parks, she said, ‘I want the same guys who did the films to do the theme park,’ so we were involved to design all the same buildings, the furniture, you name it. Everything, right down to all the little letters. We even had to design the food. What does a butterbeer taste like?

It’s a rare day that Stephen Fry (narrator of the UK Harry Potter audiobooks) doesn’t have three or four irons in the fire, and this isn’t a rare day. First up on the Fry front, he’ll be producing an upcoming short film in Kilkenny, Ireland, titled Luna’s Ghosts. Kilkenny People says the story of a young deaf girl who confronts her fear of ghosts by dressing up the gravestones in the cemetery opposite her home in outfits the deceased would have worn in their time aims to confront the fears we all face when trying to accept the loss of a loved one. Filming in a number of locations will begin in October.

Fry and Blackadder costar Rowan Atkinson were also honored last week by Sir Paul McCartney as Companions of the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, the Irish News reports. Companions are named for their “outstanding achievement and practical contribution to the higher education institution, which was founded by McCartney and Mark Featherstone-Witty in the Beatles star’s former school.”

 

Stephen Fry and "Blackadder" costar Rowan Atkinson pose with Sir Paul McCartney after being named Liverpool Companions.

 

The Telegraph also conducted an interesting interview with Fry recently about his (and many others’) attempts to adapt A Confederacy of Dunces into a film.

I was working on a TV show with Robbie Coltrane (Rubeus Hagrid), who asked me if I had ever read it and did I think it would make a screenplay – he had the part of [greedy would-be philosopher] Ignatius in mind for himself. I read it and was bowled over. I thought he – Robbie – would have been brilliant, of course, but I had no real connection with the film world in those days and was too timid to go any further.

It’s one of those efforts that simply seems cursed, but Fry feels it could possibly work in long-term television form. You can check out the full interview for the rest of the story. And lastly, UK readers will want to tune into Radio 4 Tuesday for Fry’s English Delight, a new four-part series through which Fry will explore the usage of words and what influences their function.

Fantastic Beasts Cast & Crew

Jude Law (Albus Dumbledore) has been busy of late and is about to get busier, as Variety reported last week that Sherlock Holmes 3 received a $20.8 million tax credit for filming from the state of California. It’s expected to be the biggest-spending production in the state since Captain Marvel, which, incidentally, also starred Law. Under the requirements of the credit, the movie – which is scheduled for a December 22, 2021, premiere – must begin production no later than mid-December.

MuggleNet also told you late last month that Law had been cast in the six-part HBO/Sky drama The Third Day, and the Daily Mail found the actor last week looking “bloody and disheveled” while filming for the project in a cornfield. You can view a gallery of photos from that shoot below. “Why is it he’s always covered in blood?”

The Hollywood Vampires – Johnny Depp (Gellert Grindelwald), Alice Cooper, and Joe Perry – recently wrapped a tour in support of their latest album, Rise, and the band performed a blistering version of David Bowie’s “Heroes” last week on The Late Late Show with James Corden. You can have your face melted below.

 

 

We gave you the somewhat upsetting news last week about Amazon Studios shifting away from a traditional theatrical release for Eddie Redmayne‘s (Newt Scamander) The Aeronauts, and the bummers continue this week. The Hollywood Reporter says that IMAX CEO Richard Gelfond has indicated IMAX “doesn’t expect to be part of that release” due to the fact that IMAX won’t carry a film that doesn’t honor the traditional 90-day-exclusive theatrical release schedule. The Aeronauts is instead scheduled to show in select theaters beginning December 6 before, two weeks later, being released on Amazon Prime. The whole thing is a bit strange, considering the film – penned by Jack Thorne (writer, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) – was designed for IMAX and shot with IMAX cameras. But we’ll continue to keep an eye out for news.

The STX Entertainment release-date shuffle we mentioned in the Harry Potter portion of Casting News has also extended to Colin Farrell‘s (Percival Graves) new movie, The Gentlemen, Collider reports. The film, which we told you about in May, and which also stars Hugh Grant, Henry Golding, and Matthew McConaughey, is now slated for a January 24, 2020, release.

It seems a new lipstick line may be on the horizon for Zoë Kravitz (Leta Lestrange) and Yves Saint Laurent. The actress teased the development Friday with an Instagram video and a promise for more details September 1. Kravitz has been one of the faces of Yves Saint Laurent since 2017, but this would mark the first makeup line she’s ever launched.

 

 

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Samantha Morton (Mary Lou Barebone) continues to garner significant acclaim for both “I Am Kirsty” and Season 9 of The Walking Dead, and the actress spoke recently with Vanity Fair about her past, future, and surviving the darker side of Hollywood. Morton discusses being replaced by Scarlett Johansson in Her after filming was complete, how she’s been “fired from shows for being too fat,” and more, and you can read the article in its entirety at the link above.

Gemma Chan‘s (Madam Ya Zhou) installment in the I Am… series, “I Am Hannah,” will air Tuesday on Channel 4 in the UK. Hannah is a 36-year-old woman facing increasing questions about whether or not she plans to start a family, and Chan told Hollywood.com that she feels those sorts of questions should stop.

A lot of the stuff that comes up in this [drama] comes up in discussions that I’ve had with my girlfriends, my mum, my sister. I definitely have friends who’ve felt under similar pressures to what Hannah’s going through.

Amazon Prime’s popular The Man in the High Castle, which imagines what the world would have been like had the Allied Powers lost World War II, will begin its fourth and final season November 15, and Horror Cult Films has announced that David Sakurai (Krall) is among the new cast members. Sakurai will portray Colonel Saito, and you can view a teaser below.

 

 

The teen coming-of-age comedy Booksmart, starring Jessica Williams (Eulalie Hicks), will soon be available for home viewing. The movie will release on Amazon Prime August 20 and on Blu-ray and DVD September 3. Preordering is ongoing at Amazon US and Amazon UK.

Cursed Child Cast & Crew

Fans of Sir Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials novel series may have been wondering how three books would be effectively condensed into the two eight-episode seasons commissioned by HBO and the BBC and written by Jack Thorne (writer, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child). Thorne attempted to explain that during a recent Television Critics Association panel, saying changes were obviously made but with the “spirit of the books” in mind. Season 1 of His Dark Materials is slated to premiere this fall.

There are a few treats I’ve stolen from future books that I’ve tried to infuse this season with. To give that away would be to give away some quite big secrets, so I can’t quite do that here. The whole thing was looking at the whole story, three books, and going, ‘How did Philip [Pullman] think of them like this? And how can we celebrate them in the best possible way?’ And sometimes, that celebration involved moving certain elements forward.

Hopefully, you’ve been enjoying the behind-the-scenes looks at Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Broadway, provided by James Snyder (Harry Potter, current Broadway run), that we’ve been posting on the MuggleNet Facebook page. The actor sat down recently with Broadway.com to talk about the role and the Potter phenomenon in general.

It’s very humbling playing Harry Potter. Everyone has an opinion on what and who Harry Potter should be. I read a statistic the other day where one in 15 people own a Harry Potter book in the world. It’s so great to take on someone that means so much to so many people.

Snyder says he planned to try out for Draco Malfoy first but was asked to read for Harry. With only three days to prepare for the audition, he took to the internet and “would like to thank everyone who has ever posted anything about ‘Harry Potter’ on the internet.” Snyder also divulged that he was first sorted into Slytherin in the early days of Pottermore but took the quiz again after the expansion. This time, the result was Gryffindor, but he still feels there’s a bit of the green-and-silver in him.

We told you in April that Jamie Parker (Harry Potter, original West End and Broadway runs) had landed his first post–Cursed Child film role in 1917, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth, and Richard Madden. Now, we have a first trailer for you! The World War I epic follows a pair of young British soldiers tasked with the seemingly impossible mission of delivering a message that would stop an ill-fated attack. Parker’s role is currently unnamed. The film is slated for a December 25 release in the US and a January 10, 2020, debut in the UK.

 

 

The actress behind the current incarnation of Hermione Granger in Cursed Child London, former Eastenders actress and pop star Michelle Gayle, sat down recently with the Irish Sun to discuss her new role and growing old gracefully. You can read the full interview on the Sun‘s site and read an excerpt on how Gayle feels to be playing Hermione below.

She’s such an iconic character, so I’m excited. It’s a really challenging role, and the fact she’s so well loved is scary, as everyone has a Hermione in their head. It’s helpful that she’s 40 in the play and no one has ever seen her at this stage of her life. She’s a mum and has new responsibilities. At the same time, I have to do her justice!

 

Michelle Gayle talks about playing Hermione Granger and growing old gracefully.

 

The actress who portrayed Rose Granger-Weasley in the original Cursed Child Broadway run (and who, if Googled, shows up on a casting page for Cursed Child Toronto that technically does not yet exist… spoiler alert?), Susan Heyward, is also known to Orange Is the New Black fans as warden Tamika Ward, and Heyward discussed that role and what led her there in a new interview with Vanity Fair.

A new television adaptation of Dangerous Liaisons has been ordered by Starz, and Deadline Hollywood reports Sir Colin Callender‘s (coproducer) Playground Entertainment is on tap to coproduce the eight-part series. Callender spoke to Deadline about the new take on the classic story of seduction, betrayal, and revenge by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos.

In Harriet Warner’s brilliantly reimagined world of ‘Dangerous Liaisons’, the character of Merteuil is placed center stage as a woman quietly challenging the status quo of sexual politics, holding others to account, particularly for the abuse of sexual power and male privilege. In the wake of the #MeToo movement, a story about the claiming of female power in a world where women are objects of male domination feels strikingly timely and powerfully relevant.

Streaming Services: Lumos and Nox

Here’s a list of films and series featuring wizarding world alumni that will be arriving on or leaving the major streaming services during the month of August. Remember: Lumos if it’s arriving, Nox if it’s departing!

 

NETFLIX

Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) – Sophie Thompson (Mafalda Hopkirk), Mike Newell (director, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire)
Horns (2013) – Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter)
Jupiter Ascending (2015) – Eddie Redmayne (Newt Scamander)
Gangs of New York (2002) – Jim Broadbent (Horace Slughorn), Brendan Gleeson (Mad-Eye Moody)

HULU

Big Fish (2003) – Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange)
Cats & Dogs (2001) – Miriam Margolyes (Pomona Sprout)
The Fifth Element (1997) – Gary Oldman (Sirius Black)
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) – Sophie Thompson, Mike Newell
The Pink Panther 2 (2009) – John Cleese (Nearly Headless Nick)
Rat Race (2001) – John Cleese
Star Trek: Nemesis (2002) – Ron Perlman (Gnarlack)
Mortdecai (2015) – Johnny Depp (young Gellert Grindelwald)
The Actors (2003) – Sir Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbledore), Miranda Richardson (Rita Skeeter)
The Bookshop (2018) – Bill Nighy (Rufus Scrimgeour), Julie Christie (Madam Rosmerta)
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2018) – David Tennant (Barty Crouch Jr.), Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (Skender)

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The Fifth Element (1997) – Gary Oldman
Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008) – Ron Perlman
I, Frankenstein (2014) – Bill Nighy
Korkoro (2009) – Arben Bajraktaraj (Antonin Dolohov)
Pirate Radio (2009) – Sir Kenneth Branagh (Gilderoy Lockhart), Dame Emma Thompson (Sybill Trelawney), Rhys Ifans (Xenophilius Lovegood), Bill Nighy

 

NETFLIX

Death in Paradise (Seasons 1–7) – Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom), Shirley Henderson (Moaning Myrtle), Gemma Jones (Poppy Pomfrey), Adrian Rawlins (James Potter), Nick Moran (Scabior), Gemma Chan (Madam Ya Zhou), Derek Riddell (Torquil Travers), Ray Fearon (Firenze), Fiona Glascott (young Minerva McGonagall), Cornell John (Arnold Guzman), Jenny Jules (Hermione Granger, current Broadway run), Sophie Thompson
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) – Johnny Depp
Gosford Park (2001) – Dame Maggie Smith (Minerva McGonagall), Kelly Macdonald (Helena Ravenclaw), Stephen Fry (narrator of the UK Harry Potter audiobooks), Sir Michael Gambon, Sophie Thompson
Hot Fuzz (2007) – David Bradley (Argus Filch), Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy
The Fifth Element (1997) – Gary Oldman
The Hurt Locker (2008) – Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort)
The Village (2004) – Brendan Gleeson
W. (2008) – Toby Jones (voice of Dobby)
No Country for Old Men (2007) – Kelly Macdonald
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005) – Alan Rickman (Severus Snape), Warwick Davis (Griphook/Filius Flitwick), Bill Nighy, Kelly Macdonald, Stephen Fry
Beautiful Creatures (2013) – Dame Emma Thompson
Burnt (2015) – Dame Emma Thompson

HULU

eXistenZ (1999) – Jude Law (young Albus Dumbledore)
Fluke (1995) – Ron Perlman
Minority Report (2002) – Colin Farrell (Percival Graves), Samantha Morton (Mary Lou Barebone)

Consider yourself thoroughly caught up on everything going on with your favorite actors from the wizarding world! They’re a busy bunch, and we’ll be back next week to let you know what else they’re up to! In the meantime, let us know in the comments if you’ve heard something we haven’t.

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Brienne Green

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.