Castium Revelio: “The King’s Man” and the “Red Son”

If you weren’t already excited to see Ralph Fiennes and Rhys Ifans in The King’s Man, stop right here, hit the Harry Potter tab, scroll down a bit, and watch those two trailers. You can come back up here once you’re good and excited. Then, you can get increasingly amped up when we tell you that Jason Isaacs will soon be voicing an AU Superman in a new animated feature, one of your Fantastic Beasts favorites has announced her impending marriage, and Brendan Gleeson is about to take on a rather shocking new role. All this and things you may or may not have wanted to know about Robert Pattinson today on Casting News. Castium Revelio!

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If, like ours, your shelves are filled with your favorite Harry Potter characters with slightly oversized noggins, you’ll be happy to hear this news: Warner Bros. has optioned a Funko movie! Deadline Hollywood says there’s no word yet as to the film’s potential theme, but if it’s a mishmash in the tradition of the LEGO films, there’s a good chance we’ll be seeing something from the Potterverse. Oscar-nominated director and designer Teddy Newton has signed on to develop the storyline, and Funko CEO Brian Mariotti says the company is excited about the prospect.

We’re thrilled for this opportunity and are committed to make an amazing Funko movie that stands on its own merit. This isn’t about selling toys or building a brand. The team at Warner Animation Group have a unique vision of what the first film should be, and we are extremely excited to take this journey alongside them.

Filming was going great guns last week in London, England, on J.K. Rowling’s Lethal White, with Holliday Grainger and Tom Burke reprising their roles as Robin Ellacott and Cormoran Strike, respectively. The Daily Mail got a few photos of Grainger’s character mid-kidnapping, which you can check out in the gallery below, and the Express also spoke with the actress – whom The Capture costar Callum Turner (Theseus Scamander, Fantastic Beasts) calls “one of the best actresses that we have in this country” – about her personal interview with Rowling during original casting for C.B. Strike. Their pre-interview meeting took place in the restroom. “When I saw the wall of people, I went to steady myself in the toilet, and J.K. Rowling was doing the same thing,” Grainger said. You can read the full interview on the Express‘s site.

 

 

We love film festival season. Aside from the fact that we usually get to see several of our favorite wizarding world stars all dolled up, we get to hear them answer some fairly unusual questions as well. Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) tends to have particularly entertaining answers to such queries, and you can hear a few of them – including on which reality television show he’d most like to appear – on Collider’s website. Also, since the approach of Halloween always turns our minds to Radcliffe’s phenomenal horror flick The Woman in Black, those of you living near Kent, England, will want to stop by Dreamland’s Screamland attraction between October 18 and November 1, where it’s reported the titular character will be roaming the park in search of victims.

Deadline Hollywood has also named Radcliffe’s new costars for Season 2 of TBS’s Miracle Workers, which is set to premiere in 2020. Tony Cavalero (The Righteous Gemstones), Jessica Lowe (Wrecked), Peter Serafinowicz (The Tick), and Jamie Demetriou (Fleabag) have all signed on, with Fred Armisen, Anna Drezen, Miles Robbins, Kerri Kenney, Jon Daly, and Zeke Nicholson down as guest stars. In final Radcliffe updates, there apparently exists a Pomeranian named Burly that makes friends with famous people. Why? How? We don’t know, but we do know that we want an invite to that dog’s parties. You can check out a photo of Radcliffe with the pup below, along with a picture of the actor during his time in The Cripple of Innishman that’s been featured in Simon Annand’s photography exhibition The Half, showcasing actors in the half-hour before they take the stage for major productions.

 

Daniel Radcliffe poses with Burly the Pomeranian, a pooch with an apparent lot of celebrity friends.

 

Daniel Radcliffe is seen in an image from Simon Annand's "The Half" photography exhibition.

 

MuggleNet has been keeping you apprised of all the news surrounding Servant, starring Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), and we now have an official release date! During the series’ New York Comic Con panel, it was announced the show will arrive on Apple TV+ on November 28, so mark those calendars!

The 35th annual Boston Film Festival was held recently, and it featured the world premiere of Tom Felton‘s (Draco Malfoy) new film, Whaling. There’s no word yet on when the picture might be getting a wider release, but we’ll keep you posted. Until then, you can check out the official synopsis, trailer, and movie poster below, along with an interview with Felton from the Raindance Film Festival in London, where, as we previously let you know, he served as a judge.

Star and Brandon, estranged brother and sister, are brought together after their mother’s recent death and her absurd final request to dispose of her ashes in the body of a whale. With no choice or face losing their much-needed inheritance, they embark on a road trip to San Antonio, Texas, where they not only encounter adventure but also encounter each other.

 

Pictured is a movie poster for Tom Felton's "Whaling".

 

 

 

The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson (Cedric Diggory), will reportedly begin filming in November at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden in the United Kingdom. The film is scheduled for a June 25, 2021, release, and ComicBook.com also says Pattinson has yet more support for his casting from filmmaker and nerd extraordinaire Kevin Smith.

I like him as an actor and look forward to this movie, ‘The Lighthouse’, in a big and bad way. I think he’s a good choice. I know he doesn’t look the part, I guess, traditionally speaking, because he seems like a lanky kid. […] When you’re [Batman] not in the suit, you’ve got to f***ing be like, ‘I’m tortured,’ and he did that in f***king ‘Twilight’ for decades and s**t. I’m sure he’ll be able to pull this off in his sleep.

Meanwhile, Pattinson is already hard at work on Christopher Nolan’s new epic Tenet, which is set for a July 17, 2020, release. The actor was spotted last week in India, as you can see below. Tenet also stars Sir Kenneth Branagh (Gilderoy Lockhart) and Clémence Poésy (Fleur Delacour). Those of you who joined most of the rest of the world in seeing Joker over the weekend may have seen the film’s mysterious trailer. It doesn’t offer many clues to the film’s plot, but it’s got John David Washington and suspenseful music, so.

 

 

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Pattinson also recently spoke to Esquire about the rather intense filming process for The Lighthouse, in which he plays lighthouse keeper’s apprentice Ephraim Winslow. Pattinson speculated that since he was portraying a mad person, “it means you can sort of be mad the whole time. Well, not the whole time, but for, like, an hour before the scene. You can literally just be sitting on the floor growling and licking up puddles of mud.” You might think he’s joking, but while some actors go method, Pattinson GOES METHOD.

It was crazy. I spent so much time making myself throw up. Pissing my pants. It’s the most revolting thing. I don’t know, maybe it’s really annying. […] There’s a scene where Willem’s kind of sleeping on me, and we’re really, really drunk, and I felt like we’re completely lost in the scene, and I’m sitting there trying to make myself gag, and [director] Robert [Eggers] told me off because Willem’s looking at him going, ‘If he throws up on me, I’m leaving the set.’ I had absolutely no idea this whole drama was unfolding.

Hey, if we had to know that, so did you. Pattinson also speculates that his unusual approach to the acting process might in part be a reaction to achieving extreme fame early in his life.

For a long time, you’re very self-conscious in the street. You’re hiding a lot, so [on set] you have an excuse to be wild. It’s like being an adrenaline junkie. And also, when you don’t know how to do something, why not just run headfirst into a wall? See what happens. I haven’t got any other ideas.

Can we party with that Pomeranian and Pattinson? The Lighthouse hits theaters in the United States October 18, while the United Kingdom will have to wait until January 17, 2020, to see the star licking mud. Check out some photos from the Esquire interview with Pattinson and Dafoe below.

 

 

We previously let you know about Brigantia, starring James Phelps (Fred Weasley), and the Scotsman says the film about Iron Age Britain will be filming in Edinburgh’s Gilmerton Cove in Scotland. Scenes will reportedly be filmed in the Cove’s underground chambers and passageways, along with locations in Yorkshire and Leeds, England.

David Thewlis (Remus Lupin) fans in the UK will be able to see the actor in Rare Beasts this week, with the film set for an October 10 premiere. And while there are, sadly, no release plans as yet in the US, we can all take a look at a new clip released today. Billie Piper (Doctor Who) directs and stars as Mandy in the anti-rom-com about a career-obsessed single mom who falls in love with charming traditionalist Pete (Leo Bill). The movie is screening at the London Film Festival following a debut at the Venice Film Festival, and you can watch the clip on Deadline Hollywood‘s website. Thewlis is also back in his role as the Shame Wizard in Season 3 of Netflix’s Big Mouth, and creator Nick Kroll spoke at New York Comic Con about the approach to drawing characters such as Thewlis’s.

When we cast someone, we try to use that person. Like the Shame Wizard, we had been working on the design for, and when we got David Thewlis to voice the Shame Wizard, we then sent our designers pictures of David to then go back in and then add some of the details of it.

In case you haven’t seen the show… yeah, it’s basically Remus mid-transformation.

 

David Thewlis's character from "Big Mouth", the Shame Wizard, is basically Remus Lupin mid-transformation.

 

The Irish Tatler Women of the Year Awards have been presented, with Fiona Shaw (Petunia Dursley) receiving the Film & Drama Award. Congratulations, Fiona!

 

 

Nominations for the British Academy Scotland Awards have been announced, with a few wizarding world favorites on the list. Kelly Macdonald (Helena Ravenclaw) has been nominated for Actress Television for The Victim; Shirley Henderson (Moaning Myrtle) for Actress Film, Stan & Ollie; and Peter Mullan (Corban Yaxley) for Actor Film, The Vanishing. Wild Rose, starring Dame Julie Walters (Molly Weasley), is up for Feature Film, and The Victim is also nominated for Television Scripted. The awards will be presented November 3.

Macdonald also spoke with the Scottish Sun recently about her new television drama Giri/Haji, in which she portrays Sarah, a detective exploring the butterfly effect of one murder on two different cities. There was a language gap on set, but she found a clever way of bridging it.

I speak no Japanese, but I can say one thing now, which I said constantly. It was one of my lines in the script where I was learning how to say, ‘It’s all going to s**t,’ but in a very polite, Japanese way. So the Japanese actors would be talking on set, and I would just stroll past and say it, and they would think it was hilarious. It was the only thing I could say, and I just said it all the time.

You can also check out some still images of Macdonald in Giri/Haji in the gallery below. The series is set to debut October 17 on BBC2 and on Netflix in 2020.

 

 

Walters, as you know, is also starring as Mrs. Medlock in Jack Thorne‘s (writer, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) adaptation of The Secret Garden, and that film released its first trailer last week. The movie is scheduled to premiere April 17, 2020, in the UK after an April 15, 2020, debut in France and April 16, 2020, premiere in Australia and New Zealand. There’s no US release date at this time, but we’ll keep you posted!

 

 

Excitement for the Kingsman franchise prequel, The King’s Man, has ramped up following the release of two new trailers for the film, some first-look images, and an appearance by Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort) and other stars at New York Comic Con. Fiennes plays the Duke of Oxford, and Rhys Ifans (Xenophilius Lovegood) plays Rasputin in the movie, which has a February 14, 2020, release date. You can check out all the new King’s Man goodies, including a hot-off-the-presses 20th Century Fox sizzle reel from NYCC, below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elsewhere, No Time to Die released its official movie poster this week, not long after the 25th film in the James Bond franchise wrapped filming in Matera, Italy. The cast partied hardy there, with a tipsy Daniel Craig offering a touching speech after concluding what he says will be his final turn as 007.

 

Pictured is a movie poster for "No Time to Die", starring Ralph Fiennes.

 

 

The lineup for the 2019 Rome Film Festival has been announced. The festival will run October 17–27 and will feature Downton Abbey, starring Dame Maggie Smith (Minerva McGonagall) and Imelda Staunton (Dolores Umbridge); Judy, starring Sir Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbledore); The Aeronauts, starring Eddie Redmayne (Newt Scamander, Fantastic Beasts); and Run with the Hunted, starring Ron Perlman (Gnarlack, Fantastic Beasts).

Smith and Staunton are still celebrating the successful theater release of Downton Abbey, which spawned a king’s ransom of hilarious headlines about Smith taking down Rambo and kicking Ad Astra at the box office. The Dame was also named last week to the Evening Standard‘s Progress 1000 list of London’s most influential people of 2019 in the theatre category, along with Sonia Friedman (producer, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child). Alfonso Cuarón (director, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) made the list in the creative arts category.

The “S” will stand for Soviet in an upcoming animated adaptation of DC Comics miniseries Superman: Red Son, which will feature Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy) voicing the starring role, Entertainment Weekly reports. Red Son answers the question of what would have happened if Superman had crash-landed on a collective farm in Soviet Ukraine rather than a farm in Kansas. In other Isaacs news, the actor spoke with the Telegraph recently about raising climate activists and the joy of playing villains, which you can read in full, and Isaacs also chatted about his belief that Draco Malfoy is one of the key unsung heroes of the Potter franchise due to going against his nature and upbringing in the end. You can watch that video below, along with an adorable blooper reel from The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, which starred Isaacs, Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange), Ralph Ineson (Amycus Carrow), Toby Jones (voice of Dobby), Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (Skender, Fantastic Beasts), and Natalie Dormer (narrator of the Harry Potter: A History of Magic audiobook).

 

 

 

Bonham Carter recently appeared at the Cheltenham Literary Festival, where she spoke about taking over the role of Princess Margaret from Vanessa Kirby on The Crown. The actress said she had spoken with close friends and family members of the princess in order to gain insight, while also reading biographies and even contacting the princess via a psychic medium. We’re really hoping that medium’s name was Sybill Trelawney. Season 3 of The Crown is set to premiere November 17 on Netflix.

It’s daunting, definitely daunting. Vanessa has just won a BAFTA, and she’s brilliant, and in a way, you have the ghost of the real Margaret and the ghost of the actress who played her. You also have the fact everyone has an opinion about the woman and yet, ultimately, very few people knew what her private life was like, and that’s sort the sort of the joy of the job. […] I felt very lucky to suddenly be the receptacle of all these stories, and a lot of the time, I am not going to use it, but I wanted to make sure that I wasn’t going to abuse it. I think, for a lot of the friends, they are so tired with her being portrayed in a one-dimensional, very bitchy understanding of her. She herself felt very misunderstood, certainly through the press.

Helen McCrory (Narcissa Malfoy) and husband Damian Lewis have been announced as presenters for the 65th annual Evening Standard Theatre Awards, slated for November 24 at the London Coliseum in the West End. The pair was also recently seen by the Daily Mail leaving the after-party for One Voice: Cracked, in which McCrory appeared to help raise mental health awareness. The actress was sporting a sling fashioned from a scarf; judging from her smile, however, the injury wasn’t too serious.

 

Helen McCrory leaves the after party for "One Voice: Cracked" with her arm in a makeshift sling but a smile on her face.

 

Elsewhere for McCrory, the actress sat down with Metro to talk all things Season 5 of Peaky Blinders, which is now available on Netflix. Reports indicate Season 6 will be filming at least partially at Space Studios in Manchester starting in November. McCrory gave a bit of insight into how she prepares to slip into the role of Aunt Polly.

For me, it’s the clothes and it’s the walk. I’ll always wear that same tight silhouette because I believe there is something quite strangled about Polly. She’s always pushing against something. But whenever I have my first scene with Cillian [Murphy], I’m always back in that headspace. It’s Tommy who really grounds Polly.

You can also watch the actress’s performance in the titular role in the National Theatre’s production of Medea as part of the National Theatre Collection, BroadwayWorld reports. The streaming service is available through Bloomsbury’s Drama Online, with 19 titles available now and 30 expected by March 2020. Lastly, Lewis is getting set to debut his eight-part series Damian Lewis: Spy Wars, through which the actor will examine the true stories behind various spy operations, and had an interesting quote about boarding schools that would explain quite a lot in the wizarding world.

If you’re sent away from home at the age of eight, and you are asked to cope emotionally with a new situation, I think there is a natural and instinctive compartmentalising of one’s emotional life – a mild sociopathy – and that’s very helpful to a covert life in espionage.

Fans of David Tennant‘s (Barty Crouch Jr.) Tenth Doctor will want to get their hands on the recently released Blu-ray boxed set Doctor Who: The Complete David Tennant Collection. The set features not only all of Tennant’s episodes, along with commentary, documentaries, video diaries, and animated specials, but also a brand-new retrospective interview with the man himself. You can purchase the collection on Amazon. Bleeding Cool also reports that Tennant’s Doctor will officially meet Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor – in comic-book form, anyway – in 2020, so get ready for Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor: Year Two!

Outside of preparations for Tenet, Sir Kenneth Branagh is also hard at work on his latest Agathie Christie adaptation, Death on the Nile, which ComingSoon.net says has commenced production at Longcross Studios near London and on location in Egypt. Dawn French (the Fat Lady, Prisoner of Azkaban) has also joined the cast in an unnamed role and will reunite with her comedy partner in crime Jennifer Saunders on set. Death on the Nile has an October 9, 2020, release date, and Branagh says he’s excited to get going with the picture.

Crimes of passion are dangerously sexy. Agatha Christie has written a riveting story of emotional chaos and violent criminality, and Michael Green has once again written a screenplay to match. With a cherished group of long-time artistic collaborators and a brilliant international cast, it is truly a pleasure to join Disney, Fox and Agatha Christie, Ltd. in bringing this daring thriller to the big screen. There are significant new twists, an awe-inspiring desert landscape and a chance to celebrate big screen entertainment in glorious 65 millimetre celluloid!

 

Pictured are cast photos for Sir Kenneth Branagh's "Death on the Nile".

 

 

Branagh is also looking forward to this year’s Into Film Festival in Londonderry, England. The actor is Northern Ireland’s ambassador for the festival, the world’s largest free event for young people. This year, the 1968 classic Chitty Chitty Bang Bang will be screening November 13, and that happens to be one of Branagh’s favorite films.

When I was seven, I was hypnotised by ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’. It had a fantastical house you wanted to live in, with an amazing kitchen, with a contraption that looked like a giant version of the board game Mousetrap that delivered your breakfast, a flying car, and the scariest of movie villains, the Childcatcher. It had big music, big colour, big screen, and was very funny. I came out of the cinema in love with movies.

 

Sir Kenneth Branagh poses with youth attending the Into Film Festival.

 

The Daily Mail says Jim Broadbent (Horace Slughorn) and Dame Helen Mirren are in final negotiations to star in a film about the 1961 theft of Francisco de Goya’s 1812 portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery. The painting was returned in 1965, but the thief’s identity remained a mystery until 61-year-old retiree, husband, and father Kempton Bunton confessed. Broadbent is on tap to play Bunton.

David Bradley (Argus Filch) is always willing to lend a helping hand for a charitable cause, and the actor appeared at two events last week. Bradley was in Stratford-upon-Avon for the opening of a sustainable garden at the Stratford Hospital, backed by Forest of Hearts and Orbit. He then joined around 700 others at Victoria Park in Leamington, England, for an Alzheimer’s Society Memory Walk. Bradley told the crowd he has become especially aware of the effects of Alzheimer’s and dementia through playing a character suffering from dementia in Ricky Gervais’s After Life.

Living in Warwickshire myself, it was humbling to open the Leamington Memory Walk. Across Warwickshire, over 7,700 people are estimated to be living with dementia, and every penny raised through Memory Walk will help Alzheimer’s Society improve care, find a cure, and support people affected by dementia. From my own experience of portraying a character with dementia in ‘After Life’, I understand the devastating impact that dementia has not only on the person living with the condition but also their family and friends. And I fully understand just how important it is that we do all we can to fund research into the diseases causing dementia. It’s an astonishing fact that someone develops dementia every three minutes in the UK, but the show of support through my local Memory Walk demonstrates there is hope for the future, and so that’s why I’d urge people to sign up to Memory Walk today at memorywalk.org.uk.

Bradley will next be appearing October 26 as a speaker at the Repton Literary Festival in South Derbyshire, England.

 

 

We’ve told you all about Dame Emma Thompson‘s upcoming film Last Christmas, including the fact that the soundtrack will feature a previously unreleased George Michael song. Billboard now reports that soundtrack will be released November 8, the same day the movie arrives in theaters. The mystery song has also been revealed to be titled “This Is How (We Want You to Get High).” “The wisdom and emotional scope of George’s lyrics have always amazed me,” Thompson said. “So many feel like they were written for the movie.”

If you, like us, adored About Time, starring Domhnall Gleeson (Bill Weasley) and Bill Nighy (Rufus Scrimgeour), you no doubt wished you could spend a weekend at the family home in Cornwall, England. If you’ve got a chunk of expendable cash lying around, now you can. Porthpean House, located between the maritime villages of Charlestown and Pentewan, is now available for booking on Airbnb. Gleeson’s latest release, The Kitchen, is also coming out on digital download October 22 and will be available from Amazon on Blu-ray and DVD November 5. Nighy, meanwhile, has been tabbed to narrate a six-part series about epic train trips through the UK, Europe, Canada, Scandinavia, and New Zealand for Channel 5. There’s no release date yet for The World’s Most Scenic Railway Journeys, but we’ll keep you posted!

Elsewhere in the Gleeson family, Brendan Gleeson (Mad-Eye Moody) has signed on to an upcoming miniseries in a rather shocking role: Donald Trump. The Orlando Sentinel says Gleeson will play the president in a four-hour adaptation of former FBI director James Comey’s book, A Higher Loyalty. Jeff Daniels will play Comey. Production is expected to begin in November, and the show could air on Showtime, CBS All Access, or possibly both.

Television viewers in the UK will want to keep an eye out for Warwick Davis (Griphook/Filius Flitwick) in an October 10 episode of There’s Something About Movies 2 on Sky One and NOW TV. Metro reports the actor will be sharing stories from Harry Potter and Star Wars, including how Carrie Fisher would provide him with water, milk, and cookies on set when his Ewok costume became a bit too warm.

 

Warwick Davis poses with other guest stars on "There's Something About Movies 2".

 

We let you know previously that Ciarán Hinds (Aberforth Dumbledore) would be appearing in a National Theatre production of Translations October 15–December 18, and BroadwayWorld released a few behind-the-scenes images this week, including one featuring Hinds. The lighting design for the play is under the direction of Neil Austin (lighting designer, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child).

 

Ciaran Hinds is pictured in a behind-the-scenes shot from "Translations".

 

We also have a first trailer for you this week for the UK’s new television adaptation of H.G. Wells’s The War of the Worlds, which will air soon on the BBC. The series features Harry Melling (Dudley Dursley) as an Artilleryman and Rafe Spall, son of Timothy Spall (Peter Pettigrew), as George.

 

 

The 40th anniversary of the release of Alien is upon us, and Fathom Events is celebrating by returning the film – which stars the late Sir John Hurt (Garrick Ollivander) – to more than 600 theaters nationwide October 13, 15, and 16. You can search now for a screening near you.

Toby Jones is planning a return to the stage. The actor will take on the titular role in Uncle Vanya at the West End’s Harold Pinter Theatre January 14–May 2, 2020, and you can reserve your tickets now. The voice behind the Potter films’ other house-elf, Kreacher – Simon McBurney – is celebrating the success of Amazon Prime’s Carnival Row, and while there isn’t anything new to report there just yet, the show has offered viewers a chance to learn their faerie names via Twitter, and… who doesn’t want to know their faerie names?

 

 

Adrian Rawlins (James Potter) is listed among the cast of The Small Hand, a supernatural thriller from Susan Hill, who also authored The Woman in Black. The film adaptation of that book, of course, starred Daniel Radcliffe. Screen Scotland says production has begun, and you can read the synopsis below. No release date has been listed yet, but we’ll keep an eye out!

Antique dealer Adam Snow leads an empty life but is infatuated with Alice, the wife of wealthy client Edward Merriman (Rawlins) and is barely present for his older brother, who is suffering a mental breakdown. When he stumbles upon a dilapidated mansion near his client, he feels the presence of the ghost of a small child. He soon receives increasingly sinister visits from the ghost, causing him to question his own sanity.

Digital Spy reports that a reboot of the classic UK children’s literary character Worzel Gummidge, a scarecrow capable of coming to life, is on the horizon. Two hour-long films – The Scarecrow of Scatterbrook and The Green Man – will air on the BBC around Christmastime, with Mackenzie Crook playing the titular scarecrow, Michael Palin the Green Man, and Zoë Wanamaker (Madam Hooch) Lady Bloomsbury Barton, eccentric local aristocrat, in the second episode. “The whole thing is so charming and inventive,” Wanamaker said. “It’s the sort of thing I’d watch. I’m sure it will be a huge success.”

John Cleese (Nearly Headless Nick) has been a busy man of late. The actor will be voicing Otto Von Walrus in the animated film Arctic Dogs alongside Jeremy Renner, Heidi Klum, Anjelica Huston, and Alec Baldwin. That movie is scheduled to premiere November 1, and you can view the poster and a pair of trailers below.

 

Pictured is a movie poster for "Arctic Dogs".

 

 

 

The actor will also be appearing one night only February 15, 2020, at the Hanover Theatre and Conservatory for the Performing Arts in Worcester, Massachusetts, for a screening of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, followed by an audience Q&A session. You can purchase tickets for that event online. This year additionally marks the 25th anniversary of The Swan Princess, in which Cleese voices Jean-Bob the frog, and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is releasing a special collectible Blu-ray edition October 29. You can preorder your copy on both Amazon in the US and Amazon in the UK.

Finally, on the Monty Python front, a special 50th-anniversary vinyl release of Monty Python Sings (Again) is available now in the UK and will be available October 11 in the US. A new set of rare, previously unseen photos from the set of Monty Python’s Flying Circus has also been released, which you can view in the gallery below, and a tribute to the comedy troupe by way of a “Parrot Sketch” spoof was also shared online by South Park.

 

 

 

Variety reports that a new film adaptation of Pippi Longstocking is in the works, and gingers everywhere are rejoicing. David Heyman‘s (Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts producer) Heyday Films is producing, and Heyman says he’s determined to honor the character.

Pippi has endured and inspired families everywhere through her life force, strength of character, and her irrepressible joie de vivre. Astrid Lindgren’s books have been translated around the globe for many years – a testament to her vision, which we are determined to honor with a new film.

The producer has also signed on, Deadline Hollywood says, to participate in the Produced By: New York conference’s series of master-class sessions on November 9 in New York City.

It’s also been a busy couple of weeks for Stephen Fry (narrator of the UK Harry Potter audiobooks). Metro reports the actor will be appearing in Russell T. Davies’ new five-part Channel 4 drama Boys as MP Arthur Garrison. You can read the synopsis below.

It’s 1981, the start of a new decade, and Ritchie, Roscoe, and Colin begin a new life in London. Strangers at first, these young gay lads and their best friend, Jill, find themselves thrown together and soon share each other’s adventures. But a new virus is on the rise, and, soon, their lives will be tested in ways they never imagined. As the decade passes, and they grow up in the shadow of AIDS, they’re determined to live and love more fiercely than ever.

Fry also took part in Letters Live at the Royal Albert Hall, where he read a letter he penned to help a fan through her depression. Jude Law (Albus Dumbledore, Fantastic Beasts) also took part in that event, reading a letter from foreign correspondent Fergal Keane to his newborn son. Fry was spotted at the Royal Albert Hall sporting an Extinction Rebellion button in support of the environmental activism group.

 

Stephen Fry, Asim Chaudry, Olivia Colman, Crystal Clarke, and Alan Carr show off their Extinction Rebellion buttons.

 

A drawing of a dove done by Fry for autograph collector Dot Claxton will soon be auctioned for charity, the Telegraph says. Claxton has asked numerous celebrities to draw doves since 1999 and will now turn the collection over to Fieldings Auctioneers for an October 17 auction that will benefit UNICEF. Fry also recently showed his support for a national screening program for prostate cancer in the UK and for the #MyMomentofJoy campaign, which raises awareness for the power of music therapy for those living with dementia.

 

 

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Ready for some Eddie? Eddie Redmayne (Newt Scamander) has been continuing to promote The Aeronauts, which will arrive December 6 in theaters and December 20 on Amazon Prime Video, and a new international trailer for the Jack Thorne–penned (writer, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) picture was released last week.

 

 

Redmayne and costar Felicity Jones also opened up last week about one of the dangers of filming a movie about hot-air balloons: crashing.

Redmayne: We were in our costumes going up, and Felicity was having to jump up and sit in the ring. The pilot says to Felicity and I, ‘Throw out the ballast!’

Jones: So we threw everything out in the balloon. And then we’d thrown out too much.

Redmayne: We were careening towards a forest and didn’t have anything to stop us. We smashed into these trees.

Jones: We were grabbing onto each other, thinking, ‘This could be it.’ Then we crash-landed in a field.

Finally, the two hit the red carpet for the London Film Festival premiere of the picture, and you can check out a video and photos from that event below.

 

 

 

Redmayne also features in a new book of intimate portraits taken by Nikolai von Bismarck for Dior. The Dior Sessions contains more than 100 black-and-white photos of Dior artistic director Kim Jones’s friends and colleagues, including Redmayne, Robert Pattinson (Cedric Diggory, Harry Potter), and Jude Law (Albus Dumbledore). The book is slated for an October 15 release and is available for preorder on Amazon in the US and Amazon in the UK. It’s pricey, but a portion of the sales will benefit the Teenage Cancer Trust.

 

Eddie Redmayne is pictured in a portrait from "The Dior Sessions".

 

Robert Pattinson is pictured in a portrait from "The Dior Sessions".

 

Elsewhere for Law, the new trailer for The Rhythm Section has debuted, which you can view below. The movie is set for a January 31, 2020, premiere. Kent Online also says crews have arrived on the Romney Marsh for filming of the Sky/HBO drama The Third Day, starring Law and Katherine Waterston (Tina Goldstein) as Sam and Jess. The six-part series is expected to air in 2020.

 

 

The new trailers just kept on coming last week! We’ve also got one for you from The Gentleman, starring Colin Farrell (Percival Graves) alongside Hugh Grant and Matthew McConaughey. That movie has a January 24, 2020, release date. Also, the virtual-reality feature Gloomy Eyes, narrated by Farrell, about a lonely zombie who falls in love with a human girl, picked up both the Artistic Achievement and Audio Achievement awards at the recent Raindance Awards in London. Farrell has additionally been announced once again as a patron of Irish Film Festival London.

 

 

Season 4 of The Last Kingdom is filming away, and its cast is definitely a social bunch, which helps us fans keep track of the process! The new ten-episode season will once again feature Toby Regbo (young Albus Dumbledore) and Ian Hart (Quirinus Quirrell, Harry Potter) in the roles of Aethelred and Beocca, respectively, and is expected to air on Netflix, BBC America, and BBC2 in 2020. You can check out a few photos of Regbo enjoying dinner with castmates below.

 

 

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Wedding bells will soon be ringing for Claudia Kim (Nagini)! The Korea Times reports the actress will wed Korean-American businessman Matthew Shampine on December 14. Congratulations, Claudia!

Recent newlywed Zoë Kravitz (Leta Lestrange), meanwhile, appeared with husband Karl Glusman on the red carpet for the first time since the couple’s marriage at the Saint Laurent Spring 2020 fashion show in Paris, France.

 

Zoe Kravitz is pictured with husband Karl Glusman at the Saint Laurent Spring 2020 fashion show in Paris.

 

The Daily Mail reported last week that Gemma Chan (Madam Ya Zhou) had been spotted for the first time on the set of Marvel’s The Eternals in her new role as Sersi. The actress was seen filming in Piccadilly Circus in London, and you can check out those images below.

 

Gemma Chan is seen filming for "The Eternals" in Piccadilly Circus.

 

Gemma Chan is seen filming for "The Eternals" in Piccadilly Circus.

 

Jenn Murray (Chastity Barebone) had an exciting week with the premiere of Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, which also stars Imelda Staunton (Dolores Umbridge, Harry Potter). While Murray’s specific role in the movie was previously unreported, in an interview with the Belfast Telegraph, she revealed her character to be Gerda, servant of Michelle Pfeiffer’s Queen Ingrith. You can read Murray’s full interview at the link above, check out a quote below about how she prepared for her role, and view a pair of photos of the actress at the US film premiere in Los Angeles, California. Mistress of Evil will hit theaters October 18.

I would think of a calm, cold lake, the surface still and silent, and underneath, the fishes pouncing on one another, unseen. I read Mary Oliver poetry, and I listened to Faithless, Audio Bullys, and Ludovico Einaudi. […] Gerda is quick, cunning, and elusive. It required months of training and developing new skills. Unfortunately, I cannot allude to what those skills are yet, but it involved weaponry and perhaps more sinister tools. I am Queen Ingrith’s devoted servant and right hand when it comes to her personal vendetta against the moor folk.

 

Jenn Murray poses at the US premiere of "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil".

 

Jenn Murray poses at the US premiere of "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil".

Cursed Child Cast & Crew

In addition to new trailers from some of the film projects on which Jack Thorne (writer, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) has served as screenwriter, another new trailer was released last week for the upcoming HBO/BBC1 series His Dark Materials. The show features Helen McCrory (Narcissa Malfoy, Harry Potter) as Stelmaria, a daemon, and Harry Melling (Dudley Dursley, Harry Potter) as Sysselman, the fussy man in charge of the port town of Trollesund. His Dark Materials will premiere November 4.

 

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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.