Since his appearance in the Doctor Who 50-year-anniversary special, David Bradley (Argus Filch) has been keeping pretty busy. Not only did he join the voice cast for The Mandate, as Lord High Admiral Suvarov and is in a science-fiction role-playing game Ghosts, whose trailer, along with a press release from Gamasutra, was released a few weeks ago, but he also joined the cast of FX network’s The Strain. In the upcoming series, Bradley will play Professor Abraham Setrakian, replacing previous actor John Hurt (Garrick Ollivander) in the role of a Holocaust survivor who owns a pawn shop and as the article from The Hollywood Reporter indicates, may be the only one with answers to a viral outbreak that results in vampirism. The series was rumored to begin filming in Toronto in late November and is aiming for a July 2014 premiere.
Another HP alum who is keeping her career burning is Clemence Poesy (Fleur Delacour). In an interview with Variety, Poesy reveals her full schedule, which includes a lot more than just acting roles. In addition to her work in both French and British productions for film and television, she’s also a brand ambassador for Chloe perfume and the clothing line G-Star, and she rocks out as a backup singer for Miles Kane. Her next project, however, is a film with Michael Caine that made its US debut last month, called Last Love. It is now available for viewing on iTunes and Amazon Instant Video.
As confirmation of Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska’s return to a sequel to Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, we here at MuggleNet can’t help but wonder – does this mean that Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange) will also be signing on to reprise her role as the Red Queen? When last we saw her big-headed character (remind you of anyone, Percy?), she was being shackled to the Knave of Hearts and banished to the Outlands. We will continue to keep an eye on this story and report any updates as they become available.
Gary Oldman joins a music video for David Bowie? If this rumor turns out to be true, Oldman is appearing in a video for one of the tracks for Bowie’s new album, The Next Day. In addition to this, you may have seen Oldman’s comedy sketch for late night host Jimmy Kimmel, where Oldman describes what he thinks of American Thanksgiving. He throws an epic tantrum in the middle of the set and dons a pretty epic moustache! Watch the video below, and please be aware that it contains some adult language.
With A Young Doctor’s Notebook having premiered on the Ovation network in the US in the last few months and the second season now showing in the UK (see the newly released photos of Dan dressed as a clown here!), we can only hope that the hint of a third season will come true. In an interview with What’s on TV, Dan’s co-star, Jon Hamm, discusses his experience on-set for the second season and Dan’s waltzing skills.
“Dan's by far the more talented dancer - he's been on Broadway. The last time I had to do any dancing was at high school, and it was as embarrassing then as it is now. But it was very funny and a perfect example of the tone of the show - irreverent, funny, sad, macabre."
As for the third season...
“Well, never say never, but the way it ends is a little bit tricky to continue... but anything's possible when you're dealing with myself and Dan..."
Genevieve Gaunt, best known to Potter fans as Pansy Parkinson in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, has taken on the role of a character based on Amanda Knox, the college student who was convicted and then acquitted of the murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher. Filming took place in Tuscany in mid-November. No word on when the film, The Face of an Angel, will debut.
While not really casting news, we did get our hands on a great still of Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) from the international trailer of Noah. You can view the picture here!
Ian Kelly, who played the role of Hermione Granger’s father in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1, will be honored in Cambridge’s 2014 edition of Who’s Who. The world-famous reference book contains thousands of biographies of some of the most talented and most celebrated people, written by the subject themselves. Each person is selected to join by invitation only and is required to write their own biography. Kelly lists his Cambridge birthplace in his biography and also mentions his children and cooking as some of his favorite recreations.
In a global rebranding move for Bacardi rum, Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy) will be the voice behind the new campaign, which will focus on the history of the brand “during Prohibition, Cuban exile, war and revolution.” The feature campaign will air on television around the world.
Composer John Williams has signed on to compose the new Star Wars film by J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones 5. His credits include the first three Harry Potter films and the upcoming film The Book Thief. If you’ve ever wondered how the scores for the films have been created, Williams gives us a little insight.
“The process begins with me writing a passage and rejecting it, writing another passage and liking some part of it and trying to keep that. It becomes a process in my mind, like sculpting. You keep cutting on something, and eventually, it reveals itself to you.”
Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) is currently slated to take part in a new eighteen-day movie shoot, filming for her role in Dynamite: A Cautionary Tale. She tweeted the following in support of the film:
The indie crime film will focus on a family man and dope fiend working within the underground porn business in 1968 New York City, running books and films to delivery points and mob headquarters around the East Coast while trying to keep his family in the dark.
Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbledore) has a new role as John Burke in the ITV film Lucan, currently in post-production. Based on the disappearance of the titular character, this true story brought to life speculates on what may have led up to the disappearance of the aristocrat over 40 years ago after a nanny in his employ was found murdered. No current release date has been announced.
Finally, two of our favorite Order members are hitting the tour buses. Both Brendan Gleeson (Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody) and Natalia Tena (Nymphadora Tonks) can be seen in upcoming music festivals in 2014. Gleeson will tour Ireland with his new folk band beginning in January as part of a Music Network initiative, funded by the Arts Council. Tena’s six-piece band, Molotov Jukebox, briefly put a few of their shows on hold for an acting role but have since announced that they will participate in the Shrewsbury Folk Festival in August.
That’s it for this edition of Role Call! What project are you most looking forward to seeing? Let us know by commenting here, our Facebook page, or on Twitter!
Not too long ago, we reported on the fact that Natalia Tena's band, Molotov Jukebox, would have to delay its scheduled tour due to an acting role that Tena simply had to take.
Principal photography began today for Alex Garcia's upcoming paranormal thriller, Residue. The film features an ensemble cast of eight characters "caught up in the aftermath of a freak explosion at the heart of a sprawling, futuristic city."
The movie's production synopsis reports that the film focuses on
"renowned photojournalist Jennifer Preston, investigating the aftermath of a freak explosion of unkown origin at the center of her hedonistic city. Known simply as 'the Catastrophe', this shocking tragedy has left behind a festering wound on the city's psyche: a several square mile Quarantine Zone (known at the QZ) of evacuated buildings and abandoned streets. Nobody in, nobody out!
"With unexplained and increasingly bizarre acts of violence happening across the city, Jennifer begins to ses strange phantoms in her photographs. She soon becomes obsessed with the idea that a paranormal phenomenon has been unleashed. Jennifer's investigations become a race against time to uncover the truth before her career, and eventually her own life, are in danger..."
The cast includes a few familiar names, such as Iwan Rheon of Misfits and Game of Thrones fame, but most noticeably Natalia Tena. While there is still no official word on her character, might this be the mysterious role that Tena delayed her band's tour for?
We'll keep you updated as more information is released!
A very happy birthday to Nat Tena, who plays everyone’s favorite clumsy witch, Tonks, in the films. The actress turns 29 today.
The actress, who also sings in the band Molotov Jukebox, recently had to announce that the band was rescheduling its upcoming tour dates in the UK. In a statement released by the band, they said, "We are sorry to announce that we are having to reschedule some of the dates on our November UK tour. This is due to a last minute and important (still secret) acting role which Nat had no choice but to take.”
While the London date at The Garage is still set for November, the other four November dates have been rescheduled for April 2014. All existing tickets will be valid for the new shows. This decision has left some fans disappointed, but with the dates rescheduled for next year, they will not have to wait long.
While no more information is available yet about Nat’s new role, we look forward to finding out more about this exciting role she has taken!
Were you looking forward to seeing Molotov Jukebox this month, and are you upset over the rescheduling? Are you excited to see Nat in her new role? Tell us in the comments below.
As we previously reported, this past weekend Natalia Tena, better known as Nymphadora Tonks, appeared at Atlanta's DragonCon. The actress stayed very busy at the convention, presenting at four panels (two for the Potter series and two for her role as Osha on HBO's Game of Thrones). When not presenting, she spent the rest of her time in the Walk of Fame, an area set up for adoring fans to get up close and personal with their favorite stars, taking photos and getting autographs.
MuggleNet attended Natalia's Saturday panel, An Hour with Tonks!, which was set up in a question-and-answer format. The fan questions were amazing, and ranged from asking what her boggart would be ("a giant wasp") to what her patronus would be ("an otter") to which Potter character she would date (Voldemort, whom she also names as her favorite character). A full transcript of An Hour with Tonks! will be posted soon!
Despite her extremely busy schedule, Natalia was willing to answer a few questions for us.
MuggleNet (MN): In your panel, you mentioned that you're working on a film, 10.000 Km.
Natalia Tena (NT): Yeah. Yeah, I'm filming in Barcelona right now.
MN: The whole movie is being filmed in Barcelona?
NT: Yeah. It's my first Spanish film.
MN: You're also in a band, Molotov Jukebox. Are there any plans to tour in the U.S.?
NT: I really want to. I really want to go to New Orleans. It's my mission before I die.
MN: Ok. And finally, one Potter question. Today is September 1st, which is the day that the Hogwarts students take the train back to school. Teddy, Tonks's son, would be 15 now-
NT: That's the awful age, isn't it? When you just want to kick 'em out of the house.
MN: He would be starting his O.W.L. year, his big exam year. Do you think Tonks would have any advice for her son?
NT: Don't wait until the very end to cram. Don't stay up all night trying to get it all in.
DragonCon was a ton of fun and we were thrilled to be able to attend! An article about MuggleNet's DragonCon experience will be posted to our blog soon.
Were you one of the thousands in attendance at DragonCon? Share your experiences in the comments below!
MuggleNet has learned that actress Natalia Tena, who played Nymphadora Tonks in the Harry Potter movies, will be attending Dragon Con in Atlanta this year. Dragon Con takes place from August 30 to September 2, 2013. Head over to the Dragon Con site for ticket information and more on this con.
MuggleNet will be in attendance; will you? Let us know in the comments!
Today at Emerald City Comicon, MuggleNet held an exclusive interview with Natalia Tena - the actress who portrayed Nymphadora Tonks in the Harry Potter films. Terrance Pinkston Jr. from Hogwarts Radio and MuggleNet fan Lizzie L. (pictured above) represented MuggleNet at the convention and provided the following report and interview file.
Terrance and Lizzie's report:
Earlier today at Emerald City Comic Con we had the chance to sit down for a one on one interview with Harry Potter star Natalia Tena who plays Nymphadora Tonks in the films. It was certainly a thrill to get the chance to see her as she interacted with fans, signed autographs, and let her personality shine through to passers by. Even though our Q&A session was short, Natalia was nothing short of enlightening, and entertaining. In our exclusive interview she talked about her learning experiences on set, and how she doesn't want to emulate anyone's career but her own.
She goes on to talk about how she prefers books simply because "its where you can learn from your imagination, where as films cement them for you." Natalia also reveals she's a comic book lover, and talks about how there are things that films miss. She goes on to state that she reads the Walking Dead comic books, but has yet to see the AMC series. We also asked her what was the craziest thing that a fan has asked her to sign and her response was none other than hilarious.
Natalia talked about how she would change her hair if she was a metamorphmagus, how her favorite thing about being a part of the Harry Potter community is the magic, how she isn't afraid of being typecast in any particular role, and how she would love the chance to play a villain.
We also had some interviews with fans attending the convention and that report will be available soon.
Special thanks to Terrance and Lizzie for doing a fantastic job!
Don't be silly, Dawlish. I'm sure you are an excellent Auror, I seem to remember you achieved 'Outstanding' in all your N.E.W.T.s, but if you attempt to — er — 'bring me in' by force, I will have to hurt you.
Albus Dumbledore Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 27, Page 620
When Arthur Weasley takes Harry and his pals to the Ministry of Magic they must first dial a secret code into a telephone keypad. He enters the number 62442. The letters underneath those numbers on a standard mobile phone spell out the word "magic".