We're never quite sure which roles will be next for the former Potter cast, but it's always something interesting. In this edition of Role Call, we find our favorite actors as busy as ever with a variety of roles, including Voldemort trading in his robes for a well-cut suit, Professor Trewlaney taking on the New York stage, and Sirius Black being highly entertained by a piano-playing cat! Have we piqued your interest? Let's get to it!
In this month’s Reader’s Digest, you may see a familiar face. Timothy Spall (Peter Pettigrew) will be gracing the cover of the magazine and providing readers with an inside look into his lengthy career. The actor has joined the BBC comedy Blandings, playing an eccentric aristocrat. In his interview, which is available only with a subscription to the magazine, he also talks how his "anti-romantic hero" looks have been an asset to his career.
“It's not a struggle for me to look like these downtrodden characters. I'm blessed by looking the way I do, so I don't have to fight against natural beauty!”
As The Grand Budapest Hotel nears its limited release, Ralph Fiennes will grace the pages of M for the 2014 spring edition. He looks far from his Voldemort years, the gorgeous suit bringing out the blue of his eyes. Voldemort who? Fiennes also talks about his character Gustave in the Wes Anderson flick.
“There is a wonderful…something…It’s hard to put these things into words, but there’s an interior brightness to Gustave.”
Speaking of Voldemort, Christian Coulson, the actor who played Tom Riddle in Chamber of Secrets, will be taking part in The Meeting at Joe’s Pub in Lower Manhattan on March 16. The show is a monthly variety/comedy show that honors different celebrities or cultural works for their contributions to gay culture. You can learn more about the show and purchase tickets here.
Domhnall Gleeson's new movie Frank now has a trailer. The film has been selected for Sundance 2014 and stars Michael Fassbender as the titular character and Domhnall as Jon. Jon joins a pop band led by Frank, who never takes his giant fake head off, no matter what. Much like the plot, the film will be showing at this year's Austin SXSW. You can view the trailer below!
Emma Thompson (Sybill Trelawney) continues to juggle all sorts of roles! Her new film with Pierce Brosnan, titled Survivor, is slated to begin filming in Bulgaria and centers around a female foreign service officer in London who attempts to stop a terrorist attack against New York. Her role in this film is currently unknown, but we’ll keep you updated once it has been revealed!
Interestingly enough, Survivor won’t be the only film she partners with Pierce Brosnan for. Opening April 19 nationwide is the romantic comedy The Love Punch. The pair play a divorced couple who come together to fight a common foe: a businessman who has stolen their pension. You can view the trailer for the movie below!
Emma’s play in New York, Sweeney Todd, has begun as well, and Broadway Worldreleased rehearsal photos a few days ago in anticipation of the March 5 opening date. You can see the photos and learn more about the production here. This is Emma’s first time on the New York stage, but we’re pretty sure she’ll nail it!
Finally, Varietyreports that Sold, an independent film executive produced by Emma, is premiering at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles at the Opening Night Gala. Of the film, which explores the brutal world of child trafficking through the eyes of a young girl and is based on true accounts, Emma had this to say:
“Because of ‘Sold’s'[s] marvelous script and courageous and brilliant cast, it is a story that we can all watch – so that we may understand the processes of slavery in modern India and feel able to act without feeling the kind of rage and hopelessness that gets in the way of doing anything.”
Chris Columbus is set to direct Pixels, a movie adaptation of a short film of the same name, starring Adam Sandler. The film about videogame characters like Donkey Kong attacking New York is set for a 2016 release.
Students who attend the Cambridge International Student Film Festival in Watersprite will get the chance to hear Jim Broadbent (Horace Slughorn) speak at the Closing Gala on March 9. No word on what the topic will be, but it’s bound to be interesting, considering the varied career Jim has had!
Varietyreports that Natalie Tena’s film, Long Distance, has been picked up by Visit Films for worldwide rights outside Spain. The romantic drama will premiere at next month’s Austin SXSW and will be released in Spain this May.
In addition to his play See How They Run, Warwick Davis (Filius Flitwick/Griphook) has partnered with Motorpoint in Peterborough to celebrate its newly refurbished car supermarket. Motorpoint has also supported his Reduced Height Theatre Company.
“[Since] the good folk at Motorpoint are helping my theatre production company, the least I could do was come along and support their opening.”
While the American fans of Downton Abbey are just finishing up Season 4, casting news for the new season of the series have been floating around. One of the rumors for the new season was that it was possible Dame Maggie Smith (Minerva McGonagall) would not return, but fans can breathe a sigh of relief! Executive producer Gareth Neame says she’ll be back next season and says that she’s really a muse for series creator Julian Fellowes.
“Maggie Smith will be in the show as long as she wants to do it. She'll be back this coming season. She's a huge part of the show, and I think she enjoys doing it.”
A third international trailer and a behind-the-scenes featurette have been released for the upcoming Noah, starring Emma Watson (Hermione Granger). View the trailer below!
The featurette “Building the Ark” is almost five minutes long and can be viewed on IMDb here.
Mike Newell’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations is finally being released on Blu-ray. The film will be available for purchase on April 15. The film is full of Harry Potter stars: Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort), Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange), and Robbie Coltrane (Rubeus Hagrid). You can view the trailer below.
Finally, have we told you how much we enjoy Gary Oldman’s (Sirius Black) comedic genius? While he is often seen in more serious roles, including his new role as acting producer in the horror series The Diabolic, the man has great comedic timing. Last Thanksgiving, Gary teamed up with Jimmy Kimmel for a skit that knocked the American holiday on its ear. He’s teamed up again with the late night host for a modern retelling of the Academy Award-winning 1984 film Amadeus. We’ve posted it below for your viewing pleasure.
The popularity of our favorite Harry Potter actors often lead to new roles and projects that showcase just how talented they really are. In this edition of Role Call, we not only highlight some our favorites, but we also take a look at some upcoming projects from cast and crew who don't always get the spotlight but definitely have what it takes to shine!
Actor Jon Campling, who appeared in Deathly Hallows - Part 1 as a Death Eater, is proving there is no rest for the wicked. He currently has eleven projects under his belt for 2014, and he’s still going strong. In a recent interview for Hull Daily Mail, Jon reveals how he chooses his projects.
“For me, each film is its own unique case, as long as it is a collaboration, not exploitation, and as long as there is something in it for yourself, whether that it is a new role or a new experience, then you should do it.”
In addition to his roles in television and film, Jon has also appeared in a few music videos, including the recently finished shoot for The Feeling and Midlake’s "The Old and the Young," which you can see below:
The University of Ulster has announced the guest line-up for the Ulster Festival of Art & Design, which will include the visual effects producer from Chamber of Secrets and Prisoner of Azkaban, Sandra Scott. Greg Maguire, who also worked on Prisoner of Azkaban as the creature supervisor, will be teaching an animation workshop for young attendees. The Ulster Festival of Art & Design will run from March 10-14. For more information, visit the website here.
Suffragette, a UK drama highlighting the early feminist movement that is set to begin filming this week, has now cast a second HP alum. Brendan Gleeson (Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody) will join Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange) in the film, but the roles they have landed in the production have not yet been revealed.
Robert Pattinson (Cedric Diggory) will be filming a James Dean biopic called Life, tentatively set for a 2015 release in the US. He will play photographer Dennis Stock, who was assigned to shoot pictures of James Dean for the titular magazine in 1955, during a road trip that took place only months before Dean died. Daniel Radcliffe’s Kill Your Darlings co-star Dane DeHaan will play Dean.
Finally, new clips have been released for both The Zero Theorem, starring David Thewlis (Remus Lupin), and Grand Budapest Hotel, starring Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort). In the three behind-the-scenes clips released for The Zero Theorem, the costumes, set, and the film’s director are discussed by cast and crew. David is featured in all three clips at about 50 seconds in. You can view the clips here.
In perhaps the strangest clip we’ve seen yet from Grand Budapest Hotel, Ralph Fiennes acts opposite a disguised Tilda Swinton as his elderly romantic interest. You can view the clip here, released exclusively by Vanity Fair, but be warned, there is some adult language.
As Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel, starring Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort), opened recently at the Berlin Film Festival, a small piece of the score for the film was also released by Shore Fire Media. Written by composer Alexandre Desplat, a portion of the track "A Prayer for Madame D." can be heard here. The soundtrack for the film is set for release on March 4, just three days before the debut of the film.
We recently questioned the roles taken on by Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy), wondering if he would always be cast as the movie villain. Isaacs excels at playing the bad guy, but we’re happy to report that he has been cast in a six-part mini-series for the USA Network where he finally plays the hero. Dig is a project from executive producers and co-writers Tim Kring (Heroes) and Gideon Raff (Homeland) in which Isaacs plays Peter, an FBI agent who “uncovers a conspiracy 2000 years in the making” while investigating the murder of an archaeologist in Jerusalem. The series is set for a premiere later this year.
Gary Oldman (Sirius Black) continues to make the media rounds to promote the Robocop remake. He recently talked with Graham Norton, whose show aired this evening on BBC America, joking about how his fan base went "from forty to four” after Potter ended. But in actuality, he says, “They’re so genuine. They come up, they want their picture taken and their autograph. They’re very sweet.”
Oldman can next be seen on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on February 17. Check your local CBS listings for specific show times.
A featurette for The Zero Theorem, starring David Thewlis (Remus Lupin), has been released prior to the film’s debut in the UK on March 14. In the brief interview, cast and crew comment on working with director Terry Gilliam, including Thewlis at about 52 seconds in. He says that working with Gilliam is like working with a Beatle; he is someone he has always wanted to work with. You can view the featurette here.
Two former Harry Potter cast members will be in attendance at the HighTide Festival at Halesworth running from April 10 to April 19. Sir Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbledore) will participate in a series of face to face interviews, while Harry Melling (Dudley Dursley) will be premiering a play he has written called Peddling. To learn details about the festival or to purchase tickets, visit The Cut, Halesworth, Suffolk, in person. MuggleNet will also be in attendance, so look forward to a review of the festival!
Director David Yates is taking on the King of the Jungle in the new Tarzan film. Warner Bros. released an official announcement, stating that pre-production on the live-action version of the Tarzan film has commenced. In addition, Harry Potter producer David Barron will also be a producer for the film, which is currently slated for a summer release in 2016. Says Sue Krull, the President of Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution at Warner Bros. Pictures,
“Tarzan has been an enduring and enigmatic figure in literature and cinema for more than a century. The adventures of a man who was torn between two worlds has entertained and intrigued people young and old, and we are excited to bring him to the screen for a new generation.”
A release date for Bill Nighy (Rufus Scrimgeour), Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort), and Helena Bonham Carter’s (Bellatrix Lestrange) film Turks & Caicos has been published. According to BBC America, the film, which is the second in a trilogy starring Nighy, will focus on his character, Johnny Worricker, finding a group of seedy American financiers on the island to address the global financial crisis. The film is set to air on BBC2 in March 2014.
Among the many awards he has already garnered for his work on Gravity, Alfonso Cuaron has another to add to his trophy room. Earlier this week, Cuaron took home the AARP’s Movies for Grownups award for Best Director at the annual gala. Of this honor, Cuaron had this to say:
“When I started with Gravity, I was not eligible to be a member of AARP. Cinema is transcending generations, and I’m grateful for all of you who saw the film. The adversity in the movie is constant in our life, and it shapes who we are.”
Producer David Heyman was also a presenter at the ceremony held on Monday, February 11.
If it wasn’t enough that Alfie Enoch was recently on our screens in Sherlock, it has been announced that he has landed another new TV role. Alfie, who played lovable Gryffindor Dean Thomas in the Harry Potter movies, has been cast in ABC drama How to Get Away with Murder. The cast also includes Jack Falahee and Karla Souza.
The show is described as
“a 'sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller,' [which] will follow ambitious law students and their brilliant but mysterious professor, who becomes embroiled in a murder plot. Falahee, Enoch and Souza will play three of the students.”
There is no further information available at the moment as to when filming starts or a possible air date, but we will let you know as soon as we know!
Are you looking forward to seeing Alfie in this role? Are you excited by this latest casting news? Let us know!
Emma Thompson (Sybill Trelawney) has signed on to the comedy-thriller The Long Midnight of Barney Thomson. The story will follow a Scottish barber “through a series of accidental events…into the world of serial murder.” Thompson is slated to play Barney’s mother, who is constantly on his case and picking him apart. Her next projects include Jason Reitman’s Men, Women, and Children and another thriller, Survivor.
Earlier this month, French composer Alexandre Desplat gave an interview to Reuters, shedding light on the process he follows when composing a score for film. In addition to the scores for both Deathly Hallows films, he has composed the upcoming score for Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel, starring Ralph Fiennes. Of composing for Anderson’s film, he had this to say:
“Wes'[s] movies are of another world. They come from Wes'[s] world, which is a very specific and special work of his own. [...] Musically we enter in another dimension, a fifth dimension. So I use my imagination in the same way that he does and try and create first an instrumentarium - a bunch of instruments that would be toys that we play together - and then we decide together if it's a dark melody, a happy melody, no melody ... but again it's very much the picture we work with because Wes'[s] directing is very precise, very detailed. And the music has to be as precise as the picture.”
More films are in the works for Frank Dillane, who played the young Tom Riddle in Half-Blood Prince. Announced only three days apart, Dillane will appear in two films. The first is an as yet untitled film directed by Gerardo Naranjo alongside Dakota Fanning, who will play a roadie for a punk band sometime in the '80s. His role in the feature is not clear at this time, but we will follow the film closely and bring you more information as it is released.
The second film, Maestro, will showcase Dillane in a leading role as Paul, an aspiring pianist who moves to northern Australia. He is forced to undergo lessons from a mysterious Viennese refugee, Herr Keller, who is known to the people of the area only as "Maestro." Filming is set to begin in early spring 2014 in both Vienna, Austria, and northern Australia.
While the film was released in the UK in 2012 and was shown in limited release in the US last year, we’ve just gotten our hands on the trailer for Shadow Dancer, in which Domhnall Gleeson (Bill Weasley) has a role. The trailer, which can be seen below, seems to be non-stop action and suspense and only shows one second of Gleeson’s role as Connor in the film. To learn more about the film, you can visit the official website, or you can purchase the film via Amazon.
Gary Oldman’s (Sirius Black) film, Flying Horse, is moving along in regards to casting but still needs financial backing. The film will be Oldman’s second as a director, with Amanda Seyfriend and Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort) set to star. In an interview earlier this month, he revealed the reason he thinks it has not been backed, yet.
“The script doesn’t fit their model…You need someone who will actually be a risk taker. It’s set in San Francisco, but you could save yourself $100k if you do three weeks in Romania, and then you get a tax subsidy if you do a week in Ireland. It’s…eye-crossing!”
The story follows the true story of photographer Eadweard Muybridge, played by Fiennes, who murders a theater critic who has an affair with Muybridge’s wife. Oldman was slated to play Muybridge’s attorney in the film in addition to directing the biopic. Filming was set to begin early this year, but those plans have been stalled due to the lack of financing.
David Thewlis (Remus Lupin) has joined a production of Macbeth, which started principal photography in Scotland in February. His role in the film has not yet been announced, but the synopsis on this version of the film was released earlier this month as “a thrilling interpretation of the dramatic realities of the times and a truthful reimagining of what wartime must have really been like for one of Shakespeare’s most famous and compelling characters, set in war-torn 11th century Scotland.”
Will he forever be cast as the film baddie? Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy) joins the film production of Stockholm, Pennsylvania as a kidnapper who has held his victim for over twenty years. The film is based on the play of the same name, which won acclaim on the 2012 Black List and won the 2012 Nicholl Fellowship through the Sundance Screenwriting Lab.
In a documentary on contemporary Russian writers that aired on the Intelligent Channel in December, Stephen Fry, the voice of the Harry Potter audio books for the UK as well as some of the video games, hosted Russia’s Open Book: Writing in the Age of Putin. The documentary is now available for viewing, and we’ve included it below.
DMZ will be a television series about a young man trapped in Manhattan in the near future, after a second civil war erupts in America.
Keeping with the war theme, the film Testament of Youth is set during World War I and is an adaptation of an autobiography of a woman who served as a nurse during the war and how the aftermath of it affected her. No word on when either of the projects will begin filming.
If you were a casting director, what project would you cast your favorite HP alum in? Let us know by commenting below!
After last week’s exciting news regarding the opening of new areas at Universal Orlando, we didn’t think anything could get us more amped up. Leave it to the cast of the Harry Potter series to pleasantly surprise us with new projects that pique our interest. Hang on, MuggleNetters – we have lots of casting news to share with you!
Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley) seems to have boundless energy! In the last month, she won the Sport Relief Bakeoff, directed another music video, and has been seen in more clips from her upcoming film, After the Dark, which opens February 8. Is there anything that this woman can’t do? We doubt it!
In the new clips recently released for After the Dark, we see Bonnie and her HP co-star, Freddie Stroma (Cormac McLaggen), announcing the profession their characters take on as part of the end-of-the-world experimental scenario they find themselves in, as well as being introduced to the bunker they will live in. Freddie’s character will be have a PhD in chemistry while Bonnie’s character is an orthopedic surgeon. You can view the new clips both above and below, but be warned: They are slightly graphic and contain spoilers.
In addition to the release of After the Dark, Bonnie also directed a music video for musician George Schuster, which can be seen on her Vimeo site here. The photographer from the video shoot, Joe Conway, also posted some stills from the video, including photos of Bonnie hard at work bringing her vision to reality. You can see the photos here.
For those who have an interest in seeing the rest of Bonnie’s directorial work, both the video for "SOLO," starring her After the Dark co-star Sophie Lowe, and her short film Separate We Come, Separate We Go are also available for viewing.
In other directorial news, Goblet of Fire director Mike Newell has signed on to direct a remake of the sci-fi thriller about plants taking over the world, The Day of the Triffids. HP director David Yates had also been in the running back in 2010, but he is no longer attached to the film. No word has been given on when production will start or when the film will debut, but we promise to keep you posted!
While Daniel Radcliffe will not be reprising his role in the sequel to The Woman in Black, another alum has signed on for a part in the new film. Helen McCrory (Narcissa Black) just finished filming a seventeenth-century love story directed by none other than Alan Rickman (Severus Snape) called A Little Chaos, but she will be switching gears entirely with Angel of Death. If you’ve seen The Woman in Black, you know that the area in which the outdoor scenes were filmed looked pretty extreme. The same can be said for the sequel, according to Helen.
"It's very, very cold! I hadn't worked out that when you're doing a horror film it's never set in Hawaii. It's never 'She wakes up in Hawaii, with a cocktail in her hand; laughingly, she runs into the blue lagoon...' No, no, no! So if you flatten any part of Britain and turn down the temperature and cover it in rain, we'd probably be filming there, so it's very, very cold and all at night.”
Warner Home Video announced that the 2011 documentary Earthflight, narrated by David Tennant (Barty Crouch, Jr.), will be released in America on April 8. The documentary was filmed over a period of four years and gives the viewer a taste of what a bird sees during its life, all over the world. Pre-orders are being taken on Amazon.com.
Previously slated for a 2012 release, the Beauty & the Beast film to be directed by Guillermo del Toro was put on the back burner due to his other film projects. That being said, Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) mentioned the film while walking the red carpet for the Golden Globes, indicating that 2014 could be the year that the film will finally begin production.
”I hope so. [Del Toro] always has so many things he's working on at once, so we're still putting it together. I hope so.”
We’ll keep an ear out for more on this project as information becomes available.
Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy) will once again be working on an NBC project. Deadline announced that Isaacs has taken a role in the NBC mini-series remake of Rosemary’s Baby, playing the part of Roman Castevet, the warlock and leader of a coven who is suspected by Rosemary, played by Zoe Saldana, of ulterior motives surrounding the impending birth of her first child. Filming is slated to begin in Paris soon. We’re sure that Jason will have no trouble with this role, considering he played one of the most despised wizards in the HP series.
Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbledore) has signed on for the new Sky Atlantic television series Fortitude. The thirteen-episode series will follow a community dealing with the murder of a British research scientist. Gambon will play Henry Tyson, a photographer with only weeks to live and who will be involved in “unearthing Fortitude’s darkest secret.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, there will be international distribution of the series by Sky Vision, including in the United States, and the series will be shot on location in both the United Kingdom and Iceland.
That’s not the only role on the horizon for Michael Gambon. He joins Bill Nighy (Rufus Scrimgeour) and John Cleese (Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington AKA Nearly Headless Nick) in voice-over work for The Elder Scrolls Online, a multi-player online role-playing game that is currently in beta testing. You can view the reveal of the voice cast, watch them recording their dialogue for the game, and see interviews with all three actors here, but this game does have a rating of M (for "Mature") and may not be suitable for younger viewers.
In an interview by the British magazine ShortList, Gary Oldman (Sirius Black) reveals that he wasn’t looking to take on the role of Norman Stansfield in the upcoming remake of Robocop.
”This role was not something I was chasing. I liked the original movie. Very much. I watched it again recently, and it's still very good. The most striking thing re-watching it now is how technologically scary the whole thing is…Robots were always a thing of the future. They were in science-fiction films, in Doctor Who. Now we talk about drones killing people while eating our dinner - it's happening, and that's one reason why I thought this might be an interesting film to go back to.”
The latest clip from the movie was released last week, and you can view it below. The film is set for a February 12 release date.
Finally, a trailer was recently released for David Thewlis’s (Remus Lupin) new film, The Zero Theorem. The movie seems to be set in the future and follows a man working on a project meant to discover the purpose of his existence. You can view the trailer below and visit the website to learn more about the film. On a small side note, take a look at David’s wardrobe – it could rival Xenophilius and Luna’s outfits!
After reading and viewing the clips above, which project has you the most excited and why? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below!
They were just lurking out of sight, that's all. You heard them.
Luna Lovegood Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 38, Page 863
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was released on July 21, 2007, and sold 11 million copies on the first day of its release, breaking Rowling's earlier records for the fastest selling book of all time.