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.
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. 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!
In the spirit of the upcoming holidays, we’d like to share with you a gem we happened upon that shows off celebrities in their holiday jumpers. (For all you Americans out there, that means sweaters!) Perhaps one of our favorites is Julie Walters, who seems to be dressed as a sassy (house-?)elf, ready to help Santa deliver all those toys! Even better, the celebrities who are participating are donning the jumpers to support Save the Children, a charity that raises awareness and funds for vulnerable and poverty-stricken children around the world.
How can you participate in Jumper Day, set for December 13? We’re so glad you asked! Besides wearing your best jumper on December 13, you can also donate by visiting the Christmas Jumper Day website here. Get your friends involved, take silly pictures, and get the word out. Don’t have a sweater? You can buy a specially designed sweater by John Lewis from the website, with 25 GBP being donated to Save the Children. One thing’s for sure – you won’t be the only person wearing a wooly Christmas sweater on December 13!
It’s been some time since we’ve seen Robbie Coltrane on screen. That will change in May of 2014 when his new film, Effie Gray, premieres in the UK. Coltrane plays a doctor alongside Julie Walters and Emma Thompson in this based-on-a-true-story film focusing on art historian John Ruskin and his wife, Euphemia “Effie” Gray.
Fiona Shaw will take part in the 2014 theater season at The Barbican in London. Her one-woman show, The Testament of Mary, was nominated earlier this year for three Tony awards when the show debuted in a limited run on Broadway. The play is based on the novella by Colm Toibin and recounts the Virgin Mary’s grief upon losing her son. For ticket information, please visit the Barbican website here.
Jason Isaacs is a busy man! We reported last month on the premiere of Sweetwater and his new role in John Wick. He’s also taking on another role, this time as actor AND producer to a new dramatic series for ABC about a former LAPD homicide detective that develops an incredibly powerful ability to solve the hardest cases. Let’s hope that ABC truly appreciates the incredible talent they have in Jason and keeps this series on the air! (You can’t tell that we miss his all-too-soon canceled series, Awake, can you?)
The always entertaining and talented Warwick Davis has landed three new roles as of this casting roundup: He participated in the Christmas Parade in Milton Keynes to launch the Land of Enchanted Dreams Christmas display on November 15; Warwick is also set to appear the evening of November 15 in a full sketch by Harry Hill as part of Children in Need, spoofing A-ha’s "Take on Me." The video is scheduled to play live on the BBC Children in Need’s appeal night, and as soon as we get our eager hands on the video, we will post it for all to see. In addition, Davis also just landed the role of television game show host! The pilot for Celebrity Squares is set to tape later this month and could get picked up in time to air in the new year. To read more about the premise of the game show, visit the article here. Congrats, Warwick!
More Gary Oldman news! We reported earlier on his role in the remix of RoboCop, but we also discovered a rumor of a possible role starring opposite Jay Baruchel in the WWII thriller Panzer 88. Cinema Blend has some great concept art up for the film, and we will continue to watch for more information on the project upon confirmation of the role. In addition, it was announced a few days ago by Dread Central that Juliet Landau, known for her role in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is working on a documentary called A Place Among the Dead. The documentary will feature vamp writer Anne Rice and Gary Oldman as Landau interviews actors and creators who have taken on the fanged ones in books, movies, and television. We’ll report more on this documentary as information is revealed.
It’s official! Downton Abbey has been renewed for a fifth season, which means we will get our weekly dose of Dame Maggie Smith in her role as family matriarch, the dowager countess on ITV. Are you excited to see what life has in store for the residents of Downton?
While Tom Felton has joined the television series Full Circle, he’s not alone. Another HP alum has joined TNT’s Falling Skies as a regular cast member. Known most for her role as Pansy Parkinson in the HP films, Scarlett Byrne is taking on the mysterious role of a woman with special powers who is connected to the other-worlders. Watch the preview video below!
As far as we know, David Heyman may still be in talks for the upcoming but not yet written Fantastic Beasts film. In the meantime, it is now rumored, according to The Hollywood Reporter, that he is “in negotiations” to bring the game Temple Run to the big screen in either a live action or animated version. Look for more on this story as information becomes available!
Finally, a great big HP alumni party is taking place for the film Brooklyn. According to Screen Daily, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters, and Domhnall Gleeson have signed on to the film, which is slated to begin filming in Ireland next year. Here’s the summary of the film:
The film follows Nora (Ronan), a young Irish woman who leaves her small town in Ireland hoping for a brighter future in 1950s Brooklyn. Despite her initial homesickness, she falls in love with Tony (Cohen), an Italian American who opens her eyes her new surroundings. But a family tragedy leads Nora back to Ireland, where her American sophistication catches the eye of the charming Jim (Gleeson).
Well, that wraps up Harry Potter role call for now. Keep checking back to read all the latest news from Mugglenet, and don’t forget to tell us what YOU think about the different roles our favorite actors are taking on – we’d love to hear from you!
Julie Walters (Molly Weasley) lends her voice to a television ad for First Milk, introducing the characters of Cow and Bunny as brand ambassadors for the Lake District Dairy Company. In the ad, Walters plays Cow, offering information about the product and the company, while Bunny dreams about the awards he will be receiving as part of his ambassadorship. You can watch the short commercial here.
In addition to her voiceover role as Cow, Walters is also making an appearance in The Harry Hill Movie, which released its first teaser trailer earlier this month via Digital Spy. Walters is almost unrecognizable in the trailer seen above, donning a white wig, purple coat, and huge sunglasses while chasing down her on-screen grandson with her electric scooter, riding a roller coaster, and making a mess with buckets of an unidentifiable liquid. The movie is based on the comedian’s television show and is due to be released in the UK on December 20th. The official synopsis of the movie contains a few wacky plot twists:
“When Harry and his Nan (Julie Walters) discover their hamster is seriously ill they set off on a road trip to Blackpool pursued by a lunatic vet (Simon Bird). Along the way, Harry falls in love with an undersea shell person (Sheridan Smith), witnesses canine superstars The Dachsund Five, and meets indie rock band The Magic Numbers - who run a B&B. It all culminates in a fight on top of The Blackpool Tower. Who could be behind it all? Could it be Harry’s evil twin Otto (Matt Lucas), who was separated from Harry at birth and brought up by Alsatians? Based on a true story, it's all-singing, all-dancing family entertainment from the big collared loon himself."
Emma Thompson (Professor Trelawney) will star as Mrs. Lovett in the New York Philharmonic’s presentation of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, premiering in March of 2014. If you’ll be in the area, you can purchase tickets for the show here.
Domhnall Gleeson (Bill Weasley) appears to be everywhere these days. With his new rom-com About Time set to hit US theaters next month, Gleeson is looking forward to his next few projects. He is currently working on Unbroken, a film based on a true story and directed by Angelina Jolie, where he plays the role of a stranded Army Air Corps survivor, Russell Allen Phillips. He just finished filming Frank, a comedy in which Gleeson plays Jon, an aspiring musician who follows a very strange pop star who walks around in costume, played by Michael Fassbender. The first still from the movie can be seen here. Gleeson also credits his role in Anna Karenina as the reason he landed the lead role in About Time because Richard Curtis took note of his performance as Levin in the award winning film:
“There’s no way I would have ended up in this film if I hadn’t been in Anna Karenina. Joe [Wright] saw something in me that nobody else had seen before and took a risk on me that no one had taken before. He asked me to step up, and he expected me to do it, and then he inspired me and helped me to do it every day. And I owe him an awful lot for that.”
For those fans wondering what Gary Oldman (Sirius Black) has been up to lately, look no further! Announced this week, via Dread Central, is the release date for the RoboCop remake. The movie is slated to hit theaters on February 12th, just in time for Valentine’s Day – how romantic! Here’s the synopsis for the film:
“In RoboCop the year is 2029, and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Their drones are winning American wars around the globe, and now they want to bring this technology to the home front. Alex Murphy is a loving husband, father, and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit. After he is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp utilizes its remarkable science of robotics to save Alex’s life. He returns to the streets of his beloved city with amazing new abilities but with issues a regular man has never had to face before.”
In the trailer, Oldman has traded in Sirius’s stylish velvet smoking jackets for a lab coat and glasses, playing the role of Dr. Dennett Norton, who helps to bring RoboCop to life. View the trailer here!
There must be something about hotels that attract Harry Potter alumni! Earlier this month, we learned that Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort) would be starring as the lead in Wes Anderson’s latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel. Fiennes will play a European concierge helping a lobby boy work his way through the ranks of the hotel staff before all sorts of hijinks ensue. The international trailer shows a stylized and colorful hotel, full of uniquely entertaining guests and staff. In these chosen scenes, Fiennes gives a comedic performance as concierge Gustave that had us laughing, if for no other reason than his wonderful mustache and purple tailcoat. Watch the trailer below, but please be aware, there is some mature content in one small scene.
Also headed for an extended hotel stay are Maggie Smith (Professor McGonagall) and Bill Nighy (Rufus Scrimgeour), as they reprise their roles for the sequel to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Filming for the sequel is set to begin in India next year according to a Radio Times article posted today. While many details are still unknown, we do know that the second film will be written by previous scriptwriter Ol Parker. We will continue to keep you updated as more details emerge.
Finally, though we reported earlier on Jason Isaac’s (Lucius Malfoy) murderous role in Sweetwater, we now bring you the official trailer for the film and excerpts from his exclusive interview with Crave Online.
Jason talks about his canceled television series Awake, how conversations with fans about the series are so enjoyable, and what it’s like to create depth for his villainous characters. So how was Awake supposed to end? He’s not telling!
“Actually, to be honest, we shot the entire season before it went on air and that was never an ending. So people who think that that last episode was written as an ending because we knew we weren’t coming back are completely wrong. It was written so the opposite from it being an ending.”
What’s next for Isaacs? A thriller called John Wick, according to Digital Spy. No word on which character he will play, however; the current synopsis of the film, also starring Keanu Reeves, indicates that it will be an interesting one: “A former hit man is pursued by an old friend who was contracted to kill him.” Since Isaacs plays a baddie so well, we’re sure that this is another character he can create some depth for!
That concludes today’s Casting Corner – which film or project are you most interested in seeing? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!
David Yates has signed on to direct Who Is Jake Ellis? for Fox, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The studio recently picked up the rights to the comic series by Nathan Edmonson and Tonci Zonjic, described as a mix between The Bourne Trilogy and Fight Club, and is now out to screenwriters. This isn’t Yates’s only project in the works, however. He is currently casting a Warner Bros. live-action version of Tarzan.
On October 3rd, a new app to celebrate National Poetry Day was launched called The Love Book. The app will donate ten percent of proceeds to Save the Children and features celebrities reading poems and love letters for the app user, including work from authors such as Shakespeare, Jane Austen, and JK Rowling. As reported earlier, Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix LeStrange) has already signed on to design shoes for the charity and adds this new role to her resume.
Her on-screen sister, Helen McCrory (Narcissa Malfoy), also joins the charitable app and expresses the importance of the charity. “It’s important to support Save the Children and their work in this country and all over the world. They’re helping children through education, vaccination and through the help they’re sending out to Syria; all this groundwork is vital to protect the rights of children.” You can purchase The Love Book through the App Store.
Alfonso Cuaron is currently enjoying the Oscar-buzz and record-shattering opening for his film Gravity with producer David Heyman, but he has other reasons to celebrate. The Believe trailer, which aired during Comic-Con this year, introduces viewers to a little girl who has special abilities and the as-yet-unnamed villain(s) who will stop at nothing to exploit them. The thirteen-part series was created by Cuaron, who also directed the first episode and is an executive producer along with JJ Abrams (Lost, Star Trek), and will air in the UK on Watch some time in 2014. Watch the intense trailer here.
As fans, we love to be in the know on what the former cast of the Harry Potter series is up to. Jessie Cave (Lavender Brown) appears to be one of the busiest actors of the bunch, as reported back in July. After earning her degree in animation and illustration from Kingston, she began to hone her craft by taking on roles both on stage and in television, all while creating and starring in her own stand-up show, Bookworm. Next on her list is a television comedy series called Give Out Girls alongside Diana Vickers, which will air on Sky Living in the UK. To learn more about the series, which follows four girls whose job it is to hand out promotional fliers while dressed as light bulbs and other embarrassing costumes, check out the British Comedy Guide page here.
He may have portrayed one of the most hated wizards in the series, but Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy) is taking on a new role as captain and mentor to Brad Pitt in the gritty war drama Fury per The Hollywood Reporter. The film is currently shooting in London. Isaacs is also slated to film a segment for Rio, I Love You and has wrapped Things People Do, which we reported on earlier this year.
It seems like the entire Malfoy family are up to their silky, blond locks in new projects! Along with his on-screen parents, Tom Felton is a busy guy. His new DirecTV series Full Circle premieres this Wednesday, he just wrapped an appearance at Dallas Comic-Con, and his two indie films Therese and Belle have been picked up for distribution. What more could Tom be doing? A photo shoot for Bello Mag, that’s what! The lifestyle magazine published its first photo from the shoot in September and announced the release of the Tom Felton Obsession issue on October 5th via Twitter.
Bello Mag also shot and posted a video of Tom from the photo shoot – check out the fashion and smoke-filled video here!
While his latest movie, The Fifth Estate, is currently screening nationwide, David Thewlis (Remus Lupin) takes on his next role in the Stephen Hawking biopicTheory of Everything. The screenplay was inspired by Jane Hawking’s memoir and centers on their relationship. In addition to this film, Thewlis is currently providing his voice for the animated film Anomalisa and the Korean war drama Queen and Country, according to IMDB. Not much is known about his role in these films, but we promise to stay on top of this, and other casting news, to bring you the latest!
It seems the entire cast of the Harry Potter films are accepting new roles left and right. We previously reported a number of new roles for various cast members and have just learned of three more!
Freddie Stroma (Cormac McLaggen) may be busy filming The Visitors, an alien horror flick, but has also joined the cast of Lifetime’s pilot television series Unreal, a show based on a short film called Sequin Raze. Stroma’s character, Adam, will be the center of a Bachelor-style competition show within this series that follows a woman whose sole job it is to “manipulate relationships within (and among) the contestants” in order to get footage that will elevate the ratings for the show. Shiri Appleby costars in this drama produced by Buffy the Vampire Slayer writer/producer Marti Noxon.
Despite the announcement in a recent interview that remembering his lines for on-stage roles has sent him to the hospital in the past, Sir Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbledore) will take the stage once again for an off-broadway play, All That Fall. The play will run for a month beginning November 5th at 59E59 Theaters in NYC. All That Fall is set in Ireland and tells the story of a woman meeting her husband at the train and the unique characters she meets on her journey. To learn more about the play and purchase tickets for the show, visit the theater site here.
For those who are familiar with Helena Bonham Carter’s fashion sense, it will be interesting to see what she comes up with for her new role as a fashion designer. Carter (woh played Bellatrix Lestrange) has signed on to take part in designing footwear to raise money to benefit Save the Children, a charity that provides medical care to some of the world’s poorest countries. The Born to Walk Tall campaign will auction off the designs from celebrities like Carter and singer Mollie King from The Saturdays. The winning bidders will have an opportunity to bring the signed sketches to the made-to-order label Upper Street who will actually make the shoes.
That’s all for this edition of casting, but with the rate new roles have been announced in the last month, make sure to keep checking MuggleNet for all the latest news!
It looks like we have even more to celebrate since the announcement of the Fantastical Beasts screenplay in the works! It’s only been one week since we last posted news of future projects for some of the Harry Potter cast, but this week has brought another round of casting news for both stage and screen.
Various theaters will see a number of Potter alumni gracing the stage in the coming months. Harry Melling (Dudley Dursley) and Isabella Laughland (Leanne) will be taking on the bard alongside Tony Award-winning actor Frank Langella at Chichester Festival at the Minerva Theatre in a production of King Lear beginning October 31st. You can learn more about the play and purchase tickets here.
Miriam Margolyes (Professor Pomona Sprout) joins Neighbourhood Watch, an Australian comedy, in May of 2014 at the Dunstan Playhouse as part of the State Theatre Company. Margolyes will play Ana, an aging widow who befriends a young would-be actress. Tickets will be available for sale to the general public in October 2013. Learn more about the play and get tickets here.
Katie Leung (Cho Chang) tweeted a sneak peek of her new play The Shed: The World of Extreme Happiness. The play will run in South Bank, London, from September 25th through October 26th. Get your tickets and learn more about the production here.
Joining a well-rounded British cast of Benedict Cumberbatch and Colin Salmon, our favorite Snatcher Nick Moran (Scabior) has completed a short film called Little Favour. He will play a character named Logan. There is no release date as of yet. A teaser trailer for the short has recently been released, and you can watch it here.
In a darker, comedic turn, James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley) join a “pitch black” British comedy called Own Worst Enemy. The film is due for release sometime next year, but you can get a look at the twins in an on-set photo here and learn more about the movie here.
David Thewlis’s new conspiracy theory movie The Fifth Estate comes to theaters nationwide on October 18th, in which he plays Nick Davies, a well-known British investigative journalist. You can view the trailer here.
A live version of Disney’s Cinderella is currently filming in London with a tentative release date in March 2015, with Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix LeStrange) starring as the Fairy Godmother. The first photo from the film has been released, and you can see it here. In addition, the film is being directed by Kenneth Branagh (Professor Gilderoy Lockhart), and he appears to be thrilled with his leading cast.
"It is impossible to think of Cinderella without thinking of Disney and the timeless images we've all grown up watching. And those classic moments are irresistible to a filmmaker. With Lily James we have found our perfect Cinderella. She combines knockout beauty with intelligence, wit, fun and physical grace. Her Prince is being played by Richard Madden, a young actor with incredible power and charisma. He is funny, smart and sexy and a great match for Cinderella."
While not new casting information, there is a great interview that came out of the Toronto International Film Festival regarding Dan Radcliffe's indie film Horns. His co-star Juno Temple joins him for the interview, in which they address how the film is more than a suspensful whodunit flick - it is a romantic journey that defies genre conventions that was very exciting to be a part of. Check out the interview here.
Finally, according to Variety, Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) will star in an English-language version of Foosball, voicing the lead character and hero of the story, Amadeo. The project is currently in “advanced production” and geared for an initial release in the UK on October 19th at the London Film Festival.
Which of these projects are you most excited to learn more about? Make sure to keep checking in to get all the latest news on these projects and more!