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!
We're now only a couple of weeks away from being able to watch David Bradley's turn as William Hartnell in An Adventure in Space and Time, but to tide you over the actor has spoken to the BBC about what it has been like to play this iconic role.
William Hartnell was the first actor to don the title of "Doctor" on the now-classic show, and stepping into the shoes of Hartnell has given Bradley some insight into the older actor's career and personality.
It has to be said, after some initial reluctance to do something for children’s TV I think [Hartnell] was quickly convinced that it was the right thing for him to do. He felt quite insecure about it as it was new territory for him, but once he started he embraced the whole idea of the part... I know he had a reputation at times for being cantankerous and rather difficult, and one has to play that. It was clear from research and hearing his colleagues talk about him that he was a perfectionist. He demanded a lot of himself, and he expected everyone around him to show the same level of commitment.
He was invited to school fetes in the full outfit, and I thought how brilliant and touching that was. It’s clear that he absolutely loved it and found it very hard to let go. That’s an element that Mark Gatiss brings out in the script... I think maybe when people joined the show later, different directors and different actors, if they showed a lack of commitment then it would upset him, and he would let people know that’s how he felt. There are moments of sadness in Space and Time where he becomes aware that he hasn’t got the strength to do it anymore.
Bradley, who grew up watching Doctor Who, also spoke up about how he thinks current Doctor Matt Smith compares to earlier Doctors like Hartnell, saying,
I really admire him as a Doctor. He’s got that curiosity and that slight eccentricity that the part requires, not in the same way as Bill Hartnell, but I think some of those characteristics have gone all the way through everyone [who]'s played the Doctor.
Finally, Bradley added that playing William Hartnell has been the experience of a lifetime.
It’s been one of those great jobs and an experience I’ll always remember. We’re honouring something that’s been part of television history for 50 years, and I hope I’ve done justice to an actor [whom] I admire greatly.
Will you be tuning into An Adventure in Space and Time? Let us know in the comments!
It's been almost a year since we first told you that David Bradley, who portrays Filch in the Harry Potter films, would be starring in a Doctor Who 50th anniversary special, An Adventure in Space and Time. The film tells the story of the early cast and crew of the now iconic show. Now, your chance to check out Bradley's performance is almost upon us!
The special will air in November in honor of the television series' original November 23rd airdate way back in 1963. We've shown you a couple of images already of Bradley dressed in character as William Hartnell already (here and here), but in honor of the upcoming premiere, we've got one more! Check out this image of David Bradley as William Hartnell as the First Doctor!
You can read the original article here. Are you excited to check out the special next month? We'll keep you updated when we learn a more precise release date!
David Bradley - who portrayed Hogwarts caretaker Argus Filch in the Harry Potter series - will be on stage alongside 40 students from four North Yorkshire schools at York Minster performing a new composition in order to herald the influence of novelist and vicar, Laurence Sterne, who wrote The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman in Coxwold in 1759.
Sterne was born 300 years ago but is still regarded as one of the most influential writers of English fiction. The performance will include instruments from Sterne's period, including a square piano, a viola de gamba, and a natural trumpet.
David Bradley will play the speaking part of Sterne in the Arts Council-funded production based on the vicar's final sermon in 1764. Patrick Wildgust, curator of The Laurence Sterne Trust at the writer's home Shandy Hall stated, "Having Sterne portrayed by the actor of such quality as David Bradley is an exciting and wonderful bonus."
According to a recent article, David Bradley - who appeared in the Harry Potter film franchise as caretaker Argus Filch - appeared at the BBC America Television Critics Association panel last Thursday to promote his upcoming role in the documentary "An Adventure in Space and Time." In this documentary about the creation of the British sci-fi series "Doctor Who" David Bradley portrays William Hartnell, the very first actor to take on the role of the titular character, the Doctor. A part of the 50th anniversary celebration of "Doctor Who," this show will air in November.
In addition to his upcoming role in "Doctor Who," Bradley is also in the BBC murder-mystery "Broadchurch" along with Potter actors David Tennant and Alfie Enoch. This has already aired in Britain, but can now be found on BBC America, Wednesday's at 10pm Eastern.
In HBO's "Game of Thrones," Bradley's character Walder Frey played an important role in the episode Red Wedding which ended in the death of a few primary characters. About the strong reaction of the fans, Bradley commented that "I've watched a lot of footage on YouTube of people's reactions to watching it. It's just amazing that you're part of something that can generate all those emotions and ... doing the scene, I just enjoy every moment of it. I enjoyed it rather too much actually."
What have you seen or plan to see of David Bradley's latest work? Tell us in the comments.
As we previously reported, David Bradley, who portrayed Argus Filch in the Harry Potter films, is to appear in the 50th Anniversary special of the beloved BBC show Doctor Who. Today we got our first glimpse of Bradley in his role of William Hartnell, who played the First Doctor. You can check out the original image here.
Are you excited to see Bradley in this role? Do you think he will live up to Hartnell's Doctor? Tell us in the comments!