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!
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