Role Call: It’s a New Year!
In our final Role Call of 2014, we look to the new year and some interesting projects on the calendar! From serious dramas to light-hearted musicals, the Harry Potter cast show no signs of taking it easy in 2015. Speaking of calendars…have you purchased your digital 2015 MuggleNet Fandom Calendar? Keep up on all things Harry Potter including staff, character, and cast member birthdays by downloading the calendar here!
A documentary narrated by Helena Bonham Carter will air this January on HBO. Night Will Fall is the untold true story of the Nazi concentration camps through footage captured by army cameramen and later turned into a film by Sidney Bernstein, then the British Minister of Information, and director Alfred Hitchcock. The program airing on HBO will take a look behind the scenes of Bernstein’s film, with interviews of survivors, the original cameramen who shot the horrifying footage, and archived interviews with Bernstein. Check your local listings for showtimes.
The third season of Mr. Selfridge, starring Zoe Wanamaker, began filming earlier this month. Zoe will be portraying a Russian princess, Marie de Bolotoff, whose son will marry one of Harry Selfridge’s daughters. There is no air date listed at this time, but check back for updates as they become available! A trailer was also released for the new season, which you can view below:
Sir Michael Gambon‘s Fortitude has been given an air date! The premiere of the drama will air on Pivot January 29 in a 2-hour episode. You can view the trailer for the series below:
For those Downton Abbey fans who have been itching to see the chemistry between Dame Maggie Smith and George Clooney as part of the Christmas charity campaign, the wait is over! Take a look at the clip here, which shows that Maggie still has that wonderful sense of comedic timing we’ve come to expect from her!
Laika and Focus Features will produce their fourth animated film and have announced the voice cast. Kubo and the Two Strings will star Ralph Fiennes and is set to premiere August 19, 2016. While Ralph’s character has not yet been revealed, you can read a synopsis of the film here:
Kubo lives a quiet, normal life in a small shoreside village until a spirit from the past turns his life upside down by re-igniting an age-old vendetta. This causes all sorts of havoc as gods and monsters chase Kubo who, in order to survive, must locate a magical suit of armor once worn by his late father, a legendary Samurai warrior.
Rumor alert! Now that Rupert Grint is wrapping up his successful time on stage, you might be wondering what’s next for him. According to the Daily Mail, he might be getting ready to star in a biopic on Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards, an Olympic ski-jumper. It remains to be seen if this rumor actually becomes fact. Whatever role Rupert decides to take on next, we know he’ll be a smashing success!
Actor Stephen Fry has joined the “Save Soho” campaign, which urges artists in Soho to let their voices be heard in regards to the gentrification of the area. The campaign took off after a local club was repossessed by landlords following the revoking of its business license due to an assault by a bouncer employed there. You can visit the website here to learn about the campaign and you can also view Stephen in the “Save Soho” video here:
In our final clip, we get our first look at Imelda Staunton in That Day We Sang, which aired on Christmas day on the BBC. The production is based on a true story that was adapted as a musical by Victoria Wood. Imelda plays Enid opposite Michael Ball as Tubby, who have reconnected after many years apart. The two sang together in a choir when they were children and when they meet again, begin to fall in love. Take a look at the clip and a “making of” video here:
It really has been a wonderful year for the Harry Potter fandom and we can’t wait to see what 2015 will bring. Don’t forget to check back weekly to keep up with the latest Casting News and let your voice be heard! You can interact with the staff of MuggleNet on Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, and also by commenting below. We’d love to hear from you!