Role Call: Trippin’ Over Trailers!
In this week’s Casting News, we have ourselves an abundance of trailers! With such a large and talented cast, it isn’t all that surprising that we get to see them in quite a few different projects each year. These stars of stage and screen continuously provide us with entertaining roles, so let’s take a look at what’s new this week!
We told you about Domhnall Gleeson‘s (Bill Weasley) film Brooklyn, also starring Jim Broadbent (Horace Slughorn) and Julie Walters (Molly Weasley), some time ago. This month, the first trailer and poster for the film was released and you can see it here!
Domhnall also made a surprise appearance in early July at San Diego Comic Con International for his new film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Revealed during the panel was the nature of Domhnall’s character, named General Hux. According to Domhnall, his character is posted at Starkiller Base, and his character is definitely evil. Pictures from the Lucas Films panel can be seen below:
Also out of SDCC this year, is a new trailer for The Walking Dead spinoff, Fear the Walking Dead, starring Frank Dillane (teenage Tom Riddle, Half-Blood Prince). Take a look at the trailer below, if you’re not too scared! Fear the Walking Dead will premiere on August 29.
While we have little information on his role, we recently discovered that Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) has taken a role in the film Stratton, which began filming in Italy this month and will also film in London. The premise of the film revolves around a Special Boat Service operative who must work with MI:6 to stop a terrorist attack on London.
Harry Potter alumnus Zoë Wanamaker (Madam Rolanda Hooch) is set to join Sir Kenneth Branagh‘s (Professor Gilderoy Lockhart) new theater company for a West End debut at Garrick Theatre in a one-woman play. All On Her Own has never been performed on the West End, and focuses on a woman with a secret, alone at midnight in London, who has a burden to share. Branagh commented on Wanamaker joining the new season, saying,
Zoë Wanamaker is a brilliant comedienne and a great tragic actress too. In joining us for the Rattigan comedy we seized on the opportunity to let her show us the dramatic side of a playwright also known as ‘the English Chekhov.’ The rarely seen All On Her Own Own provides a fabulous woman’s role, and makes for an intriguingly balanced double bill.
To purchase tickets for any of Branagh’s productions in the coming season, you can visit the website here.
David Bradley (Argus Filch) appeared at Comic Con earlier this month as well, meeting with press for FX Network’s The Strain during a press roundtable. In a video taken at the convention, Bradley is seen with his co-star Kevin Durand, revealing how close he has become with his castmates during filming. The new season of The Strain is currently in full swing on FX – check your local listings for showtimes!
Here’s something we never imagined – Sir Michael Gambon‘s (Albus Dumbledore) recognizable voice in an advert for hard cider! Gambon’s voiceover can be heard on the new ad for Orchard Thieves Cider. He reads a nursery rhyme called The Fox and His Wife, which you can now listen to here:
Oscar-winner and Fantastic Beasts star Eddie Redmayne (Newt Scamandar) can next be seen in a animated role in the film series for Thomas and Friends! The actor joins recently knighted Sir John Hurt (Garrick Ollivander) as Sailor John and Jamie Campbell Bower (Gellert Grindelwald, DH: Part 1) as Skiff in Sodor’s Legend of the Lost Treasure. Redmayne voices the character of Ryan, who befriends Thomas on his adventure. The trailer for the animated film can be seen below:
Hurt can also be seen next in the six-part series The Last Panthers, a heist film set to premiere in Cannes this October. The film is based on real events surrounding the Pink Panther gang. You can view the trailer below:
Scarlett Byrne (Pansy Parkinson) has swapped one supernatural creature for another! The actress has moved on from her alien role in TNT’s Falling Skies to The Vampire Diaries. Scarlett has taken on the role of Nora, a vampire who wreaks havoc in Mystic Falls after being released from her imprisonment after last season’s finale. So far, we know she appears in the first two episodes of the new season, which will begin airing on the CW on October 8.
Actor David O’Hara, who portrayed two characters in the Harry Potter franchise, Albert Runcorn and Harry Potter as Albert Runcorn, has joined The Rising. The film tells the story of the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland and is meant to be a prequel to the 1996 film Michael Collins as well as The Wind That Shakes The Barley from 2006. O’Hara will play the revolutionary James Connolly.
Finally, one of our Expo Patronum special guests, Nick Moran (Scabior), has landed a new role! Don’t Knock Twice began filming in Cardiff this week and is a horror film that focuses on a mother trying to reunite with the daughter she gave up years ago. Moran will portray Detective Boardman, but that is all that is currently known about his character.
That wraps up this edition of Casting News! Which films or productions are you most excited for? Tell us in the comments below and don’t forget to let us know which projects you’d like to see our Harry Potter cast members take on!