Role Call: Hold the (Casting) Door!
We’ve got plenty of new roles, interviews, and appearances to discuss this week, including a chat with the dreaded Red Queen, the death of a character on a popular cable series, and a Doctor Who spinoff with Harry Potter connections! All that and more in MuggleNet’s weekly Role Call!
For gamers addicted to Assassin’s Creed, look for a familiar face to possibly appear in the upcoming live-action film version of the same name. Starring as Joseph, the father of Michael Fassbender’s titular character, is Brendan Gleeson (Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody)! A trailer for the film was released a few weeks ago, but no footage of Brendan was included. His name is, however, listed on the IMDb credits.
At our first MuggleNet convention in London, Expo Patronum, fans and staff were treated to personal interactions with many Harry Potter stars. One of those we had the opportunity to get to know better was Anna Shaffer (Romilda Vane). We’re pleased to share that the actress will be taking on the universe of Doctor Who in a spinoff titled Class. The show, according to producer and showrunner Steven Moffat, will be a “dark and sexy” but British Buffy the Vampire Slayer-type series, where students battle evil forces. Anna is slated to play Rachel, but no further information is yet available about her role or the show, which is slated to premiere on BBC Three.
We honestly have no idea how David Tennant (Barty Crouch, Jr.) does what he does, and does it so well. The man is consistently busy, always working on a myriad of projects at once. This week alone, Tennant has added two more tasks to his calendar! The actor joined a Marvel podcast a few weeks back to talk his Netflix series, AKA Jessica Jones. During the podcast, Tennant revealed that he would be starting series three of Broadchurch along with a new film, Fish Without Bicycles. Additionally, he was recently announced as an attending guest for MegaCon in Tampa Bay, Florida, during October. Finally, for those in the UK, make sure to tune in to ITV on June 7, as Tennant narrates the documentary Don’t Look Down: Rope Men. You can watch a trailer below:
Bill Nighy (Rufus Scrimgeour) is set to star in a new film called Triple Word Score. Shooting for the film is set to begin this summer in the UK. A brief synopsis of the film can be read here:
The supernatural comedy-drama follows the story of a father (Nighy) searching for his missing son, with whom he shared a passion for the board game Scrabble. The film is a journey of mystery, self-discovery and hope.
We’re about to post some spoilers on last week’s Game of Thrones episode, where we happened to get super excited that Nat Tena (Nymphadora Tonks) was reprising her role as wildling Osha. Our thrill was short-lived, as her character was … gulp … killed off. We have no idea if she will appear in other episodes via flashback, perhaps to show where she and her Stark ward have been all this time, but we know that her future on the show is currently unclear. Additionally, Sunday’s episode on May 29 featured the return of David Bradley (Argus Filch) as Walder Frey and introduced Freddie Stroma (Cormac McLaggen) as Samwell Tarly’s brother, Dickon. We assume that Bradley will return, although we are almost positive that Freddie’s appearance was for one episode only.
Warwick Davis (Filius Flitwick/Griphook) will be singing for his supper this summer, tackling a new musical concert on June 29 at the London Palladium. In addition to starring in the concert, Davis is listed as the producer.
Eugenius! is set in the 1980s and tells a classic love story between two teenagers, Eugene and Janey. When Eugene’s superhero comic takes him to Hollywood he becomes the unlikely hero of his own intergalactic battle.
Says Davis about his new adventure,
We are really excited to be bringing a brand new, original production to the London stage. The [concert] will give the audience a chance to experience this new ’80s-inspired musical before it is staged in the West End as a full production next year.
A few weeks ago, we recommended that fans of Helen McCrory (Narcissa Malfoy) get caught up on her BBC series Peaky Blinders ahead of the release of the third season of the series. As often happens for television shows in May, the show was announced as being renewed for seasons four and five! While the future for McCrory’s Aunt Polly is as yet unclear to us, we hope that she will star in all upcoming seasons. Also announced for renewal is a second season of The A Word, starring Lee Ingleby (Stan Shunpike) as the father of a boy who has autism.
As we continue to count down the days until Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them arrives (172 days!), one of the actors from the much-anticipated film has signed on for a new project, Harlots. Samantha Morton (Mary Lou) has joined the cast of ITV Encore’s eight-part series, which tells the true tale of a brothel in 18th century London. The series will also stream in the US exclusively on Hulu. Morton is set to play brothel owner Margaret Wells, and the show is set to begin filming this June.
Gary Oldman’s new film, The Space Between Us, has a trailer! Released this week, the trailer gives viewers their first look at teenage romance between a boy from space and the Earth girl he loves. Take a look below!
Finally, one of Alan Rickman’s (Severus Snape) final films has been released and Disney gave us some feels when they used the ending credits to dedicate the film to the late actor. Rickman was able to finish all of his voice-over work for his return as Absolem, the blue caterpillar-turned-butterfly, in Alice Through the Looking Glass. The title card at the end of the film reads: “Dedicated to our friend Alan Rickman, 1946-2016.”
Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange) also sat down to talk about the film and what it’s like to play the Red Queen, which you can view below:
That wraps this week’s Casting News! Join us next week to see what new projects the cast will be signed up for, and don’t forget to let us know what you think about the latest casting information and appearances by leaving us a note in the comment section below!