Castium Revelio: Of Superheroes and Satire!

It’s time, once again, for our weekly Casting News, where we update you on all the latest projects that our Harry Potter alumni have on the way! We at MuggleNet also have our latest project – MuggleNet Live! – on the way in 16 days, but who’s counting, right? In the meantime, we’re sure you’re curious to know what’s new, so let’s get to it!

First up, there’s actor John Cleese (Nearly Headless Nick), who will be playing a character in the upcoming video game Raid: World War II. In the game, according to One Angry Gamer, Cleese plays “a British intelligence officer who helps players out as they fight against Nazis.” The PC version is set for release on September 26, while the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the game will be released on October 10 in North America and on October 13 in Europe.

Domhnall Gleeson‘s (Bill Weasley) latest film, mother!, has released two new trailers, following the chilling teaser we got in last week’s Casting post. The horror film, from Paramount Pictures, is set for release on September 15 and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, and Michelle Pfeiffer. You can watch both new trailers below.




Also in the horror genre, a trailer has been released for The Limehouse Golem, which stars Bill Nighy (Rufus Scrimgeour), Olivia Cooke, and Douglas Booth. Nighy plays Inspector Kildare, “a seasoned detective with a troubled past and a sneaking suspicion he’s being set up to fail” in the mysterious case of a serial killer. Check out the trailer below!



Nighy will be a guest at two separate events in the coming weeks, as well. First, he’ll be among the guests at Shetland Arts’s Screenplay film festival, according to local newspaper the Shetland Times. The festival is set to run from August 25 to September 3.

Mr Nighy will take part in a Q&A session after a screening of his latest film, ‘The Limehouse Golem’, a dark murder mystery set in Victorian England. The film opens nationally in the first weekend in September, when it screens in Shetland.

He is also set to appear at the Cheltenham Literature Festival this October, as announced by the BBC.

We also have a trailer for a Soviet satire, The Death of Stalin, which includes Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy) in its cast. The Guardian elaborates on the film’s seemingly unlikely premise.

Adapted by Iannucci, Ian Martin and David Schneider from Fabien Nury’s graphic novel of the same name, the film depicts the frenzied political manoeuvrings that transpired in the aftermath of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s death in 1953.

Isaacs portrays Georgy Zhukov in the film, which will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) next month. Its UK release date is October 20.



Veering away from the political, we have a teaser trailer for The Meyerowitz Stories, which sees Emma Thompson (Professor Trelawney) acting alongside comedian Adam Sandler. Slate, which posted the teaser, describes the film:

‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ explores the intergenerational struggles between a dysfunctional New York family who reunite to celebrate the work of their domineering sculptor father. Even in just the short teaser, Meyerowitz looks like it is quintessentially a Baumbach film. The trailer doesn’t give away much in terms of plot, but it does showcase the film’s talented ensemble which includes Sandler, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, and the always delightful Emma Thompson.

For some family-friendly fun, there’s audiobook narrator Stephen Fry‘s Duck Duck Goose, which has an official teaser trailer out now from Open Road Films. (The film itself won’t hit theaters until April 20, 2018, however.)

‘Duck Duck Goose’ follows a ‘high-flying bachelor goose named Peng’ (voiced by Jim Gaffigan), who is injured in flight and finds himself saddled with two adorably hilarious and demanding ducklings (voiced by Zendaya and Lim) on a long journey south that turns the scrappy threesome into a family. ‘Duck Duck Goose’ also features the voices of Greg Proops, Natasha Leggero, Reggie Watts, Diedrich Bader, Jennifer Grey, Rick Overton, Craig Ferguson, Stephen Fry and the legendary Carl Reiner.



Clémence Poésy (Fleur Delacour) stars in the music video for Grizzly Bear’s “Mourning Sound,” which you can watch below. Note that the video contains nudity and may not be appropriate for all viewers.



Variety reports that Sony Classics has bought the rights to Annette Bening’s Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool in multiple markets across the globe. Julie Walters (Mrs. Weasley) stars in the film, which premieres at TIFF next month.

The movie is based on British actor Peter Turner’s memoir, and follows the passionate relationship between Turner and eccentric Academy Award-winning actress Gloria Grahame. What starts as a vibrant affair between a legendary femme fatale and her young lover grows into a deeper love. Grahame won an Oscar for her performance in ‘The Bad and the Beautiful’.

David Tennant (Barty Crouch, Jr.) will be returning to the second season of Marvel’s Netflix-based series Jessica Jones, according to Entertainment Weekly. He will be continuing in his role as Kilgrave, although little else is known at this time. The series is set to make its return to the streaming platform in 2018.

A new international poster for the DC Extended Universe’s Justice League, which includes actor Ezra Miller (Credence Barebone, Fantastic Beasts) in the role of the Flash, has been spotted in Japan. shared an Instagram post from the user who first found the poster in question.



Helena Bonham Carter‘s (Bellatrix Lestrange) 55 Steps has been added to the long list of films showing at TIFF this year. The following is a synopsis of the film provided on IMDb.

When patients’ rights lawyer Colette Hughes goes to meet her new client, Eleanor Riese, a patient in the psychiatric unit of a San Francisco hospital, she has no idea that besides taking on an uphill legal battle to improve treatment for mental patients in hospitals, she is meeting a woman who will make it her mission to transform Colette’s workaholic life.

Robert Pattinson (Cedric Diggory) was a guest on the Nerdist Podcast, as shown in a Facebook post by host Chris Hardwick. The host describes the actor as “a solid chap.”


Meanwhile, Dawn French (Fat Lady, Prisoner of Azkaban) has been on Twitter to tease the production of the second season of her TV show Delicious.



Callum Turner (Theseus Scamander in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts sequel) stepped out for the premiere of his new film, The Only Living Boy in New York. More photos from the red carpet can be found on Zimbio.

Finally, British tabloid the Sun is reporting that producer David Heyman will be working on a television adaptation of the classic The Birds.

The movie mastermind, responsible for all the [‘Harry Potter’] films, is turning his hand to telly by making a version of the story first brought to screen in 1963 by Alfred Hitchcock. The BBC series will be adapted from Daphne du Maurier’s 1952 book about a town besieged by birds.


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Mary W.

I am a Slytherin, a lifelong fan of Harry Potter, and a member of MuggleNet staff since 2014. In my Muggle life, I am passionate about human rights, and I love to travel around the world and meet new people.