Castium Revelio: Ch-Ch-Ch-“Changeover”!

Welcome back to another week of MuggleNet’s Casting News! This week, we’re bringing you a wide variety of updates, beginning with a premiere!

Christchurch, New Zealand, hosted the world premiere of the film The Changeover, which stars actor Timothy Spall (Peter Pettigrew). The Changeover, which was filmed in Christchurch last year, is an adaptation of the novel by Margaret Mahy. Spall plays Carmody Braque, the film’s villain. (As an added bonus, the article from Radio New Zealand includes an audio interview with Miranda Harcourt, one of the film’s stars, and Bridget Mahy, Margaret Mahy’s daughter. That interview was conducted by former MuggleNet staff member Charlotte Graham.)

Domhnall Gleeson (Bill Weasley) explained to Screen Rant why he’s been in so many films this year, though we don’t mind! As the entertainment website notes, he’s had a number of projects lately, to say the least.

In the last four months of 2017 alone, he’s in five movies: ‘American Made,’ ‘mother!,’ ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin,’ ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi,’ and ‘Crash Pad.’

The reason for this, Gleeson shared, isn’t that he has some grand plan; it’s “just happenstance,” he says.

Well, I had a period about two years ago, a year and a half ago where I was in quite a few that came out at the same time, and it’s just happenstance; It’s not planned – it ends up that way. I have not been working non-stop, it just so happens the movies come out the same time. It’s great. I’m very proud of all the films, they’re all quite different to each other. And, also, I’ve got a smaller part [in] ‘American Made,’ I’ve got a smaller part in ‘mother!,’ and then, [with] ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’ I probably feel the pressure a little bit more.

Unfortunately, we don’t have any updates to share about any of those films this week, but it’s always good to hear that our magical alumni are keeping busy!

Meanwhile, David Bradley (Argus Filch) expressed his delight at being able to play the First Doctor on this year’s Christmas special of the British television show Doctor Who. Actor Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor will also be present for the special. United Press International (UPI) also noted that Bradley has an interesting connection to the role.

Bradley played original First Doctor portrayer William Hartnell in the television docu-drama ‘An Adventure in Space and Time.’ Bradley then took over the late Hartnell’s role of the First Doctor in the most recent ‘Doctor Who’ season finale on the BBC, and he will reprise the character in a series of ‘First Doctor’ audio plays to be produced by Big Finish after the television Christmas special airs.

Bradley spoke of that same connection in his interview with UPI.

It was such a pleasure because instead of playing an actor playing the part, I was playing the part and I can, at last, say, ‘Yes, I will have been Doctor Who.’ But, before I was playing William Hartnell, who played Doctor Who. So, it was great that they came up with such a great storyline for the Christmas special, because it was such an honor and a pleasure to play [Hartnell] in ‘Adventure in Space and Time,’ but to get the big Christmas episode with Peter Capaldi was such a pleasure to do. So, I am very excited about that, as well.

Star Wars fans don’t have to look far to find out who Warwick Davis (Professor Flitwick/Griphook) will be playing in the new Han Solo film! Screen Rant is reporting that the actor will be playing a droid, namely Fight Droid 2.

Whereas the original incarnation of this robot was basically a ‘box with legs,’ what [director Ron] Howard has in store has the potential to be a little more entertaining onscreen. Fight Droid 2 is allegedly ‘decked out with weapons,’ including a buzz saw and a chainsaw. It is unknown if there’s a Fight Droid 1 (or if there is, what happened to it), but it nevertheless should be fun to see this creation in action.

As Screen Rant additionally notes, we don’t know what role Fight Droid 2 will play in the film as a whole. (Guesses, anyone?)

Robert Pattinson (Cedric Diggory) will be attending this year’s BFI London Film Festival, according to the British Film Institute. He will be there to promote his film Good Time. For more information about the festival, which will be held from Wednesday, October 5 to Sunday, October 15, visit its official website here.

Jude Law (Albus Dumbledore, Fantastic Beasts) is reportedly in talks to star alongside Blake Lively in the spy thriller Rhythm Section. In a piece exclusive to Variety, the film’s premise was given.

The movie is a contemporary adaptation of the first of Burnell’s ‘Stephanie Patrick’ British series of four novels. Lively will play the titular heroine, who’s on a path to self-destruction after the death of her family in an airplane crash — a flight that she was meant to be on. After discovering that the crash wasn’t an accident, her anger awakens a new sense of purpose as she becomes an assassin to track down those responsible. Other novels in Burnell’s popular series include ‘Gemini,’ ‘The Third Woman,’ and ‘Chameleon.’

Although it was not stated whom Law might play, we might not have to wait too long to find out. The film is set to begin production this fall.

First Showing has posted a new trailer for the satirical film The Death of Stalin, which includes Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy) as Georgy Zhukov. The film premiered earlier this month at the Toronto International Film Festival, and you can watch the trailer below!



A new team featurette has been released for the Justice League film, which sees Ezra Miller (Credence Barebone) playing superhero the Flash. The video, created for the Japanese market, introduces the cast. It was shared by



Additionally, Cosmic Book News posted new concept art of Miller as the Flash. The art, the website notes, “is currently on display at DC’s Art exhibit at Art Ludique in France until October 9th.” The museum shared a piece of that artwork on Twitter.



Miller will also be portraying the Flash in a DC Extended Universe film set to focus on the Flash himself, titled Flashpoint. According to Dark Horizons, the latest draft of the film’s script has been given to Warner Bros. Pictures.

Variety’s Justin Kroll, who broke the news on Twitter, adds that it’s unlikely that previously linked directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller will return – especially as they have just jumped onto ‘Artemis’ as their next film.

While Flashpoint continues to cement its crew, Justice League will be released in theaters in the US on November 17.

That’s all for Casting News this week, everyone, but don’t despair! We’ll be back again next week with even more updates! In the meantime, we’d love to know: What are you most looking forward to seeing? Tell us in the comments below!

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.