Castium Revelio: Back with a “Vengeance”!
Castium Revelio! It’s time for another week of Casting News, and we have plenty in store for you! Let’s take a look at what our magical alumni have been up to lately!
Clémence Poésy (Fleur Delacour) has been cast in the National Geographic anthology series Genius, according to a press release posted on BroadwayWorld.com. The next season of the show will focus on the life of artist Pablo Picasso. Clémence will play Francoise Gilot, whom the press release describes as “a French painter and best-selling author whose decadelong affair with Picasso yielded two children.” Production on the ten-episode anthology begins this month and “will shoot in cities all over Europe.”
Poésy is also set to return to television screens when the third season of The Tunnel premieres. While a date has yet to be announced, Entertainment Focus writes that Sky has teased new images to promote the season, also known by the name The Tunnel: Vengeance.
Entertainment Focus additionally notes that this season is likely to be the final one for the show.
Announced as ‘The Tunnel: Vengeance’, the third season is expected to be the final instalment of the crime thriller. It comes with an ominous tagline of ‘Do not expect light at the end of The Tunnel.’
Father and son Brendan Gleeson (Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody) and Domhnall Gleeson (Bill Weasley) have teamed up for the former’s directorial debut, a short film called Psychic. The film also stars Brian Gleeson and was written by Rory Gleeson (both sons of Brendan and brothers to Domhnall, respectively). RTÉ describes the film.
The ‘human tale of showmanship, the other world and family’ follows a charismatic psychic (Brendan Gleeson) who is forced out of retirement and taken on tour by his two conniving sons (Domhnall and Brian Gleeson).
However, a TV presenter (Ingrid Craigie) is determined to ensure that any hopes for a cult following are shortlived.
Psychic is set to premiere on Sky Arts in 2018. Brendan Gleeson was quoted as saying, ”I am thrilled to be sharing this adventure with such a special cast and crew.”
The official UK trailer has been released by Sony Pictures for the upcoming Peter Rabbit film, which includes Domhnall Gleeson in the role of Mr. McGregor, and you can watch it below!
Peter Rabbit will be released in the UK on March 16, 2018.
Meanwhile, Friday, November 10 marks the UK release date for Paddington 2, which features Brendan Gleeson, Jim Broadbent (Professor Slughorn), Dame Julie Walters (Mrs. Weasley), and Imelda Staunton (Professor Umbridge) among the members of its cast. Jim Broadbent, in an interview with BANG Showbiz at the film’s premiere, said that he would love for there to be a Paddington 3.
Absolutely. I wouldn’t want anyone else to play Mr. Gruber, I tell you. How could you ever have stopped me returning? We had great fun working on the first one and it was a wonderfully successful film. It made me laugh and it was moving. It was a very easy decision to make and it was wonderful to return.
Broadbent has also returned for his second holiday advertisement for grocery chain Aldi, reprising his role as the narrator of the tale of Kevin the Carrot, according to the UK’s Daily Star.
The ad is inspired by Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, of which the upcoming adaptation was directed by and stars Sir Kenneth Branagh (Gilderoy Lockhart) as well as starring Johnny Depp (Grindelwald, Fantastic Beasts).
Branagh was recently interviewed by CBS News about his adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express, as well. Playing the mustached Hercule Poirot had its challenges, Branagh explained.
One of the most difficult things about popping behind the camera was, literally, sometimes getting the mustache caught in bits of the, what was holding up the eyepiece. So that provided a few unfortunate moments.
However challenging the mustache might have been for him, Branagh spoke highly of his cast.
There’s nothing that I can say to Penelope Cruz, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Judi Dench that they haven’t absorbed in a million different ways. So, when you see them arrive on the set, there is a certainty and an assurance which is very thrilling to see.
Murder on the Orient Express hits theaters in the US on Friday, November 10.
Johnny Depp and Dame Maggie Smith (Professor McGonagall) both lend their voices to the new animated film Sherlock Gnomes, a sequel to Gnomeo and Juliet. AceShowbiz.com describes the new film, for which a trailer has been released.
The trailer introduces Johnny Depp as the titular character, who joins the original gang of gnomes to investigate a menacing mystery that lurks in the garden. The footage starts with the narrator saying, ‘Gnomeo and Juliet are moving to a whole new garden.’ The new London garden has a mud pool, and everything is all sunny and bright. Gnomeo and Juliet, who are getting their new garden ready for spring, are supposed to live happily ever after. But when they return home, they discover that their friends and family are missing, gnome-napped by a mysterious foe.
Sherlock Gnomes will be released in the US on March 23, 2018.
Dame Julie Walters and Helen McCrory (Narcissa Malfoy) both paid a visit to the Queen earlier this week. As reported by PopSugar, the actresses visited Buckingham Palace on November 7 for their investiture ceremony, where Walters was officially awarded her damehood and McCrory was awarded her Order of the British Empire (OBE) for her services to drama. Congratulations!
Walters will reprise her role in the sequel to Mamma Mia!, Mamma Mia 2, for which she says that singing and dancing is easier than it was for the first musical film. Speaking to BANG Showbiz at the premiere of Paddington 2, she said that she was still working on Mamma Mia 2.
I’m still doing ‘Mamma Mia 2’, I’m just about to finish that, it has been fantastic fun. I love the singing and the dancing. It’s getting easier now. Pierce [Brosnan] looks fabulous. Everybody looks fabulous.
Netflix has secured the rights to Tau, a new sci-fi film featuring Gary Oldman (Sirius Black), according to Flickering Myth. The film stars actress Maika Monroe, and actor Ed Skrein is also featured.
Tau follows a once street-smart grifter, Julia (Monroe) who is the latest victim kidnapped and held captive in a fatal experiment. The only thing standing in the way of her freedom is Tau, an advanced artificial intelligence developed by Alex (Skrein), her captor. Tau is armed with a battalion of drones that automate a futuristic smart house. Tau’s potential is only limited by his understanding of the world he exists in, but Tau is ready for more. Julia, showing resourcefulness and courage, must race against time to bridge the boundaries between man and machine, connect to Tau and win her freedom before she suffers the same fate as the previous subjects.
Oldman was also awarded the Hollywood Career Achievement Award at the Hollywood Film Awards, which were held Sunday, November 5 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
A new trailer for the stop-motion animated film Early Man, featuring Eddie Redmayne (Newt Scamander, Fantastic Beasts), has been released by Lionsgate Movies.
Set at the dawn of time, when dinosaurs and wooly mammoths roamed the earth, EARLY MAN tells the story of how one plucky caveman unites his tribe against a mighty enemy and saves the day!
The film will be released in the US on February 16, 2018.
Katie Leung (Cho Chang) will appear in a new ITV and Amazon Prime drama series, White Dragon, which will premiere in 2018. The Sun writes that the show “will trace the life of a man caught up in something hideous when he travels to Hong Kong following his wife’s sudden unexpected death.”
White Dragon follows Professor Jonah Mulray, played by ‘Life On Mars’ star John Simm, who learns his wife has died while working in Hong Kong.
Travelling to the Chinese city to identify the body is just the first obstacle in what Jonah soon discovers is a very complex criminal case.
Assisted by British consulate Sally, played by Emilia Fox, Jonah tries to get to the bottom of what happened to his wife – as the Chinese detectives seem to be holding something back.
According to her profile on IMDb, Katie will be playing a character named Lau Chen. We can’t wait to learn more about her role!
Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange) will narrate a documentary on child bereavement, reports UPI. Titled Saying Goodbye, the BBC Children in Need documentary will focus on children who are dealing with the deaths of their parents. The documentary will air November 14 on BBC One.
Scarlett Byrne (Pansy Parkinson) can be seen in the new film Skybound, now available on DVD and video on demand. Bloody Disgusting writes more about the film, for which you can watch a trailer below.
Five plane passengers are unable to land after a mysterious disaster happens on the ground, but they may be in worse danger than they thought when a stowaway is discovered on board carrying a dangerous secret.
A new clip from the animated film Ferdinand, in which David Tennant (Barty Crouch, Jr.) voices the character Angus, has been released in support of children with learning disabilities. David-Tennant.com describes the joint effort from the team behind the film and the Ad Council.
The makers of the new animated feature film ‘Ferdinand’ and the Ad Council have partnered up with US organisation Understood to release an exclusive movie trailer aimed at highlighting the struggles of children with learning and attention issues. Understood is a partnership of 15 non-profit support providers who are working together to support provide a comprehensive resource for the parents, carers and educators of the estimated 1 in 5 children and young people in the USA aged 2-10 who need support to unlock their full potential. With the message that you can’t judge a bull by its cover, the clip explains how children with issues such as dyslexia and ADHD can often be misunderstood, just like Ferdinand himself.
You can watch the clip here.
Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) can be seen in the upcoming spy thriller Stratton, based on the series of novels of the same name, and ET has shared a first look at the film!
The film “will be in theaters and available digitally” on January 5, 2018.
Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley) is working alongside environmental protection organization Greenpeace to educate the public about the impact that discarded plastic has on the world’s oceans. Currently, Wright is in Miami, Florida, with the Arctic Sunrise, a ship owned by Greenpeace.
CBSMiami reported on the organization’s cleanup efforts. As part of the organization’s outreach, the Arctic Sunrise will be open to the public this weekend. Bonnie shared her thoughts on the issue of pollution with CBS.
I was really saddened to find out how much plastic we found in just a few hours of trawling – small microbeads to fishing line to large pieces of plastic.
I really hope that when people come on board the ship, not only do they have fun but they get some new innovative ways to stop using single-use plastics and to phase them out of their daily routine.
Bonnie is also chronicling her work with Greenpeace on Twitter.
Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) has been cast in Indigo Valley, an independent drama film “about a honeymoon trek in the Icelandic wilderness.” Variety reported the news, which first broke at the American Film Market last week.
‘Indigo Valley’ is based on a short film by Jaclyn Bethany, who will direct and star in the film. The story follows a newlywed couple on a hiking trip as they’re unexpectedly joined by the woman’s estranged older sister, an actress recently released from rehab.
Bethany will play the older sister and Lynch will portray her newlywed sister. Jealousy, insecurity, and sexual tension run high in the desolate landscape of Iceland, highlighting the tumultuous future these three people face.
Ezra Miller (Credence Barebone, Fantastic Beasts) can be seen in Justice League when it hits US theaters on November 17. Until then, there’s still plenty of coverage to keep fans going! First is an interview from Warner Bros. in which Ezra discusses more about his character, the Flash.
Second are three new clips from the film, as posted by ComicBook.com, including the clip “Batman Inspires Flash.”
Flash pulls Bruce Wayne/Batman (Ben Affleck) aside, and reveals everything that he’s afraid of. As he explains, he’s terrified by bugs, guns, and ‘obnoxiously tall people,’ and that he’s too terrified to stay in the fight.
Third, ComicBook.com reports that Ezra revealed in an interview that Barry Allen isn’t actually referred to by his superhero name, the Flash, in the film. (There was, he shared, a deleted scene that referenced it.)
Barry is just Barry. There’s even a scene that was cut from the movie, where he’s going on and on and on [about it].
Finally, an article posted on IMDb by We Got This Covered shares that Ezra looked to comic book author Grant Morrison for advice on nailing his character. (For any DC diehards out there, you’ll have to report back to us about how you think Ezra did!)
That wraps up our Casting News for this week, but you can’t keep us away for long! We’ll be back again next week with even more alumni updates for you! Until our next post, let us know what piece of casting news excited you the most!