Castium Revelio: Thankful for Casting News!

Whether you’re getting ready to enjoy some turkey or you’re just trying to make it to the end of the workweek, one thing is for certain: It’s time for MuggleNet’s Casting News!

First, Timothy Spall (Peter Pettigrew) has been a frequent subject of our weekly roundups lately, primarily because of his role in Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams, an anthology series that has been airing in the UK on Channel 4 since September. We already knew that the series would be making its way to Amazon Prime for viewers in the US, but we now have a release date! UPI reports that Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams will hit Amazon Prime Video on January 12, 2018! In a statement, Brad Beale, vice president of worldwide television content acquisition for Amazon Prime Video commented on the news.

We’re excited to share the fantastical world of [the late author] Philip K. Dick as it’s never been experienced before. With the combined creative genius behind this series, as well as the stellar cast and visually compelling locations, every episode of this sci-fi anthology is sure to be an entertaining experience for our Prime members.

Also featured in the series are Anthony Boyle (Scorpius Malfoy, Cursed Child), Noma Dumezweni (Hermione Granger, Cursed Child) and Holliday Grainger (Robin Ellacott, Strike).

Spall can also be seen in the upcoming dark comedy film The Party, which has been given both a US poster and trailer, as posted by Flickering Myth. You can view the trailer below!



In Sally Potter’s new dark comedy THE PARTY, Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas) is hosting an intimate gathering of friends in her London home to celebrate her political ascension, while her husband, Bill (Timothy Spall), seems preoccupied. Janet’s acerbic best friend, April (Patricia Clarkson) arrives and others follow, some with their own dramatic news to share, but an announcement by Bill provokes a series of revelations that gradually unravel the sophisticated soiree, and a night that began with champagne may end with gunplay.

The Party will be released in the US on February 16.

It is rumored that Jude Law (Albus Dumbledore, Fantastic Beasts) will be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe! According to reports from Mashable, Geeks of Doom, and Variety, Law is in talks to play Dr. Walter Lawson, also known as Captain Mar-vell, “the Kree alien soldier who gave [Captain Marvel, also known as Carol Danvers] her powers of flight and energy projection, and acted as a mentor to her as she learns how to use her newfound abilities.

According to Mashable, “Captain Marvel is expected to film next year and opens in theaters on March 8, 2019.

Also in superhero news, Ezra Miller (Credence, Fantastic Beasts) has given an update on the status of Flashpoint, a film set to center on his DC Extended Universe character, Barry “the Flash” Allen, as quoted by Entertainment Weekly.

The development of the project has been a little Barry Allen-like in its mercurial tendencies. But it looks more promising and more exciting than any of the other stages of development that we’ve been in.

Warner Bros., Entertainment Weekly writes, is close to hiring a director for the film. In the meantime, Ezra can be seen as the Flash in Justice League, in theaters now.

Also in theaters is Sir Kenneth Branagh’s (Gilderoy Lockhart) adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. Branagh both directs and stars in the film as its main character, Detective Hercule Poirot. Johnny Depp (Grindelwald, Fantastic Beasts) is also featured among the film’s cast.

Now, we have learned that there will be a sequel to Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express, an adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile! Although the Hollywood Reporter notes that no deal has been made with Branagh yet, Twentieth Century Fox has the project in development.

‘Death on the Nile’, first published in 1937, saw the detective on a vacation in Egypt and becoming involved in a love triangle gone murderously bad. The novel once again featured socialites, social climbers and high society’s help in the cast.

Carmen Ejogo (Seraphina Picquery, Fantastic Beasts) has been cast in the third season of True Detective! Ejogo, Entertainment Weekly writes, will be playing the female lead alongside actor Mahershala Ali.

The next installment of True Detective ‘tells the story of a macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks, and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods.’ Ali will play the lead role of Wayne Hays, a state police detective from Northwest Arkansas. Ejogo will play Amelia Reardon, an Arkansas schoolteacher with a connection to two missing children in 1980.

No premiere date has been announced yet.

Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy) and his Star Trek: Discovery castmates sat down to discuss some fan theories about the CBS show, as Games Radar writes.

Jason Isaacs is, in particular, practically bubbling over when talking through what may (or may not) come to pass. Don’t worry, no specifics here, but he does say a few people will be feeling very smug when it comes to whether they’ve uncovered any secrets. So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to go all CSI: Discovery!

The Death of Stalin, a political satire film starring Isaacs, took home three British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) ahead of the ceremony itself, reports the Belfast Telegraph. The film, they write, “has taken the awards for best casting, best production design and best make-up and hair design.”

Also of note are two additional awards with ties to Harry Potter alumni.

It has previously been announced that Gary Oldman will receive The Variety Award, and Vanessa Redgrave is to receive the Richard Harris Award for outstanding contribution by an actor to British film prize.

Gary Oldman portrayed Sirius Black, while the late Richard Harris played Albus Dumbledore in the first two Harry Potter films. The official BIFA awards ceremony takes place on December 10.

Sonia Friedman (producer, Cursed Child) and Imelda Staunton (Dolores Umbridge) both have reason to keep their eyes on the Evening Standard Theatre Awards! Friedman produced The Ferryman, which has the most nominations going into the awards, while Follies, in which Staunton has performed, is nominated for multiple awards.

The awards show will be held on December 3.

Domhnall Gleeson (Bill Weasley) will appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on December 1 alongside his Star Wars castmates to promote Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Gleeson is also featured in the upcoming Peter Rabbit film as Mr. McGregor. Peter Rabbit has a new poster and trailer, and you can watch the latter below!



The first trailer has been released for The Mercy, which stars David Thewlis (Remus Lupin). The Reel Word includes the film’s synopsis.

Following his Academy Award® winning film, THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING, James Marsh directs the incredible true story of Donald Crowhurst (Academy Award® winner Colin Firth, THE KING’S SPEECH, KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE, THE RAILWAY MAN), an amateur sailor who competed in the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race in the hope of becoming the first person in history to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe without stopping. With an unfinished boat and his business and house on the line, Donald leaves his wife, Clare (Academy Award ® winner Rachel Weisz, THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS, THE LOBSTER) and their children behind, hesitantly embarking on an adventure on his boat the Teignmouth Electron.

Co-starring David Thewlis (ANOMALISA, THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING) and Ken Stott (‘War & Peace’, THE HOBBIT), and produced by Blueprint Pictures (THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL, IN BRUGES), the story of Crowhurst’s dangerous solo voyage and the struggles he confronted on the epic journey while his family awaited his return is one of the most enduring mysteries of recent times.



Bill Nighy (Rufus Scrimgeour) was spotted filming in Goole, England, for his upcoming film Triple Word Score, according to the Hull Daily Mail.

Written by Frank Cotterell Boyce and directed by Carl Hunter, ‘Triple Word Score’ will follow a family whose love of words helps them to connect with their missing son.

Filming will also take place in Merseyside and Lancashire. Triple Word Score is set for release sometime in 2018.

David Bradley (Argus Filch) can be seen in a new clip for the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas special, in which he plays the First Doctor.



The special, called “Twice Upon a Time,” will air in the UK on December 25.

Fiona Shaw (Aunt Petunia) will be on BBC Radio’s Christmas schedule for the program Illuminating the Stage. The Stage describes the program, which will be broadcast December 25 on BBC Radio 3.

Marking the bicentenary of lighting in London’s West End theatres, actor Fiona Shaw will explore how the illumination of stages has been one of the great innovations in theatre. Shaw will celebrate renowned lighting designers.

Dame Julie Walters (Molly Weasley) is the host of a new Channel 4 documentary series, Coastal Railways with Julie Walters. The first episode includes “the train from Harry Potter,” better known to non-Muggles as the Hogwarts Express. The show begins airing this Sunday, November 26, at 8:00 p.m. local time.

Warner Bros. has released a new teaser trailer for Paddington 2, which features Walters, Brendan Gleeson (Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody), Jim Broadbent (Horace Slughorn), and Imelda Staunton in its cast. You can watch the teaser below!



Elarica Johnson (previously credited as Elarica Gallacher) who played both the waitress in Half-Blood Prince and, more recently, Lula Landry in Strike, has been cast in the Sky One series A Discovery of Witches in an unknown role.

Slated to debut sometime in 2018, the adaptation stars Teresa Palmer (‘Warm Bodies’) as Diana Bishop, a descendant of Salem witches who has yet to tap into her full potential, and Matthew Goode (‘Watchmen’, ‘Downton Abbey’) as her centuries-old vampire lover, Matthew Clairmont.

Finally, Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) is getting into the holiday spirit with PETA! Evanna has compiled a vegan gift basket, complete with vegan Chocolate Frogs, which is now available for purchase. Magical!

That’s all for this week’s Casting News, and we hope that you’ve found something for which to be thankful in this latest update! Let us know what you’re most interested in by commenting 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.