Castium Revelio: Nothing Like a Casting Post!

It’s time for another week of MuggleNet’s Casting News! In this week’s edition, we have plenty of updates for you, including new trailers, a featurette, and an update to a project from last week’s post! Castium Revelio!

Last week, we reported on the film The Last Witness, which stars Sir Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbledore). While we included the trailer for the upcoming film, we did not include its poster, which has been shared by

Check it out below!



In last week’s post, we also reported on Cherelle Skeete‘s (Rose Granger-Weasley, Cursed Child) upcoming role as Joan in the London transfer of Fun Home. Skeete is currently performing in the play The Phlebotomist at the Hampstead Theatre, for which previews started this week.

Skeete posted to her Instagram to promote the play, and you can find out more information about it here. The Phlebotomist runs until Saturday, May 19.

Jeff Rawle (Amos Diggory) is finishing his run in Quartet, as staged at the Richmond Theatre. The revival of the musical has been playing since April 9, with its last performances being held today, April 14. reviewed the production.

Emma Thompson (Professor Trelawney) also has some news of the stage-related variety: She’s writing a Nanny McPhee musical! Playbill writes that Thompson will be working alongside Scottish singer-songwriter Gary Clark to bring the 2005 film, in which she starred as the eponymous title character, to the stage.

Thompson will direct and write lyrics for the musical adaptation that she is co-writing with Scottish singer songwriter Gary Clark.

‘Nanny McPhee’ is heading toward an October workshop, with the aim of premiering the show in the West End by the 2019-2020 season.

Dame Maggie Smith (Professor McGonagall) can be seen in the trailer for her newest film project, Nothing Like a Dame. The Telegraph writes that the film follows Dame Maggie, as well as Dames Judi Dench, Eileen Atkins, and Joan Plowright, as they discuss their friendship with one another and “reminisce about their humble beginnings in the theatre.”

Watch the trailer below!



Nothing Like a Dame hits UK cinemas on May 2.

Gary Oldman (Sirius Black) recently hosted a dinner party in Los Angeles to celebrate his Oscar win and his 60th birthday alongside some of his friends in the industry, including designer Sir Paul Smith. Women’s Wear Daily reported on the event, which was held at the Chateau Marmont penthouse.

David Sakurai (Krall, Crimes of Grindelwald) appears in the music video for Letters from the Fire’s song “Comfort You,” as reported by Vents Magazine.

You can watch the video here, as the content may not be appropriate for all viewers.

Jim Broadbent (Professor Slughorn) serves as the narrator of a new documentary on the history of Basildon, Essex, as reported by the Yellow Advertiser. The documentary, called New Town Utopia, features Broadbent “in character as Lewis Silkin MP,” one of the advocates of the New Towns project of the 1950s.

The film debuted in the Mirren Studio at the Towngate Theatre late last year but has now secured a distribution deal with Verve Pictures, meaning it will receive a limited theatrical release before coming out on DVD and online.

The Yellow Advertiser has compiled a listing of upcoming screenings of the documentary, which can be found here.

The Bookshop, which stars Bill Nighy (Rufus Scrimgeour), now has a US release date upon its acquisition by Greenwich Entertainment, as Deadline Hollywood writes. The film is set for release on August 24.

Written and directed by Spanish filmmaker Isabel Coixet (‘Learning to Drive’) and based on a Man Booker Prize short-listed novel by Penelope Fitzgerald, the film stars Emily Mortimer (‘Mary Poppins Returns’), Bill Nighy (‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’) and Patricia Clarkson (‘House of Cards’).

The Bookshop has already opened in Spain, where it won Goya Awards for Best Film, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Nighy also appears in the new feature film Detective Pikachu, based on the Pokémon video game of the same name. Nintendo Wire has posted photos from the set, including photos of Nighy and what appear to be stand-in actors for some of the Pokémon. The film is set to be released in May 2019.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire director Mike Newell‘s film The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society has premiered in the UK. As Uinterview writes, the film, which stars actress Lily James, is a historical drama.

The film is based off of the 2008 New York Times Best Selling novel of the same name by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. It is a historical drama that follows the story a London-based writer Juliet Ashton in 1964, who begins exchanging letters with residents on the island of Guernsey, which was occupied by Germany during World War II. After feeling compelled to visit the island, she starts to get a better understanding of what it was like living on the island during the war.

Although the film is set on Guernsey, Newell has said that the film’s budget did not allow for it to be filmed there. quoted the director at the film’s premiere.

The reason we couldn’t was because Guernsey is now extraordinarily prosperous and therefore every house that you look at, every street that you look at has been painted and polished and so forth, and of course, we didn’t have the money to set that right. We’re just a little film so sadly, I wish we could have, but we had to go elsewhere.

The Telegraph has also posted a featurette from The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which you can watch below.



The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is set for theatrical release on April 20.

Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange) stars as a member of the all-female ensemble cast of the upcoming film Ocean’s 8, and a new trailer for the film has been released! The first trailer for Ocean’s 8 was released last year.

ABC News posted the second trailer.

The heist movie, a spinoff of the ‘Ocean’s 11’ franchise starring George Clooney, follows Sandra Bullock’s Debbie Ocean, a relative of Clooney’s Danny Ocean, as she recruits a team of thieves to help her rob the fashion event of the year, the Met Ball.

Watch the new trailer below!



Ocean’s 8 hits theaters on June 8.

Finally, although not technically belonging to the wizarding world, Darren Criss (known for his role as Harry Potter in StarKid Productions’ A Very Potter Musical, A Very Potter Sequel, and A Very Potter Senior Year) is going on tour with his former Glee costar Lea Michele! The joint tour, called LM/DC, begins at the end of May.

Entertainment Weekly has listed the tour dates, and tickets are available now.

That’s all for this week’s Casting News! We’ll be back next week with even more updates, but until then, we’d love to hear your thoughts 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.