Castium Revelio: In De Nile!

Welcome back to another edition of MuggleNet’s Casting News, your source for the latest updates on what projects our magical alumni have in store for us. Let’s find out what’s new! Castium Revelio!

First, in news about the “Big Seven,” Rupert Grint will be filming the BBC One adaptation of Agatha Christie’s The ABC Murders in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, according to the Pontefract & Castleford Express. He will be playing the role of Inspector Chrome in the three-part series, which will also be available on Amazon Prime Video in the United States. The Hollywood Reporter also writes that Shirley Henderson (Moaning Myrtle) has been cast in the adaptation.

Harry Potter
Alfonso Cuarón, director of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, will be one of the executive producers of a film remake of a previously adapted Roald Dahl book, The Witches, writes Variety. Robert Zemeckis is reportedly in negotiations to direct the new adaptation.

Variety also provided an idea of what viewers can expect from the upcoming film.

Based on the 1973 novel, the film follows a seven-year-old boy who has a run in with real-life witches. Warner Bros. had previously adapted the book in 1990 with Anjelica Huston playing one of the title characters, but sources close to the project say Zemeckis’ version will be more rooted in the original source material, while the Huston pic was a loose adaptation.

We previously reported on Warwick Davis’s (Professor Flitwick/Griphook) adventure with Bear Grylls, and we now have an airdate and a first look at the action! Bear’s Mission with Warwick Davis will air on ITV on June 26.

Check out the preview below!



Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort) can be seen in a new National Theatre production of Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra, reports the Telegraph. Fiennes stars as Mark Antony, and Sophie Okonedo stars as Cleopatra.

The Telegraph writes that previews for Antony and Cleopatra will begin on September 18, and the show will run in repertoire until January 19. Additionally, it will be broadcast to cinemas on December 6 as a part of the NT Live series. For more information, visit the official website of the National Theatre here.

Kelly Macdonald’s (Helena Ravenclaw) film Puzzle is being shown at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, and Macdonald attended the festival to promote the film. The Irish Independent reported on Macdonald’s appearance, where she was quoted as describing the film as “a coming-of-age story.”

It’s a coming of age story, except the person coming of age is a bit older than [the] norm.

Puzzle also stars Indian actor Irrfan Khan. The Edinburgh International Film Festival runs until July 1. For more information, you can visit its official website here.

A trailer for the Netflix thriller Tau, which features the voice of Gary Oldman (Sirius Black), has been released!

Netflix had previously released a synopsis of the film, which will be available on its streaming platform on June 29.

Once a street-smart grifter, Julia 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, 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.

You can check out the trailer below, but know that it may not be appropriate for all viewers.



Robert Pattinson (Cedric Diggory) plays "a gangly, bumbling wannabe cowboy" in the film Damsel, for which Entertainment Weekly has posted an exclusive clip of the actor singing.

The publication additionally provided a brief description of the plot.

Pattinson, 32, who rocketed to fame as a certain brooding, sexy vampire, delivers his funniest performance to date in David and Nathan Zellner’s Damsel, playing a gangly, bumbling wannabe cowboy named Samuel, searching for his kidnapped fiancé Penelope (Mia Wasikowska) in the Wild West wilderness with the help of a hapless preacher (David Zellner).

You can watch the clip of Pattinson, in which he sings "My Honeybun," below.



Damsel is in theaters in the United States now.

David Tennant (Barty Crouch, Jr.) can be seen in the upcoming horror-thriller Bad Samaritan, which will be released through iTunes for audiences in the United States and Canada in August, writes

'Bad Samaritan' follows a pair of parking valets, Sean and Derek, working a high class restaurant who have hit upon an ingenious scam for supplementing their income. While their patrons are inside dining, the pair use the cars' satnavs to locate the customers' homes so they can rob them. All is going well until they target the home of Cale Erendreich and Sean stumbles across a young woman held captive in his office and evidence that Cale has a liking for torture and murder. Sean tries to do the right thing and reports Cale to the police, but the only consequence is that the killer's attention is drawn towards him, his family and friends, and Cale now wants revenge! Bad Samaritan was written by Brandon Boyce and directed by Dean Devlin, who also produces for his own company, Electric Entertainment.

Bad Samaritan will be released in cinemas in the United Kingdom on August 24. For viewers located in the United States and Canada, the film is available for preorder on iTunes now.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
As we initially reported last month, Kevin Guthrie (Abernathy) appeared in Anstruther, Scotland, to support Arncroach and Carnbee Community Development Trust at its fundraiser on June 22. Previously, we reported that Guthrie would introduce his film Edie at the event; however, Fife Today reported in an article prior to the event that the actor would be presenting Sunshine on Leith.

Guthrie, who was interviewed for the latest piece from Fife Today, also gave some information about Abernathy's role in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

In the first film, there was a bit of premise about setting up Abernathy. It shows he is in the woodwork in the Magical Congress of the United States of America. He is a bit of a jobsworth, and he’s not been given the chance to break the glass ceiling. In this film, we find that ceiling has been shattered.

He continued to hint that Abernathy will play a larger role in the upcoming film.

We find him in a space that unlikely for a character like that. It’s a more substantial role. It’s a more rewarding story, and I was aware of that from the get go. With the job, you become part of the 'Harry Potter' universe. It’s a dream come true. I’m a huge fan. To be offered another film and more material was very special.

Guthrie, Fife Today noted, has also joined the cast of The Terror, in which he plays Henry Pegler. Starring in The Terror is Cíaran Hinds (Aberforth Dumbledore).

That’s all for this week’s Casting News! Stay tuned for next week’s update, and until then, let us know 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.