Castium Revelio: A Flea Market and a Hot Air Balloon

Welcome back to a double edition of MuggleNet’s Casting News, your source for the latest information on what our magical alumni have been up to lately! We’ve rounded up two weeks’ worth of news, so are you ready to find out what’s new? Castium Revelio!

Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) was recently a guest on The Tonight Show, and he and host Jimmy Fallon had a little bit of fun with some Harry Potter memes. Watch the clip from the show below!



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Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange) appears to be having fun on the set of The Crown, if photos posted by Metro are any indication. Bonham Carter and costar Olivia Colman will be playing Princess Margaret and Queen Elizabeth II, respectively, in the show’s upcoming third season.

Congratulations are in order for Jessie Cave, who played Lavender Brown in the Harry Potter films! She is the winner of the 2018 BroadwayWorld Edinburgh Fringe Festival Award for Favourite Comedy Show for her show, Sunrise.

BroadwayWorld readers were invited to vote for their favourite comedy, theatre, musical, cabaret and children's shows, as well as the best venue in Edinburgh and the friendliest staff.

Alfonso Cuarón (director of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), has said that people told him he was “nuts” to make his newest film, Roma! TheWrap published some of the comments made by Cuarón during this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

Pretty much there were a lot of comments. I know those looks, because I come from a more blue-collar background in film, in which you look at directors and say, 'Oh, my God, this guy doesn’t know how to make a film.’

Deadline Hollywood also wrote that Cuarón kept his involvement with the film, which was partly inspired by his own childhood, a secret – so much so that actress Yalitza Aparicio was concerned that the film was actually being used to conceal a human trafficking operation!

I was actually forced by my sister to go [for the part]. So I went through different stages of [the casting process], and then I ended up in Mexico City where I was able to meet Alfonso. Actually, I started Googling him, because I didn’t know who he was. I only saw the pictures. So when I got there, I said, 'No way, this is not him, let’s split.' I told my mom, but she said, 'No, no, you’re here now. Go for it.’

Roma will premiere on Netflix on December 14.

Warwick Davis, who portrayed both Professor Flitwick and Griphook, won the 2018 National Diversity Award for Celebrity of the Year!

Also nominated for the award was Sir Lenny Henry, who lent his voice to the Shrunken Head in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

The winners of the National Diversity Awards were announced at an award ceremony on September 14 at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral. Davis tweeted photos from the night and expressed his gratitude for having won the award.



Davis also spoke to CinemaBlend about the possibility of a Willow 2 and whether or not he would return to the role of Willow.

That would be hugely exciting…. revisiting Willow as a character, now he's older and wiser and perhaps even a better sorcerer, who knows by now, would be brilliant fun. I would absolutely love to do that. Ron [Howard] and I, we chatted about 'Willow' quite a lot. Jon Kasdan who was obviously the screenwriter on 'Solo', he's a pretty big fan of 'Willow', it's one of the reasons he got into screenwriting and filmmaking. He and I talked a lot about where we could take 'Willow' in the future.

Playbill has provided a glimpse into the rehearsal process for Antony & Cleopatra, starring Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort) and Sophie Okonedo, which began its run at the National Theatre’s Olivier Theatre on September 18.

Fiennes is also reportedly in talks to star alongside Nicole Kidman in a new film, according to Baz Bamigboye of the Daily Mail.

[Nicole Kidman] told me she and Fiennes had read Moira Buffini's script, adapted from John Preston's novel 'The Dig' — a fictionalised look at the excavation of a royal burial chamber in Suffolk in 1939, where a 90 ft-long ship was entombed 1,400 years earlier.

Kidman said the 'delicate' screenplay is 'very much about the relationship between Edith Pretty, who owned the land at Sutton Hoo, and Basil Brown, the archaeologist who found what was discovered there.'

Sir Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbledore) attended the premiere of his latest film, King of Thieves, in London on September 12, as posted by Just Jared.

Based on infamous true events, 'King of Thieves' is a true crime film about a crew of retired crooks who pull off a major heist in London's jewelry district. What starts off as their last criminal hurrah quickly turns into a brutal nightmare due to greed.

Domhnall Gleeson (Bill Weasley) and Lenny Abrahamson (the director of Gleeson’s newest film, The Little Stranger) will take part in the upcoming Culture Vultures event at the Sound House in Dublin on September 27, The Last Mixed Tape writes. The two will speak to host Tony Clayton-Lea about the film.

More information and tickets can be found on

Plus, you can catch a clip of the new film from Yahoo! Movies.

Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy) got to take part in a puppy photo booth during the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), where he was promoting his new film Hotel Mumbai. Entertainment Weekly brought the rescue dogs from Finding Them Homes-James Bay Pawsitive Rescue to cuddle with some of the film industry’s biggest names, and it doesn’t look as though they minded! Isaacs was photographed snapping a silly selfie with costar Dev Patel, while their fellow costars Nazanin Boniadi and Tilda Cobham-Hervey hugged in the foreground.

Bill Nighy's (Rufus Scrimgeour) upcoming film StarDog and TurboCat has gained another cast member: Luke Evans. Flickering Myth writes that the animated superhero film, also starring Gemma Arterton, is currently in production.

Gary Oldman’s (Sirius Black) new film, Hunter Killer, now has its final poster and trailer! Flickering Myth has published an image of the poster, which features a close-up of Oldman and costar Gerard Butler as they look ominously at the camera.

Check out the final trailer below!



Hunter Killer will be released in the United Kingdom on October 19. It will be released in the United States a week later, on October 26.

Robert Pattinson (Cedric Diggory) has told ET Canada that he would be willing to revisit the Twilight franchise “to play seventeen again.” The actor made the comment during the Toronto International Film Festival premiere for his film High Life. His costar in the film, Mia Goth, then admitted that she had “never really connected to” films like Twilight or Harry Potter, for which Pattinson then teased her.

Clémence Poésy (Fleur Delacour) was featured as a guest on a temporary podcast series created by fashion house Chloé, for which she is an ambassador, ahead of its spring 2019 runway show. Women’s Wear Daily reported on the podcast, called Chloé Radio, on which Poésy spoke about what motivated her to become an actress. Women’s Wear Daily also provided more information about how listeners can tune into the podcast.

Episodes last roughly 20 minutes and are available in both French and English from the Apple Podcast. Shorter video versions of each episode are broadcast on IGTV, Instagram’s video channel.

Chris Rankin's (Percy Weasley) first directorial project aired on September 14 on BBC Two! The project, a short film titled Dad, will remain on the BBC iPlayer for a month.



Dame Maggie Smith had some sassy moments while portraying Professor McGonagall, and it looks like the veteran actress can be just as entertaining in real life. Out posted a clip from the new documentary Tea With the Dames, which is in select theaters now. In the clip, Dame Maggie and fellow dames Dame Eileen Atkins, Dame Judi Dench, and Dame Joan Plowright discuss the struggles of being an older working actress. Those struggles include not being sent out for roles – because, they claim, Dench has gotten them first! Check out the clip from Tea With the Dames here.

The new Downton Abbey film has begun shooting at Highclere Castle, according to a post from Town & Country magazine on Instagram! Smith is set to return as the Dowager Countess of Grantham, and Imelda Staunton (Dolores Umbridge) has been cast in the film in an unknown role. The Hollywood Reporter has written that the film will have a release date for the fall of 2019.

The 'Downton Abbey' movie is set to hit theaters in North America on Sept. 20, 2019, via Focus Features, it was announced Wednesday. The film will be released internationally by Universal Pictures International a week earlier on Sept. 13.

David Thewlis (Remus Lupin) has joined the cast of Billie Piper’s directorial debut, Rare Beasts, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The project has already begun principal photography, and other cast members include “Leo Bill (PeterlooAlice in Wonderland), Kerry Fox (Shallow GraveThe Dressmaker) and newcomer Toby Woolf (Summer of Rockets).”

Described as a darkly funny 'unromantic comedy,' 'Rare Beasts' will see Piper playing a modern woman in crisis. Raising a boy, Larch (Woolf), in a female revolution and professionally writing about a love that no longer exists, she falls upon a troubled man, Peter (Bill), who seeks traditional dynamics and a sense of worth in this current female movement.

Additionally, the trailer for the second season of the adult animated comedy series Big Mouth has been released by Netflix! Thewlis is one of many notable actors in the show’s voice cast. Check out the trailer, which Collider has deemed NSFW (not safe for work), here.

Emma Thompson’s (Professor Trelawney) new holiday romantic comedy project, which she has written with Bryony Kimmings, has found its lead actors! Entertainment Weekly writes that Henry Golding and Emilia Clarke will star in the upcoming film, titled Last Christmas. Paul Feig will direct, and it is possible that filming will begin later this year.

Dame Julie Walters (Molly Weasley) and Noma Dumezweni (Hermione Granger, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) both appear in the new film Mary Poppins Returns, which has its official trailer.

Watch the trailer below!



In Disney’s 'Mary Poppins Returns', an all new original musical and sequel, Mary Poppins is back to help the next generation of the Banks family find the joy and wonder missing in their lives following a personal loss. Emily Blunt stars as the practically-perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any ordinary task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure and Lin-Manuel Miranda plays her friend Jack, an optimistic street lamplighter who helps bring light—and life—to the streets of London.

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Dan Fogler (Jacob Kowalski) can be seen in the upcoming film In Like Flynn. It now has an Australian release date of October 11, and you can watch its trailer here!



Errol Flynn. Before the fame, there was the adventure. 'In Like Flynn' follows the legendary Australian screen actor, Errol Flynn, a young man whose double-edged magnetism inspires a rag-tag team of friends to set sail on a thrilling adventure in search of elusive New Guinea gold.

Zoë Kravitz (Leta Lestrange) was interviewed by her Big Little Lies costar Reese Witherspoon for the October issue of Harper’s Bazaar, for which she is also the cover star. In her interview with Witherspoon, ET Canada writes, Kravitz discussed racism and the lack of diversity present in Hollywood.

I’m not necessarily trying to point the finger at anyone. I just want to make these writers, most of whom are probably white, aware of the things that affect me and likely affect other people as well. I’m trying to speak my mind and shift things so Hollywood can be more conscious about things.

Jude Law (Albus Dumbledore) and Gemma Chan (Madam Ya Zhou) both appear in the upcoming film Captain Marvel, and it now has a trailer! provided some analysis of the trailer too.

Additionally, Law will be a guest at the Oxford Union during the university’s Michaelmas term, the Oxford Student has reported.

The Oxford Union provided more information in a tweet, writing that Law will be a guest alongside Jeremy Gilley, the founder of Peace One Day, on October 14.

A stunt for Eddie Redmayne’s (Newt Scamander) upcoming film The Aeronauts apparently frightened the residents of one English village, who thought that a hot air balloon in distress was a real tragedy! BBC News wrote of the panic that the stunt caused in Newent, Gloucestershire.

Gloucestershire Police confirmed the balloon and helicopter were 'associated with the filming of a new Eddie Redmayne film.'

A spokeswoman for the Chase Hotel in nearby Ross-on-Wye confirmed that a small film crew for 'The Aeronauts' had booked in for two nights.

She added no actors had been involved in the filming, which mainly consisted of aerial footage of the balloon in flight.

Katherine Waterston (Porpentina Goldstein) stars in the thriller State Like Sleep, for which The Orchard has bought the North American distribution rights and will release it both theatrically and digitally this winter, according to Variety.

The film centers on an American photographer (Waterston) who returns to Brussels a year after her husband’s death. While trying to come to terms with her grief, she unearths troubling information about her husband’s final days. To solve the mystery she plunges into the city’s underground club scene.

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Anthony Boyle (Scorpius Malfoy), Poppy Miller (Ginny Potter), Jamie Parker (Harry Potter), and Paul Thornley (Ron Weasley) have been announced as some of the special guests in attendance at the 32nd annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction. The event will be held on September 30 at Schubert Alley, TheatreMania writes, and over 80 stars of Broadway and off-Broadway productions will be present! The actors will appear at the autograph table and photo booth.

Noma Dumezweni (Hermione Granger) is among the actors joining the Dramatists Legal Defense Fund's Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret. BroadwayWorld writes that the show will take place on Monday, September 24 at 7:00 p.m. at Joe’s Pub in New York City.

'Banned Together' is a celebration of songs and scenes from shows that have been censored or challenged on America's stages, created to raise awareness around issues of censorship and free expression in the theater. The performances will feature selections from 'Cabaret', 'Chicago', 'Almost, Maine', 'Rent' and 'Angels in America', among other notable works, with a libretto by John Weidman ('Assassins', 'Pacific Overtures') and JT Rogers ('Oslo', 'Blood and Gifts'), directed by Ari Edelson ('Building the Wall', 24 Hour Plays). 'Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret' will be performed in thirteen cities across the U.S. as a part of Banned Books Week (September 23rd-29th), the annual celebration of the freedom to read.

Tickets are available here.

The first season of His Dark Materials, as adapted for television by Harry Potter and the Cursed Child playwright Jack Thorne, hasn’t even aired, but Deadline Hollywood reports that the BBC has already ordered a second season. Filming on the first season began earlier this month in Cardiff.

Jim Carnahan, casting director for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway, has been nominated for an Artios Casting Award from the Casting Society of America, Playbill reports. The awards will be presented in both New York City and Los Angeles at ceremonies on January 31.

That’s all for this week’s Casting News! Stay tuned for even more great updates next week! 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.