Castium Revelio: A School Visit and a Charity Banquet

Welcome back to another edition of MuggleNet’s Casting News, your weekly source for the latest and greatest information on what our magical alumni have been up to! Are you ready to find out what’s new this week? Castium Revelio!

Harry Potter
Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange) will portray Princess Margaret in the upcoming third season of The Crown, and Express has posted some spoilers from the set. The publication included comments from a Netflix spokesperson who stated that the third season of The Crown “will cover the major historical events of Elizabeth II's reign from 1963 to 1977.”

The third season of The Crown will be released on Netflix in 2019.

Chris Columbus, director of the first two Harry Potter films, will serve as a producer on Warner Bros.’s new animated Scooby-Doo film! Variety reported the news, writing that the new film will come under the Warner Animation Group (WAG).

On the animation side, the untitled Scooby-Doo movie is full steam ahead with an expected release date in the first quarter of 2020. Columbus’ interest in the film started when he was developing the 'Gremlins' reboot, which he is producing. Insiders say his affection for the character and WB animation was apparent, and he was soon asked to join the production as a creative producer working side by side with director Tony Cervone. Kelly Fremon Craig is writing the screenplay from a draft by Jack Donaldson and Derek Elliott. Matt Lieberman penned first draft.

Alfonso Cuarón, director of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, recently held a master class at the Lumiere Festival in Lyon, France, where his new film Roma had its French premiere. The Hollywood Reporter reported on the master class, where Cuarón discussed Roma, Netflix (on which the film will premiere in December), and more.

Among Cuarón’s comments were the fact that the set of Roma was chaotic because he intentionally kept the cast and crew in the dark. Only he had access to the full script, and the actors would receive what they needed to know before they began shooting for the day.

In order for that to work, 'Roma' was shot in order from beginning to end, in a form of controlled chaos. ‘Each actor received contradictory directions and explanations, which meant that there was chaos on set every day,’ the director admitted. ‘But that’s exactly what life is like: It’s chaotic and you can’t really plan how you’ll react to a given situation.’

Roma will have a theatrical release in some markets, although France will not be one of them due to additional regulations. Collider has more information about the film’s theatrical release, which appears to be planned for December 14 (the same day it lands on Netflix).

Warwick Davis, who portrayed both Professor Flitwick and Griphook, visited a primary school in Witchford, Cambridgeshire, on October 19. There, he spoke to pupils about dwarfism and Little People UK, which he started with his wife, Samantha. The visit came about, the Ely Standard writes, after the staff member in charge of special educational needs at the school wrote to Little People UK to ask for support for a four-year-old pupil with dwarfism.

The school also donated £1,300 to Little People UK, which students and staff raised for the charity.

To parents of children with dwarfism, Davis emphasized the importance of positivity.

You obviously want the best for your child as a parent, but I honestly say, if you can instil[l] in your child positivity about themselves and their own self[-]image, they will grow up just like any other child and have a career.

Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort) will receive an award for lifetime achievement in cinema at the 2018 European Film Awards! The Hollywood Reporter writes that Fiennes is this year’s recipient of the European Achievement in World Cinema award. He will receive it at the 31st European Film Awards ceremony, which will be held in Seville, Spain, on December 15.

Fiennes is also the director of the film The White Crow. It has been featured in a piece by Vanity Fair and is now screening at the London Film Festival.

Derek Hough, perhaps better known for being a ballroom dancer and professional on Dancing with the Stars than for being in the Harry Potter franchise, once played a background character in the first Harry Potter film. Hough looked back at his small role for Entertainment Weekly’s latest issue.

We were at Pinewood Studios for three months. We attended school in these trailers, and then we just messed around and got into trouble. We’d have dance-offs during breaks in our full robes. We’d battle it out in between takes! I was a Ravenclaw. Since I was a blond kid, I would be a stand-in for Draco Malfoy. That was my claim to fame! Being young, it was pretty cool to see behind the scenes, but we’d also be there all day, so we’d get hungry. In the Great Hall they had all of that food, so we would try to eat it but then realize, 'Oh, wait, it’s plastic.' We were pretty disappointed.

Hough also recalled his “big moment” in the film: He appears as Hermione leaves for Christmas, and he’s carrying an owl.

Helen McCrory (Narcissa Malfoy) likely will be returning to Peaky Blinders for its fifth season, and Brian Gleeson, who is the son of Brendan Gleeson (Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody) and the brother of Domhnall Gleeson (Bill Weasley), will be joining the cast. BBC One reported the casting news in a Facebook post.

Gary Oldman (Sirius Black) is currently filming The Woman in the Window in New York City, and the Daily Mail has photos from the set of Oldman’s costar, Amy Adams. Take a look here!

James Phelps (Fred Weasley) is performing in the stage play The Greater Game at the Waterloo East Theatre in London, as he posted to his Instagram.



More information about the play, which “tells the true story of the 42 men from Clapton Orient who signed up En Masse to fight in the great war focusing on the bond of two life long friends Richard MacFadden and William Jonas who met near Newcastle aged 7 before moving to London to play football then enlisting to fight in the Battle Of The Somme with tragic consequences,”  can be found on the theater’s website, here.

Imelda Staunton (Dolores Umbridge) will star alongside Martin Freeman in a new crime drama for ITV, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Titled A Confession, the television drama was written by Philomena writer Jeff Pope.

'A Confession', which details the disappearance of a 22-year-old girl in March 2011, will tell the story of how Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher, played by Freeman, deliberately breached police procedure and protocol to catch a killer, a decision that ultimately cost him his career and reputation. Staunton will play the mother of a girl who disappeared a decade previously, while Joe Absolom ('Doc Martin') will play local taxi driver and chief suspect Christopher Halliwell, whose startling confession steers the investigation in a wholly unforeseen direction.

Sophie Thompson (Mafalda Hopkirk, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1), who won Celebrity MasterChef in 2014, will take part in a banquet event in Cornwall for charity! The event, called Fishy Feast, will feature dishes from a number of well-known chefs at Penwith College's Senara Restaurant in Penzance on November 9. You can find out more information about the event, including how to book your place, on Cornwall Live.

Fantastic Beasts
Carmen Ejogo (Seraphina Picquery) will star in the Netflix psychological thriller Rattlesnake, according to Collider.

Theo Rossi ('Luke Cage', 'Sons of Anarchy') and Emma Greenwell ('Shameless', 'The Path') will co-star in the film, which will find Ejogo playing a single mother who accepts the help of a mysterious woman after her daughter is bitten by a rattlesnake. She soon finds herself forced to pay back her 'debt' by taking the life of a total stranger in the rural town of Tulia, Texas.

Jude Law (Albus Dumbledore) and Gemma Chan (Madam Ya Zhou) both appear in Captain Marvel, and Express has discussed some new revelations, which could mean big things for future films! Don’t say we didn’t warn you about spoilers!

Law will also appear alongside Eddie Redmayne (Newt Scamander) on The Graham Norton Show on October 26! They will be discussing a certain film, and we hear it might be Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

It looks as though Ezra Miller (Credence Barebone) won’t be filming his standalone film as superhero the Flash anytime soon! The film, which has had its share of production difficulties, has pushed its production start date and is now looking at a 2021 release, according to Variety.

Warner Bros. is pushing back the start of filming on the studio’s still untitled standalone Flash film, sources tell Variety. The film never received a formal greenlight nor did it have a set release date, but it had been expected to begin shooting in March. However, a script is still being tweaked and the studio thinks that it won’t have enough time to get the script in shape in order for the film to make its original start date.

Variety also noted that the filming schedule would have conflicted with Miller’s ability to film the third installment in the Fantastic Beasts franchise.

Alison Sudol (Queenie Goldstein) has released a new song and accompanying video, which she also directed. Check out the video for “Moon” below!


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Noma Dumezweni (Hermione Granger) can be seen in The Kid Who Would Be King, a new film that retells the legend of King Arthur. Dumezweni plays the headteacher in the film, and you can see her in the trailer below!



The Kid Who Would Be King will have its theatrical release on February 15, 2019.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child playwright Jack Thorne has brought King Kong to the stage! Performances of the play have now begun, although it will officially open on Broadway on November 8.

BroadwayWorld writes that Thorne has also written a new introduction to the novella of King Kong by Edgar Wallace and Merian C. Cooper, which BroadwayWorld included as part of its piece. The novella has been re-released to coincide with the opening of the musical.

That’s all for this week’s edition of MuggleNet’s Casting News, but be sure to stay tuned for even more great updates next week! We’d also 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.