Castium Revelio: Christmas Stockings and Zombies

Welcome back to another edition of MuggleNet’s Casting News! Are you ready to find out more about the latest projects from our magical alumni? We are too! Castium Revelio!

Harry Potter
Jon Campling, who portrayed a Death Eater in the final two Harry Potter films, can be seen in the upcoming film Adventure Boyz, about which he recently posted to Instagram. Check out the poster below!



David Heyman, producer of all of the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films to date, has confirmed that the Willy Wonka film he is producing for Warner Bros. will be a prequel. According to Collider, Heyman has said that the plot is still being worked out.

We are still trying to figure out how to tell that story, what the story is. It’s a prequel, it’s not a sequel. What makes Willy—when we find him at the chocolate factory doing the golden ticket, where is he before that? What leads him to that place where he’s locked himself away?… It’s how does he get there? So we’re playing around with that.

Heyman has additionally confirmed that a third Paddington film is in the works; however, it is likely that Paul King will not be directing it. has provided more details.

Paul is involved in it, I wanted him to be involved in it because I think he’s such a significant voice, but I don’t think he’ll direct it. He worked on the idea… he comes up with the idea with Simon Farnaby and Mark Burton and then they develop it and come back for more, back and forth, and then it’ll get written and Paul will come in and stir it up a little bit. But he’s an incredible collaborator, Paul. Very positive, very supportive.

Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy) spoke to ahead of the release of the first season of Star Trek: Discovery on Blu-ray, discussing one major plot twist. While you can find all of the details on, you can read some of Isaacs' spoiler-free thoughts below.

It was [expletive] awesome. All actors ever want is to have a secret to play, and I had the biggest secret ever. I had a huge hidden agenda, and acting is all about the things you're holding back from the camera and not the things you're doing.

Steve Kloves, screenwriter of all of the Harry Potter films except Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and producer of both Fantastic Beasts films, is also one of the producers of Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle. (His daughter, Callie Kloves, wrote its screenplay.) The Netflix trailer for the film, which is set to be released theatrically on November 29 in the United States before hitting the streaming platform on December 7, is available now! Check it out below!



Bill Nighy (Rufus Scrimgeour) appeared at an In Conversation With event at the Omnibus Theatre in South London on November 10. The occasion marked the theater's fifth anniversary, and Nighy even cut a birthday cake to celebrate!

Twitter user @theatremusing posted the tweet below, showing Nighy and broadcaster Miranda Sawyer with the cake.



Nighy has also lent his voice to the Christmas advertising campaign for retail store TK Maxx. Drapers provides more information about the advertisement.

Voiced by Bill Nighy, the advert follows a lucky family who got more than they bargained for when their new stocking belches up a variety of gifts throughout the year.

Watch the advertisement below!



Fiona Shaw (Petunia Dursley) is joining the cast of the National Theatre's Courage Everywhere festival, writes WhatsOnStage.

Shaw will perform in Bryna Turner's new comedy 'Bull in a China Shop', directed by Phyllida Lloyd (Tina). Set in a Massachusetts seminary, Shaw joins the previously announced cast composed of Jade Anouka, Clare Dunne, Leah Harvey and Sally Rogers. It will run for one night on 17 November.

The Courage Everywhere festival is being held from November 15 to November 18 in celebration of 100 years of women's suffrage in the UK. Learn more about it here.

There's a new photo from behind the scenes of the upcoming Downton Abbey film, which includes both Dame Maggie Smith (Minerva McGonagall) and Imelda Staunton (Dolores Umbridge) in its cast. Actress Joanne Froggatt posted the "little sneak peek" to her Instagram account this past week, though it doesn't appear to give anything away.



Smith will be reprising her previous role as the Dowager Countess, while Staunton will play a role not previously on the television series. The film is scheduled for release next year.

Fantastic Beasts
Dan Fogler (Jacob Kowalski) has joined the cast of AMC's The Walking Dead. Entertainment Weekly has more information about Fogler's character, Luke, who is "[a] fatigued survivor who understands there is safety in numbers." When asked by the magazine how he, Dan Fogler, would do in a zombie apocalypse, the actor wasn't so sure.

Eh, I think I’d be good at defending myself for a while, but I ain’t a prepper. I’d most likely end up as that one really fun zombie that alive folks are cool with having around… as long as I don’t eat anyone.

Eddie Redmayne (Newt Scamander) honored the late physicist Stephen Hawking, whom he portrayed in The Theory of Everything, at the 2019 Breakthrough Prize ceremony. Called the "Oscars of Science," the award ceremony was held on November 4 and aired live on National Geographic.

You can watch a clip of Redmayne's tribute to the late Stephen Hawking below.



Those are all the updates we have this week! Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments below! Plus, if you haven’t already, be sure to check out our coverage of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

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.