Castium Revelio: Our Fathers Will Hear About This
by Brienne Green · Published · Updated
We’re forced to begin with a bit of unpleasantness this week, as the new show of two of our favorite Potter stars has been canceled after just one season. But while things may start out on a low note, they’ll crescendo as you read about new film projects for David Thewlis and Callum Turner, plus much more in this week’s Casting News. Try to stiffen your upper lip… Castium Revelio!
Trust us when we say: Our fathers will hear about this.
YouTube has announced the cancellation of Tom Felton's (Draco Malfoy) and Nat Tena's (Nymphadora Tonks) science-fiction drama Origin. And no one seems to know exactly why.
Bloomberg reported Sunday that the cancellation was a side effect of a move away from scripted shows and back toward gaming and music for YouTube, but on Monday, Decider said a YouTube executive was disputing that claim. The executive reportedly told Decider the company plans to release "a robust slate of new and returning originals in the coming months" and is "actively developing new series with global appeal."
As such, the reason Origin and comedy Overthinking with Kat & June were axed is unclear, but in the meantime, we can always keep our fingers crossed that the series will be picked up by another service.
Isaacs stars as Dan, the judgmental father of Maria (India Eisley, Underworld: Awakening), in the psychological thriller about an alienated high school student who switches places with her sinister mirror image. You can see Isaacs in his role as yet another pretty lousy parent below.
Thewlis, whose character has yet to be named, will join Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad), Jessie Buckley (Wild Rose), and Toni Collete (About a Boy) in the movie, which Variety describes as a tense psychological thriller.
'I'm Thinking of Ending Things' follows Jake (Plemons), a man going on a road trip to meet his parents on their secluded farm with his girlfriend (Buckley), who is thinking of terminating their relationship. When Jake makes an unexpected detour, leaving her stranded, a twisted mix of palpable tension, psychological frailty, and sheer terror ensue.
The movie is currently filming with no release date as yet.
The premiere of Hero Fiennes-Tiffin's (11-year-old Tom Riddle) new film, After, is just a few short weeks away, and the actor was joined by costar Josephine Langford, who plays Tessa to his Hardin Scott in the fan-fiction-turned-movie, at a photocall Tuesday in Madrid, Spain.
You can view a gallery of images from the event below, courtesy of Just Jared. After will hit theaters April 12.
Season 2 of Knightfall premiered Monday on the History Channel, with Genevieve Gaunt (Pansy Parkinson, Prisoner of Azkaban) among new cast members that also include Mark Hamill (Star Wars) and Tom Forbes, who previously starred with Gaunt in The Royals.
Gaunt is playing Isabella, daughter of King Philip, in the eight-episode season, and she sat down recently with Hollywood Life to discuss her character.
When we kick off Season 2, it's very exciting, very dangerous, because my mother has just been murdered. I've lost my only ally in my mother. My father is forcing me to marry a man I don't even know and don't even love. My position at court, which is the one thing I thought I had, is being used up by the return of my brother. So, as a woman in a very male, very dangerous world, she's gotten into a very vulnerable position.
Gaunt says Isabella is "very much the driving force of that Machiavellian intrigue" and that she's enjoyed bringing to life such a complicated, strong female character.
It's very much an eat-or-be-eaten period, and she's drawn to this violence. It's also a way to survive. It's a man's world, and she really rises to the occasion. And in history, as we show quite truthfully, she was an extraordinary woman. She's one of the canniest political operators we've ever had. She's one of the most interesting parts that I've played because she's so ultra-feminine and ultra-masculine at the same time. She's got such a lust for life, for all the sensual things in life.
You can view the Season 2 trailer below.
Gaunt has one other project in preproduction: A Quest for Rainbows, in which she will play Young Jenny to Jayne Heitmeyer's (Maps to the Stars) Older Jenny in the tale of Walter, a man suffering from the onset of blindness who makes a final fly-fishing trip to Utah and finds himself on a different existential plane.
We told you the week before last about Kelly Macdonald's (the Grey Lady) involvement in the upcoming BBC One series The Victim, and Digital Spy piqued additional curiosity this week with a few behind-the-scenes interviews.
The Victim features Macdonald as a mother who outs the man she believes to be responsible for her son's murder online 15 years after the crime, leading to a vicious attack and a criminal trial. Executive producer Sarah Brown told Digital Spy the drama "polarizes the audience and delves into the gray areas around justice and the law." Writer Rob Williams says viewers will be intrigued by the social media aspect of the story, which is incredibly relevant in this day and age.
How easy it is to accuse somebody now. However outrageous that might be, once it's said, it's said, and putting myself in that position, somebody said, 'I'm X'. How do you go about disproving that? Do you just hope it goes away? Or do you confront it? Or does that make it worse? It's an impossible situation, and the story grew from that.
BBC One also released a new teaser trailer for the show Tuesday on Facebook, and you can check that out below. There's still no official release date yet for The Victim, but we'll keep you posted!
The man who brought everyone's favorite obsessive Quidditch captain, Oliver Wood, to life, Sean Biggerstaff, will return to the scene of one of his favorite film projects next month to help raise funds for a local festival. Biggerstaff starred as Sgt. Donald Odd in 2016's Whisky Galore, which was filmed in Portsoy, Scotland, and the Press and Journal says he'll be back next month to serve as a guest speaker at a fundraiser dinner at the village's Station Hotel.
I remember the filming of 'Whisky Galore' in and around Portsoy as one of the best times of my life, both professionally and personally. A huge part of this was how helpful and welcoming the local people were. We were there for a little under four weeks, and it felt like a whole summer. I think the warmth and joy we all felt being there is evident on the screen and is a crucial part of the film. I can't think of a better way to come back and visit than to attend the fundraising dinner for such an important cultural event, and I am absolutely delighted and honored to have been asked.
Proceeds from the dinner will help fund the Portsoy Boat Festival, scheduled for June 22 to 23.
MuggleNet let you know earlier this month that Chris Columbus (director and producer) had signed on as one of the producers of the upcoming animated Scooby-Doo reboot, tentatively titled S.C.O.O.B., and Deadline Hollywood has revealed the star cast is now set.
The gang from A Very Potter Musical will be delighted to know that Zac Efron will voice Fred, alongside Amanda Seyfried as Daphne, Frank Welker as Scooby, Will Forte as Shaggy, Gina Rodriguez as Velma, and Tracy Morgan as Captain Caveman. The movie is slated for a May 15, 2020, premiere.
While we may not have been aware we'd been waiting our whole lives to see Callum Turner (Theseus Scamander) join the dashing ranks of Jane Austen men, now that we know it's happening, it certainly feels like we have. And as an added bonus, Bill Nighy (Rufus Scrimgeour, Harry Potter) will appear with him in the most recent adaptation of Austen novel Emma.
Deadline Hollywood says filming began this week in England on the project, which has no announced release date. Anya Taylor-Joy (Glass) will star in the titular role, while Turner will play Frank Churchill, a carefree young man who has a brief flirtation with Emma but is hiding a secret engagement, and Nighy will portray Mr. Woodhouse, Emma's father.
Nighy's role in the May 10 release Detective Pikachu, meanwhile, remains a mystery, but as a consolation prize, if you've ever wondered what a Gengar might look like in the real world, you're in luck. Catch one in the newest trailer, revealed this week.
It's a very sweet tale. I believe in the message that's fundamentally at the core of the film, about inclusion and celebrating difference and about struggle as well, we all struggle to fit in and find where we fit in in life.
Toby Regbo (young Albus Dumbledore) fans eagerly awaiting Season 4 of the actor's historical drama, The Last Kingdom, will have to wait a bit longer, as an official release date still has yet to be announced.
Regbo stars as Aethelred in the series, which also includes Ian Hart (Quirinus Quirrell, Harry Potter) as Beocca. The drama originally aired on both the BBC and Netflix, but Season 3 became a Netflix exclusive after the BBC elected not to continue. Season 4 was announced in December 2018, but the Radio Times says an official premiere date for the next season is still unknown. The series is based on Bernard Cornwell's The Saxon Stories novel series, and you can see a still of Regbo as Aethelred below.
That drops the curtain on this week’s Castium Revelio. How miffed are you about Origin‘s cancellation? Vent to us in the comments, and make sure to check back next week for any new developments on these projects, plus all-new updates on your wizarding world favorites!