Castium Revelio: Good, Evil, and All Points in Between
by Brienne Green · Published · Updated
The angelic, the devious, and the downright demonic all shared the red carpet this week as premieres for Good Omens and Big Little Lies saw some of our favorite wizarding world stars all dressed up with plenty of places to go. Also on the side of light, we see Dame Emma Thompson continuing to spread sunshine everywhere she goes, Jessie Cave up for a breakthrough award for her own Sunrise, and Stephen Fry sharing amusing anecdotes about his time as the audiobook narrator for the Harry Potter series. Meanwhile, on the dark side, we’ve got the fantastic new trailer for The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, information on a deleted Captain Marvel scene featuring Yum-Rogg… er, Jude Law, and David Bradley being a “Villan” in this week’s Casting News! Have you chosen your side? Castium Revelio!
If only we could have Dame Emma Thompson (Sybill Trelawney) as our character in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery. She simply does not run out of energy. With the June 14 release date of her two latest films, Late Night and Men in Black: International, upcoming, the actress continues to be everywhere at once, and we've got a condensed recap of her activities over the last week for you!
We'll start with this hilarious video from PopSugar, in which Late Night costar Mindy Kaling quizzes Thompson about some of her most iconic lines, including one from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
Her talent was appreciated by many of her peers, however. She became one of the few female members of the University of Cambridge comedy troupe the Footlights, and fellow member Stephen Fry (narrator of the UK Harry Potter audiobooks) recalls "her frankly radiant presence and range of extraordinary skills as a performer. Like Athena, she seemed to have been born fully armed," Fry told Time. You can read the full piece here.
Thompson also discussed with the LA Times the climate in both the movie industry and society in general since the start of the #MeToo movement, stating, "Get a grip, guys, it's not rocket science. You just behave with respect and courtesy. Now shut up and get on with it." You can read that full interview here.
I am constantly amused by blokes going, 'I mean, we just don't know how to behave now.' What the fuck are you talking about? Just behave like a normal human being. I'm sorry, it just makes me laugh so hard. But also really want to smack them. Really want to smack them.
Lastly, Thompson spoke with Today recently about her damehood, sharing that she wrote Prince William a fan letter following the ceremony.
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) May 30, 2019
If you missed Sir Kenneth Branagh's (Gilderoy Lockhart) acclaimed tribute to William Shakespeare, All Is True, in theaters, you'll soon be able to pick it up on DVD. The film will be available June 10 in the United Kingdom, and you can preorder your copy on Amazon. We'll let you know when it becomes available in the United States.
The recent London revival of Stephen Sondheim's Gypsy, staged in honor of the musical's 60th anniversary and starring Imelda Staunton (Dolores Umbridge), is available for streaming, courtesy of PBS. Gypsy will stream through July 31 on the PBS Video App, and you can learn more about the app here.
Staunton and her husband, Jim Carter, who both star in the upcoming Downton Abbey movie, are also watching their daughter, Bessie Carter, follow in their footsteps. The Daily Mail says Bessie will be playing Violet Woodhouse in the period drama Beecham House, set to air on ITV this summer, and you can see Bessie on the far right in the still below.
And you thought we were joking when we said nefarious forces were sabotaging Bond 25.
First, it was a major script overhaul for the film in which Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort) will reprise his role as M; then it was an injury to star Daniel Craig that required minor surgery; and now, Deadline Hollywood reports, an explosion has damaged a portion of the Pinewood Studios stage on which the movie was shooting. The controlled explosion occurred during a test of a stunt and resulted in a "giant fireball" that tore a portion of the set's roof apart. Thankfully, no injuries were reported on set, though one crew member outside the stages sustained a minor injury.
Meanwhile, the script-rewriting portion of the chaos is going well at least, with Phoebe Waller-Bridge - who also writes for Fiona Shaw's (Petunia Dursley) Killing Eve and the upcoming HBO series Run, which stars Domhnall Gleeson (Bill Weasley) - telling Deadline that while the Bond series' general approach toward female characters is in need of an upgrade, Bond himself is an iconic character who remains relevant.
There's been a lot of talk about whether or not [the 'Bond' franchise] is relevant now because of who he is and the way he treats women. I think that's bollocks. I think he's absolutely relevant now. It has just got to grow. It has just got to evolve, and the important thing is that the film treats the women properly. He doesn't have to. He needs to be true to this character.
Meanwhile, Kingsman director Matthew Vaughn spent a little time last week shooting down recent rumors surrounding the series' upcoming prequel, which will feature Fiennes in the role of the Duke of Oxford. Firstly, he told the Playlist, Kingsman: The Great Game will... not be called Kingsman: The Great Game. "I don't know what it's going to be called," Vaughn said, stating The Great Game is a working title. Next on the chopping block: Liam Neeson won't be in it, as was reported by several outlets last week. "I love Liam Neeson, and I'd love for him to be in it, but no, I have no idea where that came from," said Vaughn.
Well, how's that for a buzzkill. On a more positive note, Vaughn did tell the Playlist that, should "Not The Great Game" and the already-planned continuation of the original series, Kingsman 3, be well received, two more movies could be on offer in the future.
And finally, in the world of Fiennes, the esteemed actor will be honored next month at Filmest München in Munich, Germany, with the CineMerit Award, which recognizes "outstanding personalities in international film for their achievements in the art of film." The award will be presented July 1 following a screening of The White Crow, which Fiennes directed, and tickets to that screening can be purchased here.
MuggleNet let you know last month that Nat Tena (Nymphadora Tonks) would be starring in an upcoming production of Europe, and Donmar Warehouse has given us a glimpse at the actress and some of her castmates inside the rehearsal studio.
— Donmar Warehouse (@DonmarWarehouse) June 3, 2019
With Robert Pattinson (Cedric Diggory) now having made the rather natural transition from vampire to bat, Batman fans have been all over social media for the past several days, expressing their varied opinions in true fandom fashion. But many movie aficionados are embracing the choice, and the Hollywood Reporter detailed the process, stating director Matt Reeves had a clear image in his mind of a younger Caped Crusader just beginning to embrace his alter ego, which quickly narrowed the field down to Pattinson and Nicholas Hoult (About a Boy, Warm Bodies). Both actors reportedly had pre-negotiated contracts awaiting whichever was chosen following screen tests, and shooting on The Batman is expected to begin in early 2020.
We're creeping closer to the release of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, starring Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy), Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange), Ralph Ineson (Amycus Carrow), Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (Skender, Fantastic Beasts), and Natalie Dormer (narrator of the Harry Potter: A History of Magic audiobook). We showed you a few more first-look stills from the beautiful series late last month, and this week, we've got something even better: an official trailer and poster. Age of Resistance premieres August 30 on Netflix.
The cast of the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel (whether it's called The Long Night or Bloodmoon apparently depends on whom you ask), which includes Miranda Richardson (Rita Skeeter), Jamie Campbell Bower (teen Gellert Grindelwald), and Toby Regbo (teen Albus Dumbledore), has begun to be spotted around Belfast, Ireland, giving fans still mourning the end of GoT a banner around which to rally. Campbell Bower posted a tweet that helped add to the excitement.
Off on a new adventure.
— Jamie Campbell Bower (@Jamiebower) May 29, 2019
Meanwhile, Richardson told Digital Spy that she was looking forward to being a part of the prequel, which she says will be "totally different" from the original series. You can watch her full video interview here.
I have loved the storytelling in that series, and the wish and the will is to continue that with a totally different set of elements, [and] people. The craftsmen are the same. There is a base team that is the same, and their work has been phenomenal throughout. I'm just thrilled to be a part of it.
Richardson also spoke with the Daily Mail last week, expressing her relief that she entered show business prior to the prevalence of social media.
I consider myself lucky to have started my career at a different time. It seems that social media can make or break somebody in two seconds, where the amount of followers can influence the amount of work you get. I think there are more opportunities now for women in telly, but in film, the real character roles are still too few. I've tried not to get typecast - I think that's been easy, though, because I'm not any particular 'type'.
Richardson and David Tennant (Barty Crouch Jr.), meanwhile, had a whirlwind week with the premiere of Amazon Prime's Good Omens. The six-episode series is now available to stream, and we are full-on loving life. Thanks to its star-studded cast, the show got the full blockbuster treatment, with a premiere in Leicester Square in London against a backdrop made to resemble the Garden of Eden. Tennant told Deadline Hollywood it didn't take much arm-twisting to get him to sign on.
I didn't know they were working on this wonderful thing, and this email just arrived with a script with Neil Gaiman's name on the top and Michael [Sheen] attached and Douglas Mackinnon directing. I thought I got someone else's email, it all felt too good to be true. It didn't take a lot of persuading.
Richardson and Jon Hamm (Mad Men) sat down with FanSided to discuss a variety of topics, from whether they prefer comedy or drama to whether they believe in omens, and you can read that interview here. The pair also talked about their Good Omens roles with ShowbizJunkies, and you can view that and a gallery of photos from the premiere below.
Just in case you missed MuggleNet's social media post, this tweet from David Bradley (Argus Filch) is definitely worth sharing again. Bradley, who'd been at Wembley Stadium watching Aston Villa clinch a spot in the Premier League, boarded the train with a host of fans celebrating the fact that Mr. Filch is a "Villan." (That spelling, of course, could go either way.) Bradley treated them to a reaction that makes us love him even more than we already did, if that's possible.
— David Bradley (@bradders_david) May 29, 2019
Jessie Cave (Lavender Brown) has garnered much acclaim for her comedy show Sunrise, in which she discusses the pitfalls of returning to the dating scene as a single mother, and Chortle reports she's now been nominated for the Breakthrough Act award at the 23rd Annual South Bank Sky Arts Awards. Cave will be up against ten other nominees, all representing one of the artistic fields recognized by Sky Arts, and we wish her the best of luck! The awards will be presented July 7 at the Savoy Hotel in London, and the ceremony will air July 10 in the UK.
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I’ve been nominated for an award for Sunrise! I found out a few weeks ago when I was feeling extremely sad and it felt like a little gift from someone. I wrote the show over a year ago and now I’ve done it over 100 times. I’m doing it for the last time in Edinburgh this summer in quite a big venue / I first did it last year to 40 people a day and I was extremely nervous about it.... I feel extremely lucky and grateful today🌅🌅🌅🌅🌅🌅 I think there are a few tickets left for this last week @sohotheatre if you want to see what it’s all about. 💗💗💗💗💗💔💔💔💔💔🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞
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Meanwhile, Cave also took to Instagram last week to tease a new... show? Maybe? You can watch the video for yourself, but what's clear is that Cave is working on a new project with her sister, Bebe Cave, and we'll definitely be keeping an eye out for more details on that!
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We clued you in back in April to the fact Jim Broadbent (Horace Slughorn) would be a part of the revolving cast of Whodunnit [Unrehearsed], and BroadwayWorld reports new cast members have since been announced. The unique play calls on the Inspector, who will be portrayed by a different actor each night, to solve a crime in real time, with lines being fed to him or her via earpiece. The audience, meanwhile, doesn't know which actor they'll be seeing until the curtain rises. Aside from Broadbent, Miriam Margolyes (Pomona Sprout) will be portraying the Narrator in some of the performances, sharing that duty with Sir Ian McKellen and Dame Judi Dench. Whodunnit will run July 15–27 at the Park Theatre in London, and tickets can be purchased here. It will also run July 31–August 26 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. You can check out a trailer, featuring McKellen's voice, below.
A new teaser trailer has been released for The Loudest Voice. The story of Fox News founder Roger Ailes stars Russell Crowe and features Simon McBurney (voice of Kreacher) in the role of Rupert Murdoch. The seven-part series is set to premiere June 30 on Showtime.
Zoë Wanamaker (Rolanda Hooch) will return to the London stage this fall for a production of Nancy Harris's new play, Two Ladies. Wanamaker and Zrinka Cvitešić will portray the First Ladies of America and France, who come together in the midst of an international crisis over which their husbands have clashed, Playbill says. Two Ladies will run September 14–October 26, and you can purchase tickets here.
We gave you a first look in April at Anna Shaffer (Romilda Vane) in the role of Triss Merigold in Netflix's upcoming The Witcher adaptation, and Screen Rant says filming has officially wrapped on Season 1. While there's no set release date at this time for the first eight episodes, the show will debut sometime in the latter third of this year.
Sophie Thompson (Mafalda Hopkirk) and Suzie Toase (Alecto Carrow) are both appearing in a production of Present Laughter at the Old Vic in London, as we told you in March, and What's on Stage has released a few images of the actresses and their castmates at work in the rehearsal studio. You can check those out below and catch Present Laughter June 25–August 10. Tickets are on sale now.
Season 2 of the History Channel's popular Knightfall series premiered in March in the US, but TV Wise reports the second season now has a UK release date. The show, which features Genevieve Gaunt (Pansy Parkinson, Prisoner of Azkaban) as Princess Isabella, will debut July 2 on History UK.
Peter Mullan's (Corban Yaxley) upcoming Netflix series, Cursed, which we told you about in March, has released a first-look image of star Katherine Langford (Love, Simon), along with the information that the series - which tells the story of the girl who would eventually become the Lady of the Lake of Arthurian legend - will consist of ten episodes and debut in 2020.
— See What's Next (@seewhatsnext) June 1, 2019
Jade Olivia (Astoria Malfoy) recently tied the knot, and her maid of honor, Elizabeth Olsen, shared a photo to Instagram of the actress and her new husband Patrick Rodgers as man and wife. Olivia, meanwhile, shared her own memory of the day - a compilation video of wedding highlights, and you can view both below.
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BT TV reports the popular UK series Gavin and Stacey will be returning on Christmas Day for a one-off special. The show will air on the BBC and will be taking a look at where the characters are today and what's going on in their lives. While it's unknown at this point whether Pam Ferris (Aunt Marge) will return to her role as Smithy's (James Corden) mother, Cath, we're keeping our fingers crossed!
Stephen Fry (narrator of the UK Harry Potter audiobooks) was in attendance recently at the Hay Festival in Wales and relayed an extremely entertaining story about three words that tripped him up while recording Prisoner of Azkaban - and what J.K. Rowling did about it.
— BBC (@BBC) June 7, 2019
Fry also appeared Friday on The Graham Norton Show, passing along another amusing story about the Tesla he drives when visiting America.
Stephen's was one of the first messages I received following the tragic events in Christchurch, New Zealand, and I was touched by the love and support he sent out to our Muslim community here in King's Lynn. Stephen thoroughly enjoyed the food and spoke warmly of the importance of having faith in humanity and of showing love and support towards fellow human beings. We appreciated his attendance and thanked him for his kind words of compassion and respect to all, regardless of religion.
One of the Captain Marvel directors' favorite scenes featuring Jude Law (Albus Dumbledore) wound up on the cutting-room floor, Cinema Blend says, but it will be available to watch on the upcoming Blu-ray release. Director Anna Boden spoke about the scene.
I think the scene where Jude visits his Supreme Intelligence is really fun - I think it's on the deleted scenes - and it's just one of those delicious after scenes where Jude Law is playing both characters and being both brutal and vulnerable in the same space.
Captain Marvel arrives on Blu-ray June 11, and you can preorder your copy here.
Posts around social media indicate Colin Farrell (Percival Graves) has been spotted around the Chestnut Ridge, New York, area, presumably shooting his upcoming picture After Yang. Filming has been ongoing since late May, and the movie is projected for a 2020 release.
Meanwhile, We Got This Covered says Farrell is being tentatively eyed for the role of Constantine in a possible reboot of the comic book-turned-film, but this is very much in the rumor stage at this point. The 2005 movie adaptation featured Keanu Reeves in the titular role, and Reeves recently stated he'd love to reprise it. We'll keep an eye open on this one!
Much like Dame Emma Thompson and the cast of Good Omens, Zoë Kravitz (Leta Lestrange) has also had a whirlwind week, thanks to the New York City premiere of Big Little Lies and the announcement that she will grace the cover of the July issue of British Vogue.
Kravitz appeared at the Big Little Lies premiere in a rhinestone-studded little black dress by Yves Saint Laurent, joking with Entertainment Tonight that it's "the wine that binds" the cast of the popular Netflix series, which premieres Sunday. She also spoke about what it was like to work with Meryl Streep, who joins the show this season.
I idolize her, of course, but getting to know her as a human being was even better than I could imagine. Her love of storytelling and her love of the craft, it's inspiring to see someone who's been doing it for so long and so well still hungry to do more.
Meanwhile, Kravitz spoke in depth with British Vogue after being announced as the cover, stating that she is just now beginning to feel comfortable in her career.
When I got into acting school, I never knew if it was because of my audition or my last name. But I'm slowly learning that no director will hire me because of my surname. The first 10 years of my career have been about proving myself. I now finally feel like I'm in a place where I'm able to say 'I deserve this, and I worked really hard.' I'm getting better.
The actress also touched on a decade-long eating disorder she developed at 13 and how her feelings of isolation and alienation in school contributed to her poor self-image. "My mother was so beautiful and so tiny, I always felt clunky around her," Kravitz said, "and then my dad was always surrounded by supermodels. I was short, and you feel uncomfortable in your skin anyway at that age." Kravitz additionally filmed a piece for Vogue, in which she takes on the role of a casting director auditioning different versions of herself, and appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and you can view both videos below, along with a gallery of photos from the Big Little Lies premiere and Vogue.
Carmen Ejogo (Seraphina Picquery) is finally beginning to get her due as an actress, securing roles she enjoys and currently being mentioned in the Emmy conversation for her role on Season 3 of True Detective. She spoke with Variety recently about that role.
Women go through this really transformative life passage over different periods of their lives, and to get to explore that on-screen really allows you to bring to life the whole woman, a fully fledged, fully actualized woman. That's something that actresses have had to work very hard to earn the right to bring to the screen. So it's always alluring when that kind of role comes your way.
Ejogo also sat down with Good Morning America to talk about both the show and how she broke into the acting business, stating, "I got an agent without having gone to drama school and was just out doing it. I'm one of those. I'm a hustler. I just get on with it." You can watch that full interview below.
We've been keeping you up to date on Ronan Raftery's (Langdon Shaw) new Starz series The Rook, and a new trailer and set of character posters have been released. You can check out the eerie trailer for the supernatural spy thriller and the poster featuring Raftery below.
Jessica Williams (Eulalie Hicks) was enlisted as a presenter recently at the 2019 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards, and she took Vogue on a step-by-step trip through her process of getting ready for the event, including walking in, grabbing "that huge bag of SkinnyPop," and working on the script with her publicist. You can view the full report here and check out a photo of the finished product below.
Playbill reports the Off-Broadway Atlantic Theater Company will kick off its 2019–2020 season with a production of Jack Thorne's (writer, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) new play, Sunday.
In the new play, friends gather for a book group, anxious to prove their intellectual worth, but that anxiety gets the better of any actual discussion as emotional truths come pouring out.
The production will run September 5–October 13 in the Linda Gross Theatre.
The Starz series The Spanish Princess, which we told you about in March, has been expanded with eight more episodes, Variety reports. The show, which is produced by Sir Colin Callender (coproducer, Cursed Child), is currently five episodes into its season, and the eight additional episodes will allow it to close out the story of Catherine of Aragon.
For better or worse, that’s it for this week’s edition of MuggleNet Casting News! Make sure you come back next week for all the latest updates on your wizarding world favorites! Meanwhile, we’re curious… how are you liking or did you like Good Omens? Let us know in the comments below!