Castium Revelio: Load Up the Trailers!

We’ve got trailers, trailers, and more trailers for you this week in MuggleNet’s Casting News! With San Diego Comic-Con providing the perfect backdrop, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, The Witcher, and Season 10 of The Walking Dead all gave their fans first looks at the event, and we’ve also got trailers for The Barkskins, starring David Thewlis, and A Confession, starring Imelda Staunton, for you this week. In addition, there’s been a change in release plans for Eddie Redmayne‘s new picture, The Aeronauts, and a bevy of wizarding world alumni will have pictures showing at two major upcoming film festivals. Considering we’ve got all these trailers, that sounds like a perfect excuse for a road trip! Castium Revelio!


Harry Potter Cast & Crew

If you were in attendance at Comic-Con in San Diego, California, last week, you were treated to an incredible new trailer for The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, featuring the vocal talents of Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange), Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy), Ralph Ineson (Amycus Carrow), Toby Jones (voice of Dobby), Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (Skender, Fantastic Beasts), and Natalie Dormer (narrator of the Harry Potter: A History of Magic audiobook). If you weren't, guess what? You're about to see it anyway. The new video features not only footage from the film but glimpses behind the scenes as well, and we think you'll agree: The series' August 30 premiere on Netflix cannot come soon enough!



As for Bonham Carter, we let you know earlier this month that she and Fiona Shaw (Petunia Dursley) had joined the cast of the upcoming film Enola Holmes, penned by Jack Thorne (writer, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) and starring Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things) in the titular role. Bonham Carter is tapped to play the matriarch of the Holmes family, while Shaw's role remains unknown, and BroadwayWorld now reports production has begun in London. We've also learned Frances de la Tour (Madame Maxime) will be featured in an unnamed role, and we have a synopsis of the picture for you below.

When her mother mysteriously disappears on her 16th birthday, Enola Holmes seeks help from her older brothers, Mycroft and famous super-sleuth Sherlock. But soon realizing they're less interested in solving the case than in packing her off to boarding school, Enola does the only thing a smart, resourceful, and fearless young 1880s woman can do - she runs away to London. There, she begins her own remarkable crime-solving career, always keeping one step ahead of Sherlock.

The Cambridge Arts Theatre in Cambridge, England, has received a $124,000 grant from the National Lottery to preserve its history, a collection that includes historic images, signed posters, scripts, press cuttings, and other items featuring actors that have graced its stage. Those famous faces include Bill Nighy (Rufus Scrimgeour), Dame Emma Thompson (Sybill Trelawney), and Stephen Fry (narrator of the United Kingdom Harry Potter audiobooks), among others, and you can view one of the images of Nighy below. The Cambridge Independent says that following the preservation, the collection will be permanently housed at a new collections and research center for the Victoria and Albert Museum in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, England, which is scheduled to open in 2023.


Bill Nighy is featured onstage at the Cambridge Arts Theatre in a photo from the theatre's historic archive.


Nighy, Thompson, and Fry, meanwhile, all have pictures appearing at two major upcoming film festivals: the 76th Venice International Film Festival and the 44th Toronto International Film Festival. They'll be in good company alongside several other wizarding world alumni.

The VIFF will run August 28–September 7 at the Venice Lido in Italy. Entered in the Venezia 76 Competition are Guest of Honour, starring David Thewlis (Remus Lupin); Waiting for the Barbarians, starring Robert Pattinson (Cedric Diggory), Harry Melling (Dudley Dursley), and Johnny Depp (Gellert Grindelwald, Fantastic Beasts); and The Laundromat, starring Gary Oldman (Sirius Black). Le Coup des Larmes (The Tears Thing), directed by Clémence Poésy (Fleur Delacour) is entered in the Orizzonti Short Films Competition, and screening out of competition will be The King, starring Pattinson and Depp's daughter, Lily-Rose Depp; and The New Pope, starring Jude Law (Albus Dumbledore, Fantastic Beasts).

TIFF is slated for September 5–15 in Toronto, Canada, and will feature special presentations of Guest of Honour; The Laundromat; Hope Gap, starring Nighy; How to Build a Girl, starring Thompson; Judy, starring Sir Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbledore); The Lighthouse, starring Pattinson; Frankie, starring Brendan Gleeson (Mad-Eye Moody); and Greed, starring Shirley Henderson (Moaning Myrtle) and Fry.


David Thewlis acts in a scene from "Guest of Honour".


In other Thewlis news, National Geographic has released a look at The Barkskins in production, which you can view below. Deadline Hollywood also reported this week that the popular Netflix animated series Big Mouth, in which Thewlis voices the Shame Wizard, has been renewed for three more seasons.



We let you know previously about Imelda Staunton's involvement in the upcoming ITV series A Confession, and the first trailer has now been released! You can check it out below.

A new trailer has also been released for The Capture, which we let you know about last month, starring Ralph Ineson, Callum Turner (Theseus Scamander, Fantastic Beasts), Ron Perlman (Gnarlack, Fantastic Beasts), and Holliday Grainger (Robin Ellacott, C.B. Strike), under the production of David Heyman's (Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts producer) company, Heyday Television.



Heyman, as you've seen previously in Casting News, has been jetting about in support of the release of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and Variety caught up with him on the red carpet to discuss how he thinks the film will be received. Turns out, he was right; the picture debuted at Number Two Friday.



In addition to The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, Toby Jones has another film project coming up! Deadline Hollywood reported this week that the actor will join Benedict Cumberbatch and Claire Foy in Louis Wain, a biopic about the English artist known for his anthropomorphized portrayals of large-eyed cats. Amazon Studios will have distribution rights in the US.

We've been keeping an eye on all things The Witcher for you, starring Henry Cavill (Superman) as Geralt of Rivia and Anna Shaffer (Romilda Vane) as Triss Merigold, and Netflix dropped the first official trailer for the series late last week! The excitement meter has definitely hit the top after seeing this one. There's still no official release date, but with just five months remaining in 2019, you know it's coming up soon!



While Peter Mullan's (Corban Yaxley) character in HBO's Westworld, James Delos, is technically deceased, most aren't ruling him out for Season 3 flashback appearances, despite the fact that the actor hasn't yet been confirmed as part of the cast. With that being the case, we're also giving you a look this week at another new trailer released at Comic-Con. The third season of Westworld is slated to debut in 2020.



Fantastic Beasts Cast & Crew

We have mixed emotions about our first bit of Fantastic Beasts alumni news this week. Deadline Hollywood has revealed that Eddie Redmayne's new film, The Aeronauts, which we let you know about back in January, has had its release date shifted and its theatrical window cut. Rather than the previously announced traditional theater release date in October, the movie will now receive a short stateside release beginning December 6 via Amazon, followed by a December 20 launch on Amazon Prime Video. The film, which was written by Jack Thorne (writer, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), seems better suited for the big screen and also had announced an IMAX commitment that is now - no pun intended - up in the air. Deadline speculates Amazon made the move in order to "maximize in-home holiday eyeballs." We don't know about you, but we can't wait to get out of the house around the holidays! We'll continue to keep an eye on this, however, and let you know if anything else changes.

While Jude Law (Albus Dumbledore) is among those actors who simply never seem to age, he was once an even more fresh-faced lad (who's seen Shopping?), and an image of him from those days is slated to be among those shown at an upcoming show from British photographer Rankin. "Rankin: From Portraiture to Fashion" will be unveiled on October 18 in Milan, Italy, Women's Wear Daily reports. Among the portraits of such famous faces as Ewan McGregor and Kate Moss is a shot of Law sharing a touching moment with Ronald McDonald. You can check that out below. also reports that a sequel to Captain Marvel was revealed to be in the works last week at Comic-Con! We'll be keeping an eye out for more on that project.


Jude Law shares a touching moment with Ronald McDonald in a photo from the collection of British photographer Rankin.


MuggleNet previously let you know that Ezra Miller's standalone Flash film looked to finally be moving forward with the addition of IT Chapter Two director Andy Muschietti. The start of work on The Flash may still be a ways off, however, after Muschietti told Fandango he hopes to take a break after terrorizing everyone with another murderous clown movie.



We gave you the details last week about "I Am Kirsty," starring Samantha Morton (Mary Lou Barebone), and the actress recently sat down with the Times to discuss both the role and the past realities she feels helped prepare her for it. Morton plays a cleaning woman struggling to provide for her two daughters whose path takes a terrible and dangerous turn. She says her character takes her destiny in her own hands by way of the sort of moral compass Morton feels is lacking today.

I can't generalise and say, 'This is society,' because it isn't. I have to be really careful, having a voice, that I'm not negative about our world. There are incredible people who make great change. You only have to get on the 214 bus, which I catch into town, to see how kind people are. It's just that the few who aren't seem to have the louder voice.

Morton, who came from an abusive home and spent several years in foster care, leaving school at 13 and enrolling in an acting program, is a true example of perseverance and defying the odds, and you can read more of her story via the Times.


Samantha Morton is pictured in a still from her recent drama "I Am Kirsty".


Morton also features prominently in the new trailer for Season 10 of The Walking Dead, which was released last week at Comic-Con. You can catch both her as the sinister Alpha and glimpses of Dan Fogler (Jacob Kowalski) as Luke below. The Walking Dead returns to AMC October 6.



The Rook is off and running on Starz, and the show - which features Ronan Raftery (Langdon Shaw) as Robert Gestalt - also released a new trailer for its ongoing season at Comic-Con. You can view that and an image of Raftery and his fellow Gestalts below.



Ronan Raftery, at top, is pictured with his fellow Gestalts in a still image from "The Rook".

Cursed Child Cast & Crew

Have we mentioned yet that a whole bunch of new trailers was released last week at Comic-Con in San Diego? Well, here's one more for good measure! HBO and the BBC released the first full trailer for their upcoming His Dark Materials series adaptation - written by Jack Thorne (writer, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) - to, the Daily Mail reports, a "cacophony of applause" at Comic-Con. And while the first season won't premiere until autumn, the BBC has already ordered and begun filming a second, fearing, the Mail says, that Lyra actress Daphne Keen might appear to have aged too much should they wait. "It's a leap of faith but a leap of faith that we all felt very sure about," said Piers Wenger, the BBC's head of drama. "I think you have to go with your instincts, and ours were that we had to back this. It feels really important for the BBC to be behind producing a quintessentially British author's work."

Meanwhile, Entertainment Weekly stated the trailer gives off "a bit of a 'Harry Potter' vibe, only a bit darker." The magazine spoke with the series' panel at Comic-Con, including Thorne, who imparted his daemon - the animal manifestation of people's souls in His Dark Materials - would be a woodpecker, seeing as he's "a very anxious person." You can check out a quote from Thorne and the trailer below.

The thing I kept saying when we were pitching around town is that this is an anti-superhero story. If this was a superhero's story, we'd be following Lord Asriel's path. If you look at it, there are people seeking greatness in this story, and there are people following their own good. And the thing I love about Lyra is she's constantly following the path of the good, whereas Asriel and Mrs. Coulter are set on great big missions and doing great big changes to the world, all of which aren't necessary. I've got a tattoo from 'E.T.' - 'Be Good' - I really believe that we should be following our goodness right now, and we are getting distracted by greatness quite a lot, and there's something beautiful about the way Philip [Pullman, author of the 'His Dark Materials' series] sees the world that has lessons for all of us.



We've got more updates on the Thorne front as well. Firstly, Playbill reports that BBC One has commissioned a new four-part series from Thorne, titled Best Interests, which is scheduled to begin filming in 2020. The show will tell the story of Andrew and Nicci, whose daughter, Marnie, has a life-threatening condition that prompts doctors to advise the parents to allow the child to die. Thorne will explore what happens, legally and emotionally, when the family disagrees.

As a parent of a three-year-old, I've looked at the cases in the media about 'best interests' with some fascination and a little dread. When the worst happens, how do you keep your head when everything around you feels wrong? We are going to try and tell a nuanced story that talks about this issue from all sides. I'm so happy to be working with Piers Wenger and the BBC again and to be part of the great folk at Chapter One Pictures.

Thorne's Atlantic Theater Company premiere, meanwhile - Sunday - has its principal players, Playbill says. Juliana Canfield (Succession), Maurice Jones (Saint Joan), and Sadie Scott (Downtown Race Riot) will star in the story of a group of friends so eager to prove their intellectual worth during book group that any actual discussion falls by the wayside as emotions take over. Previews begin September 4, and the show will run September 23–October 13. You can visit the Atlantic Theater Company website for ticket information.

Which of those exciting new trailers was your favorite? Let us know in the comments, and make sure to check back next week for all the latest on your wizarding world favorites.

Brienne Green

I'm a passionate journalist, feeding my wizarding world obsession on MuggleNet by night, forever trying to find ways to work "Potter" references into high school sports stories by day. When not writing, I can be often be found making quiche at 2 a.m., playing Queen tunes on the piano, or talking (and talking and talking) about Sirius Black.