Castium Revelio: Gleesons Galore

Let’s be honest: It’s seriously unfair for one family to hoard as much talent as the Gleesons. Harry Potter fans, of course, know and love Brendan Gleeson as Mad-Eye Moody and Domhnall Gleeson as Bill Weasley, but then there are Domhnall’s three brothers, Brian, Fergus, and Rory. Brian is the third actor of the family, while Rory is a writer and Fergus a composer. All five worked together in 2019 on the Sky Arts short film Psychic. Domhnall and Brian are now developing a comedy series for Channel 4 in the United Kingdom, while Brendan is wowing his A Higher Loyalty costars with an uncanny portrayal of Donald Trump.

We’ve got all things Gleeson for you below, plus Jason Isaacs sharing s*** he usually can’t say in public, Zoë Kravitz rocking Paris Fashion Week with dad Lenny, and a new trailer for Hero Fiennes-Tiffin‘s After We Collided. It’s Gleeson! Can we just make that a new word for “awesome”? Perhaps not. Anyway… Castium Revelio!

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Harry Potter Cast & Crew

If you weren't able to catch Playmobil: The Movie in theaters, or if you just want to add it to your permanent collection, you can preorder the DVD now ahead of its March 3 release in the United States. The animated film stars Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) as secret agent Rex Dasher, and while it didn't receive the strongest of reviews, who really cares? D-Rad's in it.

And speaking of things he's in, Guns Akimbo has finally hit theaters in the US, and Radcliffe told People this week that audiences shouldn't expect to find any grand moral statement in a film he feels taps into "a modern take on something that is terrifying and primal that seems to be within us." He also shares which portion of the script spoke to him most, and you'll definitely want to hear that.

 

 

As MuggleNet let you know in October 2019, Brendan Gleeson (Mad-Eye Moody) will be portraying Donald Trump in A Higher Loyalty, a four-hour adaptation of FBI director James Comey's book of the same name that is expected to air this year. Costar Scoot McNairy (Rod Rosenstein) recently told Joe that Gleeson is doing a disturbingly good job. We'll keep you posted on a release date.

Man, he's just so nice in person, but it was scary to see how much like Trump he was. Everybody on set had an out-of-body experience when he did his first rehearsal; we were like, 'Wow, this is too close for comfort.' For me, looking him in the eye during filming, he blew it out of the park. It was incredible. I mean, that whole family is just a work of talent.

Elsewhere in the talented Gleeson clan, Channel 4 has ordered a new comedy series written by, produced by, and starring brothers Domhnall Gleeson (Bill Weasley) and Brian Gleeson (Peaky Blinders), Deadline Hollywood says. And fret not if you don't live in the UK: It'll also be available on Amazon Prime Video in the US, Canada, and Australia! The six-part series Frank of Ireland will feature Brian as a 32-year-old "misanthropic, narcissistic fantasist" from Dublin who is about as entitled as they come. Domhnall will play Frank's wingman, the tragically nicknamed Doofus. Domhnall, Brian, and coproducer Michael Moloney stated, "We're so excited to work with [director] MJ [Delaney], [executive producers] Sharon [Horgan], and Clelia [Mountford] on this, our first and, we've been told, last television series." Channel 4's comedy head Fiona McDermott says she's also excited to unveil the show.

We're delighted to welcome Domhnall and Brian to Channel 4 for their comedy debut. They are talented in ways Frank and his wildest dreams could only hope to emulate. We can't wait for viewers to see the unashamedly ridiculous and hilarious new show they've created.

 

Domhnall Gleeson and brother Brian Gleeson pose for a photo.

 

As MuggleNet let you know last week, Domhnall Gleeson has two projects – the HBO series Run and Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway – coming up, and the actor spoke with Raidió Teilifís Éireann this week. He says he adores drama but would like to keep doing comedy as well, as it "keeps you alive." He also says it's difficult to reflect on his own work, but he does make an effort to watch it.

I do watch the stuff that I'm in. It's important to learn, and I also want to see... you spend three or four months of your life. You want to feel if it was worth it or not, and also, you work with people. Like I got such a blast out of seeing Rose [Byrne] in 'Peter Rabbit', I knew what she was doing was funny, so then when I see it in the movie, I was right. I think most people are critical. I find it difficult, and normally, I hate it after I've seen even the films I've mentioned as being amongst my favourites. Even after seeing those, there are a few dark nights of the soul after where you're like, 'I wish I hadn't made those choices,' but you've got to try.

Meanwhile, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, starring Gleeson, Shirley Henderson (Moaning Myrtle), and Warwick Davis (Griphook/Filius Flitwick), with a score composed by John Williams (composer, first three Harry Potter films), is headed to Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, and DVD next month, with more than two hours of extras planned. Those will include "Warwick & Son," a featurette on Davis's reprising of the role of Wicket, joined this time by his son, Harrison Davis. The disc releases are scheduled for March 31 in the US; preorder options are not yet available, but we'll let you know when they are. The film's digital-on-demand release is set for March 17 and will include the exclusive additional extra "The Maestro's Finale," an interview with Williams. Disc releases are slated for April 20 in the UK, and you can preorder those now via Amazon UK.

Deadline Hollywood says Canneseries has unveiled its 2020 competition lineup, and among the ten television series in competition will be Trying, Apple's first British effort. Trying stars Imelda Staunton (Dolores Umbridge), Esther Smith (Delphi Diggory, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, original West End run), and Rafe Spall, son of Timothy Spall (Peter Pettigrew). The eight-part series premieres May 1 on Apple TV+. Canneseries will run March 27–April 1 on the French Riviera, and out-of-competition screenings will include Disney+ series The Mandalorian, featuring Natalia Tena (Nymphadora Tonks).

Speaking (again) of Star Wars, Star Wars Authentics, the official photography partner of the film series, has added a few images from The Mandalorian to its inventory, including a new shot of Tena as the Twi'lek Xi'an. You can view that image below. All Star Wars Authentics photos are available for purchase at varying prices, and you can click the links to check out Tena's collection, Gleeson's collection as General Armitage Hux, and Davis's collection as too many characters to name.

 

A new image of Natalia Tena from "The Mandalorian" has been added to the Star Wars Authentics collection.

 

Try to control yourselves: The full trailer for After We Collided, starring Hero Fiennes-Tiffin (11-year-old Tom Riddle) has landed. The film is the sequel to 2019's After and is currently in postproduction. Again, seriously... take a deep breath. Also, fair warning for language and shower shenanigans.

 

 

The West End run of To Kill a Mockingbird, starring Rhys Ifans (Xenophilius Lovegood), has been extended before the play even hit the stage. The play will begin previews May 21, officially open June 11, and now run through October 31 rather than September 5. Ifans plays Atticus Finch in the production, though those interested in attending should note Ifans will not be starring September 7–12 or after October 10. Tickets are now available for booking.

We're inching ever closer to the April 10 release date for the latest James Bond film – and Daniel Craig's last in the starring role – No Time to Die, featuring Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort) as M. As such, expect bits and pieces to continue to be released in the coming weeks, starting this week with a new behind-the-scenes promotional video, IMAX poster, and interesting factoid: The moviemakers are sending Craig out with a bang, clocking No Time to Die at two hours and 43 minutes, the longest of all the Bond movies. You can check out the video and poster below.

 

Pictured is a new IMAX poster for "No Time to Die".

 

 

We're getting closer to the May 15 release date for The Woman in the Window, starring Amy Adams and Gary Oldman (Sirius Black), and a new poster for the movie was released this week!

 

Pictured is a new movie poster for "The Woman in the Window".

 

Popular BBC police procedural Line of Duty will be doing a one-off special to benefit Sport Relief, an initiative of Comic Relief that encourages people in the UK to raise money through sports-related events, and Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy) will guest star! The Line of Duty regulars will be attempting to suss out the identity of "H," with DC Taylor (Isaacs) as their sudden prime suspect. Killing Eve, which stars Fiona Shaw (Petunia Dursley), will also be doing a special sketch for Sport Relief in which a mysterious assassin murders only victims named Steve. Killing Steves. *rim shot*

Meanwhile, how would you like to spend an evening with Isaacs, listening to uncensored stories from his lengthy show-business career? Did we even need to ask? Star Trek podcast Daily Star Trek News will host just such an evening March 5 at the Avenues Youth Project in London. Isaacs will be taking questions from the audience during the event, which is titled "The **** I Can't Say in Public." You can purchase tickets via Eventbrite.

As we let you know in January, the rights to David Tennant's (Barty Crouch Jr.) Channel 4 series Deadwater Fell have been acquired by AMC streaming service Acorn TV, and we now have a premiere date! The drama will make its US and Canadian debut on April 6, with weekly episodes of the four-part drama to follow. Just in case you need a refresher, you can watch the original trailer below.

 

 

Operation Mincemeat, which MuggleNet let you know about in October 2019, has begun filming in Devon, England. The true tale of a British disinformation campaign that helped disguise the 1943 Allied invasion of Sicily stars Kelly Macdonald (Helena Ravenclaw) and Colin Firth, neither of whom were seen on set this week at Saunton Beach in North Devon. The film has no release date as yet, but we'll keep you posted.

Deadline Hollywood reports that Dana Ziyasheva's upcoming fantasy film Greatland has rounded out its cast, snatching Nick Moran (Scabior) for the role of the Clerk. The movie is set to release sometime this year, and you can read the synopsis below.

Set in a dystopian utopia, 'Greatland' tells the coming-of-age story of Ulysses, who is trapped in a world of perpetual fun and inter-species love, ruled by a universal Mother, until he crosses the forbidden frontier to save his childhood sweetheart as an absurd election leads to chaos and violence. The citizens of this imaginary country, the Greats, are too evolved to bother with government, work, education, law, technology, or money.

The Assassin's Creed franchise has released a new Audible original, titled Assassin's Creed: Gold, and Ray Fearon (Firenze) will be among the voice cast. The story follows card shark and hustler Aliyah Kahn, who will make her way to 1696 in the aftermath of an explosion in a blacksmith factory, where she'll encounter notable historical characters such as Sir Isaac Newton and William Chaloner. You can listen to a clip below and purchase the book now on Audible.

 

 

Alfonso Cuarón's (director, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) multi-award-winning Netflix film Roma is still being hailed as one of the best pictures of the past decade. As such, it was released on Blu-ray by the Criterion Collection, and one of the bonus features from that disc is now airing on Netflix. A full, hour-plus-long documentary titled Road to Roma is available for streaming and offers an in-depth glimpse into Cuarón's process from start to finish.

Fantastic Beasts Cast & Crew

To say Johnny Depp's (Gellert Grindelwald) fans were happy to see him this week at the Berlin International Film Festival as he arrived in support of his latest film, Minamata, would be something of an understatement. Reuters was on hand to catch his red-carpet arrival and conduct an interview, and you can watch the video of both online. The Associated Press was also there to speak with Depp about his reception.

 

 

The New Pope creator Paolo Sorrentino spoke recently with IndieWire. And while you'll want to steer clear of the full interview if you still have portions of the ongoing HBO series languishing on your DVR, Sorrentino did divulge a tidbit on the potential future of the show, which stars Jude Law (Albus Dumbledore) as Lenny Belardo. The New Pope, while its own program, is the second part of a story that began with 2017's The Young Pope, and Sorrentino tells IndieWire he has a third part in his head. We'll have to wait and see, however, if that comes to fruition.

I have another season in mind. I don't know if I will do that. I should find time to do that, and I should convince HBO in order to do that. I have a new idea for a third season, but it's a crazy, crazy idea so I don't know if it's easy to realize. It's an idea completely outside the Vatican – it's really different.

Shooting is expected to begin this year on The Good Nurse, starring Eddie Redmayne (Newt Scamander) and Jessica Chastain, and Deadline Hollywood says Netflix is nearing a world rights pre-buy that could enter into $25 million territory. The purchase would be one of the largest sales deals to ever come together at a European Film Market. We'll let you know if it goes through!

We're just a few days away from the March 6 wide release of Emma, the already widely acclaimed Jane Austen adaptation starring Callum Turner (Theseus Scamander) and Bill Nighy (Rufus Scrimgeour). Turner and coster Mia Goth sat down this week with the Advocate to discuss how director Autumn de Wilde was able to touch on a few social issues in this latest reimagining, and you can watch that interview below.

 

 

Zoë Kravitz (Leta Lestrange) was recently announced as one of the faces of Yves Saint Laurent's summer 2020 campaign, and the actress joined the rest of the fashion world on February 25 in skipping ahead a season or two by attending the design house's show at the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2020/2021 event. She was joined, awesomely enough, by her father, rock musician Lenny Kravitz, and you can check out a few photos in the gallery below.

 

 

Jermyn Street Theatre in London is preparing for the world premiere of The Dog Walker by Paul Minx, and Victoria Yeates (Bunty) will be joined onstage by Andrew Dennis (One Man Two Guvnors) in what BroadwayWorld calls a "heartwarming comedy about loneliness and friendship in the big city." You can read a synopsis below and pick up tickets online.

As a professional dog walker, you meet all sorts of people, and Herbert has met more than his fair share. But he's never come across anyone quite like Keri, alone in her flat surrounded by empty ouzo bottles. And where exactly is she keeping her Pekingese dog?

MuggleNet let you know in August 2019 that Carmen Ejogo (Seraphina Picquery) would be starring alongside Octavia Spencer, Tiffany Haddish, and Blair Underwood in a Netflix drama chronicling the life and career of Sarah Breedlove, a.k.a. Madam C.J. Walker, and the show's release date is finally coming up. Walker overcame a host of challenges to become America's first self-made black female millionaire, and the four-part limited series will launch March 20, with Spencer starring in the titular role and Ejogo as Addie. You can view the first trailer below.

 

 

As we know, Samantha Morton (Mary Lou Barebone) plays Alpha on AMC's The Walking Dead, whose Season 10 second-half premiere raised some eyebrows (and some lunches) last week for a rather icky love scene between Alpha and Negan. We're just going to say "eww" and leave it there. Morton appeared on Talking Dead following the episode and offered insight into why in the name of all that is holy that scene had to exist.

Alpha's taking Negan to his death, he thinks. But she plays him. And when they get together as a couple, it just seems like the basic thing of he's done a really good thing, and he's gonna get a reward. [...] I don't think she's there thinking, 'I'm going to have a relationship with this guy.' She's still the leader of the Whisperers. But there's something about him that's just different, and it's almost like he wakes up an old part of her that's been laying dormant for a while.

Let's all hope it's gone back to being dormant.

Cursed Child Cast & Crew

Deadline Hollywood reports a new television adaptation of Charles Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities is on the horizon, and it will be written by Harry Potter and the Cursed Child playwright Jack Thorne. Showrunners report Thorne's adaptation will be "relevant" and inspired by Dickens's original chapter-by-chapter publication of the story in a London newspaper.

People go to the theater hoping to experience a varied range of emotions, but if the one that floats your boat is "abject terror," you'll be excited to learn that a new stage adaptation of Stephen King's The Shining is coming to Broadway. BroadwayWorld reports that Ivo van Hove is on tap to direct the play, with Sonia Friedman and Sir Colin Callender (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child producers) producing. We'll let you know when you can expect the madness to commence.

That does it for another edition of MuggleNet’s Casting News! We hope you’re feeling informed. Let us know in the comments which upcoming projects you’re most excited about, and check back next week for more Wizarding World alumni updates. It’ll be totally Gleeson!

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.