Castium Revelio: Murder Mysteries That Will Give Your Chills Chills

Are you ready? Are you really ready? Because we have so much to talk about! Brendan Gleeson (Mad-Eye Moody) and Fiona Shaw (Petunia Dursley) are both nominated for awards in their shows about murder, David Tennant (Barty Crouch Jr.) is a serial killer, Hero Fiennes-Tiffin (11-year-old Tom Riddle) might be the murderer, and Callum Turner (Theseus Scamander) has to clear his name from being a murder suspect. Are you seeing the pattern yet? If you like chills, this casting update is perfect for you. All this news and so much more is going to keep you entertained for a while. Check it out. Castium Revelio!



Harry Potter Cast & Crew

Brendan Gleeson, known by many for his role as Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and later films of the Harry Potter franchise, is nominated for Actor in a Lead Role in Drama from the Irish Film and Television Acadamy. Gleeson's nomination comes from his lead role in Mr. Mercedes. The thrilling show, now in its third season, is about a retired detective who is haunted by a serial killer from a cold case. The series is an adaptation from the Bill Hodges trilogy, by Steven King. Nominees were announced on July 14, 2020, and award winners are scheduled to be announced in September 2020.

On top of his nomination, Gleeson just recently finished filming the miniseries The Comey Rule about President Donald Trump, which is based on the book A Higher Loyalty, by James Comey.


Gleeson as Bill Hodges in "Mr. Mercedes"


Another beloved actress has also been nominated for an award from the Irish Film and Television Academy. Fiona Shaw, who played Petunia Dursley, is nominated for Actress in a Supporting Role in Drama for her part in Killing Eve. The crime comedy-drama follows Eve (Sandra Oh) who is following a psychopathic killer, Villanelle (Jodie Comer). The two are quickly entangled in an obsessive cat-and-mouse game with each other. Shaw plays Carolyn Martens, an agent of MI6, who works in Russia and helps Eve track Villanelle.


Shaw as Carolyn Martens in "Killing Eve"


After the successful release of its second season on Netflix, After Life has been confirmed for a third season. The Netflix original show is about Tony (played by Ricky Gervais) who is going through the motions of grief in the months after his wife suddenly dies of cancer. Tony spends his time looking back on his life with his departed wife, Lisa, trying to spend time with his father (played by David Bradley), who suffers from dementia, and working through how he's supposed to carry on as a widower. Season 2, which is now available for streaming on Netflix, takes a bit of a positive turn when Tony decides he isn't going to wallow in his grief but rather be with the people who only want what's best for him. That is until another death brings him back into the grasps of grief. We won't spoil it for you, but this dark comedy is worth spending some time binge-watching.

Bradley will also be cast in a new show with a second actress from After Life, Diane Morgan. Mandy is a six-episode miniseries about a girl who has a dream to breed Doberman pinschers but has a harder time reaching her goal than she anticipated. Further details haven't been released yet.


David Bradley and Ricky Gervais in "After Life"


David Tennant (known to many from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Doctor Who) is making a splash in the entertainment industry. A successful season of Good Omens and news of a Doctor Who reboot are just the tip of the iceberg for the actor. As the global pandemic continues, Tennant's new play, Good, has halted production until the spring of 2021. Thankfully, when we see things return to normalcy, the play will continue. As they say, the show must go on.

Tennant and Michael Sheen, who played the angel to Tennant's demon in Good Omens, teamed up again for more comedic reliefStaged is a six-part series from BBC One in which Sheen and Tennant perform in a combination of "self-shooting" and video conferencing rehearsals. The series is about "the cast of a play – the cream of the crop of British acting talent – who are furloughed when their upcoming West End production is suddenly brought to a halt." Their goal is to keep their rehearsals on track during a lockdown. The director of BBC Content had this to say about the endeavor: "It’s so important that the BBC provides moments of humor and light relief, and this mischievous idea shows what great sports Michael and David are." There have also been talks of continuing Good Omens with a second season. Given the current climate, nothing has been set in stone.

Tennant has also spent time on the Netflix show Jessica Jones as the dark and borderline creepy Kilgrave, also known as Purple Man. Rumors have been circling about Tennant making a reboot and continuing his character. Netflix is still debating the reprisal.

If seeing Tennant as a cocky villain isn't enough to get the blood flowing, then you might be interested in a drama series called Des, which is set to air in September. The actor will play Dennis Nilsen, a notorious serial killer during the mid to late 1970s. The series is based not only on the killer's life and actions but also on the book depicting them, entitled Killing For Company, by Brian Masters. Nilsen was suspected of killing 12 people and served a life sentence for his crimes. Looks like David Tennant will keep us busy for the rest of the year with all his projects, and we don't mind one bit.


David Tennant as serial killer Dennis Nilsen in "Des"


We can't get enough of these murder mysteries because we have news of another thriller for you to love. Hero Fiennes-Tiffin (11-year-old Tom Riddle, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) is starring in The Silencing along with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones). Coster-Waldau is Rayburn Swanson, a father looking for his missing daughter. But when the body of a murder victim is found, evidence reveals she's been hunted – by another person. After Rayburn confirms the victim is not his daughter, he continues his search, believing she may still be alive and being kept by the murderer. Hero Fiennes-Tiffin's character, Brooks, is a suspect in the case. A sneak peek trailer is now available. The Silencing will be released in theaters on August 14, 2020.

Fiennes-Tiffin's other dramatic role has made waves recently. In an Instagram post, a new After We Collided poster was made available, and fans can't wait to get more. After delays caused by the pandemic, moviegoers can mark their calendars for September 10, 2020, as the film's new official release date.



Fans of The Crown may be in for a bit of some sad news. It's been confirmed that the Netflix show depicting the life and legacy of Queen Elizabeth II will be taking a break in filming after Season 4. Imelda Staunton (Dolores Umbridge) will continue Season 5 as the third actress to take the throne in the show, after Claire Foy and Olivia Colman. Producers have since clarified that filming did not stop because of the pandemic but called the coincidence "helpfully timed." The break isn't all that surprising considering there was a similar hiatus between Foy and Colman.

More casting selections are expected to be announced at a later date, but Gillian Anderson (The Fall, X-Files) will play Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and Emma Corrin (Misbehavior) will portray Princess Diana. Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange) will also be stepping down as Princess Margaret to allow Lesley Manville (Ordinary Love, World on Fire) to take her place. In the meantime, you can enjoy Season 4 when it hits Netflix in November 2020.

As 2020 continues, more delays are being reported as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The release of Christopher Nolan's Tenet is being pushed back again. The trippy time-twisting action movie, starring Robert Pattinson (Cedric Diggory), John David Washington (BlacKkKlansman), Kenneth Branagh (Gilderoy Lockhart), and Clémence Poésy (Fleur Delacour), was originally intended for theatrical release on July 17, 2020. This is not the first time Tenet has been bumped from theaters, and fans are left to wonder if it will ever see the light of day. After being rescheduled for July 31, 2020, and then again for August 12, 2020, it was pulled from calendar planning altogether. Officials are still debating if it should be released later this year or in early 2021. At this point, we'll just have to wait and see.



Fantastic Beasts Cast & Crew

Callum Turner, who played Theseus Scamander in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, is now starring in a new original miniseries from Peacock. Peacock is also new in itself. The streaming service is an extension of NBC Universal where you can watch many of NBC's shows and movies for free. The service introduced nine original series at the time of its launch, one being The Capture.

Callum Turner plays Shaun Emery, who's been convicted of assaulting and kidnapping a woman. The initial crime turns out to be just the surface of a deep conspiracy. Emery must prove his innocence while running from both investigators and mysterious players hiding behind surveillance technology. Holliday Grainger plays Turner's opposite as DI Rachel Carey, who's determined to get to the bottom of the mystery. Ron Perlman also joins the cast. A virtual panel of the cast is scheduled to take place on Friday, July 24 at 3:00 p.m. PT as a part of San Diego Comic-Con@Home. Tune in on Friday to hear all about the miniseries.



There's been so much talk recently about the new adaptation of Batman. We all know that Robert Pattinson is playing the hero of Gotham City, and back in January, we got word that Colin Farrell (Percival Graves) was confirmed for Pattinson's counterpart. According to the Irish Sun, Farrell is seriously impressed with the script. He says he loved watching Danny DeVito's version of the Penguin in 1992. If you've never seen DeVito's take on the character, think Riff Raff from Rocky Horror Picture Show meets the Mayor of Halloween Town from Nightmare Before Christmas.

As many actors do, Farrell is making some changes to his look in preparation for the role. Instead of a slicked-back and clean-cut hairdo, his portrayal of the Penguin has him going all grey. Farrell might have some big Penguin shoes to fill, but he hasn't let us down yet. There isn't a trailer for the film yet, just several leaked photos from filming. The release date is now October 1, 2021, since this project was one of many that had to halt production in the wake of COVID-19.

Eddie Redmayne (Newt Scamander) leaves behind his wand and Niffler for the counterculture of the 1960s in The Trial of The Chicago 7. In late 1968, activists against the Vietnam War protested through Chicago and the Democratic Convention when city police and the National Guard began beating through the crowds with batons and pepper spray. The incident escalated and caught widespread media attention. The several months that followed kept the nation on its toes as the group that organized the protest was convicted of conspiring to incite a riot.

The cast also includes Sacha Baron Cohen (The Dictator), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Watchmen), Frank Langella (Robot and Frank), and Jeremy Strong (Molly's Game). Aaron Sorkin, the film's director, planned to release the political drama around the time of the 2020 election so as to show the startling similarities between two points of polarization in the country's history. The Trial of the Chicago 7 will be available for streaming on Netflix on October 16, 2020.


Eddie Redmayne as Tom Hayden in "The Trial of the Chicago 7"


In a report from the Hollywood Reporter, a new live-action Disney movie is soon starting production. Jude Law (Albus Dumbledore) has been talking with officials and director David Lowery about taking on the role of Captain Hook in a new Peter Pan. Despite this not being the first live-action rendition of the classic Disney movie, we'll be going in with some big expectations. In recent years, Disney has been on a live-action kick that has seen the revitalization of many of their beloved children's movies. Production is expected to start in March of 2021. There hasn't been any official word about a release date. You'll have to check back for those details.

Law will also be seen in an original HBO production in the spring of 2021. The Third Day is broken into two parts, with three episodes per part. The first part will follow Sam (played by Jude Law), who comes across an island off the coast off of the British coastline. Its inhabitants are determined to keep their traditions. The second part follows Helen (played by Naomie Harris), who arrives on the same island and finds more mysterious occurrences. As previously reportedKatherine Waterson (Tina Goldstein) and Emily Watson (Chernobyl) also star in the series. The Third Day will be available for streaming on September 14, 2020.



You can now fall asleep to the soothing sound of celebrities reading you bedtime stories. From the makers of the Calm relaxation app, the A World of Calm series will use the power of peaceful storytelling, on-screen visuals, and soothing sounds to put you to bed quickly. Story narrators will include Keanu Reeves (Toy Story 4), Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies), Mahershala Ali (True Detective, Green Book), Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders), Zoë Kravitz (Leta Lestrange), Idris Elba (Luther), Lucy Liu (Elementary, Why Women Kill), and Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker). A World of Calm will run for ten episodes on HBO Max, though no release date has been announced yet.

If you like graphic novels and adaptations of them, there's a strong chance you'll love this next bit of news. The Sandman has been confirmed for an Audible drama. For those who are unfamiliar with Audible dramas, think about them as plays that you only listen to. There are actors to voice characters from the story; you just can't see them. The drama will be over ten hours, about the length of your average novel. This version of the famed graphic novel comes as a step toward making The Sandman a full-fledged TV series. It's been said that the comic is considered nearly unadaptable, and producers are cautious to take the chance at a TV adaptation. Writers Allen Heinberg (Wonder Woman) and David S. Goyer (Batman Begins) are still in talks with Netflix.

The cast for The Sandman's Audible drama includes James McAvoy (Glass, Dark Phoenix), Riz Ahmed (Venom), Kat Dennings (Dollface), Taron Egerton (Rocketman), Samantha Morton (Mary Lou Barebone), Bebe Neuwirth (Madam Secretary), Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), and Michael Sheen (Good Omens). It is now available to listen to on Audible.

Cursed Child Cast & Crew

Colin Callender is one of the talented producers behind the world-renowned play that is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. He is also the founder of his production company, Playground. Incidentally, Playground recently received the rights to produce a new drama series based on the documentary The Dog. The untitled project will explore the life of the infamous bank robber John Wojtowicz. The actions of the thief inspired Al Pacino's character in the 1975 film Dog Day Afternoon. It seems as though Wojtowicz's thieving antics inspired a multitude of dramatic films and series. Since the project is still in the developmental stages, news of the casting, filming dates, and release dates are yet to be released.

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