Castium Revelio: There’s So Much News, We Couldn’t Find a Title!
by Mary Wojcicki · Published · Updated
In this week’s Casting News, we have lots and lots to cover. Looking for Harry Potter alumni, Fantastic Beasts alumni, or even Harry Potter and the Cursed Child alumni? It’s all right here. (Seriously. There’s a lot of news.) Are you ready? Castium Revelio!
First, we have none other than Daniel Radcliffe himself! The actor can be seen in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend on Netflix, which will be available to viewers in Singapore next week. The Straits Times reports that the interactive special will be available on August 5.
Additionally, the actor has been one of many famous faces to donate to the Theatre Community Fund, according to Deadline. The new fund – launched by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Olivia Colman, and producer Francesca Moody – "will provide grants to UK theatre professionals who have been struggling economically during the coronavirus pandemic."
Bill Nighy (Rufus Scrimgeour) stars in the upcoming film Hope Gap, which will begin previews in movie theaters in the United Kingdom beginning on August 7. It will then have a wider release beginning August 28, including on Curzon Home Cinema, writes IGC.
Grace (Academy Award–nominated Annette Bening – 'American Beauty', 'Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool') and Edward (Bill Nighy – 'Love Actually', 'Page Eight'), married for 29 years, live in a small seaside town near a cove under the cliffs called Hope Gap. When their son Jamie (Josh O’Connor – 'God’s Own Country', 'The Crown') comes to visit for the weekend, Edward informs him that he plans to leave Grace, that same day.
Nighy's Sometimes Always Never, which was released in the United States just last month, was reviewed by the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, publication Shepherd Express. The film is available for viewers in the US to stream via Amazon.
You can take a first look at Brendan Gleeson (Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody) as President Donald Trump in the upcoming film The Comey Rule. As CNET writes, the Showtime miniseries is based on James Comey's book A Higher Loyalty. It is set to air on September 27 and 28.
David Bradley (Argus Filch) is the voice of Merlin in Wizards: Tales of Arcadia, a new Netflix limited series from Guillermo Del Toro. It will arrive on the streaming service on August 7.
Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts producer David Heyman will be producing the film adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's upcoming novel, Klara and the Sun, according to Deadline.
The novel tells the story of Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, who, from her place in the store, watches carefully the behavior of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass in the street outside. She remains hopeful a customer will soon choose her. The novel offers a look at our changing world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator, and one that explores the fundamental question: what does it mean to love?
Klara and the Sun "will be published in March 2021 by Alfred A. Knopf in the US and Faber in the UK, followed by other territories around the world."
David Tennant (Barty Crouch, Jr.) will be interviewing actors Dame Judi Dench, George Takei, Brian Cox, Elisabeth Moss, Cush Jumbo, and Jim Parsons on the second season of his podcast, David Tennant Does a Podcast With…, according to BBC America's Anglophenia. Tennant began the podcast in 2019, and the new season will debut on August 11. That episode will feature Dame Judi Dench. All episodes of the first season of David Tennant Does a Podcast With… are available to stream now.
Beyond his podcast, Tennant and Jessica Hynes (the voice of Mafalda Hopkirk in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, then credited as Jessica Stevenson) will be among the celebrities who will be presenting virtually for the 2020 Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards, better known as the BAFTA TV Awards.
The BAFTA TV Awards air Friday, July 31, at 7:00 p.m. BST (GMT+1) on BBC One.
Additionally, Tennant and fellow Wizarding World alumni Gary Oldman (Sirius Black), Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange), and Jude Law (Albus Dumbledore, Fantastic Beasts) have all donated items, experiences, or appearances to a charity fundraiser or auction lately! Tennant and Good Omens costar Michael Sheen signed a poster for the miniseries, which raised £3,100 at auction for charities supporting those most affected by COVID-19. Bonham Carter and Law both donated items or experiences to an auction to benefit the charity War Child, while Oldman appeared in a theater benefit telethon titled On With the Show: Spotlight on the Future to support the Theatre Workshop of Nantucket.
David Thewlis (Remus Lupin) can be seen in the upcoming Netflix film I'm Thinking of Ending Things, from director Charlie Kaufman. Entertainment Weekly provided a first look at the film, which hits the streaming service on September 4.
'Ending Things' begins as a sort of moody couple’s road trip, in which Jake (Jesse Plemons) and his girlfriend (Jessie Buckley) drive out to his (slightly haunted) childhood home for her to meet his parents (David Thewlis and Toni Collette). On the way there, the sense slowly builds that things aren’t quite what they seem; upon arrival, the pair are thrust in directions that bend the laws of reality, memory, and love.
Meanwhile, CBR reports that the release dates for the additional films in the Avatar series have been shifted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes the third, fourth, and fifth films, in which Thewlis has said that his character will appear. Avatar 2 is now scheduled to be released on December 16, 2022.
Fans of the Domhnall Gleeson (Bill Weasley) series Run will be disappointed to know that the show has been canceled by HBO after just one season. Nerds and Beyond discussed the cancellation, noting, "The news comes after the season one finale ended on a major cliffhanger, creating hope for fans that a second season was in the cards."
Dame Emma Thompson (Sybill Trelawney) is an ambassador for the Children’s Right2Food Campaign, and she is among the campaigners celebrating after the National Food Strategy chose to include some of the suggestions from the Children’s Right2Food Campaign in its policy recommendations. You can find out more about the campaign and the National Food Strategy from the Big Issue.
It will be a little while longer before you can see Fiona Shaw (Petunia Dursley) in the fourth season of Killing Eve. According to Deadline, filming for the next season has been delayed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The main reason for the delay is because 'Killing Eve' is a jigsaw of European location shoots, many of which have been rendered difficult at this time due to the pandemic. Producers are being tight-lipped about where Season 4 will take Villanelle (Jodie Comer) and Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh), but past locations include Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bucharest and Tuscany.
Meanwhile, IFC Midnight has reportedly acquired the psychological drama Kindred, in which Shaw stars. According to Screen Daily, the film now has a North American release date of November 6.
Shaw also stars in Ammonite, which will be premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) this fall.
Guy Henry (Pius Thicknesse) will reportedly return to his role as Star Wars character Grand Moff Tarkin in a new television series based on the franchise. We Got This Covered reports that Henry will return as Grand Moff Tarkin for a new Disney Plus series based around Cassian Andor, as portrayed by Diego Luna in 2016's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The television series is currently untitled.
Harry Melling (Dudley Dursley) and his costars in The Old Guard were interviewed recently by Nerdist about the new Netflix film. You can watch the interview below.
In other Netflix news, Melling and Robert Pattinson (Cedric Diggory) both star in the upcoming film The Devil All the Time. The film will be released on September 16, according to Entertainment Weekly.
Helen McCrory (Narcissa Malfoy) is featured on an episode of the National Theatre Talks podcast, in which she discusses her role as Hester Collyer in The Deep Blue Sea. You can find the episode on Apple Podcasts.
Hero Fiennes-Tiffin, who portrayed the 11-year-old Tom Riddle in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, was interviewed by the Spanish-language radio network LOS40 about his role in After We Collided, the sequel to 2019's After. After We Collided is set to be released in the United States on October 2.
Imelda Staunton (Dolores Umbridge) can be seen in a clip for the horror film Amulet, which is now available. Bloody Disgusting shared the clip itself, which you can find below.
Romola Garai, who directed Staunton in Amulet, discussed working with her in an interview with Hollywood Outbreak.
Amulet is now available in theaters and on demand.
James Phelps (Fred Weasley) has joined a cycling challenge to support Thames Hospice, reports Windsor Express. This is the second year in a row that the actor has participated in the Big Mountain Challenge in the French Alps for the charity. This year's challenge will be held September 17–21.
Jessie Cave (Lavender Brown) is one of the performers featured in a new Edinburgh Fringe audiobook, according to Chortle. The audiobook "aims to offer a taste of the cancelled Fringe" and will be released on August 6.
Jim Broadbent (Horace Slughorn) has expressed an interest in reprising his role as Charles Stanforth in the fifth Indiana Jones film, writes Droid Journal. Although the fifth Indiana Jones film was confirmed back in 2016, it reportedly has been pushed to July 29, 2022.
John Cleese (Nearly Headless Nick) will perform his first streaming gig on August 2, Chortle reports. The comedian will hold his live stand-up show Why There Is No Hope at London's Cadogan Hall, but "access to the live stream plus access for two days following the performance" will cost £21.99. More information can be found on the official website of Cadogan Hall.
Recently, Cleese has supported the Welsh Mountain Zoo, writes the North Wales Pioneer. The zoo has faced financial difficulties because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Cleese was quoted on its struggle to remain afloat.
The Zoo has fortunately now finally re-opened on a very limited basis with a restricted number of welcome visitors, but this sadly isn’t enough to secure its survival. Despite wonderful help from friends, the Zoo still has to climb a frightening financial mountain to become viable again. The charity’s trustees and management have no idea if they can survive the coming winter.
You can learn more about the Welsh Mountain Zoo on its official website.
Composer John Williams doesn't give many interviews, so this one with the New Yorker is certainly noteworthy! In the interview, Williams discusses the length of his career, including his long-term involvement with the Star Wars franchise. (Speaking of Star Wars, Williams has a cameo in 2019's Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.)
Dame Julie Walters (Molly Weasley) is among the signatories on a letter from high-profile parents in the United Kingdom to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, urging him to take action to avoid the potentially catastrophic effects of climate change. Reuters also quoted Walters:
For the sake of our children, we need governments to put the same energy and investment into preventing an even greater climate catastrophe from unfolding across the globe.
According to a news article from the Northampton Chronicle, Walters has also hosted online theater classes with Warts and All Theatre, helping young people to express themselves amid the COVID-19 lockdown.
Sir Kenneth Branagh (Gilderoy Lockhart) has also been busy supporting the arts. As the patron of South Hill Park, an arts center in Berkshire, he has spoken out about the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on its operations. Wokingham Today quoted Branagh in an article about the center:
South Hill Park has been at the heart of the community in Bracknell for almost 50 years. Each year[,] over 200,000 people enjoy all that this Art Centre has to offer, but that could all disappear. For so many reasons[,] it’s vital that we do everything we can to protect the arts in our community and to protect South Hill Park.
Meanwhile, for those waiting for Branagh's adaptation of Agatha Christie's Death on the Nile, you'll have to wait a little while longer. Like many other Disney films, its release date has been moved. Fortunately, it's only going to be two weeks later than before: October 23, 2020.
Luke Youngblood (Lee Jordan) has been announced as part of the voice cast of a new survival game from Obsidian Entertainment called Grounded. Blogdot.tv reports that the game was made available for early access on July 28.
In 'Grounded', players wake up in a suburban backyard after being mysteriously shrunken to the size of an ant. Guided by a strange robot voice named BURG.L, players must explore, build, and survive while confronting the dangers and perils that come with suddenly being insect sized.
Dame Maggie Smith's Downton Abbey costar Laura Carmichael was interviewed by BBC America's Anglophenia and answered what it was like to work with the veteran actress.
Well, she was just so brilliant to work with. And she was just always right. She really challenged things and always asked questions that would make me think 'oh, that’s so smart.' She was always wanting to get to the truth of it and really interrogate the blocking of the scene and the structure of the scene so that we could make it perfect. That way, she could fully commit to the scene and do something quite spectacular in it. And that’s a real lesson for actors – not to keep questioning to the point of being a pain, but to find the truth of the situation and to really do the work so that, in this short time you’re given on a film set, you really make sure you get it right.
Miriam Margolyes (Pomona Sprout) will star alongside Amit Shah in a short online play called Watching Rosie, writes London Theatre Direct. The play is being staged virtually by Original Theatre Company.
'Watching Rosie' is a tender portrayal of experiencing dementia in lockdown and the power of love to overcome it. This heartbreaking and hilarious film highlights the incredible bond between Alice (Miriam Margolyes) and her granddaughter Rosie (Louise Coulthard) as they face change, confusion and an unexpected arrival from Tesco.
Additionally, "Watching Rosie will be released free of charge at 7pm on Thursday 6 August at OriginalTheatreOnline.com and will be available until 30 September. Donations are encouraged in support of Dementia UK."
Ralph Fiennes portrayed Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter films, but how about a James Bond character? The actor is back as M in No Time to Die, and you can take a look at a new clip over at Digital Spy.
Fiennes will also star alongside Carey Mulligan and Lily James in The Dig, a new Netflix film. Screen Daily writes that the film is "set on the eve of World War II" and that Netflix is hoping to release it in time for it to be eligible for awards in 2021.
Fiennes and Rhys Ifans (Xenophilius Lovegood) both star in The King's Man, a prequel film to the existing Kingsman franchise. SlashFilm has reported on the international posters for the film, and you can check out its trailer below.
The King's Man hits theaters on September 18.
In more Rhys Ifans news, the actor will be taking part in a special Welsh-language program for BBC Radio Cymru 2, reports the Brecon & Radnor Express.
In a special Welsh-language programme for BBC Radio Cymru 2, as part of BBC Wales’ Gŵyl AmGen cultural festival, Rhys Ifans shares his personal experiences, reconnecting with his surroundings, during lockdown.
Ifans's comments were reprinted in English in the article.
Robert Pattinson was announced as the next Batman over a year ago, but we'll have to wait another year for The Batman, which also stars Fantastic Beasts alumni Colin Farrell (Percival Graves) and Zoë Kravitz (Leta Lestrange). Variety reports that the film will be released on October 1, 2021.
Sophie Thompson (Mafalda Hopkirk, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1) stars in the 2019 National Theatre revival of Present Laughter, which will be screened at 12 Showcase Cinema venues in England by National Theatre Live, reports WhatsOnStage. Tickets will be just £5, and the venues will be following social distancing requirements.
Stephen Fry, who narrated the British versions of the Harry Potter audiobooks, gave a "Toast to Norfolk" on BBC Radio Norfolk for Norfolk Day, July 27, reported the Eastern Daily Press. Fry, who resides in Norfolk, took the opportunity to celebrate the county.
Fry also took some time to celebrate a toddler from Dumfries who has been busy collecting pebbles to raise money for the United Kingdom's National Health Service (NHS). ITV writes that 20-month-old Beatrice George has received glowing endorsements from celebrities for her love of pebbles. Beatrice has always enjoyed collecting pebbles, and her father said that led to the idea that she could earn donations for the NHS.
We've got friends who work for the NHS. We've got friends who are nurses, a [friend] who is a doctor. Right at the start, the initial target was just £50. We thought that was a reasonable target to set, and we've just hit just over £2,000 in the last few days.
Warwick Davis, who played both Professor Flitwick and Griphook in the Harry Potter films (portraying the latter in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows after having voiced the character in the first film), is also known for his role as an Ewok in the Star Wars franchise. If you're looking for something a little strange, you're sure to find it at the Mother Shipton’s Cave museum in Knaresborough, reports the Sun. There, the items on display include an Ewok costume donated by Davis himself, "a shoe left by Queen Mary in 1923," and even comedian Bobby Davro's old sock – all petrified. The more you know?
Callum Turner (Theseus Scamander) will be among the celebrities featured in pre-show interviews for the BAFTA TV Awards this year, according to Radio Times. Ordinarily, the awards would hold a red carpet, and the interviews will be streamed live in place of that portion of the programming.
Available to view on all of BAFTA’s social channels – Twitter, YouTube and Facebook – the pre-show will begin at 6pm and lead into the main event at 7pm.
The BAFTA TV Awards air Friday, July 31, at 7:00 p.m. BST (GMT+1) on BBC One.
Dan Fogler (Jacob Kowalski) was featured in a virtual San Diego Comic-Con Comic-Con@Home panel from Heavy Metal magazine. (Fogler has created multiple comics of his own.) SyFy Wire covered the panel, and you can find the video below.
In an interview with WENN (as published by Upnewsinfo), Fogler also discussed keeping props from the Fantastic Beasts films. As it turns out, he was only allowed to keep his character's socks from both films!
I’m making it a tradition, where I get my socks at the end (of a film). I only bring them out for special occasions, like premieres. The first movie I had mismatching socks so that’s a hard one to wear out.
He jokingly blamed Daniel Radcliffe, saying that the producers of the Fantastic Beasts films had to keep the cast and crew from stealing anything from set because the actors from the Harry Potter films had taken too much.
I guess on Harry Potter, all the kids abused that rule. I think that Daniel Radcliffe has 27 different pairs of his glasses. He just was like, ‘I don’t know where I lost them… again,' and kept on stealing his glasses.
Samantha Morton (Mary Lou Barebone) has spoken out against the network ITV for its treatment of the series in which she starred, Harlots, saying that ITV chose not to broadcast the series because its lead roles were played by women. Radio Times provided additional context on the matter, explaining that the series was an original production for ITV Encore, which is no longer operational.
'Harlots' was an original show for the now-defunct channel ITV Encore. After ITV Encore closed, the period drama never aired on ITV’s main channel – unlike other former ITV Encore shows like 'Dark Heart' or 'The Frankenstein Chronicles' (both fronted by men).
Morton was also featured as part of a Comic-Con@Home panel titled The Walking Dead Universe Family Hangout, featuring cast members from the series within the universe of The Walking Dead. You can find that panel below.
Wunmi Mosaku (Beryl, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) can be seen in the final trailer for Lovecraft Country. The horror film is based on the novel of the same name by Matt Ruff, which combines elements from the works of H.P. Lovecraft with 1950s Jim Crow America. SlashFilm provides additional information:
From executive producers Misha Green, J.J. Abrams, and Jordan Peele, here comes 'Lovecraft Country', a new HBO series that looks like an absolute must-see. The ten-episode series follows 'Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors) as he journeys with his childhood friend Letitia (Jurnee Smollett) and his uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) on a road trip from Chicago across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father Montrose (Michael Kenneth Williams). Their search-and-rescue turns into a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and monstrous creatures that could be ripped from an H.P. Lovecraft paperback.'
Lovecraft Country premieres August 16. Note that the trailer below may not be suitable for all viewers.
Anthony Boyle, who originated the role of Scorpius Malfoy in Cursed Child, was interviewed by inews.co.uk about his starring role in the Sky Atlantic drama The Plot Against America. In the interview, Boyle discussed the miniseries, set during World War II, as well as the current political climate in America.
Cursed Child playwright Jack Thorne was also featured in a Comic-Con@Home panel. The His Dark Materials panel and Q&A featured Thorne in his role as an executive producer and writer of the television adaptation of the Philip Pullman novels. HBO has uploaded the panel to its YouTube channel, and you can watch it below.
Additionally, you can catch the trailer for the second season of His Dark Materials, which debuted during the panel. The new season will begin airing on HBO this fall.
Thorne also wrote the script for Radioactive, a biopic based on the life of scientist Marie Curie. Marjane Satrapi (known for works including Persepolis), the director of the film, discussed the film and Thorne's work on it in a new interview with the Bulletin Time.
That’s all for this week’s Casting News, but be sure to check back next week for even more great updates.