Castium Revelio: Mystery, Mayhem, and Miller
by Brienne Green · Published · Updated
Who doesn’t love a little mystery and intrigue? From the everyday mysteries, such as “where are the matches to all my socks?” (seriously, where are they?), to the more compelling mysteries presented to us through books, films, and television programs, a good whodunnit adds spice to life. As such, we here at MuggleNet are here to spice up your Saturday with a new trailer for Sir Kenneth Branagh’s star-studded and much-anticipated Death on the Nile, plus a new poster and teaser for the equally anticipated adventures of Sherlock Holmes’s little sister, Enola Holmes, starring Helena Bonham Carter. We’ve also got a full cast list for the curious new adaptation of Pinocchio with David Bradley and Ron Perlman, a release date for Season 4 of The Crown, and a rare optimistic update on Ezra Miller‘s The Flash! Get to the bottom of it all below. Castium Revelio!
It's safe to say that, for the first time in history, we can all officially relate to the story of a girl trapped in a house, reading a bunch of books and making friends with various anthropomorphized objects. As such, you Disney+ subscribers will be happy to hear that the live-action version of Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), Dame Emma Thompson (Sybill Trelawney), and Ray Fearon (Firenze), is now available for streaming on the platform. Watch it with your clocks, candelabras, and teapots!
Earlier this month, MuggleNet let you know all about the BBC/PBS reboot of All Creatures Great and Small – starring Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) and produced by Sir Colin Callender (producer, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) – and a full trailer has now been released! Keep an eye out for Lewis in his role as Hugh Helton at the 1:09 mark (and again at 1:46), and we'll keep an eye out for a release date more specific than January 2021.
NEWS: The Crown S4 arrives on 15 November. Gillian Anderson and Emma Corrin join Olivia Colman. ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/2CEH8m2XuO
— Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) August 20, 2020
Elsewhere in Bonham Carter news, the actress stars in a new film created for this year's virtual Edinburgh International Book Festival (EIBF). A Poem for Every Autumn Day will premiere August 30 amid the festival's online program. The film – which also features Bonham Carter's The Crown costar Tobias Menzies and Hamilton's Jamael Westman – is complemented by a poetry anthology of the same name, featuring works by notable poets. You can find purchase links for the book and a pair of first-look images of Carter below. To view the film, visit the EIBF's website.
And we're not finished with Bonham Carter just yet! Her new film Enola Holmes, in which she plays Mrs. Holmes, mother of Sherlock (Henry Cavill, Man of Steel), Mycroft (Sam Claflin, Peaky Blinders), and Enola (Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things), was yet another we were excited to see in theaters, but the film will be making its way to Netflix instead on September 23. In preparation, Netflix has released a new teaser and poster (just ignore Portcullis House to the right of Big Ben in the poster... Perhaps they're time traveling?), both of which you can check out below. But first: the official synopsis!
England, 1884 – a world on the brink of change. On the morning of her 16th birthday, Enola Holmes wakes to find that her mother has disappeared, leaving behind an odd assortment of gifts but no apparent clue as to where she's gone or why. After a free-spirited childhood, Enola suddenly finds herself under the care of her brothers Sherlock and Mycroft, both set on sending her away to a finishing school for 'proper' young ladies. Refusing to follow their wishes, Enola escapes to search for her mother in London. But when her journey finds her entangled in a mystery surrounding a young runaway Lord (Louis Partridge, 'Paddington 2'), Enola becomes a super-sleuth in her own right, outwitting her famous brother as she unravels a conspiracy that threatens to set back the course of history.
Branagh, meanwhile, is preparing for the release of his anticipated new Agatha Christie adaptation, Death on the Nile, and the film's suspenseful first trailer was released this week. Branagh reprises his role as famed detective Hercule Poirot, hunting down yet another killer among a cast that includes Dawn French (the Fat Lady), Jennifer Saunders (Absolutely Fabulous), Armie Hammer (Call Me by Your Name), Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones), and Russell Brand (Get Him to the Greek). The movie is set for an October 23 theater release. Enjoy the trailer and a few stills below! We can't wait for this one.
Back in April, we let you know that David Bradley (Argus Filch) had been officially listed on IMDb in the role of Geppetto in Guillermo del Toro's new dark reimagining of Pinocchio. At that time, Ron Perlman (Gnarlak, Fantastic Beasts) and Alexandre Desplat (composer, final two Harry Potter films) had been added as Mangiafuoco and the movie's composer, respectively. This week, Deadline Hollywood reports, Netflix finally went all in, rounding out the cast. Joining Bradley and Perlman will be Ewan McGregor (Trainspotting) as Cricket, newcomer Gregory Mann as Pinocchio, and in currently unnamed roles, Cate Blanchett (The Lord of the Rings trilogy), Tilda Swinton (Doctor Strange), Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained), Finn Wolfhard (It), John Turturro (O Brother, Where Art Thou?), Tim Blake Nelson (O Brother, Where Art Thou?), and Burn Gorman (Pacific Rim). Since the actors are lending only their vocal talents to the film, production has been able to continue throughout the pandemic, and Pinocchio is set for a 2021 release.
World Plant Milk Day has kicked off its 2020 campaign with a seven-day challenge to the public: Give up dairy products today through Saturday, August 29. (If you accidentally had cow milk with breakfast, go ahead and start tomorrow. We won't tell.) We're sure you can already guess which Harry Potter star is associated with this update, but we'll name her anyway – it's Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood)!
Despite the prevailing myths, dairy is not an essential food group, and it is certainly not ethical. It is always hard to change habits, but quitting dairy was truly the best thing I did for my health.
You can take Lynch's word for it or learn a little more at the official World Plant Milk Day site.
And speaking of activism, a quartet of young Greenpeace activists is conducting a peaceful occupation of an oil rig in the Danish North Sea, and Dame Emma Thompson is with them in spirit. Euronews reports that the activists carried symbolic gifts with them as they made the swim, including a video message from Thompson, Jason Momoa's trident from Aquaman, and a wooly hat from Jane Fonda.
We'd been waiting since 2019 for the release of Eternal Beauty, starring David Thewlis (Remus Lupin) and Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water). Then 2020 had to go and happen. While the film made its way around the festival circuit last year, a wide theater release was obviously out, but fret not – it's scheduled for release on October 2 via video on demand. In anticipation, a new North American trailer has been released, and you can enjoy that below.
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Considering the influence Isaac Asimov's Foundation series wields in the realm of science fiction, it's surprising the trilogy – Foundation, Foundation and Empire, and Second Foundation – has never been adapted for the large or small screen. That's finally about to change, however, as Apple TV+ is filming a ten-part series set to air in 2021 and described by IMDb as chronicling "a band of exiles on their monumental journey to save humanity and rebuild civilization amid the fall of the Galactic Empire." Alfred Enoch (Dean Thomas) is listed as appearing in one episode in a currently unnamed role. Among Foundation's recurring actors is Jared Harris, son of Richard Harris (Albus Dumbledore, first two Harry Potter films), as Hari Seldon. You can view a teaser below, and we'll keep you posted on Enoch's role!
Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts producer David Heyman is teaming up with Issa Rae (Insecure) for a film adaptation of Tanya Smith's upcoming memoir, The Ghost in the Machine. Deadline Hollywood says the memoir, the rights to which have been acquired by Netflix, will tell the shocking true story of how Smith became what the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) called "one of the single biggest threats to the entire United States banking system."
The film will follow her extraordinary story of creating a sophisticated wire fraud scheme and outwitting the FBI and prosecutors, who underestimated her intelligence for years before her life ultimately fell apart, leading to two prison escapes and finally serving 13 years of a 24-year sentence – at the time, the longest sentence handed down to any white-collar criminal.
Always one to speak out against injustice, Stephen Fry (narrator, UK Harry Potter audiobooks) has joined a growing number of prominent figures in expressing support for Belarusians protesting their country's presidential election. Fry took to Twitter to voice his stance, urging the British government to follow the European Union in developing sanctions against "those responsible for violence, repression, and the falsification of elections."
— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) August 20, 2020
Ironically, one of the slowest film projects to ever come together has been The Flash. Ezra Miller (Credence Barebone), director Andy Muschietti, producer Barbara Muschietti, and screenwriter Christina Hodson, however, appeared on a panel today at DC FanDome, assuring fans the movie is moving along, still set for a July 1, 2022, release. To further appease us, new concept art was revealed that gives us a glimpse at Miller's new duds, fashioned for them by none other than noted designer Batman (not the Robert Pattinson version; both Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck will reprise the role in The Flash). A long-haired, bearded Miller (who could make a serious case for young Sirius Black) called in from quarantine to dish on their fellow superheroes, imparting that Superman is a vegetarian Metallica fan.
Can we jump in on this? Because Batman is 100% a huge Radiohead fan. Fight us. And in the meantime, behold the concept art below.
Just two weeks remain until the premiere of Dan Fogler's (Jacob Kowalski) The Argument in virtual theaters and on demand September 4, meaning there's no time like the present for an official trailer! Don't be taking Jack (Fogler) and Lisa's (Emma Bell, The Walking Dead) approach to settling domestic arguments, however, unless you want your friends to social distance from you even after the pandemic is over.
BroadwayWorld has announced the casting of Cherrelle Skeete (Rose Granger-Weasley, original West End run) as one of the writers involved in Burn Bright's new digital anthology series, Better in Person.
Responding to the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement through artistic activism, the company hope to highlight the need for further representation in theatre, not only for women, but people of colour as they seek to provide a platform for diversity and equality in the arts.
Skeete joins Sidney Belony, Leanna Benjamin, Lekhani Chirwa, and Steffi Igbinovia in the composition of five short plays that will be showcased via Zoom on August 31. Tickets may be purchased online.
Did you solve the case of what on earth Tenet is about? Or were you too shook by the news that David Tennant podcasts in the nude? Either way, we’ll be back next week with another round of updates on your favorite Wizarding World stars!