Castium Revelio: The Snyder Cut Cometh
by Brienne Green · Published · Updated
It frequently seems that if it weren’t for bad news, we’d have no news at all this year, but while we have a tiny bit of the bad for you in this week’s edition of Casting News, we have a heaping dose of good as well. We’ll start with this simple statement: The Snyder Cut cometh. Read all about it under the Fantastic Beasts toggle below. As for the bad news, we’ll just stealthily slip it into the middle of some more good news so as to soften the blow: We have a brand-new trailer for Enola Holmes, we have a teaser for Season 2 of His Dark Materials, The King’s Man‘s theater release has been postponed again because of the flippin’ pandemic, our favorite Death Eater (you’re allowed to have those, right?) is narrating a documentary on the Liverpool Football Club, and Noughts + Crosses is coming to the United States. There! That didn’t hurt at all. And did we mention the Snyder Cut? Good news is good. Castium Revelio!
With girlfriend Erin Darke filming the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation series Feudal in Hubbards, Nova Scotia, Canada, Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) decided to take a trip to nearby Fox Point last week to surprise Black Harbour Distillery on its first anniversary. The Chronicle Herald reports that distillery owner Jaime Landry was shocked to see Radcliffe walk through the door for a low-key gathering of Feudal cast members in a private room at the business. She also said she's never seen any of the Harry Potter movies and didn't know it was him until employees pointed it out, so good for you and shame on you all at once, Jaime.
2020 strikes again!
Deadline Hollywood broke the news Thursday that the highly anticipated film The King's Man, starring Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort) and Rhys Ifans (Xenophilius Lovegood), has been bumped back from a September 18 theater release to a February 26, 2021, premiere. It's understood, however, that safety is still a major concern in the process of reopening theaters, so it's ultimately a smart move. But we can still shake our fists at 2020 again. It deserves it.
Last week, we gave you a teaser, a movie poster, and an official synopsis for Enola Holmes, starring Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things) in the titular role and Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange) as her mother and written by Jack Thorne (playwright, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child). This week, Netflix has gifted us with the first full trailer! It's chock full of Enola sass and kicking... arse. The film is set for a September 23 release on Netflix, and additional names have been added to the IMDb docket as the premiere approaches. Those names include Fiona Shaw (Petunia Dursley) and Frances de la Tour (Madame Maxime). No characters are listed for those actresses, but you can catch a glimpse of Shaw in the trailer as what appears to be the headmistress of a school.
Additionally, a new dining option is available in Primrose Hill, London, England, and Bonham Carter was on hand to cut the ceremonial ribbon. Sam's Cafe will double as a performance space and art gallery, and Bonham Carter attended its grand opening to show support for the idea and owners Sam Frears, an actor, and novelist Andrew O'Hagan.
Back to Ineson for a moment, the actor is a well-known Leeds United Football Club (LUFC) superfan and recently petitioned merch maker Fran of TerraceUltra to produce a shirt for him that pays tribute to Leeds United hero Marcelo Bielsa. The shirt isn't currently for sale but could be in the future for all you LUFC supporters.
— Ralph Ineson (@ralphineson) August 11, 2020
Liverpool supporters, meanwhile, will want to tune in to BBC2 Sunday, August 29 for the debut of Liverpool FC: The 30-Year Wait, a new documentary that examines the club's long journey back to the top of English football. Liverpool fan Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy) will be narrating the tale of how the club dropped off the radar following its domination in the 1980s before battling back.
We're five days away from the United States theater premiere of Tenet, starring Sir Kenneth Branagh (Gilderoy Lockhart), Robert Pattinson (Cedric Diggory), and Clémence Poésy (Fleur Delacour), and Branagh appeared on The One Show this week to reveal how he came to be involved in the film: He was stalked by Christopher Nolan.
In this case, he rang up about six o'clock in the evening. He said, 'Hello, Ken, I have this project. Are you free? Might you be interested?' I said, 'Yes.' He said, 'Well, that's great, I'm coming to see you now.' I said, 'What do you mean?' He said, 'I'll see you in half an hour.' I said, 'How do you know where I am?' He said, 'I know exactly where you live, I'll be with you in 30 minutes.' The door knocks in 30 minutes - it's just him with the script under his arm. He comes in and gives it to me; he says, 'I'll leave it for you to read, and I'll call tomorrow night, six o'clock.' And I did, and he did, and it all worked out.
Warner Bros. has also released a ten-minute behind-the-scenes featurette for Tenet in a valiant attempt to help fans understand what's happening. It didn't work on us, but there's some cool fight choreography, so...
The series takes a deep dive into the historically turbulent events surrounding the 2016 presidential election and its aftermath, which divided a nation. Rather than delivering a straight biopic, 'The Comey Rule''s trailer gives a tense and anxiety-ridden taste of a story about two powerful figures whose different personalities, ethics, and loyalties put them on a collision course.
Roald & Beatrix is inspired by the true story of a meeting between Potter and fellow children's author Roald Dahl when Dahl was just six years old. It is set to blend live action, stop-motion animation, and puppetry in order to "bring to life the vivid imaginations and magical worlds of these two inspiring and renowned children's authors." The movie will air on Sky One and streaming service NOW TV this Christmas.
Harry Melling (Dudley Dursley) is gearing up for the Netflix debut of his new series The Queen's Gambit, starring Anya Taylor-Joy (Emma). The dark psychological thriller follows a young woman through her ascent in the male-dominated professional chess circuit of the 1950s. Melling features as Harry Beltik. The show will hit the streaming service on October 23, and you can check out a teaser below.
The film follows Robyn Goodfellowe, a young apprentice hunter who journeys to Ireland with her father in a time of superstition and magic to wipe out the last wolf pack. While exploring the forbidden lands outside the city walls, Robyn befriends a free-spirited girl, Mebh, a member of a mysterious tribe rumored to have the ability to transform into wolves by night. As they search for Mebh's missing mother, Robyn uncovers a secret that draws her further into the enchanted world of the 'Wolfwalkers' and risks turning into the very thing her father is tasked to destroy.
The media rounds have begun for Hero Fiennes-Tiffin (11-year-old Tom Riddle) and his After We Collided costar, Josephine Langford, ahead of the After sequel's October 2 theater release. More fan fiction–inspired shenanigans are on the way in this film, though with slightly darker undertones. You can watch Fiennes-Tiffin, Langford, and Dylan Sprouse chat about it with Entertainment Tonight Canada below.
We let you know last year about Ian Hart's (Quirinus Quirrell) and Rakie Ayola's (Hermione Granger, 2017 West End run, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) involvement in the BBC's adaptation of Noughts + Crosses, but we can now announce that the six-part series has been picked up by NBC's Peacock streaming service for release in the United States. It will air as a Peacock Original beginning September 4. The service released a trailer in advance of the show's debut.
— ITV (@ITV) August 23, 2020
MuggleNet let you know way back in March 2019 about Ciarán Hinds's (Aberforth Dumbledore) new comedy, The Thin Man. Perhaps not wanting the movie to be confused with the 1934 film of the same name, The Thin Man is now The Man in the Hat, but he's still fleeing through France in a Fiat 500. The movie has precious little dialogue, relying instead on music, silent comedy, and French scenery to tell its story, the official synopsis of which you can read below. You can also watch the first trailer and check out the movie poster. The Man in the Hat is set for a theater release on September 18 in select cinemas in the United Kingdom and digital release on October 19.
We follow the Man in the Hat (Hinds) as he journeys through France in a Fiat 500, accompanied by a framed photograph of an unknown woman. He is pursued by five angry men in a Citroën Dyane. Why are they chasing him? And how can he shake them off? Travelling north on his escape across the mountains, gorges and bridges of France, he hears stories of love and loss, Otis Redding and Canteloube, and encounters mysterious strangers including the Damp Man (Stephen Dillane, 'Game of Thrones'), the Chef (Muna Otaru, 'Broken'), and the Biker (Maïwenn, 'Nox'), coming face to face with the vivid eccentricities of an old country on an old continent, whilst trying to evade the pursuers who are always, relentlessly, on his tail.
We reported in March 2019 that Nick Moran (Scabior) had a film about Charles Gilpin, Broadway's first Black actor, in postproduction, and the movie is now on its way to video on demand and DVD. It will be available digitally on September 15 and will arrive on DVD on October 6. You can check out the movie poster and official trailer below, and click the Amazon button to preorder the DVD.
Fry is also, as always, doing his bit for charity, offering a postcard-sized work of art to the Josef Herman Foundation for a secret sale to benefit mental health charity Mind Cymru. The pieces will be sold at random for £25. Rhys Ifans has also contributed a card. Tickets are on sale now, and a random draw will take place in September.
Fry will additionally be taking part in a virtual variety show on Sunday, September 27 to benefit the Slapstick Festival, an annual comedy event in Bristol, England. You can purchase tickets for the event and donate to the festival on its official website.
We're keenly aware that 2020 taketh away, but for once, it giveth as well. Last week's DC FanDome event not only brought us the first official trailer for The Batman but also gave us a first trailer for the legendary Snyder Cut. Zack Snyder's Justice League – the director's cut of 2017's Justice League, presented as was intended by Snyder before he left the production – stars Ezra Miller (Credence Barebone) as Barry Allen/the Flash and Ciarán Hinds (Aberforth Dumbledore, Harry Potter) as Steppenwolf.
The Hollywood Reporter notes that Snyder said we'll be seeing "tons more" of Miller as the Flash, with a more emotional arc as a bonus.
You're going to see something with Flash in this film I don't think you've seen before. He's a quantum character. He interacts with time and space.
Zack Snyder's Justice League is set to air in four one-hour increments when it debuts on HBO Max next year. The parts will then be assembled for cohesive viewing. Rumors began spreading this week that we wouldn't be seeing a release until September 2021, but both HBO Max and Warner Bros. have declared that date false. Let's hope that means we'll be seeing it sooner! Enjoy the trailer below.
HBO has released a teaser for Season 2 of His Dark Materials, and it reveals that the series will return in November! The Jack Thorne (playwright, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) adaptation of Sir Philip Pullman's trilogy features Helen McCrory (Narcissa Malfoy, Harry Potter) as Stelmaria, Ray Fearon (Firenze, Harry Potter) as Mr. Hanway, and Harry Melling (Dudley Dursley, Harry Potter) as Sysselman. Variety gives us a rundown of what the second season will entail:
The series picks up after Lord Asriel (James McAvoy, 'X-Men: Dark Phoenix') opens a bridge to a new world, and Lyra (Dafne Keen, 'Logan') follows Asriel into it after the death of her best friend. In this new world, Lyra meets Will (Amir Wilson, 'The Secret Garden'), who is also attempting to escape his past. The two team up to find Will's father, but the looming threat of war brings them new obstacles.
Which of the many trailers above was your favorite? What new projects are you most looking forward to? Do you know of any we haven’t covered yet? Let us know in the comments, and check back next week for more MuggleNet Casting News! Stay safe!