Castium Revelio: The Snyder Cut Cometh

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!


Harry Potter Cast & Crew

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.



Elsewhere in Bonham Carter news, The Crown has been nominated for Best Drama at the Edinburgh TV Awards, as have Years and Years, starring Dame Emma Thompson (Sybill Trelawney) and Jessica Hynes (voice of Mafalda Hopkirk); Chernobyl, featuring Adrian Rawlins (James Potter) and Ralph Ineson (Amycus Carrow); and Giri/Haji, starring Kelly Macdonald (Helena Ravenclaw). Nominated for Best Comedy is Mum, starring Peter Mullan (Corban Yaxley), and the Best International Drama category includes Game of Thrones, featuring, at one point or another, a whole bunch of Wizarding World alumni. The awards will be presented on November 18. Best of luck to the nominees!

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.


Helena Bonham Carter cuts the ribbon at the grand opening of Sam's Cafe in Primrose Hill.


Helena Bonham Carter has a spot of tea at the grand opening of Sam's Cafe in Primrose Hill.


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.



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...



Showtime's The Comey Rule is inching closer to its September 27–28 airing, and a new trailer has been released that gives us a positively unsettling look at Brendan Gleeson (Mad-Eye Moody) as Donald Trump. You can check out the synopsis, a poster, and the trailer below. We only see Gleeson in spurts, but again... yikes!

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.


Pictured is a poster featuring Brendan Gleeson in "The Comey Rule".



Sky Studios began shooting this week on Roald & Beatrix, The Tail of the Curious Mouse after finalizing the cast of the original Christmas movie. Previously announced as starring Dawn French (the Fat Lady) as beloved children's author and person with a great last name Beatrix Potter, the movie also added Jessica Hynes to its cast just before filming, Deadline Hollywood reports. Hynes's role is as yet unnamed.

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.


Filming has begun on "Roald & Beatrix".


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.



We absolutely adore Irish animation. It's beyond soothing, and we could all use more of that in our lives! Fellow fans of The Song of the Sea and The Secret of Kells will be ecstatic to hear that a new animated feature from the producers of those films is on its way. Wolfwalkers will feature the vocal talents of Simon McBurney (voice of Kreacher) as Lord Protector Cromwell, along with Sean Bean (Game of Thrones) as Bill and Honor Kneafsey (The Boookshop) as Robyn. You can view the film poster and a synopsis below. Wolfwalkers will make its world premiere on September 10 at the Toronto International Film Festival. It's then slated for a theater run later this year before streaming worldwide on Apple TV+. We'll keep an eye out for dates.

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.


Pictured is a poster for "Wolfwalkers", which features Simon McBurney.


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.



We've also kept you in the loop regarding Ammonite, featuring Fiona Shaw and Gemma Jones (Poppy Pomfrey) and starring Saoirse Ronan (Little Women) and Kate Winslet (Finding Neverland), and the Hollywood Reporter has announced the film will be making its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival next month ahead of a November 13 theater release. You can view the first trailer below.



David Tennant's (Barty Crouch Jr.) turn as notorious Scottish serial killer Dennis Nilsen in Des is coming up next month on ITV, and the network tweeted a new trailer this week. ITV is still holding out on announcing specific dates for the three-part series, but we'll let you know as soon as they do.



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.


Pictured is a movie poster for "The Man in the Hat", starring Ciarán Hinds.



John Cleese (Nearly Headless Nick) has apparently begun filming a new project. We're just not sure what it is yet! Elizabeth Hurley (Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery) posted on Instagram this week that she was excited to be going back to work on a new project with Cleese, Kelsey Grammer (Frasier), Nathalie Cox (Clash of the Titans), and Talulah Riley (Westworld). Fittingly, the announcement was accompanied by a photo of Hurley in the official uniform of 2020: underwear. We'll keep an eye out for more.

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.

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Pictured is a movie poster for "The Black Emperor of Broadway", featuring Nick Moran.



We also let you know back in 2016 of David O'Hara's (Albert Runcorn) appearance in the South African action thriller Dias Santana, but Netflix is now streaming the movie worldwide under the shortened title Santana. The film arrived on the platform on Friday, and you can check out the trailer below.



Stephen Fry (narrator, UK Harry Potter audiobooks) is rallying support for Extinction Rebellion's Writers Rebel group as it prepares for a day of civil disobedience aimed at lobby groups and think tanks that support climate-science deniers. The effort is set for Wednesday, and Fry shared his personal message with the Independent.



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.

Fantastic Beasts Cast & Crew

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.



The September 14 premiere of Jude Law's (Albus Dumbledore) psychological thriller The Third Day is coming up on HBO and HBO Max in the United States (September 15 on Sky and NOW TV in the United Kingdom), and Sky has released a second trailer in anticipation, along with a promise that "the drama will take viewers into its captivating and distortive world where all is not as it seems." We could do with a trip to another world right about now!



You'll recall that we let you know about Corporate Animals, starring Jessica Williams (Eulalie Hicks) back in April of last year, but for those of you who missed it in theaters, you now have a chance to see the film free of charge! Streaming service Crackle will add the horror-comedy to its lineup on September 1, and you'll be able to find it on Crackle's website or by downloading the app.

Cursed Child Cast & Crew

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!


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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.