Castium Revelio: British Legends Returning to Your Screens

Welcome to this week’s Casting News! Despite last week‘s exciting news about reprising roles for David Tennant and Ron Perlman, we promise that this edition is just as thrilling. With two new trailers featuring Ralph Fiennes and a trip to London for Natalia Tena, let’s get straight into the action! Castium Revelio!



Harry Potter Cast and Crew

First up this week is a reveal from John Cleese (Nearly Headless Nick). He's working on a stage version of Monty Python's Life of Brian! He will bring the 1979 film back to life on stage, although he did tweet saying that it wouldn't be a musical. The first draft of the script was finished last week, and the show will hopefully debut late next year.



Cleese has also been featured in a trailer for the upcoming film Clifford the Big Red Dog, in which he plays a magical animal rescuer. The film is based on the children's book series and follows Emily and her uncle (Darby Camp and Jack Whitehall, respectively) as they try to raise a huge puppy. You can catch the film in cinemas beginning September 17, but if you don't want to wait that long, you can watch the trailer below!



Next up, we have another Harry Potter actress joining the London Film and Comic Con. We've known that Fiona Shaw (Petunia Dursley) would be attending the festival for a while, but it's been announced recently that Natalia Tena (Nymphadora Tonks) will be joining her! Both will represent a galaxy far, far away, as they will talk about their roles in the Star Wars saga.

Jim Broadbent (Professor Slughorn) has been involved in a campaign with the London Theatre to encourage people to get vaccinated against COVID-19. He is featured in a video alongside fellow actors Asa Butterfield (Sex Education) and Don Warrington (Death in Paradise), as well as singer Nicola Roberts and comedian David Walliams. They are all seen performing on stage with West End dancers. All of the performers are wearing stickers to say they have had their vaccines. In between the dancing, the celebrities encourage viewers to get the jab, and Warrington proclaims that he's already had his. You can check out the full video below!



While Broadbent has been campaigning about the vaccine, Rade Šerbedžija (Gregorovitch) has been supporting a protest against development on the Croatian coast. The rally, which was called the Illegal Construction and Nature Devastation Festival, took place last weekend. Protestors asked for a businessman to be prosecuted for building around the Vruja cove. Šerbedžija backed the cause, although he wasn't seen at the protest itself.

We've got three trailers for you now, the first of which features David Bradley (Argus Filch). He will play Gareth Fizel in Amazon's upcoming action-thriller Jolt. The film follows a woman who has a rare neurological condition that causes her to have violent reactions to those she sees commit cruel or abusive acts. Bradley's role is fairly mysterious. What can you decipher from the trailer?



The next two trailers both feature Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort). The first sees him join the ranks of a fictional secret service as he stars in the first trailer for The King's Man. The film serves as a prequel to the other two Kingsman movies, showing how the secret service was created. Other actors involved in the trailer include Harris Dickinson, Gemma Arterton, and Djimon Hounsou. Check it out below!



Fiennes is also featured in a trailer alongside a different iconic spy. The second trailer for the next James Bond movie, No Time to Die, has been released! Although Fiennes plays only a small part in the trailer, we're definitely excited to see him reprise his role as M. The trailer is full of the gunshots, explosions, and action we're used to from Bond movies. 



Cursed Child Cast and Crew

To finish this week's casting update, we have news that Jack Thorne, who cowrote Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, will speak at the Edinburgh TV Festival next month. He will deliver the James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture at the festival. The lecture will focus on the need to listen to disabled creators and to provide better representation for those with both visible and invisible disabilities. When speaking about the lecture, he said this:

Our industry has a record of shutting out disabled voices itself but now has an opportunity to step up and take responsibility, both for its history and its future.

That’s a wrap for this week’s Casting News! Which of these trailers did you enjoy the most, and which projects are you excited to see in the future?


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Neave Williamson

I've been a proud Slytherin for as long as I can remember, and love taking inspiration from the Wizarding World for short films.