Castium Revelio: Here’s When We’ll Go Under the Sea

Welcome to this week’s Casting News! Last week, we told you about Jason Isaacs’s new dystopian role, and we showed you the red band trailer for The King’s Man. This week, however, we have a date for Noma Dumezweni’s underwater debut, as well as a first look at the 2021 Chicago International Film Festival line-up. Let’s hop right into it! Castium Revelio!



First up is an announcement from Stephen Fry (narrator of the UK audiobooks). He will deliver the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) Cowdrey Lecture this year. He becomes only the second non-cricketing star to take on the responsibility, and only the twentieth person overall. The prestigious lecture is said to embody the spirit of cricket, a sport that Fry has been an avid supporter of for his whole life. The lecture is a highlight of the sport’s calendar and provides an opportunity to discuss issues facing the game. The event will be livestreamed on the Lord’s YouTube and Facebook channels at 6:30 p.m. GMT on November 16, two days after the final of the Men’s T20 World Cup.

Next up we have a quick peek at the lineup for this year’s Chicago International Film Festival. We’ve seen only a small portion of the films that will be featured at the festival, but we do have an appearance from Sir Kenneth Branagh (Gilderoy Lockhart). His semi-autobiographical film Belfast makes its second festival showing, after its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival this week. The festival starts on October 13 and will continue until October 24. Other films that have been announced include the centerpiece movie, Mike Mills’s C’mon, C’mon, and Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch, which will be shown on the festival’s opening night.

Finally this week, we have a release date for Disney’s live-action version of The Little Mermaid. Noma Dumezweni, who played Hermione Granger in the West End production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, joined the cast in January. Other cast members include Halle Bailey (A Wrinkle in Time) as Ariel, Jonah Hauer-King (Little Women) as Eric, and Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids) as Ursula. Dumezweni will play a secret role that wasn’t in the original animated version of the film. The new movie will be released on May 26, 2023. Are you hoping to watch it when it is released?

That’s a wrap on this week’s Casting News! Are you hoping to catch Stephen Fry’s MCC Cowdrey lecture, or would you rather watch The Little Mermaid when it is released? Let us know in the comments!


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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.