Castium Revelio: Demons, Pirates, and Marionettes

Welcome to this week’s edition of MuggleNet’s Casting News! Last week we told you stories from across the DC universe, but this week we’ve got stories from heaven and hell, as well as new EPs and behind-the-scenes documentaries to tell you about. Castium Revelio!



Harry Potter Cast and Crew

First up, however, is a new police drama featuring Ralph Ineson (Amycus Carrow). He stars alongside Vicky McClure (Line of Duty) and Adrian Lester (Mary Queen of Scots) in Trigger Point. The six-part drama will follow a bomb disposal officer (McClure) who finds herself in the center of a mission to stop a series of terrorist attacks in London. The show started this week, with episodes being aired on ITV every Sunday night.

We're moving from police officers to secret agents for our next announcement. You'll be able to watch Ralph Fiennes and Rhys Ifans (Lord Voldemort and Xenophilius Lovegood, respectively) in The King's Man from your couches next month! The film is being released on DVD and Blu-Ray on February 22, with a boxset of all three Kingsman films also available to buy on that day. The DVDs and Blu-Rays will also include some special features, including a behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of the film and interviews with the cast and crew about the creation of the series so far. Will you be buying a copy?

Speaking of Fiennes, he's been cast in the lead role of Straight Line Crazy, a new play written by David Hare (Beat the Devil). The play follows Robert Moses, the American public official who transformed New York City by building parks, bridges, and roads. His work did garner a lot of criticism, though, starting lots of debates that are still continuing today. Previews for the show begin on March 16, with the show officially opening at the Bridge Theatre in London on March 23 and performances running until June 18. Tickets are available now!

Next up is a teaser from a new Netflix movie. David Bradley (Argus Filch) and Ron Perlman (Gnarlak, Fantastic Beasts) will both star in Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio, a modern retelling of the classic tale. The teaser shows Ewan McGregor's (Doctor Sleep) character, Cricket, introducing us to the film. You'll be able to watch the full movie when it is released on Netflix at the end of this year, but until then, you can check out the teaser below!



We've got some exciting news from Dame Emma Thompson (Professor Trelawney) for you now. Do you remember her film Good Luck to You, Leo Grande? Well, the film's rights have now been bought in a $7.5 million deal! Several different distributors bid on the film, but Searchlight came out on top in the end. Searchlight will be releasing the film via Hulu, although we're not sure when. 

Leo Grande isn't the only film that's been bought in an expensive deal this week. Bill Nighy (Rufus Scrimgeour) played the lead role in Living, which premiered around this time last year. Now, Sony Classics Pictures has bought the film's rights for around $5 million. The distributor hasn't set out any specific plans on what it will do since acquiring the rights.

From existing projects to a film that has been in the works since 2019. Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) and John Krasinski (A Quiet Place) hinted that they were working on a comedic fantasy film in 2019, originally titled Imaginary Friends. Recently, the pair has announced a slight title change – simplified to IF – and a host of new cast members, including Fiona Shaw (Petunia Dursley). We don't know much about the plot, other than that it will follow a man who can see people's imaginary friends. The film already has a set release date of November 17, 2023, but you can check back here for any news about it!

Next up is a collaborative project featuring a collection of essays written by Asian writers. Writer Helena Lee started the project, which is called East Side Voices and was released last week. Katie Leung (Cho Chang) and Gemma Chan (Ya Zhou, Fantastic Beasts) have both written essays for the book, with Leung's talking about her experiences in primary school. 



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We've got unfortunate news of a delayed release date next. We've all been anticipating Dame Maggie Smith's (Professor McGonagall) return as the Dowager Countess of Grantham, but unfortunately, we're going to have to wait a little longer than previously thought. Downton Abbey: A New Era was originally set to be released in 2021, but the date was pushed back to March 18, 2022, due to the coronavirus. Now, the release has been pushed back again. In the United Kingdom, it will be released on April 29, while American viewers will have to wait until May 20.

We've got some familiar faces returning for the second season of Good Omens! We already knew that David Tennant (Barty Crouch Jr.) and Michael Sheen (Prodigal Son) will return as the show's two leads, but it's recently been announced that Derek Jacobi (The Crown) will continue to play Metatron. It was also announced that Siân Phillips (Silent Witness) will join the cast to play an as-yet-unnamed character. 

Fantastic Beasts Cast and Crew

Jude Law (Albus Dumbledore) has returned to Neverland this week. Filming for Disney's upcoming live-action film Peter Pan and Wendy has resumed! We first saw Law in costume for his role as the infamous Captain Hook last April, but we're still yet to get a release date, teaser, or trailer. We'll let you know as soon as any more details are released!

We've got some thoughts from Colin Farrell (Percival Graves) to share with you next. He's been commenting on After Yang, a science fiction film that he starred in alongside Justin H. Min (The Umbrella Academy) and Jodie Turner-Smith (Queen and Slim) last year. He said in a recent interview that when he first read the film's script, he thought that it was “one of the most beautiful” he'd ever read, explaining that he "was delighted to get the opportunity to be a part of it.” 

Last up this week is a new project by Ezra Miller (Credence Barebone). They've been working on an EP with their band, Oddkin, and recently spoke to Out about the experience of writing the EP. Miller stated that we could expect more music videos in the future and also explained that they "have really fond memories of our process of writing these songs" with their bandmate, Lilah Larson. You can watch the band's most recent music video below!



That’s a wrap on this week’s Casting News! Which of these projects are you most excited to delve into? Let us know in the comments below!


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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.