Castium Revelio: “Monty Python” Returns to UK Screens

Welcome to this week’s edition of MuggleNet’s Casting News! After last week‘s Penguin-themed announcement and Radcliffe poster, we’ve got new shows for Rhys Ifans and Fiona Shaw to tell you about this week! We’ve also got a return to TV after 25 years and a second season for Gary Oldman’s upcoming show. Castium Revelio!



Harry Potter Cast and Crew

First up, however, is a new role for Ciarán Hinds (Aberforth Dumbledore). He's joined the cast of Treason, an upcoming Netflix spy drama. The six-part series will follow an MI6 agent, a Russian spy, and the agent's wife as they all try to expose each other's secrets. We don't have a release date yet, but we will keep you updated as more posters, trailers, and information are released!

Sticking with the theme of new roles, Rhys Ifans (Xenophilius Lovegood) has also signed up for an upcoming Netflix project. Nyad is based on the true story of 64-year-old Diana Nyad, the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage. Ifans is set to play John Bartlett, the catamaran captain who accompanied Nyad on her journey. Production is currently underway, although we don't yet have an actual release date.

We've seen lots of Neil Gaiman novels being adapted for the screen recently, and we have another one on the horizon! Fiona Shaw (Petunia Dursley) has joined the cast of Anansi Boys, which is currently shooting in Scotland. The show is about a young man who finds out that his estranged father is actually a god. Shaw is set to play Maeve Livingstone, the widow of a comedian. Are you looking forward to the adaptation?

We've got a very exciting clip for you to watch next. We've been telling you about Bill Nighy's (Rufus Scrimgeour) upcoming role in a retelling of The Man Who Fell to Earth since it was announced, but now Showtime has released the first five minutes of the show! In the clip, we can see Chiwetel Ejiofor's (The Lion King) character, Faraday. You'll be able to watch the entire show on April 24, 2022. 



We've also been keeping you up to date with Gary Oldman's (Sirius Black) upcoming spy series, Slow Horses. Even though Season 1 is yet to air, it was announced earlier this week that the show has been renewed for a second season! Shooting for the second season will start this July, with the release date as yet unknown. You will be able to catch the first two episodes of the first season on April 1, however.

From new series to an old one next. Any UK viewers will be able to catch John Cleese (Nearly Headless Nick) back on screen in his role in Monty Python's Flying Circus! That's TV has gained the rights to the show, which first aired 25 years ago. The channel bought the rights to all four seasons, meaning that this could be the perfect time for any new fans to get obsessed. 

Katie Leung (Cho Chang) will be lending her voice to the audiobook recording of Winnie M. Li's upcoming novel, Complicit. The book tells the story of a film lecturer who knows that, when given the opportunity to share her experience working with one particular producer, she must tell her whole story. However, this forces her to question how complicit she was in what was happening. Leung said that she was "so honored" to be working on the book, with author Li saying that she's "thrilled Katie will bring to life the many characters of Complicit – and in particular, the protagonist, Sarah Lai, a young woman navigating the daunting, morally complex world of the film industry."

Cursed Child Cast and Crew

Writer Jack Thorne has been campaigning for more disability representation and rights in the television industry, and one of his recommendations has been put into action! He released a report suggesting the creation of an accessibility coordinator role on sets, and ScreenSkills has agreed to help fund the necessary training.

While Thorne has been campaigning, he's also been writing a new BBC One drama. The show, which is called Best Interests, follows a couple who struggles to let go of their daughter, even when doctors suggest that it would be for the best. Michael Sheen (Good Omens) and Sharon Horgan (Game Night) are set to play the leading roles.

That’s a wrap on this week’s Casting News! Which of these new roles are you anticipating the most? 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.