First up, though, there's some very exciting news for director and producer David Yates. His latest film, Pain Hustlers, which stars Emily Blunt (A Quiet Place) as a young woman who joins a pharmaceutical start-up, has been picked up by Netflix! The film reportedly sold for $50 million at the Cannes Film Festival, making it one of the largest deals to have been announced this year.
Stephen Fry, who narrated the Harry Potter audiobooks, is set to narrate a Channel 4 documentary called Willem & Frieda, which is about two members of the LGBTQ+ community who joined the Dutch resistance in World War II. The pair forged documents for Jews during the war and came up with an ingenious plan to blow up the Central Record Office to stop the Nazis from finding the original documents. Principal photography for the documentary will start on June 6.
Speaking of narrating, David Bradley (Argus Filch) recently lent his voice to a new road safety book for children called The Active Adventures of Warwick Bear. The book features Warwick's road safety mascot and follows him as he tries to find an environmentally friendly way to travel to school. Check out Bradley's rendition of the story below.
Mark Williams (Arthur Weasley) has also been busy narrating. He's part of a new audio-visual walk through the English South Downs. His commentary will share information about the Battle of Lewes, which has been named one of the most decisive of the 13th century, and will be accompanied by six short films. The walk was unveiled by the mayor of Lewes earlier this week.
We're moving away from narration next to announce a new role for Hero Fiennes Tiffin (11-year-old Tom Riddle). He's been cast alongside Cara Delevingne (Suicide Squad) and Hannah John-Karmen (Black Mirror) in The Climb, a new film that is based on a real-life Greenpeace protest from 2013. The protest saw six protesters try to climb the Shard in London to protest oil drilling in the Arctic. Principal photography is set to start at the beginning of 2023.
Next up, we've got a release date for a comedy series featuring Imelda Staunton (Dolores Umbridge). Season 3 of Apple TV+'s Trying will be released on July 22, with new episodes premiering every Friday until September 9. The show follows a couple that is trying to have children and find themselves chucked into the deep end of parenthood after adopting two children. Will you be tuning in to the weekly episodes?
We've finally got a teaser for Warwick Davis's (Professor Flitwick) upcoming reboot of a classic. Willow is a sequel of the 1988 cult classic of the same name, but its events will occur 200 years after those of the original. The show will follow a princess who goes on an adventure to find her twin brother and seeks help from Willow to complete her quest. The series will debut on Disney+ on November 30, but until then, you can obsess over every detail of the teaser below!
We're traveling to a galaxy far, far away for our final story in this section. At this week's Star Wars Celebration, we got a glimpse into the world of Andor, an upcoming series featuring Fiona Shaw (Petunia Dursley) that will act as a prequel to the events of Rogue One. Not only did we get to see a teaser trailer for the show, but a release date was also announced! The series is set for release on August 31, but you can check out the teaser below right now.