Castium Revelio: Remembering Sondheim and Returning to Sea

Welcome to this week’s edition of MuggleNet’s Casting News! After having taken up the role of sheep-wranglers last week, we’ve got first looks and trailers featuring Hero Fiennes Tiffin, Helena Bonham Carter, and many more, as well as rumors of a return to sea for Bill Nighy. Castium Revelio!



Harry Potter Cast and Crew

Before we get into the trailers, though, we've got an unfortunate announcement on Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy). His medical drama Good Sam hasn't been renewed for a second season. After its release in January, the show didn't pick up much traction with viewers and was CBS's lowest-rated scripted show of the season.

Although Isaacs won't be back on the Good Sam set, he has been cast in a new role for Apple. He'll star alongside Tom Holland (Uncharted) in a new anthology series called The Crowded Room, which will celebrate those who have learned how to live successfully with their mental illnesses. The first season is loosely based on the life of Billy Morgan, the first person to be acquitted of a crime due to disassociative identity disorder. 

It's time for our first trailer of this week's edition. HBO released a teaser trailer for the upcoming Game of Thrones spin-off series, House of the Dragon, earlier this week! Rhys Ifans (Xenophilius Lovegood) will take on the role of Otto Hightower in the series, which is set to tell the story of House Targaryen. Check out the teaser below and let us know what you think about it!



Stephen Fry (narrator of the UK audiobooks) and Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) have both been shortlisted for awards at this year's Rainbow Honours. The awards celebrate people in the public eye who promote diversity and acceptance. Radcliffe has been nominated for the Celebrity Ally of the Year award, while Fry has been nominated for the LGBTQI Celebrity Champion of the Year award. The ceremony will take place on June 1 in order to commemorate the start of Pride Month.

The award isn't the only thing Fry has been nominated for this week. He's set to take up the post of president of the Marylebone Cricket Club after becoming only the second non-cricketer to deliver the club's famous Cowdrey Lecture last year. Fry said that "to be gifted the opportunity to perform this role is truly humbling" and that he will "look forward to supporting [current president Clare Connor] as president designate over the summer before commencing [his] own innings in the autumn.” 

There's been a couple of exciting reports about director David Yates. It was announced earlier this week that Emily Blunt (A Quiet Place) will star in his upcoming film Pain Hustlers. The film is about a high school dropout who finds herself in the middle of a criminal conspiracy when she joins a pharmaceutical start-up. 

There's also exciting news for Yates's production company, Wychwood Media. The company has entered a new deal with indie studio Sister, which will see the two creating both scripted and non-scripted films, shows, and documentaries together.

We've got a second trailer for you now! This one is for First Love, and features Hero Fiennes Tiffin (11-year-old Tom Riddle) as Jim, a young man who must face the ups and downs of his first love while his family deals with the financial crash of 2008. Check out the trailer below, and let us know what you think about it!



Do you remember when Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort) was starring on stage in his adaptation of Four Quartets? Well, the play will officially be turned into a film! Fiennes's sister Sophie is set to direct the film, which was first discussed during rehearsals for the play. Will you be hoping to see it when it makes its way on screen?

Four Quartets isn't the only film that Fiennes is set to star in. He's signed up to play the lead role in Conclave, a conspiracy thriller surrounding the life of Cardinal Lomeli, who reluctantly realizes that he must uncover the secrets of a deceased pope before a new one is chosen. 

It's time for some first-look images now. Earlier this month, the Sondheim Theatre played host to Sondheim's Old Friends, a concert dedicated to the legendary composer Stephen Sondheim. We can now show you some stills of the performance, including pictures of Helena Bonham Carter and Imelda Staunton (Bellatrix Lestrange and Dolores Umbridge, respectively). Check out a selection below!



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There's exciting news for any Pirates of the Caribbean fans next. Bill Nighy (Rufus Scrimgeour) will reportedly return to the franchise for the sixth installment. It isn't official yet, but Nighy's return as Davy Jones would certainly cause a stir amongst fans. Would you like to see him back on board?

It's time for our second first-look image of the edition! This time, it sees Ciarán Hinds (Aberforth Dumbledore) and Liam Neeson (The Marksman) in In the Land of Saints and Sinners. The film will follow a retired assassin who gets caught up in a game of cat and mouse with three terrorists. Have a look at the photo below!


Ciaran Hinds and Liam Neeson in "In the Land of Saints and Sinners".

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Fantastic Beasts Cast and Crew

Mads Mikkelsen (Gellert Grindelwald) will return to Netflix's Polar universe for the upcoming spy thriller The Black Kaiser. The title refers to Mikkelsen's character, who is the world's greatest assassin. He accidentally uncovers a syndicate of killers and makes himself the number-one target for several of them. We don't know how this new film will fit into the universe, but we'll keep you updated as more information is announced!

Our final story this week is an exciting announcement from Gemma Chan (Ya Zhou). She's set to reprise her role of Astrid Young Teo for a Crazy Rich Asians spin-off surrounding Astrid's romance with Charlie Wu (played by Harry Shum Jr.). The spin-off is separate from the already-announced sequel, but both will be based on Kevin Kwan's novel Crazy Rich Girlfriend.



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That’s a wrap on this week’s Casting News! Are you most excited to see Wizarding World alums return to old roles, or are you anticipating the new roles more? 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.