Castium Revelio: The Return of a Time Lord

Welcome to this week’s edition of MuggleNet’s Casting News! After we saw first-look concert photos and a new trailer from Westeros last week, this week we’ve got news from the worlds of Terry Pratchett, Alice Oseman, and Neil Gaiman, as well as exciting reports from the Tardis. Castium Revelio!



Harry Potter Cast and Crew

First up, though, we have news of a new film featuring Jason Isaacs and Ciarán Hinds (Lucius Malfoy and Aberforth Dumbledore, respectively). They're both set to star in Mother Russia, an upcoming drama about Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya (who will be played by Black Mirror's Maxine Peake), who gave up everything during her investigation into corruption under Vladamir Putin. The movie is set to begin filming later this year.

There's exciting news for any Slow Horses fans next. We already knew that the show had been renewed for a second season, but now we have a surprise trailer! The first season was focused on a group of MI5 rejects, led by Gary Oldman's (Sirius Black) character, who find themselves in a dangerous cat-and-mouse situation, and we can expect more of the same in Season 2 based on the trailer. Take a look at it below!



Dame Julie Walters (Mrs. Weasley) is set to star in an upcoming show for Channel 4. The show is called Truelove and will follow a group of old friends after they have made a pact to help each other die in their own ideal way. The Head of Drama at Channel 4, Caroline Hollick, described the show as a "unique, poignant, and darkly funny series."

There's exciting news from the Tardis to share next. We rounded up all of the rumors about David Tennant's (Barty Crouch Jr.) possible return to Doctor Who, and while Ncuti Gatwa (Sex Education) will be taking on the role of the 14th Doctor, it was announced earlier this week that we will also be seeing the Tenth Doctor back in action for the show's 60th-anniversary celebration! Beloved companion Donna, played by Catherine Tate, will also be returning.



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We now have a release date for Domhnall Gleeson's (Bill Weasley) upcoming psychological thriller, The Patient! The show centers around a serial killer who kidnaps a psychotherapist and keeps him hostage until he can stop his homicidal urges. However, trying to help his kidnapper only forces the therapist to face his own issues. It will premiere on August 30 on Disney+.

We've got a trailer featuring Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort) to show you next. He's starring in The Forgiven, a film that explores how the effects of an accident can reverberate through a community. The film debuted at last year's Toronto International Film Festival and will hit theaters on July 1. Check out the trailer below, and let us know what you think!



Sticking with trailers, we've got one to show you featuring Dame Emma Thompson and Isabella Laughland (Professor Trelawney and Leanne, respectively). Good Luck to You, Leo Grande is about a retired teacher who starts a surprising relationship with a young sex worker. Check out the latest trailer for the show, but be aware that it is NSFW.



The Amazing Maurice, an animated movie starring David Tennant and David Thewlis (Remus Lupin), has been picked up by distribution companies across the globe! The film is based on Terry Pratchett's novella of the same name and has been sold in major territories, including Scandanavia, Spain, and Australia and New Zealand. Sky already announced that they had the rights for the United Kingdom, and offers are still on the table from American and South Korean companies. 

The Amazing Maurice isn't the only project that Thewlis has been working on recently. He stars in the music video for Leeds-based band Yard Act's single "100% Endurance." The video was released earlier this week, with the band's frontman James Smith describing Thewlis as "a brilliant actor, and an absolute joy to watch work." You can watch the video below!



Thewlis has also been working alongside audiobook narrator Stephen Fry on a new adaption of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman comics. We still don't have a release date for the series, but Netflix has dropped some stills from the show. They all feature Dream and Lucifer (Game of Thrones's Gwendoline Christie and Sweetbitter's Tom Sturridge, respectively), but unfortunately, we don't yet have any pictures of Fry or Thewlis in costume. Check out one of the new pictures below!



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The Sandman isn't the only Netflix adaptation that we can look forward to seeing Fry in. He provided the voice for Truham Grammar School's headmaster in Season 1 of Heartstopper, and after an announcement yesterday, it seems as if we'll be hearing a lot more of him in the role. The LGBTQ+ drama, which is based on Alice Oseman's webcomic and graphic novel series of the same name, has recently been renewed for not one but two more seasons!



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Our penultimate story this week is the first clip of Sir Kenneth Branagh (Gilderoy Lockhart) in costume for Sky's upcoming drama This England. The show is set to tell the behind-the-scenes story of the UK government's response to COVID-19, Brexit, and other controversies. Branagh will play Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the show. Check out the teaser below!



Fantastic Beasts Cast and Crew

Last up this week is exciting news for Zoë Kravitz (Leta Lestrange). She's been officially named Omega's newest ambassador! Other ambassadors for the watch brand include Nicole Kidman and Kaia Gerber. Kravitz said that she is "happy and proud to be part of the family" and that she loves the brand's "adventurous spirit." 

That’s a wrap on this week’s Casting News! Which of the worlds we’ve mentioned are you most anticipating seeing hit the screen? Or are you more excited about one of the other projects we’ve mentioned? 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.