Castium Revelio: Revolting Children and Talking Puppets

Welcome to this week’s Casting News! After last week’s peeks into the worlds of The Walking Dead and The Sandman, this week we’ve got news about marmalade-loving bears, revolting children, and puppets that come to life. Castium Revelio!



First up, though, is a new robotic role for Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy). He’ll voice a friendly A.I. companion in a first-person indie video game called The Last Worker. In the game, players will act as the final human worker in an otherwise fully automated factory. A free demo of the game is currently available via Steam, with the final version set to hit stores later this year.

Next up is the first clip of Hero Fiennes Tiffin (11-year-old Tom Riddle) in First Love. The film is about the trials and tribulations of senior year romance, and it will see Tiffin starring alongside Santa Clarita Diet‘s Sydney Park. Tiffin was recently interviewed about the role by Teen Vogue magazine, and he described that the relationship worked well because the pair are “definitely on different sides of the social spectrum.” Check out the clip below!



There’s good news for any Downton Abbey: A New Era fans up next. The film, which was released only in theaters earlier this year, will make its streaming debut on June 24 on Peacock! Dame Maggie Smith and Imelda Staunton (Professor McGonagall and Dolores Umbridge, respectively) are both featured in the film, which mostly takes place at the Crawley family’s French villa. Will you be rewatching the film when it streams, or will you be tuning in to watch it for the first time?

There’s also been an exciting announcement for all fans of a certain bear. The third installment in the Paddington franchise has now officially been given a title and a director! Paddington in Peru will be directed by Dougal Wilson, who is best known for his work on John Lewis commercials. David Heyman‘s (producer of all eight Harry Potter films) production company will continue to produce the films.

Next up are some first-look images of Guillermo Del Toro’s adaptation of the classic fairytale Pinocchio. The Netflix original is set to take a darker turn than any previous tellings of the tale, with David Bradley (Argus Filch) set to voice Geppetto the puppet maker. Ron Perlman (Gnarlak, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) also makes an appearance in the cast. Take a look at one of the images below.



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We’ve also got a first look at Dame Emma Thompson‘s (Professor Trelawney) take on one of musical theater’s most recognizable villains. She’s taking on the role of Ms. Trunchball in Netflix’s upcoming adaptation of Matilda, which will be based on the West End musical version of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s novel. It’ll be released to the streaming service in December, but until then, you can check out the trailer below.



That’s a wrap on this week’s Casting News! Which of these projects are you most excited to see come to life? 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.