Castium Revelio: Rescue Missions and Greek Mythology

Welcome to this week’s edition of MuggleNet’s Casting News! While we didn’t get to see any trailers last week, we’ve got three for you this week! We’ve also got a new mythological role for David Thewlis, as well as new roles to announce for Richard Coyle and Alfred Enoch. Castium Revelio!



Harry Potter Cast and Crew

First up, though, we've got a new hosting role for Stephen Fry (narrator of the British audiobooks). He's set to narrate Dinosaur – with Stephen Fry, a documentary that has been described as a "four-day landmark event." The show uses new technology to recreate a prehistoric environment, allowing Fry to get close to various creatures and talk with experts about their lives. Fry said that he "jumped at the opportunity" to host the show.

Fry's also been busy with another award nomination. Both he and Fantastic Beasts' s Eddie Redmayne (Newt Scamander) have received nominations at this year's South Bank Sky Arts Awards. The awards are the only ones to celebrate all sections of the arts industry. Fry's drama It's a Sin has been nominated for the TV Drama award, while Cabaret, in which Redmayne stars as the Emcee, has been nominated in the Theatre category. The ceremony will be aired on the Sky Arts channel on July 13. Good luck to both Fry and Redmayne!

We've got the first of our trailers to share next. It's for Fantastic Friends, an upcoming show hosted by James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley). In the show, the pair will travel to different locations and be guided around by a friend. Their tour guides include fellow Harry Potter stars Evanna LynchBonnie Wright, and Luke Youngblood (Luna Lovegood, Ginny Weasley, and Lee Jordan, respectively). Check out the trailer below!



Up next is a new mythological role for David Thewlis (Remus Lupin). He'll become the king of the underworld by taking on the role of Hades in Netflix's upcoming comedy-drama Kaos. He'll be starring opposite The Undoing's Hugh Grant in the show, which is a darkly comic take on life in Greek mythology's underworld. We don't have much information on the show yet, but we'll keep you updated when more is announced!

We've got a new role for Alfred Enoch (Dean Thomas) as well. He's been cast in The Critic, a period thriller set in London in 1934. The film surrounds an actress and the town's most feared theater critic. When the critic's newspaper gets taken over by new owners, they are both thrown into a world of murder and blackmail. 

While Thewlis and Enoch are in new roles, Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort) will be continuing one of his. We told you at the start of this year about his leading role in Straight Line Crazy, a play about the questionable actions of city planner Robert Moses. This October, the play will be moving from London to the Shed's Griffin Theatre off Broadway! The show opens for previews on October 18, with its run officially opening on October 26.

We've got our second trailer of this edition up next. See How They Run is a new murder-mystery film set in London's West End in the 1950s. Shirley Henderson (Moaning Myrtle) will play one of a host of interesting suspects, with Little Women's Saoirse Ronan and Jojo Rabbit's Sam Rockwell playing the detectives who must solve the case. Check out the trailer below!



There's exciting news about Dame Emma Thompson (Professor Trelawney): It was announced earlier this week that Netflix's movie musical adaptation of Matilda will open this year's BFI London Film Festival. The film will be screened on October 5 at the Southbank Centre in Royal Festival Hall, with Thompson expected to attend alongside her fellow cast members.

Fantastic Beasts Cast and Crew

Back to new role announcements next! Richard Coyle (Aberforth Dumbledore) is set to return to the West End to take on the role of Atticus Finch in Sonia Friedman's (producer of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) production of To Kill a Mockingbird. Coyle is set to join the original London cast for a run of shows between August 15 and November 19 at the Gielgud Theatre.

Last up this week is the first trailer for Colin Farrell's (Percival Graves) upcoming drama. Thirteen Lives is based on the true story of the Royal Thai Navy SEALs and thousands of volunteers who helped to rescue 12 children and their soccer coach from a Thai cave in 2018. The film is set for a limited theater release on July 29 and will begin streaming on Amazon Prime Video on August 5. Check out the trailer below!



That’s a wrap on this week’s Casting News! Which of our trailers has made you the most excited? 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.