Castium Revelio: Renewals and the Saturn Awards
by Mary Wojcicki · Published · Updated
Welcome to another edition of Casting News, where we’re covering two weeks of magical updates – almost as exciting as the news that we finally have a release date for Hogwarts Legacy. It’s time once again to see what the cast and crew from the Harry Potter film series and beyond are doing. Castium Revelio!
To start off our updates, we have none other than Daniel Radcliffe. In addition to the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) lineup information on which we previously reported, we now know that Weird: The Al Yankovic Story will open the Midnight Madness program at this year's festival. More information on where to catch Weird will be available on the official TIFF website once the film festival's schedule is released on August 23.
On top of this TIFF news, David Barron, who produced multiple Harry Potter films, is one of the producers of the Emily Brontë biopic Emily, which is set to open the festival.
While it has not yet been confirmed, Jessie Cave (Lavender Brown) could be seen in the third season of Miss Scarlet and the Duke, which has been greenlit by PBS. Cave will appear in the second season of the show, set to air in the United States in October.
Next, we have Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban director Alfonso Cuarón. According to Deadline, he will be working with Charlize Theron on Jane, a new film about the home life of author Philip K. Dick. The film, which is being made for Amazon Studios, is likely to star Theron, while Cuarón is reportedly set to direct.
Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort) can be seen in the official trailer for The Menu, to be released on November 18. The film is rated R in the US, and the trailer may not be suitable for all viewers.
Hero Fiennes Tiffin, who portrayed the 11-year-old version of Tom Riddle, has been cast in a new thriller titled Come as You Are, according to Just Jared Jr. Little is known about the project so far, but Fiennes Tiffin will reportedly star alongside Taylor John Smith and Sophie Turner.
Stephen Fry, the narrator of the British Harry Potter audiobooks, has joined the upcoming Netflix young adult series The F*** It Bucket, according to Deadline. Fry will reportedly play the role of Dr. Nell, the doctor of lead character Mia Polanco (newcomer Sophie Wilde).
In other news, Fry, Dame Emma Thompson (Professor Trelawney), and Miriam Margolyes (Professor Sprout) are featured in The Fringe, Fame And Me, a documentary about the Edinburgh Festival Fringe from BBC Scotland. The three actors have previously participated in Edinburgh Fringe. The documentary first aired on August 8.
Brendan Gleeson (Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody) and Colin Farrell (Percival Graves, Fantastic Beasts) both star in the Martin McDonagh drama film The Banshees of Inisherin. The trailer for the film is out now, ahead of its October 21 release.
Rohan Gotobed (young Sirius Black, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2) hosted a free performance workshop during HengeFest 2022 on July 31 at Maumbury Rings in Dorchester. Gotobed is also the artistic director of the theater company Dorsetborn.
Both Ciarán Hinds (Aberforth Dumbledore) and Toby Jones (voice of Dobby) are among the cast members of The Wonder, which will have its European premiere during the San Sebastián Film Festival in Spain in September.
Ralph Ineson (Amycus Carrow) can be seen in Amazon Prime Video's film adaptation of Catherine Called Birdy, hitting the streaming service in the US on September 23. The first trailer for the film is out now, and you can watch it below.
Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy) announced via Twitter that he will be starring in a biopic about actor Cary Grant. The upcoming biopic comes from ITV and BritBox International, according to Deadline, and will be titled Archie in reference to Grant's birth name, Archibald Alexander Leach.
A second season of the television series Annika has been commissioned by Alibi, All3Media International, and Masterpiece, and Katie Leung (Cho Chang) is set to reprise her role as DC Blair Ferguson. According to the renewal announcement from UKTV, the first season of Annika will premiere on PBS Masterpiece on October 16.
Kelly Macdonald (the Gray Lady) can be seen in the first trailer for the upcoming Netflix feature film I Came By, and you can watch it right here.
I Came By will be released on Netflix in the US on August 31.
The upcoming film Living, starring Bill Nighy (Rufus Scrimgeour) and including Adrian Rawlins (James Potter), is scheduled for a December 23 release in New York City and Los Angeles, according to Collider. The film, a British remake of the Japanese film Ikiru, is expected to be released in additional markets following its initial release.
Fiona Shaw's (Petunia Dursley) upcoming Disney+ series within the Star Wars universe, Andor, has another new trailer and an official release date for its first three episodes, which will premiere all at once on September 21.
Unfortunately, Andor will have a shorter run than originally planned, reports ScreenCrush. The show is now scheduled to end after its second season instead of running for five years.
Litvinenko, starring David Tennant (Barty Crouch Jr.), will be one of the series that launches the new ITVX streaming platform in the United Kingdom, it has been announced. ITVX will combine the BritBox and ITV Hub catalogs when it launches later this year.
John Williams, the composer of the first three Potter films, rarely gives interviews, but the UK-based Classic FM will present a special two-hour program in honor of Williams's 90th birthday, including an interview with Williams himself. Titled John Williams at 90, the program will air on Classic FM on August 29 from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. BST. The station can be streamed online.
Luke Youngblood (Lee Jordan) voices William in the Nickelodeon preschool television series Baby Shark's Big Show!, and the show is soon to receive a holiday special titled Baby Shark's Big Movie! on Paramount+. According to a press release from CBS posted by the Futon Critic, Baby Shark's Big Movie! is coming Holiday 2023.
We also have the 2022 Saturn Award nominations from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore is nominated in the Fantasy Film category. Also among the nominees are all three of the Wizarding World stars in The Batman – Robert Pattinson (Cedric Diggory), Colin Farrell, and Zoë Kravitz (Leta Lestrange, Fantastic Beasts) – as well as Cruella, starring Dame Emma Thompson, and The Green Knight, starring Ralph Ineson. Even more nominations for projects involving our Wizarding World alumni can be found on the full list published by Deadline or on the official website of the Saturn Awards.
That’s a wrap on this edition of Casting News. Which piece of news has you most excited this week? Let us know in the comments below!