Castium Revelio: Another Season in Westeros

Welcome back to MuggleNet’s Casting News! We’ve got sneak peeks and trailers starring Ralph Ineson, Bill Nighy, and Ron Perlman, as well as a renewal for a beloved spin-off show and interviews for two Wizarding World alums about their latest roles. Let’s get into it. Castium Revelio!



Harry Potter Cast and Crew

Before we delve into all that, we've got new roles for four Harry Potter alums. First up is Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange), who has joined Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs) in the upcoming drama One Life. It will follow the life of a stockbroker from London who managed to pull off an against-the-odds plan to save 669 Jewish children just before the Nazis took over. Bonham Carter is set to play the stockbroker's mother, who herself came from a German Jewish family.

We've also got a new role to announce for Brendan Gleeson (Mad-Eye Moody). He's joined the ensemble cast of Joker: Folie à Deux. The DC film, which is set for release next October, is a sequel to Todd Phillips's 2019 film Joker. We don't know who he'll be playing currently, but when production gets underway in December, we might get some more information about his role.

Kathryn Hunter (Mrs. Figg) also joined an ensemble cast this week. She's lined up for a role in Francis Ford Coppola's upcoming political drama Megatropolis. The film will portray the struggle between a problem-filled modern society and the fate of the city of Rome. The film will begin production this fall, so keep an eye out for any sneak peeks!

Frank Dillane (16-year-old Tom Riddle, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) is set to play Charles Devereux in The Ballad of Renegade Nell. Charles has been described as a charming rouge, although we don't know his relation to the other characters that have been announced. The Disney+ show is a fantasy adventure about a young woman who finds herself becoming the world's most famous highwaywoman.

While those alumni are setting off on new projects, Jeff Rawle (Amos Diggory) is set to step back into the shoes of a well-known TV killer. We've been awaiting his official return to his Hollyoaks role as serial killer Silas Blisset since we saw a teaser picture earlier this year. Now, we can finally see him back in action with a newly released trailer. Check it out below!



We've got lots of release dates to get excited about next. First up are the digital and disc releases for Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris. The comedy film, in which Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy) plays one of Mrs. Harris's old friends, hit digital yesterday and will be released on both DVD and Blu-ray on September 6. These versions will also grant access to deleted and extended scenes, as well as a gag reel.

If you're looking for something further in the future, we've got a Christmas release for Netflix's live-action remake of Matilda the MusicalDame Emma Thompson (Professor Trelawney) is set to star as evil headmistress Mrs. Trunchbull in the film, which is originally based on Roald Dahl's bestselling children's book. The film will see a short theatrical release in select theaters starting December 9 and will hit Netflix on Christmas Day.

Our final film to boast an upcoming release date is Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio remake. Ron Perlman (Gnarlak, Fantastic Beasts) and David Bradley (Argus Filch) are both on the cast list, which also includes Ewan McGregor (Obi-Wan Kenobi) and Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things). The film will debut at the BFI London Film Festival on October 15. You'll be able to catch other films starring Wizarding World alumni at the festival too, including Matilda the Musical; Living, starring Bill Nighy (Rufus Scrimgeour); and The Banshees of Inisherin, starring Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell (Percival Graves, Fantastic Beasts).

Speaking of Living, the film's full UK trailer was released this week. While we told you about the US's December release date a couple of weeks ago, this trailer also comes with a release date for all our British readers. It will be shown in some cinemas across the country as a part of the BFI London Film Festival in October but will see its main theatrical release in the UK on November 4. Check out the trailer below!



Ron Perlman has also been a part of another story this week, this time alongside Ralph Ineson (Amycus Carrow). They are both featured in the upcoming western thriller The Last Victim, which is about a group of outlaws who get hunted down by a sheriff after committing a horrific crime. Soon, the spiral widens as more and more people are dragged into the chase. The film's UK trailer was released this week, and you can watch it below.



Next up, we've got a two-part record remake called Almost Everything..., featuring the voice of Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood). She's part of an all-Irish voice cast that has recorded the poems of the influential writer Patrick Kavanagh. Other voices in the readings include comedian Aisling Bea, musicians Bono and Hozier, and actors Liam Neeson and Jessie Buckley. The original version of the record was released in 1964, but you'll be able to listen to the updated version on September 23.

We've got spoilers as part of our next story, so if you haven't managed to catch Domnhall Gleeson's (Bill Weasley) performance in The Patient yet, skip ahead to the next paragraph. He recently spoke in an interview with Decider about how he originally took the job because of how it dealt with serial killers in an interesting manner, as well as how he was drawn to working with Steve Carell (Despicable Me), saying that the experience was "all of the things that [he] was hoping it would be."

Lee Ingleby (Stan Shunpike) is featured in a trailer for the BBC thriller series Crossfire. The show is set in a luxury resort in the Canary Islands, but the experience becomes a lot less relaxing than it sounds when shots are heard through the hotel. Have a look at the trailer below and let us know what you think.



Last but definitely not least, we have an exciting announcement for all Game of Thrones fans. House of the Dragon has already been renewed for a second season! Both Rhys Ifans (Xenophillius Lovegood) and costume designer Jany Temime will continue with the show as far as we know. The premiere episode hit record viewing numbers for HBO, and we can't wait to see whether the second season will do the same.

Fantastic Beasts Cast and Crew

Samantha Morton (Mary Lou Barebone) recently spoke about her role in The Serpent Queen. She described how her character – Catherine de Medici – led a "really extraordinary" life and said that "every aspect of playing Catherine was exciting, very interesting, and a joy to play." She also talked about how her childhood influenced her portrayal and how different her costume was from some of her other roles.

Cursed Child Cast and Crew

Next, we've got news of a new musical set to be produced by Sonia Friedman. She's working alongside Susan Stroman (The Right Girls), Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton), and iconic songwriting duo John Kander and Fred Ebb (Cabaret) for the musical, which is very loosely based on the 1977 film New York, New York. The show is set to hit broadway next March.

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.