Castium Revelio: Out-of-This-World Celebrations and Awards

Welcome back to MuggleNet’s Casting News! After last week’s interviews, trailers, and renewal dates, this week we’ve got a celebration from a galaxy far, far away and awards for Eddie Redmayne and Colin Farell. Castium Revelio!



Harry Potter Cast and Crew

First up, though, we've got a new show for Peter Mullan (Yaxley). He's been cast in a new ITV crime thriller called Payback, which will tell the story of a young woman who becomes involved in a dangerous police operation to take down an infamous crime lord (who will be played by Mullan). The show will be filmed around Scotland, although we don't currently have a release date.

Bill Nighy (Rufus Scrimgeour) also has a new project. He's part of the English-language voice cast of Dragonkeeper, which follows a young orphan who has to travel across China in order to rescue the final few surviving dragons. Viva Kids recently picked up North American distribution rights to the film, which was originally produced by Spanish firm Guardián de Dragones. The film will see a short theatrical release next August before being released on Hulu.

Speaking of animation, Netflix became the first streaming service to win the Best Animated Program award at the Emmys! Arcane, which stars Katie Leung (Cho Chang) as Caitlyn, is based on the popular video game League of Legends. We can't wait to see what the second season of the show involves!

Leung has also been involved in a campaign with Gemma Chan (Madam Ya Zhou, Fantastic Beasts). They've been campaigning alongside comedian Phil Wang and Chan's fellow Marvel alum Benedict Wong, asking the government to officially recognize East and South East Asian (ESEA) Heritage Month in the UK. Chan described how the occasion is "an important celebration that allows our community to proudly connect with and embrace their ESEA heritage."

Leung has been involved in a third project this week. She is in the trailer for The Peripheral, an Amazon Prime sci-fi drama about a young woman trying to keep her family together while also fighting for her own future. The teaser was released earlier this week, and you can take a look at it below!



Warwick Davis (Professor Flitwick) is set to appear at an upcoming charity event that will celebrate everything to do with the Star Wars franchise. The event, which will be held at the UK's National Space Centre in Leicester, will see Stormtroopers and Droids taking over. The center's planetarium will also have a special display about the planets of the galaxy far, far away, and visitors will be able to stand in replica sets and have lessons on how to wield a lightsaber.

Next up is another exciting announcement for our UK readers. National Theatre at Home has added lots of new content to its catalog, with Cursed Child producer Sonia Friedman's Leopoldstadt now available for the service's UK customers, as well as Ralph Fiennes's (Voldemort) Straight Line Crazy. Unfortunately, neither are currently available in any other country.

We've got two trailers to show you now. The first is for What's Love Got to Do With It?, which stars Lily James (Baby Driver) and Dame Emma Thompson (Professor Trelawney). The rom-com will debut at the Toronto International Film Festival later today, but if you haven't managed to get a ticket, you can watch the trailer below!



Our second trailer features both Ciarán Hinds (Aberforth Dumbledore) and Toby Jones (voice of Dobby). They've teamed up in The English, a limited Western series about a woman who seeks revenge on the man who she strongly believes killed her son. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think about it in the comments.



Fantastic Beasts Cast and Crew

Eddie Redmayne (Newt Scamander) has been awarded a very prestigious honor at the Zurich Film Festival. He's set to receive the Golden Eye award for lifetime achievement at the festival on September 25, where he'll also be attending the European premiere of his upcoming thriller The Good Nurse. Congratulations to Redmayne on the award!

Our next story is a new role for Samantha Morton (Mary Lou Barebone). She's set to star alongside Ruby Stokes (Bridgerton) in a new Paramount+ thriller series called The Burning Girls. The show is set in a conspiracy-ridden village, with Morton's character, Reverend Jack Brooks, and her daughter Flo (played by Stokes) having to get to the bottom of the village's secrets.

Colin Farrell (Percival Graves) has been busy this week at the Venice Film Festival. Both he and Brendan Gleeson (Mad-Eye Moody, Harry Potter) were at the festival for the world premiere of their film The Banshees of Inisherin. The film was met with a standing ovation for over 12 minutes after its premiere, with Gleeson speaking at the press conference on Monday about how the film shows "male friendship as something valuable at the moment, when the readjustment of everyone’s relationships with everybody is under reconsideration." 

The Venice Film Festival is not the only story involving Farrell this week. He's been given an honor for his work with the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, which he will be awarded at the Elizabeth Taylor Ball to End AIDS on September 15. He said in a statement that he was "lucky enough to know Elizabeth, and in my time as her friend, it was so clear to me how important she felt her work with HIV/AIDS was," adding that he will "look forward to celebrating Elizabeth at this year’s gala."

Cursed Child Cast and Crew

Our final story this week is about an upcoming comedy-thriller show called Am I Being Unreasonable?, which will be produced by Jack Thorne (Cursed Child cowriter) for the BBC. The show, which stars comedians Daisy May Cooper (This Country) and Selin Hizli (Mum), follows a newly found friendship between two women that reveals some dark secrets.

That’s a wrap on this week’s Casting News! Congratulations to all of those who have won awards this week. Which of the new projects are you looking forward to seeing the most?


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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.