Castium Revelio: Thompson as Trunchbull and a Festive Reunion

Welcome to this week’s edition of MuggleNet’s Casting News! After last week‘s Doctor Who shenanigans, we’ve got a festive reunion special, as well as casting announcements for Jack Thorne’s and Sonia Friedman’s latest plays. Castium Revelio!



Before we get into all of that, however, we’ve got a special video from Emma Watson. She thanked a young girl named Catriona, whose favorite fictional character is Hermione, on the Late Late Toy Show for spreading awareness about autism and sharing her experiences with neurodivergence. Check out Catriona’s reaction below.



Next is a BBC Radio 6 broadcasting debut for Bill Nighy (Rufus Scrimgeour). He’s sitting in for Guy Garvey during Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour tomorrow. He’ll be on air between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., trying to “find some hip rhythm & blues to make Sunday swing.”

Nighy is also set to celebrate 20 years of one of the most iconic festive films. He’ll join Dame Emma Thompson (Professor Trelawney), Hugh Grant, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, and Laura Linney for a Love Actually cast reunion entitled The Laughter and Secrets of Love Actually. The special will air on November 29 and feature exclusive interviews with cast and crew members.



Thompson has also been discussing a new project with Sky News. She’s been talking about her transformation into the infamous children’s villain Ms. Trunchbull for Matilda the Musical. She described how the costume “slowly takes away all your energy” due to all of the prosthetics. She also spoke about how she “loved that sense of genuine jeopardy” that she got from her character when reading the original book as a child.

We’ve got exciting news on Sonia Friedman (producer of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child). Her new play Oklahoma! will run from February 28 until September 2 next year, and we now have a cast announcement. Most cast members will reprise their roles from the show’s run at the Young Vic, including Anoushka Lukas and Arthur Darvill.

There was also a casting announcement about Cursed Child co-writer Jack Thorne‘s new play, The Motive and the Cue. Johnny Flynn (Operation Mincemeat), Mark Gatiss (Sherlock), and Tuppence Middleton (Downton Abbey) are set to play the main roles of Richard Burton, John Gielgud, and Elizabeth Taylor, respectively.

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