Castium Revelio: A New Generation of the Wizarding World
by Neave Williamson · Published · Updated
Welcome to April’s version of MuggleNet’s Casting News! Last month, we told you about Jack Thorne and Sonia Friedman’s involvement in a new Upside Down adventure, and they’ve both been busy this month too with a new BBC show and a ride into another franchise, respectively. We’ve also got new roles for Jamie Campbell Bower, Fiona Shaw, and Zoë Kravitz to share. Castium Revelio!
First up, though, we've got a couple of musical appearances. Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) will appear as part of the Irish Chamber Orchestra's performance at the West Wicklow Chamber Music Festival on May 21. They will perform the musical suite Carnival of the Animals, bringing to life lots of creatures through music. Tickets for the festival are still available.
Ciarán Hinds (Aberforth Dumbledore) performed at a concert at the start of this month. He took part in performances of The Passions with the Fews Ensemble at locations in Newry and Belfast on April 6 and 7. Before the concerts, he shared his excitement about performing alongside "gifted musicians."
David Bradley (Argus Filch) has also been getting involved in the music scene in April. He stars in the music video for Lewis Capaldi's latest song, "Wish You the Best," alongside Winnie, a five-year-old Cairn terrier from Worcester, England. Bradley plays John in the video, which sees John's last days with his dog and how the dog moves on after his death. Check out the video below, but make sure to pick up some tissues first.
We're into the world of TV with a new role for Alfred Enoch (Dean Thomas). He's been cast as Pete in a new Starz and Channel 4 psychological thriller called The Couple Next Door. The show follows Pete and his partner, Evie (played by Poldark's Eleanor Tomlinson), after they move into an upscale neighborhood full of curtain-twitchers. They make friends with Danny and Becka, the couple next door, until Evie has an affair with Danny.
Katie Leung (Cho Chang) is also set to appear on our TV screens, in Nightsleeper. The six-part BBC thriller series is set in real time on a sleeper train from Glasgow, Scotland, to London, England, and will see a government agency trying to intervene as dramatic events unfold onboard while two passengers fight to save the lives of their fellow travelers.
From screen to stage next, with a new touring production of Macbeth starring Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort) and Indira Varma (Luther) premiering in Liverpool, England, this November. The play will then move to Edinburgh for a run in January 2024, London for February to March 2024, and Washington D.C. for April 2024.
Keeping on the subject of Shakespeare, Sir Kenneth Branagh (Gilderoy Lockhart) is set to star in and direct a new adaptation of King Lear. The play will see a run of 50 performances at the West End's Wyndham's Theatre before being transferred to the Shed's Griffin Theatre in New York in the autumn of 2024. Tickets for the London run, which begins previews on October 21, 2023, and has an official opening date of October 31, will go on sale on June 5.
Moving into the world of film, our first film announcement comes from Jamie Campbell Bower (young Gellert Grindelwald). He's taking the lead in a new reboot of the '80s franchise Witchboard. The film will follow a couple and their friends, who have recently opened a cafe in the French Quarter of New Orleans, as one finds an ancient pendulum board that was once used to summon spirits.
Domnhall Gleeson (Bill Weasley) has also been announced as part of a new film this month. He's joined Echo Valley, a film about a traumatized woman whose daughter shows up at her ranch covered in someone else's blood. Gleeson will play a criminal who interrupts their quiet existence by sharing their family secrets.
Monstrous Beauty has announced its cast this week, and it stars Fiona Shaw (Petunia Dursley) as Aphra Ben, the first published female playwright in history. The film centers around Barbara Field (played by The Last of Us's Bella Ramsey), a young woman born into poverty with a condition that means she is entirely covered in hair. Filming is set to begin in September.
Kelly Macdonald (the Gray Lady) has joined the cast of O'Dessa, starring in the rock opera alongside Sadie Sink (Stranger Things) and Kelvin Harrison Jr. (Elvis). The film tells the tale of a young girl in a post-apocalyptic society who has to travel across different cities to rediscover a family heirloom while also having to put the power of song to the test in order to save her one true love.
Last but definitely not least, we've got some personal news from two Wizarding World stars. Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) has had his first child with his long-term partner Erin Darke! The child's birthday and sex haven't been disclosed, but the birth was confirmed by Radcliffe's representative this week.
He isn't the only one starting a family: Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley) just announced that she is pregnant! Congrats to both for their news.
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Gemma Chan (Madam Ya Zhou) is set to star in The Actor, an upcoming film that will follow a man who is stuck in 1950s Ohio after a brutal attack that leaves him with severe memory loss. Simon McBurney and Toby Jones (voices of Kreacher and Dobby in the Harry Potter films, respectively) also feature in the film, which has recently wrapped production.
Zoë Kravitz (Leta Lestrange) has also joined a new cast. She'll star in Biter, a dark comedy film that tells the story of a young woman who dreams of biting her coworker. The film is based on a short story from Kristen Roupenian's debut collection You Know You Want This. There's no writer or director officially attached to the project yet.
Colin Farrell (Percival Graves) has been joined by fellow Fantastic Beasts alum Carmen Ejogo (Seraphina Picquery) in The Penguin. Ejogo's character details are being kept under wraps, but we do know that she will recur throughout the series. The show is set to continue on from the events of The Batman and is currently in production.
The BBC has ordered a new TV adaptation of Lord of the Flies and has already attached Jack Thorne (Cursed Child co-writer) as its writer. This series will mark the first occasion that the classic book has been adapted for TV screens. The four-part series currently has no actors attached, and we have no idea of a release date either.
Sonia Friedman (producer of Cursed Child) has also been announced as part of a new project. Her production company, Sonia Friedman Productions, will coproduce a Broadway transfer for The Shark Is Broken, a comedic play set behind the scenes of the first Jaws film. The play will run at the John Golden Theatre for 16 weeks, with an official opening date of August 10.
That’s a wrap on this month’s Casting News. Congratulations again to both Radcliffe and Wright! Which of the upcoming films, plays, and TV shows are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments below.