Castium Revelio: Magical News from the Cannes Film Market and the Tony Awards
by Neave Williamson · Published · Updated
Welcome back to MuggleNet’s Casting News! After last month’s happy announcements from Bonnie Wright and Daniel Radcliffe, we’ve got lots of announcements from the Cannes Film Market at the Cannes Film Festival, as well as some magical winners from the Irish Film & Television Academy Awards and the BAFTA Television Awards. Castium Revelio!
It's time to announce some winners! The Banshees of Inisherin, starring Brendan Gleeson (Mad-Eye Moody) and Colin Farrell (Percival Graves in Fantastic Beasts) has won yet more awards, picking up three awards, including Best Film, at this year's Irish Film & Television Academy Awards. Gleeson was awarded individually with the Supporting Actor – Film award, while costar Kerry Condon took home Supporting Actress – Film.
Additionally, Ciarán Hinds (Aberforth Dumbledore) took home Supporting Actor – Drama for his role in The Dry, which also won the Original Music award. Enola Holmes 2, which features Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange) and David Thewlis (Remus Lupin) and was written by Cursed Child cowriter Jack Thorne, won the award for Costume Design.
Wizarding World alumni projects also saw success at the BAFTA Television Awards. Jack Thorne's Am I Being Unreasonable? took home the award for Male Performance in a Comedy Programme. And House of the Dragon, which stars Rhys Ifans (Xenophilius Lovegood), took home three awards: Makeup & Hair Design; Sound: Fiction; and Special, Visual & Graphic Effects.
We've got a new role for David Tennant`(Barty Crouch Jr.). He's taking on the iconic, titular role of Macbeth in a new production of the Shakespeare play. The play will run for ten weeks beginning December 8 in order to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Donmar Warehouse in London's Covent Garden.
Alan Rickman (Severus Snape) was recognized this month in a Google Doodle to commemorate the 36th anniversary of the role that is said to have launched his career: Vicomte de Valmont in Les Liaisons Dangereuses on Broadway. Artist Helen Leroux described how she drew inspiration from Rickman's own diary scribbles and how she wanted to honor his "passion for creativity."
Harry Potter, Die Hard, Love Actually—Alan Rickman worked his magic in every role he took on.
— Google Doodles (@GoogleDoodles) April 30, 2023
We've got a crossover between film series next. Harry Potter's Fiona Shaw (Petunia Dursley) is teaming up with Fantastic Beasts's Katherine Waterston (Tina Goldstein) for Park Avenue. The indie drama is about a young woman (Waterston) who flees her overbearing husband to return to her mother's house, revealing secrets and reforming old ties.
There's news of two scripted podcasts featuring Wizarding World cast members. The first is our second Fiona Shaw project of this edition. She will star in Ad Lucem, a socio-political thriller set in a futuristic New York that centers on a revolutionary tech company and the unintended consequences of its latest innovation.
The second podcast will see Freddie Stroma (Cormac McLaggen) star in a nine-part sci-fi thriller series called Evergreen. The podcast will follow eight of Earth's greatest minds as they are forced to rebuild society when an asteroid destroys our planet, but they fall into a power struggle that could cost all of them their lives.
Imelda Staunton (Dolores Umbridge) also has a new project on the horizon. She'll star in West the Road, an Irish comedy surrounding a group of women who bond after they lose a childhood friend. The group discovers that their friend was forced to give her daughter up for adoption when she was 15 and goes on a quest to find and meet her. The film has been recently picked up by Bankside Films.
Frances de la Tour (Madame Maxime) also has a new upcoming project. To the Girl I Once Knew is the debut film of its production company, Candid Broads, and it follows a girl whose secret mental health issues complicate her moving in with her long-term boyfriend. The production company was set up to get female-centric stories onto the screen, and as such, 90% of the department heads on this film are female.
We've got an adorable project from Harry Potter audiobook narrator Stephen Fry next. He has narrated an animated short film called The Little Soldier Who Dared. The story serves as a prequel to the video game Tin Hearts, a platform-puzzler that will see you guiding a troop of tin soldiers across over 50 different levels. Check out the short film below!
We're heading to Cannes for the remainder of this section and the next. First up, we've got a new rom-com for Timothy Spall (Peter Pettigrew), which was introduced to buyers at Cannes. Night and Day is an adaptation of Virginia Woolf's novel of the same name and will see Spall joined by Haley Bennett (Cyrano) and Elyas M'Barek (This Crazy Heart).
A new film starring Ciarán Hinds was also promoted at the Cannes Film Market. Hinds will star alongside Lesley Manville (Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris) in Midwinter Break, which tells the story of a longtime married couple who reach a crossroads in their relationship while on a trip to Amsterdam.
Jason Isaacs is involved in two projects at the Cannes Film Market. The Boy at the Back of the Class is an adaptation of Onjali Q. Rauf's award-winning children's book of the same name. It follows nine-year-old Alexa as she befriends Ahmet. As Alexa learns about Ahmet's status as a refugee, she does everything she can to reunite him with his family in an adventure that takes the pair to Buckingham Palace.
Isaacs's second project is another book adaptation, this time taking Raynor Winn's bestselling memoir The Salt Path from page to screen. The story follows a couple as the husband is diagnosed with a terminal illness only a few days after they lose their house and take on a year-long coastal trek.
Sticking with the Cannes Film Market, Jude Law (Albus Dumbledore) is also involved in a project that is up for sale. Origin of Species follows different sides of the same true story involving murder, survival, and a trek through the Galapagos, and it is described as "a darkly comic tale." Law will be joined by Ana de Armas (Blonde) and Daniel Brühl (All Quiet on the Western Front).
Zoë Kravitz (Leta Lestrange) is also slated for a top-choice project at Cannes. The psychological horror film Self-Portrait follows a grieving photographer, Lu, who befriends the accomplished painter who occupies the studio below, Katherine. When Katherine suffers a loss of her own, Lu captures the feeling in a self-portrait that leads a demonic force to shake the women's realities.
We started this edition with award winners, and we're ending with nominations for the Tony Awards, which take place on June 11. Producers Colin Callender and Sonia Friedman have seen nomination success, with their play New York, New York being nominated for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Choreography, Best Scenic Design of a Musical, Best Costume Design for a Musical, Best Lighting Design of a Musical, Best Performance by an Actor in the Lead Role of a Musical, Best Orchestrations, and Best Sound Design in a Musical.
Friedman's plays also have several other nominations. Leopoldstadt has been nominated for Best Play, Best Direction of a Play, Best Costume Design of a Play, and Best Scenic Design of a Play, while August Wilson's The Piano Lesson is up for Best Revival of Play. Both also see nominations in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play category.
Movement director Steven Hogett has been nominated in the Best Choreography category for his work in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and lighting designer Neil Austin received a nomination for his work in Leopoldstadt for Best Lighting Design in a Play.
That’s a wrap on this month’s Casting News! Congratulations to all our award winners, and good luck to those nominated at the Tonys!