Castium Revelio: Grammy Nominations, a Studio Ghibli Trailer, and the Fourteenth Doctor
by Neave Williamson · Published · Updated
Welcome to November’s edition of MuggleNet’s Casting News! After we saw Imelda Staunton and Eddie Redmayne return to major roles last month, David Tennant is taking up that mantle this month. We’ve also got new projects starring Domnhall Gleeson, Helena Bonham Carter, Robert Pattinson, and more, as well as award nominations for John Williams and Alexandre Desplat. Castium Revelio!
First up, though, is news from Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter). His show Miracle Workers has been canceled after its fourth season. Each season of the show took place in a different time period and location, with the final season taking place in a post-apocalyptic world. The show became one of many TBS shows canceled after industry strikes came to an end.
While Daniel has been hit by cancellations, Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) has been featured in a new project. It'll Never Catch On is a short documentary based on the history of the Veganuary movement. The documentary tells the story of the campaign's foundation and interviews vegan celebrities like Evanna to get their thoughts on its impact. You can check out the documentary below.
This month has been a busy one for Robert Pattinson (Cedric Diggory). First of all, more details were announced about an upcoming Netflix film he stars in. Average Height, Average Build is a black comedy film about a serial killer who enlists as a lobbyist to argue for laws that would make getting away with his murders easier. Pattinson is set to play the serial killer Stephen Lewis Deesner himself. Filming was set to start in Boston over the summer but was pushed back due to strikes.
Pattinson has been praised for another new project, The Boy and the Heron. He makes his voice acting debut in the Studio Ghibli film, which is set for an English-language release in December, having already seen a very successful run in Japan. Fellow Wizarding World alum Gemma Chan (Madam Ya Zhou, Fantastic Beasts) also stars in the film. You can check out a recently released trailer for the film below.
Pattinson also has big news outside the world of acting. He and his girlfriend, Suki Waterhouse, are expecting their first child together! Waterhouse announced the news while performing on stage on November 17. Pattinson hasn't commented on the announcement himself yet.
Nick Shirm (Zacharias Smith) also had personal news this month. He married Molly Lopresti, a percussionist for the Jonas Brothers, live on stage at a Jonas Brothers concert, with Nick Jonas officiating. Video of the event was posted on Instagram.
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We're launching into the world of podcasts next. Domnhall Gleeson (Bill Weasley) joined the cast of iconic British comedian James Acaster's new podcast, Springleaf. The scripted podcast follows a disgraced former undercover detective who shares the recordings from his cases on the podcast. Gleeson lends his voice to Lawrence, the notorious leader of the gang that the detective infiltrated. The first episode was released earlier this week, with subsequent episodes set to be released every Tuesday.
Bill Nighy (Rufus Scrimgeour) is also lending his voice to a project. He's leading the voice cast of Gracie and Pedro's (Not So) Awesome Adventure, a family adventure film that centers around a dog and a cat who become lost and stranded after they break the airport baggage carousel during a cross-country move.
Nighy has also been working on a thriller project for Amazon Prime. Role Play follows a woman who lives a double life, spending her days as a suburban mom of two while secretly also working as an international assassin until a stranger (played by Nighy) shares her secret with the world. The film will drop on Prime Video on January 12, but before then, you can check out the trailer below.
Clemence Poésy (Fleur Delacour) also appears in a trailer released this month. The Last Rifleman is a film about a veteran who escapes his care home in Ireland to go to France for the anniversary of the D-Day landings and revisit his past. The film is currently available on Sky Cinema in the UK, or you can watch the trailer right here!
Timothy Spall (Peter Pettigrew) joins the list of Wizarding World alums in trailers this month. He's stepping into the black boots of Santa Claus in Sky's upcoming Christmas film The Heist Before Christmas. The film sees Spall's Santa and an opposing Santa played by James Nesbitt (Bloodlands) fall into the path of a young boy. Check out the trailer below.
Ciarán Hinds (Aberforth Dumbledore) is also featured in a trailer that was released this month. The Family Plan is an upcoming comedy from Apple TV+ about a man who forces his family to pack up and go on a road trip in a minivan when people from his past as an elite government assassin return. Take a look at the trailer below before the film is released on the streaming service on December 15.
The Family Plan isn't the only project Hinds has been working on. He's also joined the cast of The Narrow Road to the Deep North, a romance miniseries about an Australian doctor in the Second World War. The five-part series, which also stars Jacob Elordi (Euphoria) and Odessa Young (Manodrome), will be released on Amazon Prime Video in Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, with Sony Pictures Television distributing the title elsewhere.
There's also news about his film Cottontail, which debuted at the Rome Film Festival earlier this month, where it won Best Film. The film has been picked up by distributors across several countries due to its performance at the festival, including the US and Canada. There's no news on a release date quite yet, but we can expect something soon.
While that might be all for Hinds, Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange) also has several projects this month. First up, she's set to narrate a documentary for the BBC on the first year of King Charles III's reign. Charles III: The Coronation Year will air next month and features interviews with members of the Royal Family as well as important figures of the royal household.
Apple TV+ released a new short film earlier this week also starring Bonham Carter. The Velveteen Rabbit is inspired by the classic children's tale of a toy rabbit harnessing the powers of love and friendship to become real, combining live action and animation to tell the story in a refreshing way. You can watch the trailer below or check out the full film on Apple TV+.
Bonham Carter is appearing along with fellow Harry Potter alum Emma Thompson (Professor Trelawney) on another project. Cohen Media Group has earned the rights to Merchant Ivory, a film about filmmakers Ismail Merchant and James Ivory, who were life partners until the former's death in 2005. The documentary explores the pair's relationship both personally and cinematically.
Thompson is also part of another documentary this month. She's joined the team behind Mediha as an executive producer. The film uses footage taken by a real woman who was kidnapped and held captive by ISIS before being sold into slavery. It is currently available on DOC NYC's online streaming platform.
Another dual-alumnus project announced this month is Belgravia: The Next Chapter. Featuring Sophie Thompson (Mafalda Hopkirk, Deathly Hallows – also Emma Thompson's sister) and Toby Regbo (young Albus Dumbledore), it follows up on the period drama Belgravia, which was released on MGM+ in 2020. Both Thompson and Regbo are new to the cast.
Ralph Ineson (Amycus Carrow) has a couple of new projects on the go. He was announced as part of the cast of the BBC's crime thriller series The Jetty, a four-part series that follows a detective who is trying to piece together how a love triangle, a huge fire, and a podcast journalist are connected.
He's also set to star in Two Neighbours, a dark comedy film where he will play a modern-day genie who transforms the lives of two girls at a party in New York by promising to grant their deepest and darkest desires. The film wrapped production back in late September, but there are currently no suggestions for a release date.
David Tennant (Barty Crouch Jr) has been sticking with older projects. Since the announcement of his return to Doctor Who, we've been waiting for his antics as the Fourteenth Doctor. Finally, we got to see a sneak peek with a clip from the charity fundraiser Children in Need, which aired on November 17. The first of Tennant's three episodes, which also stars Miriam Margolyes (Professor Sprout), has since aired, but you can check out the clip below before jumping all the way in.
Mark Williams (Arthur Weasley) is involved in a new project. He joined the ensemble cast of Robin and the Hood, a family film about a young girl and her gang of friends who use their imaginations to turn the scrubland at the back of their houses into a wonderous fantasy land until developers buy the land with promises of a new daycare center and spa. The film will debut in the UK and Ireland as a Sky Original and will be distributed elsewhere by GFM Global Sales.
Hero Fiennes Tiffin (11-year-old Tom Riddle) has joined the casts of two new films. He's set to star in Above the Below, a survival thriller directed by and starring Idris Elba (Luther) about three astronauts who find themselves isolated from the world after a chaotic re-entry back into Earth's atmosphere.
He's also signed on to play the title character in Mr. Smith, an Irish thriller about a man who returns to his hometown to find his brother's killer.
Isabella Laughland (Leanne) is set to appear in The Road Trip, a series based on a novel by Beth O'Leary. In it, a ragtag group heads on a road trip to a friend's wedding, and past secrets are unearthed during the campervan journey.
Josh Herdman (Gregory Goyle) has a new film. No Way Home is an Estonian drama that debuted at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival this month. Herdman spoke to Estonian media about how he doesn't love playing bad guys.
Next up we're starting award season early with a full nomination list for the 2023 Hollywood Music in Media Awards and the 2024 Grammys. The HMMA ceremony took place on November 15 after the nominations list was announced earlier in the month. Composer Alexandre Desplat was nominated for the Score – Feature Film award for his work on Nyad, while Fantastic Beasts composer James Newton Howard was nominated for Score – Scifi/Fantasy Film for The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Unfortunately, neither composer took home an award from the ceremony, although The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes did take home the Song – Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film award for Can't Catch Me Now by Olivia Rodrigo. Producer David Heyman had a more successful evening. His film Barbie took two awards, including Soundtrack Album and Song – Feature Film for Billie Eilish's song What Was I Made For?.
The Grammys are also looking positive for Barbie. Several of its songs, including What Was I Made For?, Barbie World, and I'm Just Ken, have received nominations in various categories, with the soundtrack album as a whole being nominated for both Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media and Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media (Includes Film And Television). Composer John Williams will compete against Barbie for the latter, with both The Fabelmans and Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny receiving nominations, while Daniel Radcliffe's Weird: The Al Yankovic Story will go up against it in the former category.
Sticking with the theme of nominations, Mads Mikkelsen's (Gellert Grindelwald) The Promised Land has officially been confirmed as Denmark's candidate for the Best International Feature Film at this year's Oscars. Mikkelsen's last appearance in the category was as recent as 2021 with Another Round, marking Denmark's last win.
Do you remember when we told you about Jude Law's (Albus Dumbledore) upcoming survival thriller Origin of Species? Well, after a rebrand and some new names added to the cast and crew, including legendary composer Hans Zimmer, the film started production this month. The film, which is now called Eden, is set in the Galapagos Islands and centers around an unsolved mystery.
We've got a teaser of Masters of the Air for you next. The nine-part series stars not only Callum Turner (Theseus Scamander, Fantastic Beasts), as we've previously reported, but also Harry Potter and the Cursed Child's original cast member Anthony Boyle (Scorpius Malfoy). It tells stories from pilots in the Bloody Hundredth, a group of the Royal Air Force that was known for deadly bombings over Nazi Germany. Boyle narrates in the trailer below.
Last but not least this month is another original Cursed Child cast member, Jamie Parker (Harry Potter). He is appearing in three episodes of the highly anticipated sixth season of The Crown as the character Robin Janvrin. Two of the episodes have already been released as part of the first batch of episodes. The third is coming with the second batch on December 14.
In theater, Parker is making a move back to the West End. He has been playing Dan as part of the Donmar Warehouse's production of Next to Normal, which will transfer to the West End for a 14-week engagement next summer. While casting has not been made official, it is presumed that Parker will stay in his role.
That’s a wrap on this month’s Casting News! Good luck to all those nominated for awards. Which of this month’s several new projects has caught your eye the most? Let us know in the comments below.