Variety is reporting today that two more actors have been cast in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Alison Sudol will play Queenie, the younger sister of Tina, played by Katherine Waterston, who eventually becomes Newt Scamander’s wife. They also confirm that Ezra Miller, who starred alongside Emma Watson in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, has joined the cast. It is assumed he will be playing an American named Kredan, though it is still unknown.
They also report that Josh Gad and John Krasinski are the final choices for the other main American in the film, Jacob. No word yet on if this is true or when the role will be officially cast.
Set in New York roughly seven decades before Harry Potter’s saga starts, “Fantastic Beasts” is based on the Hogwarts textbook of the same name and follows the adventures of its author, Scamander. Scamander is described as a “magiczoologist,” someone who studies magical creatures. Besides Scamander, there are four other main roles — two American girls and two American boys — that the studio is looking to cast.
David Yates is directing the film, which is set to release on November 18th 2016.
UPDATE: J.K. Rowling has revealed that Kredan is NOT a character in the movie and that the name is incorrect, she did not give any further details.
Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films
Deadline is reporting that Tom Felton has joined the cast of Stratton, which is based on the series of novels by ex-SBS agent Duncan Falconer. Dominic Cooper will be starring as Stratton alongside the likes of Tom Felton, Gemma Chan, Tyler Hoechlin, Thomas Kretschmann, Derek Jacobi, Connie Nielsen and Jake Fairbrother.
It is based on an eight-novel series by Duncan Falconer, a pseudonym for an author who used his own military background to inform the lead character. John Stratton is an operative of the SBS who works with the Intelligence Detachment in Northern Ireland. The character seems a strong fit for Cavill, starting out in Kazakhstan and China and moving to mainland Europe and London.
Shooting of the film begins next week in Italy followed by Rome and then the UK. There is no release date as of right now. It is unknown who Tom will be playing.
Filed Under: Tom Felton
From Monday 20th July – Sunday 6th September Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter will be having a special Sweets and Treats feature.
Filed Under: Harry Potter Leavesden Tour
From Monday 20th July – Sunday 6th September, you’ll be able to watch delectable demonstrations on how jelly snakes were moulded, sugar skulls were decorated and ice-cream sundaes were piped during production.
Expert prop makers will be based in the Ministry Munchies kiosk from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and will challenge you to spot the difference between real bakes and prop fakes as you see edible delights being created and get up close to original artefacts.
You’ll be able to:
- Learn how props such as the floating pudding from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (that Dobby drops on the Dursleys’ guests) were made
- See the Gryffindor common room set decorated as it was for the Quidditch victory scenes in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, complete with decorations, sweet wrappers and a barrel of Butterbeer
- Discover how towering ‘frozen’ desserts were assembled outside Florean Fortescue’s ice-cream parlour on the Diagon Alley set
- Take a look at some of the graphic designers’ original sketches and designs in our Art Department (they were tasked with creating dozens of unique sweet boxes and wrappers from Honeydukes and Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes – in the end they created more than 120 different items for the Weasley twins’ shop alone!)
Butterbeer ice-cream will also be available to purchase in our backlot café this summer as well as frothy tankards of the drink which is reminiscent of shortbread and butterscotch.
Book your tickets now and see if you can tell the difference between a real bake and a prop fake!
In a new interview with Scotland Now, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child director John Tiffany discussed working with J.K. Rowling on the project. He started the interview by telling Scotland Now that he actually met Rowling 20 years ago in this anecdote:
“I first met Jo years ago when we didn’t know who each other was. I had just started at the Traverse in Edinburgh, and now and again I would see a woman with a pram writing in longhand in the cafe. She’d write in Nicholson’s, The Elephant House and the Traverse cafe. We knew each other to nod at. I’d be having meetings with writers and actors and I’d see her. Eventually we’d say hello to each other and a year later – bam!. Then I realised that’s what she was doing.
On the actual play he says:
Filed Under: Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, JK Rowling
“We’ve been working with actors since the beginning of this year, but the characters are the stars of this – so I don’t think we’ll be saying a hot Hollywood actor will be playing Harry Potter.
“I also think it’s an important story for Scotland. It’s important that Scotland feels it has a connection. Jack (Thorne, who has worked with Rowling and Tiffany on the script) and I worked together on my last show for National Theatre of Scotland, Let The Right One In.
“I’d love for this to eventually tour to places like Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness as well as around the world. Scotland is present in the Harry Potter stories with characters like McGonagall and the viaduct at Glenfinnan. Obviously we won’t have the viaduct but the country is a place which feels very alive in these stories.
The Daily Mail reports that the Harry Potter play that’s been in the works for quite some time is finally coming. The play will open in Summer 2016 at the Palace Theater which is on the West End in London. Tickets will go on sale in autumn of this year. The play is titled Harry Potter And The Cursed Child and follows Lily and James Potter before they were killed. J.K. Rowling developed the play in collaboration with writer Jack Thorne and John Tiffany who will also be directing the play.
Filed Under: Harry Potter And The Cursed Child
The Cursed Child delves into what happened to Harry’s parents — Lily Evans Potter and James Potter — before they were killed by Lord Voldemort, forcing an infant Harry to be raised in miserable circumstances by his mother’s sister, Petunia, her horrid husband Vernon and their spoiled son Dudley.
Informal casting has already started, with the play’s creative team — plus producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender — keeping an eye on thespians with the potential to play the leads at the Palace Theatre.
The roles are perfect for up-and-coming young actors.
Lily was just 20 when Harry was born, and a year older when she and husband James were slain.
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Entertainment Weekly reports that Emma Watson will be starring opposite Tom Hanks in The Circle. “Emma Watson is one of my favorite actors, and her incredible talent, sensitivity, and deep intelligence will bring an electric energy to The Circle,” [producer, James] Ponsoldt said.
Filed Under: Emma Watson
Watson will play a young woman who is hired for a big job in an Internet company called the Circle, which links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. The novel turns into a contemporary thriller about the perils of life in a digital age where personal data is collected, sifted and monetized and used for surveillance, rendering privacy obsolete.
The Circle is being produced by Ponsoldt, Hanks and Gary Goetzman for Playtone and Anthony Bregman for Likely Story. Filming is due to begin this September in California.
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