Weekly Round-Up: Robert Pattinson is Confirmed as Batman, Good Omens with David Tennant Premieres, Zoe Kravitz Talks Big Little Lies Season 2 and More!

Jun 02, 2019

Posted by: Kim McChesney

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It may have been a quiet post-holiday week where you live, but not in the Wizarding World! Leaky had the chance to see Emma Watson in conversation with Denis Mukwege on women’s rights and treating victims of sexual violence, we shared the return of the the Dark Arts at Hogwarts to Universal Hollywood and Wizarding World graphic artist duo MinaLima announced the opening a pop gallery and store in Osaka, Japan.

The Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts actors were working their magic as well this week. Warner Bros confirmed Robert Pattinson as DC’s next Batman, Good Omens starring David Tennant was released on Amazon, Zoe Kravitz talked Big Little Lies season two ahead of the premiere, a tie-in book for Emma Thompson’s Last Christmas is on the way for the holidays, the Downton Abbey film announced a contest to attend the premiere and more!

Robert Pattinson is Officially DC’s Next Batman!

It looks like your Hufflepuff Triwizard Champion is officially DC’s next Batman! Robert Pattinson, Harry Potter’s Cedric Diggory, who was revealed a couple of weeks ago to be on the shortlist to step into the black suit, appears to have won the role according to Deadline:

  The word is Warner Bros has made their decision between Pattinson and the other forerunner for the part, Nicholas Hoult and that Pattinson is currently in negotiations to play the masked superhero for possibly a total of three films. Congratulation to Robert Pattinson!

Premiere Heaven for Good Omens with David Tennant

Good Omens, the six-episode adaptation of the popular 1990 novel Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Neil Gaiman and the late Terry Prachett was finally released May 31. Ahead of the premiere, the cast including David Tennant, Harry Potter’s Barty Crouch, Jr., appeared at a red carpet event in London as well as another surprise appearance for fans. A reproduction of one of the series sets, a bookshop owned by the Angel Aziraphale played by Michael Sheen, can be found in the Soho, London. The location is now dedicated to the new series and includes a Good Omens-themed escape room. Soon after the London premiere, stars Tennant, who plays the Demon Crowley and Sheen turned up at the venue as a special prize for making it out of the room:

Tennant, who is best known as Doctor Who’s beloved Tenth Doctor, revealed in a recent interview with the RadioTimes that a few Doctor Who references may show up in the heavenly new series. Good Omens, which also stars Potter alum Miranda Richardson, Rita Skeeter, can now be found on Amazon Prime. Tennant and his Good Omens co-star Sheen were also guests on The Graham Norton Show May 31 to celebrate the premiere.

An Interview with Zoe Kravitz and the Cast of Big Little Lies

The “Monterey Five”, Zoe Kravitz and her castmates of the HBO hit series Big Little Lies, walked the blue carpet this week ahead of the show’s season two premiere and also sat down with GMA to discuss the follow-up to the award-winning first installment. The interview was the only one on the season two press tour that included all five of the show’s leads, including newcomer Meryl Streep. Check out the interview below to hear Kravitz, Fantastic Beasts Leta Lestrange, discuss season two’s look at her character Bonnie Carlson’s backstory. Big Little Lies premieres June 9 on HBO.

A Tie In Book for Emma Thompson’s Last Christmas emmathompsonlastchristmas Emma Thompson may very well be the busiest former wizard around these days. In addition to her acclaimed BBC series Years and Years, and upcoming films, Late Night and Men in Black International, the actress who played Divination Professor Sybill Trelawney wrote and stars in the upcoming holiday rom com Last Christmas, based on the Wham’s 1984 song by the same name. Ahead of the release of the film a tie in book will be just in time for the holidays. Here’s a description of what will be found in this collection of essays, including an introduction and selection by Thompson herself, according to The Stylist:

“Essays in the book will see actors, politicians, singers, charity workers, refugees and homeless people writing about what Christmas means to them, what past Christmases have been like, what they’d change, and what they feel Christmas should be, away from the consumerism, the John Lewis advert, and the Instagram posts.”

Thompson also said this about the theme of the movie and corresponding book,

“We are witnessing a rise in homelessness in our country, as well as in the demonisation of migrants and refugees. “There is a suspicion and fear of ‘The Other’ creeping into our nation’s dialogue, which has become front-and-centre during Brexit. “Our hope is that the movie will strike a chord with everyone who watches it, and that the book will remind people of the importance of values such as kindness and generosity.”

The book Last Christmas will be released on October 31 with the film opening in theaters November 15.

Meet Maggie Smith and Imelda Staunton at the Downton Abbey Premiere

Interested in meeting two of the most magical witches from the Wizarding World? Some of the cast of the Downton Abbey movie recently announced a contest to win a chance to attend the film’s premiere in support of Stand Up to Cancer. We don’t know for sure if Maggie Smith, Professor McGonagall, or Imelda Staunton, Dolores Umbridge, will be in attendance at the event, but since it’s one of the most anxiously awaited films of the year, we’re guessing they’ll be walking the red carpet. Follow the link below to enter.

Miranda Richardson on the Game of Thrones Prequel


Miranda Richardson, who’s known in the Potterverse as Wizarding reporter  Rita Skeeter, sat down with Digital Spy to talk about her role in Amazon’s Good Omens and also shared a bit of information about one of her next projects, the prequel to Game of Thrones.

Richardson, who plays Madame Tracy, a psychic who helps save the world from Armageddon in Good Omens, joins Potter alum and Fantastic Beasts stars, Jamie Campbell Bower, young Gellert Grindelwald, and Toby Regbo, young Albus Dumbledore, in the HBO prequel.

Not much is known yet about the series, except that it takes place thousands of years before the award-winning Game of Thrones and deals with the origin of the White Walkers.

Details are being kept under wraps at this point but the actress had this to say about what fans can expect,

“It comes back to storytelling. I’ve loved the storytelling in that series and the wish and the will is to continue that with a totally different set of elements and people. The craftsmen are the same.”

No word yet when to expect the Game of Thrones prequel. Fans can see Richardson now in Good Omens on Amazon.

The First Trailer for The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance with Five Former Wizards

We recently shared a first look at the upcoming Netflix series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance voiced by Jason Isaacs, Lucius Malfoy, Helena Bonham Carter who played his sister-in-law, Death Eater Bellatrix Lestrange, and Toby Jones who voiced Dobby the House Elf. The sci-fi, fantasy series, a prequel to the 1982 adventure film The Dark Crystal from creator of the Muppets, Jim Henson, also includes Wizarding World alum Ralph Ineson who played Death Eater Amycus Carrow and Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Skender in Crimes of Grindelwald. That is quite a list of baddies!

This week, Netflix has released the first trailer for The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance which launches August 30. Get out those Extendable Ears and see if you hear any familiar voices!

A Look at Domhnall Gleeson in The Kitchen

The next film for Domhnall Gleeson, known best to Potter fans as the oldest Weasley brother, Bill, takes him a little further over to the dark side when he plays neighborhood hitman Gabriel in the upcoming crime drama The Kitchen.

Here’s a short synopsis of the the film from the Hollywood Reporter,

The crime drama follows three New York City housewives in the 1970s who become Irish mobsters after their husbands are arrested by the FBI.

Take a look at the first trailer for The Kitchen which opens in theaters August 9.

That’s all the wizard news from the screen this week. Take a look at our latest Theater Round-Up the see what this group’s been up to on the stage including a record breaking year on Broadway and new plays for Evanna Lynch and Zoe Wanamaker and we’ll see you next week. Happy June!

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