After weeks of rumors, hints, and partial confirmations, the cast list for the BBC Radio 4 production of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere has been posted by the author, along with an adorable picture of the radio play’s cast – headlined by James McAvoy and featuring many of our fandom faves – wishing he could join them for the recording process.

Neverwhere is a story that has already found success in adaptations – it first came into the world as a six part television series, scripted by Gaiman and Lenny Henry, in 1996. The author then adapted the series into a novel, allowing him to expand on his ideas for the story and include elements that had been planned for the television version and subsequently taken out. Neverwhere has also inspired a comic book series and a stage play, though these were not penned by Gaiman.

Neverwhere tells the story of Richard Mayhew, a young Scottish man living in London, who journeys into the mysterious and hidden world of London Below after helping one of its inhabitants, a girl named Door. After his interaction with Door, he discovers that he has come to no longer exist in the ‘real world’ – London Above – and he travels through London Below with Door and the sassy Marquis de Carabas in order to find a solution.

For years, Neverwhere in its various forms has bewitched audiences and created a sense of magic in the ordinary for anyone who has ever glanced at a London tube map. In the urban fantasy, familiar London icons take on a whole new meaning in the world Below – Knightsbridge becoming “the Night’s Bridge,” Earl’s Court is a real noble court, and Blackfriars… well, read the book. You’ll see.

The BBC  production promises to bring the story to life once again, in a new but no less thrilling format. The old-fashioned stylings of a radio play suit Gaiman’s work perfectly, and the cast is something from a dream – not only have we never seen a radio production created with such an all-star line up, we also could not imagine better actors to play these roles. The list Gaiman revealed today looks like something from a Tumblr fantasty-casting meme.

James McAvoy as Richard Mayhew, our lost Scotsman
Natalie Dormer as Door, the girl who leads Richard to London Below
David Harewood as the Marquis de Carabas, a cunning trickster but loyal friend to Door 
Sophie Okonedo as Hunter, the bodyguard Door hires
Benedict Cumberbatch as the mysterious Islington
Anthony Head as Croup, an assassin
David Schofield as Vandemar, an assassin
Bernard Cribbins as The Old Bailey, an inhabitant of London Below
Romola Garai as Jessica, Richard’s fiancée in London Above
Sir Christopher Lee as the Earl of Earl’s Court

The production will also feature:

Andrew Sachs (Tooley)
George Harris (Abbot)
Don Gilet (Fulingous, Ruislip, Blackfriar)
Abdul Salis (Sable, Sump, Clarence, Homeless Man)
Paul Chequer (Gary, Guard 2)
Lucy Cohu (Lamia)
Yasmin Paige (Anaesthesia, others)
Johnny Vegas (Lord Ratspeaker)
Stephen Marcus (Varney, others)
Karen Archer (Sylvia, others)

Here are some of the cast, along with director Dirk Maggs, sending their love to the absent Neil Gaiman:

Gaiman will also be featured in the radio play, presumably as a narrator, but already recorded his parts separately, as he could not make the full-cast table read and recording due to personal reasons.

From a fandom perspective, we’re pretty much salivating over this cast – we’ve got James McAvoy from X-Men, Natalie Dormer from Game of Thrones, David Harewood from Homeland, Tony Head from Merlin (and, of course, Buffy). Bernard Cribbins and Sophie Okonedo are some of our featured favorites from Doctor Who, and Christopher Lee will be reprising his Saruman for us in The Hobbit this Christmas. And then, of course, there’s Benedict Cumberbatch, from everything, and we’re pretty much weeping over his casting as Islington because it’s the most perfect thing in the history of time. The only negative thing about the entire proceeding is that we won’t get to see these actors play out the roles, because this cast would work equally well on screen.

Neverwhere will be broadcast in early 2013 and will be available worldwide via BBC iPlayer, which does not have country restrictions for radio content.

So – what do you think? Are you a fan of Neverwhere? Do you think this casting is brilliant, or is there anyone else you would have included? If you haven’t read the book or seen the TV series, will you be checking out the radio play because of this cast?

Fox has moved the third and final Maze Runner movie to 2018.

The cast and crew were only a few days into filming The Death Cure in March when Dylan O’Brien suffered serious injuries on set, prompting the production to be put on a break so he could recover. When his recovery ended up taking longer than expected, the production was put on an indefinite hold.

Now, a plan to resume the shoot seems to be in place. Fox announced Friday The Death Cure will be hitting theaters January 12, 2018, which is nearly a year later than the original February 2017 date. The last Maze Runner movie, The Scorch Trials, opened last September.

Production on The Maze Runner: The Death Cure likely won’t resume until late this year or early next. Dylan O’Brien has already committed to another movie which is expected to shoot this summer.

Getting the rest of the cast and crew back together to shoot The Maze Runner finale may be a bit of a challenge since they may’ve committed to other projects that were supposed to be shooting after they finished The Maze Runner. However, the new Death Cure release date suggests Fox has found a time that’ll work for everyone.

Tom Cavanagh will return to The Flash in season 3 as a series regular, though which character he’ll be playing remains to be seen.

Cavanagh has had a unique acting challenge on The Flash, playing a different version of his character in each of the first two seasons — and now it looks like he’ll be doing it for a third season in a row, as EW confirms that he will be a series regular in season 3.

In season 1, Cavanagh played Eobard Thawne, aka the Reverse Flash, in Harrison Wells’ body. Thawne, after traveling back in time, killed the original Wells and took his form to expedite the development of the particle accelerator so he could return to his own time. Thawne was written out of existence in the season 1 finale, though, leaving fans curious about who Cavanagh would be playing in season 2.

This past season, Cavanagh played the Earth-2 version of Harrison Wells, nicknamed Harry, who was a significantly different character from the man we thought was Wells in season 1. However, in the season 2 finale, Harry and his daughter, Jesse, returned to Earth-2.

The Flash season 2, episode 6 recap Wells

So, who does that leave for Cavanagh to play in the third season?

My guess would be the Earth-1 version of Harrison Wells, who we only briefly met in a flashback in season 1. Why the original Wells? Because in the final moments of the season 2 finale, Barry traveled back in time and stopped Thawne from killing his mother. This means the timeline in which Thawne killed Wells and took his form no longer exists, so Earth-1 Wells would be the version left alive.

Assuming he does play the original version of the character, the one who was killed and had his identity stolen, it will be interesting to see Cavanagh inhabit yet another version of the character. While we already met Wells briefly in the flashback to his death, that was a small sample size. I look forward to seeing him differentiate another Wells from those he’s already played for entire seasons.

Are you excited to see more Tom Cavanagh on ‘The Flash’?

‘Glee’ alum Mark Salling indicted on child pornography charges

The actor is facing a lot of jail time.

4:55 pm EDT, May 27, 2016

Following an arrest in December, Glee star Mark Salling (who played Puck on the Fox series) is now facing child pornography charges.

A federal grand jury has charged the 33-year-old actor with two counts of child pornography after a search of his home turned up “thousands” of images and videos involving children, TMZ reports. He will be arraigned in early June.

Salling’s charges potentially come with big sentences: 5 to 20 years in prison for receiving child porn, and another 20 years for possessing it.

After Glee went off air last year, Salling has worked on only one project: The action movie Adi Shankar’s Gods and Secrets which is slated to hit theaters later this year.

The actor has been in trouble with the law before — he was sued for sexual battery in 2013.