Warner Bros. announces stars for J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter spinoff “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemWarner Bros. announced two stars that will be entering the Wizarding World in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter spinoff “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”

Eddie Redmayne, known for his fantastic role as Stephen Hawking in “Theory of Everything,” will play the central character of Newt Scamander, the Wizarding World’s preeminent magizoologist and Hogwarts alumnus. Opposite of Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, a rising star from “Inherent Vice,” will play the role of Tina, short for Porpentina, a witch who works her magic in the U.S.

Greg Silverman, President of Creative Development and Worldwide Production of Warner Bros. Pictures, said that both Redmayne and Waterston are extraordinary actors to have featured in this anticipated film of 2016. Redmayne, he said, is today’s most talented and acclaimed actor and knows he would deliver a remarkable performance as Newt Scamander.

Porpentina (Waterston) meets Newt Scamander (Redmayne) in New York City, where he travels to find and document magical creatures. J.K. Rowling developed Scamander’s character based on the beloved “Harry Potter” series hoping to bring to life the wizarding world adventures she created in print.

Redmayne won an academy award for best actor for his performance in “The Theory of Everything,” (2014). In 2012, Redmayne also starred as Marius in Tom Hooper’s film “Les Misérables” with Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried. He will also be starring in Trooper’s real-life dram “The Danish Girl” set to be released this November.

Waterston is known for her character in recent film “Inherent Vice,” directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, where she played Shasta Fay Hepworth. Through that film, she shared an Independent Spirit Award for Best Ensemble. Waterston, a British actor, will also star in the upcoming biopic “Steve Jobs” as Chrisann Brennan under the direction of Danny Boyle.

This J.K. Rowling spinoff story will be directed by David Yates (director of last four “Harry Potter” films); David Heyman (producer of all eight blockbuster “Harry Potter” features); J.K. Rowling; Steve Kloves (screenwriter of all except one “Harry Potter” film); and Lionel Wigram, an executive producer for the last four films of the series.

Warner Bros. Pictures said “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is set for a worldwide release in 3D and IMAX on November 18, 2016.


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