‘Fantastic Beasts’ casts Katherine Waterston as Female Lead

After the news confirming Eddie Redmayne’s casting in the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, fans have been eager awaiting more casting news. Well, the wait is over because Katherine Waterston has been announced
as the film’s female lead!

Katherine Waterston who is known for her roles on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and Paul Thomas Anderson’s InherentVice, takes on the role of Tina, short for Porpentina, who meet Newt Scamander (Redmayne) in New York City and plays a huge role in his adventures.

In a statement from Greg Silverman, Warner Bros. Warner Bros. President of creative development and worldwide production, said:

Katherine Waterston is a rising star, who was a revelation in our film Inherent Vice, earning the praise of both critics and audiences. We are thrilled to have her back in the Warner Bros. family, especially in one of our most anticipated titles for 2016, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”

In addition to this casting announcement, two other characters have been revealed. These two characters are Queenie, Tina’s younger sister, and Scamander’s rival, Jacob. These roles have yet to be cast.

The film will be helmed by Harry Potter directing veteran David Yates and will see J.K. Rowling pen the film’s script. The story of Fantastic Beast takes place 70 years before the events of Harry Potter. The film will follow the adventures of Newt Scamander, a magiczoologist who travels to New York City to study “fantastic beasts”. The film is inspired by a textbook of the same name that is used by Harry and his friends while at Hogwarts.

The film is set for release Nov. 18, 2016.

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