Warner Bros. Pictures is returning to J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding world with next year’s fantasy adventure Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first part of what is being eyed as a three-film expansion of Harry Potter lore. Already set to star Eddie Redmayne and Katherine Waterston, the David Yates-directed film is today, according to a story at Variety, looking to cast Ezra Miller in a key role. Miller, who previously starred in director Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower, is also set to play the title role in Warner Bros. Pictures’ DC Comics adaptation The Flash.
Redmayne is playing the lead role of Newt Scamander, the Wizarding World’s preeminent magizoologist, who in his travels has encountered and documented a myriad of magical creatures, ultimately leading to his penning the Hogwarts School textbook “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Miller is said to be up for a character named Kredan, described by Variety as being, “a person with magical powers who encounters [Scamander] when he stops in New York City on his travels to find and document magical creatures.”
The film is being produced by David Heyman, producer of all eight of the blockbuster Harry Potter features; J.K. Rowling; Steve Kloves, who scripted all but one of the Harry Potter films; and Lionel Wigram, who served as an executive producer on the last four installments of the franchise. J.K. Rowling wrote the screenplay.
Warner Bros. Pictures has the first Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them set for a worldwide release in 3D and IMAX on November 18, 2016.
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