Colin Farrell has reportedly joined the cast of the upcoming film adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
The star will play Graves, a wizard that crosses paths with Scamander while in New York, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Although a spin-off from the hugely popular Harry Potter series, the events of Fantastic Beasts actually take place about seven decades before Potter’s story even begins. The story follows the adventures of magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and is based on the Hogwarts textbook he eventually ends up writing, detailing said adventures. Westerson’s Porpentina and Sudol’s Queenie meet Scamander when he stops in New York City on his travels to find and document magical creatures.
David Yates, who helmed the final four Harry Potter movies, is set to direct Fantastic Beasts, which begins production in London this summer.
The first Fantastic Beasts film is scheduled to debut November 18, 2016.
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