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Female Lead Cast for Fantastic Beasts

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is on its way to the big screen. Between J.K. Rowling writing the script for the trilogy and David Yates directing, fans wait with bated breath for fresh news on its progress. Actress Katherine Waterston from  Inherent Vice, another book adaptation, has been cast in the female lead opposite of Eddie Redmayne who will play Newt Scamander.

Waterston will play Porpentina, or Tina, a witch in the United States who meets magizoologist Scamander in New York City. With this exciting decision made, it’s only a matter of time before Warner Brothers casts other important roles in the film—including Jacob, Scamander’s rival, and Queenie, Tina’s sister. Despite the original Harry Potter series discovering up and coming actors for the roles, the studio is on the hunt for more established actors to cast in the spinoff.

“’Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the ‘Harry Potter’ series, but an extension of the wizarding world,” Rowling said.

The story is set in New York, approximately seven decades before the Harry Potter era. Although the studio has now found the actors for both leads, it is still on the lookout for other supporting actors to play the roles of never-before-seen American wizards. The film is currently set to release in November 2016.