Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the forthcoming Harry Potter spin-off trilogy, is set to star Eddie Redmayne and Katherine Waterston in the lead roles, with series mainstay David Yates returning to direct and novelist J.K. Rowling writing the screenplay. The film has also attracted the likes of Ezra Miller and Colin Farrell in supporting roles, with Dan Fogler and Samantha Morton rounding out the rest of cast.
With production already underway on the new production, the latest film set in the wizarding world of that most famous of young sorcerers has demonstrated a unique ability to attract exceptional talent from the world over. And a new report from the set has it that more talent has just stepped into the picture.
According to THR, veteran actor Jon Voight (Ray Donovan), Gemma Chan (Humans), and Selma lead Carmen Ejogo have all entered into the production. As of yet, no character information has been released for the new stars, with further information pending, as the script and many plot details are currently under wraps.
Voight’s worthiness on the new Yates set is self-evident given the actor’s impressive professional resume. Meanwhile, Chan has predominantly appeared on TV, but did appear in last year’s action-thriller Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, in addition to the forthcoming London Fields in the role of a femme fatale, proving her respective versatility and range. Lastly, Ejogo’s head-turning take on historical figure Coretta Scott King in Ava DuVernay’s Oscar-nominated motion picture is reason enough for her inclusion in a cast of esteemed actors.
As the new film continues to develop over the course of its production, new information will undoubtedly make its way to eager fans. The idea of visiting a young Scamander in 1920s New York should be a nice change of pace for fans of Yates’ prior films in the franchise. And with Redmayne, Waterston, Miller, Farrell, and now Voight in lead roles, Rowling’s script should hopefully jump to life on the big screen (with Chan and Ejogo likely to provide further distinction and nuance to the proceedings).
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them will see theatrical release in the U.S. on November 18th, 2016.