Ezra Miller seemingly came onto the scene out of nowhere with a haunting performance in Lynne Ramsay’s We Need to Talk About Kevin in 2011, followed by another memorable turn in Stephen Chbosky’s 2012 coming-of-age drama The Perks of Being a Wallflower. The truth is, though, his rise to the top was the result of six years of hard work on various TV shows and indie movies. And Miller’s upward mobility hasn’t stopped since, as late last year the actor landed the highly coveted role of The Flash in DC’s Cinematic Universe. Now he’s up for another big part in a major box office franchise.
Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has been the talk of the town from the time the movie was first announced a little more than a year ago. Everyone wants to be a part of Hollywood’s second highest-grossing film series, but already in the mix is Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, who wrote the screenplay. Harry Potter director David Yates is also on board and will helm the first film in the proposed trilogy. And on the acting side, Eddie Redmayne and Katherine Waterston are attached to star.
While Miller hasn’t joined the cast of Warner Bros.’ Fantastic Beasts just yet, according to Variety, he’s in early talks for the role of Kredan and has always been the studio’s choice for the part.
Set 70 years before Harry Potter, the film will follow the adventures of Newt Scamander (Redmayne), a magiczoologist who goes to New York in search of magical creatures. Kredan is one of many people with magical powers that he meets in his travels. Another is Waterston’s witch Porpentina, or Tina for short, and two more roles in the film that have yet to be cast.
Reportedly, Yates is still on the lookout for Tina’s younger sister Queenie, though musician and actress Alison Sudol (Dig) is his choice for the part. And the role of Scamander’s Jacob is down to Josh Gad (Frozen, Beauty and the Beast) and Michael Cera (Arrested Development), who are both meeting with execs next week to see who will win the role.
But Miller, for what it’s worth, is at the top of his game right now. He’ll (likely) make his first proper appearance as The Flash in 2017’s Justice League – Part 1, before starring in his own movie in 2018. He can next be seen in thriller The Stanford Prison Experiment (opposite Olivia Thirlby) and Universal’s Amy Schumer comedy Trainwreck, which are both due out next month.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will arrive in theaters on November 18th, 2016.