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Published On: Mon, Jun 15th, 2015

‘Inherent Vice’ star Katherine Waterston cast in ‘Fantastic Beasts’

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has just found itself a fantastic female lead in Katherine Waterston with Joaquin Phoenix in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice.

Waterston is set to join the Harry Potter spinoff starring The Theory of Everything star Eddie Redmayne as one of the two important female leads.

Waterston will play Tina, short for Porpetina, a witch who meets Scamander on his travels. Waterston was one of three actresses named on a shortlist that made the rounds a few weeks ago. The others were model Kate Upton and Great Gatsby star Elizabeth Debicki, says the THR.

“According to Warner Bros., which made the casting announcement Monday morning, Porpentina meets magizoologist Newt Scamander (Redmayne) when he stops in New York City on his travels to find and document magical creatures,” the site notes.

fantasticbeasts-fanlogo-700x300Set in New York roughly 70 years before the start of the Harry Potter series, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Themfollows “magizoologist” Newt Scamander (Redmayne) in his quest to find and document magical creatures. The title of the film refers to a book written by Scamander, which goes on to become required reading for Potter and his Hogwarts classmates.

The other is that of Tina’s younger sister Queenie. Casting for that role has not yet been announced but Saoirse Ronan, Dakota Fanning, Lili Simmons, and Alison Sudol were said to be among the contenders.

Fantastic Beasts is a big break for Waterston, who had a breakthrough performance in last year’s Inherent Vice. Her other credits include Michael Clayton, Being Flynn, Robot & Frank, Night Moves, and the HBO drama Boardwalk Empire. Next up for her is Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs, in which she plays Jobs’ girlfriend Chrisann Brennan.

David Yates, who directed the last four Harry Potter movies, will direct Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling wrote the script. Rowling and David Heyman will produce along with Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram.

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