Another name has been added to the upcoming Harry Potter spinoff film, FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM, just a few months before the film is set for release: Zoe Kravitz. She joins the already large and varied cast of the Warner Bros. film, the first in a brand new trilogy, which is set for release on November 18, 2016.
According to sources, Kravitz joined the film after it had already begun production in a small role. However, she could return in the already announced Fantastic Beasts sequel in a larger role, which is said to be a darker film than the first one.
She will join a large cast consisting of Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farrell, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, and Ezra Miller in a story set in 1920s New York City where Newt Scamander (Redmayne), a British Magizoologist and wizard, accidently unleashes a briefcase full of mystical creatures on the city. The inspiration for this trilogy stems from the textbook of the same name, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, written by Newt and used by Harry and Ron when they attend Hogwarts.
Author J.K. Rowling is penning the script for the film, with David Yates directing. Yates also directed the last four films in the Harry Potter franchise. David Heyman, Steve Kloves, Lionel Wigram, and Rowling will be producing, with Neil Blair, Rick Senat, and Danny Cohen executive producing.
Kravitz has become a prolific actress, adding roles in films like Mad Max: Fury Road, Dope, and the Divergent franchise to her resume over the recent years. She is also set to appear in the HBO series Big Little Lies alongside Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor
This news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.