Friday, May 29, 2015

Fantastic Beasts casting news - Eddie's Harry Potter connection

Eddie Redmayne will star as Newt Scamander in the film, which David Yates will direct for Warner Bros.
Warner Bros. and director David Yates have narrowed down their choices for the two female leads opposite Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander in J.K. Rowling‘s “Harry Potter” spinoff “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” TheWrap has learned.(image)
Here's the shortlist of the key femail roles in the movie the sisters Tina and Queenie.

Saoirse RonanDakota FanningLili Simmons and Alison Sudol are up for the role of the younger sister

As two of the top actresses of their generation, Fanning and Ronan need no introduction, and both are attractive possibilities having eschewed Hollywood franchises with the exception of Fanning’s supporting turn in the “Twilight” sequels.
Simmons is an up-and-comer whoe TV credits include HBO’s “True Detective” and Cinemax’s “Banshee,” while Sudol is a talented musician who co-stars on USA’s “Dig” and Amazon’s acclaimed series “Transparent.”

Kate Upton, Katherine Waterston and Elizabeth Debicki are being eyed to play the older sister

Upton is a well-known swimsuit model who starred in the romantic comedy “The Other Woman”and is currently filming William H. Macy’s indie “The Layover” with Alexandra Daddario. At one point she was sought for the female lead in WB’s “Entourage,” which eventually went to fellow model Emily Ratajkowski.
Debicki and Waterston are two rising stars whose careers were launched by Warner Bros., as Waterston starred opposite Joaquin Phoenix in the studio’s Paul Thomas Anderson comedy “Inherent Vice,” while Debicki burst onto the scene in Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby”before snagging a key role in Guy Ritchie’s upcoming WB release “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”

Though it’s unclear whether all of those actresses are available or even wish to pursue the project,
several of them already have test deals in place, and Redmayne is expected to read 
alongside them during those tests, which are slated to take place over the next week.
As with any shortlist, this one is just a snapshot in time, as it is still early in the process and there may be
others in the mix down the line. Warner Bros., for its part, had no comment.

Rowling wrote the script herself for “Fantastic Beasts,” which is set in New York roughly seven decades before the start of the “Harry Potter” saga. Only a handful of insiders have read the script, though a breakdown has been circulating throughout Hollywood’s top talent agencies. An extension of the wizarding world first depicted in that franchise, “Fantastic Beasts” is based on the Hogwarts textbook of the same name written by Scamander, a “magiczoologist” who is an expert in magical creatures.(image)

But what’s a young hero without a villain? Rumor has it Dan FoglerZack Pearlman, and Steve Zissis are all in the running for Jacob, Newt’s rival. It’s interesting that the majority of the names in the running here are actually American—a change of pace for a franchise famous for casting the cream of the British acting crop. But it would make sense given that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is reportedly set in New York. It seems that this new trilogy will be a change of pace in more ways than one. (x)

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is intended to launch a trilogy, and Warner Bros. will release the first film on Nov. 18, 2016.
Read more about the project here:

Although Eddie didn't starred in any of the Harry Potter films, 
he has a connection of the wizarding world. 
His half-brother Charlie Redmayne was the CEO of Pottermore. 
Now he's the CEO of Harper Collins UK.(x)
More about Charlie in my post: Eddie Redmayne's family

Eddie attended the Harry Potter Studio tour launch 
on March 31, 2012

Eddie was on babysitting duty - Tracy on meeting Eddie at the event - Thanks Tracy!

Eddie Redmayne and Tom Felton alias Draco Malfoy at the Harry Potter Studio tour opening (x)

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