The Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them already has its male lead in the form of Eddie Redmayne, and now they’ve found woman to star opposite him, with THR reporting that Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice) has signed on for the role.
The movie is set 70 years before the Harry Potter movies and follows ‘magiczoologist’ Scamander after he sets out to write the book Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (which is one of Harry’s textbooks). Waterston will play a witch called Tina (short for Porpetina) who Newt meets on his travels.
There’s also another major female role to be cast, which is Tina’s sister Queenie, with Saoirse Ronan, Dakota Fanning, Lili Simmons, and Alison Sudol said to be in the running.
Fantastic Beasts, which is the first of three planned films, will shoot this year for release at the end of 2016.