[UPDATED] Katerine Waterston Is The Female Lead of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
UPDATE 6/15/15: A female lead has been chosen.
When TheWrap first shared the list of actresses being considered for the roles of Queenie and Tina, Katherine Waterston was one of the names floated for Tina. Now, they’ve announced that Waterston, who had a memorable role in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice, has landed the role of Tina, a witch located in the United States who meets Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander during his travels.
The original article from a few weeks ago follows:
Amidst all the talk of Star Wars and Marvel and Jurassic Park, it’s easy to forget that the Harry Potter series is continuing with a prequel trilogy that kicks off November 2016. Based off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a companion book to the Harry Potter series also written by JK Rowling, the trilogy takes place seven decades before the Harry Potter series and stars the newly Oscared Eddie Redmayne as Fantastic Beasts author Newt Scamander. With a release date only a year away, additional casting is in full swing, and Warner Bros. and director David Yates have narrowed down their choices for the female leads of the first film (and presumably, the Fantastic Beasts trilogy).
According to TheWrap, Saoirse Ronan, Dakota Fanning, Lili Simmons, and Alison Sudal are all being eyed for the role of Queenie, with Kate Upton, Katherine Waterson, and Elizabeth Debicki in consideration for Queenie’s older sister, Tina. TheWrap is unable to clarify which actresses are even aware or interested in appearing in the film, though some do have test deals, and will take part in readings with Redmayne this week (there’s also a good chance other actresses are being considered). As evidenced by the largely American actresses listed above, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is not another London-based adventure. This series is set in New York – 1910’s or 1920’s New York, if they stick to Harry having started Hogwarts in the early 90’s – so we won’t shift from castles and dragons to modern-day teenagers in Times Square.
Aside from Upton (who isn’t going to be cast and whose name I stuck in the title for attention), this is a promising list of names. I’d be happy to see Ronan, Fanning, or Waterston get a role, although they are the ones I’ve seen act. Simmons, Sudal, and Debicki could all be just as worthy – I’m simply not familiar with their work. Of course, the Harry Potter series went with three unknowns and hit the jackpot, so going with known names clearly isn’t always the best call. David Yates excites me as the film’s director, JK Rowling excites me as the film’s writer, and Eddie Redmayne excites me as the film’s star. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is starting off on the right foot, hopefully future casting won’t be so leperous that it falls off.