2:00pm PT by Rebecca Ford
'Harry Potter' Spinoff 'Fantastic Beasts' Adds Zoe Kravitz (Exclusive)
The Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has conjured up one more notable name for its cast: Zoe Kravitz.
The Warner Bros. film, which stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Ezra Miller and Alison Sudol, is set in New York 70 years before the events in the Harry Potter books and film series. It follows Newt Scamander (Redmayne), a Magizoologist who ventures into a secret community of witches and wizards as he attempts to document magical creatures. His book is eventually used at Hogwarts, where Harry Potter attends school.
Sources say Kravitz, who was added after production began, has a small role in the first Fantastic Beasts film (which is now in postproduction) but there's the possibility for her to return with a meatier part in the sequel. Ahead of the first film's release on Nov. 18, Warner Bros. has already dated the sequel for Nov. 16, 2018.
Author J.K. Rowling wrote the screenplay for the project. David Yates, who helmed the final four Harry Potter films as well as Fantastic Beasts, is directing the follow-up, which is being produced by David Heyman, Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram. Neil Blair, Rick Senat and Danny Cohen are executive producing.
Kravitz has been building up a strong film career over the past few years. She starred in George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road, the Divergent film franchise with Shailene Woodley, Sundance hit Dope and the upcoming indie Vincent N Roxxy. She also will appear in HBO series Big Little Lies with Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Woodley. Kravitz is repped by Paradigm and Untitled Entertainment.