The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Irish actor Colin Farrell (In Bruges, Saving Mr. Banks) has signed on to co-star in Warner Bros.’ adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Farrell will take on the role of Graves, a wizard that Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) meets in New York.
Already set to co-star Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol and Dan Fogler, the David Yates-directed film follows Newt Scamander (Redmayne), the Wizarding World’s preeminent magizoologist, who in his travels has encountered and documented a myriad of magical creatures, ultimately leading to his penning the Hogwarts School textbook “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”
The film is being produced by David Heyman, producer of all eight of the blockbuster Harry Potter features; J.K. Rowling; Steve Kloves, who scripted all but one of the Harry Potter films; and Lionel Wigram, who served as an executive producer on the last four installments of the franchise. J.K. Rowling wrote the screenplay.
Warner Bros. Pictures has the first Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them set for a worldwide release in 3D and IMAX on November 18, 2016.
Despite overall mixed reviews for the recent second season of HBO’s “True Detective,” Farrell has been earning high praise for his performance as corrupt Detective Ray Velcoro, with the 90-minute season finale set to air this Sunday. He will next be seen on the big screen opposite Anthony Hopkins in the supernatural thriller Solace as well as the surreal comedy The Lobsterwith Rachel Weisz.