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The Harry Potter franchise lives again. Warner Bros. has announced the start of principal photography on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a spinoff film set 70 years before the start of Harry’s adventures.

And as cameras begin to roll, the David Yates-directed feature has made a couple of last-minute casting additions. Samantha Morton has joined Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Ezra Miller, and Colin Farrell in the cast, along with Jenn Murray and Faith Wood-Blagrove.

Read the full Fantastic Beasts shooting announcement after the jump.  Read More »

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Colin Farrell in Fantastic Beasts

The cast of the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has quite an eclectic array of talent on board so far, but the cast has just added another interesting name.

This season’s True Detective co-lead Colin Farrell has just signed on to the Warner Bros. project that finds Eddie Redmayne playing Newt Scamander, a wizard venturing around the magical world documenting magical creatures for his book, 70 years before the events of the Harry Potter film franchise. Find out more about Colin Farrell joining Fantastic Beasts after the jump! Read More »

Dan Fogler in Don Peyote

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has encountered its first Muggle. Dan Fogler has signed on for the Harry Potter spinoff, joining Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, and Ezra Miller. Get all the details on the Fantastic Beasts Dan Fogler casting after the jump. Read More »

Alison Sudol

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has closed in on another lead. Alison Sudol is set to play Queenie in the Harry Potter spinoff, joining Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, and Ezra Miller. More details on the Fantastic Beasts Alison Sudol casting after the jump. Read More »

Ezra Miller in We Need to Talk About Kevin

Warner Bros. is high on Ezra Miller. The future Flash is now closing in on a major role in the studio’s other big franchise, the Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. He joins Eddie Redmayne, who plays protagonist Newt Scamander, and Katherine Waterston.

Meanwhile, the project is getting close to casting a couple of other major roles as well, with Josh Gad and Michael Cera said to be among those in contention. More on the Fantastic Beasts Ezra Miller news after the jump.  Read More »

Fantastic Beasts Katherine Waterston

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has just found itself a fantastic female lead. Katherine Waterston, last seen beguiling Joaquin Phoenix in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice, is set to join the Harry Potter spinoff starring Eddie Redmayne. Hit the jump for character details and more on the Fantastic Beasts Katherine Waterston casting. Read More »

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Hogwarts wizard school in america

Everyone knows the best school for witchcraft and wizardry is Hogwarts, which is in England. But wizards aren’t only in that country. As we saw in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, there are wizarding schools all over the world. In fact, Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling recently said there are 11 across the globe. She’s confirmed a few more beyond the obvious ones but never one in the United States. That may change, however, when audiences see Rowling’s latest work, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

The author, who wrote the screenplay for 2016 adventure film set in the same world as Harry Potter, has teased that the film will reveal the name and locations of the American school of witchcraft and wizardry. Read More »

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UPDATE: Warner Bros. has finally made this official. Read the full press release, including quotes from director David Yates, below.

The Harry Potter film series had the opportunity to find young new talent to fill the major roles the series followed for years, but for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them the casting choices are a bit different. Well-established actor and recent Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne has been a top choice among several actors to play Newt Scamander, the lead character in author JK Rowling‘s book set in the Harry Potter world. Now the actor is in talks for the film, likely putting to rest speculation about who’ll lead the film.
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Best Stories of the Week

Did Memorial Day weekend throw you off enough that you missed some of the bigger entertainment stories this week? Well, don’t fret, because it’s time to take a look at the Best Stories of the Week.

This week we’ve got updates on Gambit with Channing Tatum, Marvel’s developing Doctor Strange, an interview with Pete Docter about Pixar’s Inside Out, a new director for Jonny Quest, trailers for The End of the Tour and the remake of Point Break, and much more. Hit the jump to get caught up on a week’s worth of the biggest stories.

Update: The news of Disney shutting down Tron 3 broke after this roundup was published, but definitely factors into the big news of the week. We’ve added that below.

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