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Katherine Waterston to star opposite Eddie Redmayne in ‘Harry Potter’ spinoff

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MUMBAI: Katherine Waterston will star opposite Eddie Redmayne in Warner Bros. Pictures’ Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, set in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding world.

Waterston will play the pivotal role of Tina, short for Porpentina, a witch who - unlike the beloved characters from Rowling’s Harry Potter books - works her magic in the U.S. She meets magizoologist Newt Scamander (Redmayne) when he stops in New York City on his travels to find and document magical creatures.

Warner Bros. Pictures president of creative development and worldwide production Greg Silverman said, “Katherine Waterston is a rising star, who was a revelation in our film Inherent Vice, earning the praise of both critics and audiences. We are thrilled to have her back in the Warner Bros. family, especially in one of our most anticipated titles for 2016, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”

David Yates (director of the last four Harry Potter films) will direct from Rowling’s screenplay, inspired by Newt Scamander’s Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

The film is being produced by David Heyman, producer of all eight Harry Potter features; 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.

Waterston recently starred in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice, for which she shared in an Independent Spirit Award for Best Ensemble. She also stars in the upcoming biopic Steve Jobs, under the direction of Danny Boyle.

Warner Bros. Pictures will release Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in 3D and Imax on 18 November, 2016.

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