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Dan Fogler reportedly cast as ‘Jacob’, Newt’s rival in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Dan Fogler reportedly cast as ‘Jacob’, Newt’s rival in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Dan Fogler will reportedly play Newt's rival Jacob in Fantastic Beasts

Dan Fogler will reportedly play Newt’s rival Jacob in Fantastic Beasts

Deadline is reporting that actor and comedian Dan Fogler will join the cast of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as ‘Jacob’, Newt Scamander’s rival. The report also notes that Jacob is a Muggle.

Fogler joins Eddie Redmayne (Newt), Katherine Waterston (Tina), and Alison Sudol (Queenie). It was previously reported that Warner Bros. were potentially looking at actors Michael Cera, Josh Gad and John Krasinski for the role.

Fogler won a Tony award for his role in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. He’s also appeared in films such as Kung Fu Panda, Fanboys and Good Luck Chuck.

The first film in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trilogy will be released in November next year. It’ll be directed by David Yates (Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince, Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2) and written by J.K. Rowling. David Heyman will also return to produce.

Alison Sudol will play ‘Queenie’ in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film Alison Sudol will play ‘Queenie’ in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film

Alison Sudol will play 'Queenie' in the Fantastic Beasts film

Alison Sudol will play ‘Queenie’ in the Fantastic Beasts film

Musician Alison Sudol will play the character of ‘Queenie’ in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film. Sudol will star alongside Eddie Redmayne, who was cast last month as protagonist Newt Scamander.

The character Queenie is the younger sister of Porpentina (Tina), played by Katherine Waterston, who meets Newt while he is in New York cataloguing magical beasts.

The role of Jacob, Newt’s rival in the film, is expected to be announced in the coming days. Josh Gad (Frozen), Michael Cera (Superbad) and John Krasinski (The Office) are rumoured for the part.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (the first in a trilogy of films) will be released on 18 November 2016. The film will be directed by David Yates (director of the last four Harry Potter films) and penned by J.K. Rowling.

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J.K. Rowling announces new Harry Potter story, ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’, to be performed as a play in London J.K. Rowling announces new Harry Potter story, ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’, to be performed as a play in London

Update: Here’s everything we know about the play so far

J.K. Rowling today announced a new Harry Potter story titled Harry Potter and the Cursed Child which will be performed as a play in London in 2016.

Eddie Redmayne is Newt Scamander in the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Harry Potter prequels Eddie Redmayne is Newt Scamander in the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Harry Potter prequels

Eddie Redmayne is Newt Scamander in the 'Fantastic Beasts' prequelsWarner Bros. today announced that actor Eddie Redmayne will play protagonist Newt Scamander in the J.K. Rowling-penned Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them prequels.

According to the press release, “Redmayne will play J.K. Rowling’s creation Newt Scamander, 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.”

David Yates, who directed the last four “Harry Potter” films and will direct “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” stated, “Eddie is a fearless actor, brimming with invention, wit and humanity. I couldn’t be more excited about the prospect of working with him as we start this new adventure in J.K. Rowling’s wonderful world, and I know she feels the same way.”

Redmayne won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. He’s also known to audiences for his performance as Marius in the 2012 film adaptation of Les Misérables.

Filming on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will begin later this year with a release date of 18 November 2016.

Warner Bros. confirms three ‘Fantastic Beasts’ films, penned by J.K. Rowling, directed by David Yates Warner Bros. confirms three ‘Fantastic Beasts’ films, penned by J.K. Rowling, directed by David Yates

Warner Bros. confirms three 'Fantastic Beasts' films, penned by J.K. Rowling, directed by David YatesWarner Bros. today confirmed that at least three Fantastic Beasts spin-off films will be produced: the first released in 2016 and then in 2018 and 2020.

While J.K. Rowling will pen the screenplay, it has been revealed today that David Yates (director of Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince and both Deathly Hallows films) will direct. Producer David Heyman and various other members of the ‘Potter’ production crew will also return.

The Studio will release three pictures, in 2016, 2018 and 2020, based on best-selling author J.K. Rowling’s original story and screenwriting debut, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Set in an extension of her familiar wizarding world, featuring magical creatures and characters inspired by Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook and its fictitious author, Newt Scamander, “Fantastic Beasts” will be directed by David Yates, who directed the last four Harry Potter movies, and reunite the filmmaking team of David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (a fictional textbook in the ‘Potter’ universe) will follow the adventures of author Newt Scamander. J.K. Rowling teased fans last week with a Twitter anagram, revealing, “Newt only meant to stay in New York for a few hours. Circumstances ensured that he remained… for the length of a movie, anyway.”

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