Water­ston lands ‘Beast’

Los Angeles Times - - CALENDAR - — Oliver Get­tell

“In­her­ent Vice” ac­tress Kather­ine Water­ston has landed one of the lead fe­male roles in “Fan­tas­tic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” Warner Bros.’ “Harry Pot­ter” spinoff, the stu­dio an­nounced Mon­day.

Water­ston is to por­tray Tina (short for Por­pentina), a witch. She will star op­po­site Ed­die Red­mayne as the ma­g­i­zo­ol­o­gist Newt Sca­man­der, who stops in New York City to find and doc­u­ment mag­i­cal crea­tures.

In­tended as a tril­ogy of films based on J.K. Rowl­ing’s slim fic­tional text­book of the same name, “Fan­tas­tic Beasts” will mark the au­thor’s screen­writ­ing de­but. The story will be­gin 70 years be­fore the events of the first “Harry Pot­ter” novel.

David Yates, who di­rected the last four “Harry Pot­ter” movies, is re­turn­ing to helm the first “Fan­tas­tic Beasts” in­stall­ment, which is sched­uled for re­lease Nov. 18, 2016.

Water­ston’s pre­vi­ous cred­its in­clude “Michael Clay­ton” and HBO’s “Board­walk Em­pire.” She could have a main­stream break­out with her parts in “Fan­tas­tic Beasts” and Danny Boyle’s up­com­ing biopic, “Steve Jobs.”

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