Katherine Waterston to star opposite Eddie Redmayne in “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice) will star opposite Eddie Redmayne in Warner Bros. Pictures’ 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.
David Yates (director of the last four “Harry Potter” films) will direct from J.K. 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 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.
Katherine Waterston recently starred in Paul Thomas Anderson’s acclaimed, but terrible, film 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.
I think she is a much better choice than someone like Kate Upton, but she has yet to do something that truly impressed me.