06/08/2015 05:36 BST | Updated 06/08/2015 05:59 BST

Colin Farrell For 'Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them' Role? Actor 'To Play Wizard' In 'Harry Potter' Spin-Off

Colin Farrell has reportedly landed himself a magical new role, after been tipped to join Eddie Redmayne in the film adaptation of the ‘Harry Potter’ spin-off, ‘Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them’.


The forthcoming new film trilogy, set 70 years before the events of the ‘Harry Potter’ series, follows the story of Eddie’s character, Newt Scamander, an English wizard who travels to New York in search of adventure and magical creatures.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Colin has signed up to play Graves, one of the wizards who Newt encounters on his travels.

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Colin Farrell

Colin’s recent acting roles include appearances in Disney’s ‘Saving Mr Banks’, ‘The Lobster’ and a critically-acclaimed lead part in the second series of ‘True Detective’.

It was recently announced that Katherine Waterston has been cast as the female lead in ‘Fantastic Beasts’, which will see author JK Rowling making her screenwriting debut.

Meanwhile, David Yates - who directed the final four ‘Harry Potter’ films - will also be returning at the helm of the new project.

The original book ‘Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them’ was first mentioned in the ‘Harry Potter’ novel, ‘The Philosopher’s Stone’, and was later released as a separate companion book in 2001, with some of the proceeds going to help Comic Relief.

‘Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them’ is currently slated for release on 18 November 2016.

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