Looks like The Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequel is ramping up the casting, announced via J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore comes the news that Warner Bros. and the filmmakers are holding an open casting call for five young actors to join the cast.
Announcing they are looking for two actors between the ages of 16 and 18, they have revealed the sequel will be delving further back into at least the teenage years of both Gellert Grindelwald and Albus Dumbledore who will also be played Johnny Depp and Jude Law.
Whipping fans of Harry Potter’s wizarding world into a frenzy, casting further speculation on the sequel’s storyline, filmmakers are also looking for three actors between 13 and 16 to play a younger version of Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander, Leta Lestrange and another character called Sebastian.
Newt Scamander’s past is fairly mysterious, dipping into his past in this way will surely help to develop the character in which Redmayne made completely his own. Knowledge of Dumbledore and Grindelwald’s past friendship were already revealed in The Deathly Hollows, could this now mean we get a chance to find out exactly how the wizards became such fierce rivals?
Whilst Leta Lestrange has yet to be seen on screen, her name popped up during Fantastic Beasts, We found out that Newt and Leta were very close friends while at Hogwarts together and even her image appeared via a photograph in Newt’s workshop.
The makers of the hugely popular Potter series of films are no stranger to the open casting call, back in 2006 the team opened up casting for the role of Luna Lovegood which saw Evanna Lynch cast in the role.
The casting call, whilst not giving too much away, certainly gives a more structured idea into what direction the sequel will go in – Speculation around the plot will surely now go into overdrive as fans eagerly await the new outing on the big screen.
Applicants only have until June 20th to apply before casting closes. Full details of how to apply are on the Pottermore website.