Waterston’s character Porpentina, Tina for short, is a witch who—unlike the beloved characters from the Harry Potter books—works her magic in the U.S. She meets magizoologist Newt Scamander, played by Redmayne, when he stops in New York City on his travels to find and document magical creatures.
President of Creative Development and Worldwide Production at Warner Bros. Pictures, Greg Silverman praised Waterston as a “rising star’” who was a “revelation” in Inherent Vice, and said “we are thrilled to have her back in the Warner Bros. family”.
Katherine Waterston also stars in the upcoming biopic “Steve Jobs,” under the direction of Danny Boyle. Her other credits include the award-winning HBO series “Boardwalk Empire,” and the films “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby,” “Night Moves,” “Being Flynn,” “Taking Woodstock” and “Michael Clayton.”
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.
Warner Bros. Pictures has slated Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them for worldwide release in 3D and IMAX on November 18, 2016.