Queenie, Tina, and Jacob: “Fantastic Beasts” Casting Rumors!

We have been hearing for months now that Eddie Redmayne is the front runner for Newt Scamander, magizoologist and the main character of the upcoming film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – but now we have our first glance at the supporting cast!

TheWrap.com reports that Saoirse Ronan (The Lovely Bones), Dakota Fanning (I Am Sam, War of the Worlds), Lili Simmons (Geek Charming), and Alison Sudol (Dan in Real Life) are rumored to be up for consideration for the role of Tina, Newt’s female counterpart, with scheduled test reads opposite Eddie looming in the near future. The part of Queenie, Tina’s younger sister, is rumored to have Kate Upton (model, The Other Woman), Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice), and Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby) attached as well.

Do we have our villain? It looks like actors Steve Zissis (Her), Zack Pearlman (Dreamworks’s Dragons), and Dan Fogler (Kung Fu Panda) are up for the role of Jacob, Newt’s rival.

How do you feel about these rumors? Who do you think should play Tina or Queenie, and what do you think their characters’ backstories will be? Let us know in the comments!

  • Tomas

    Dakota Fanning is amazing. I would LOVE to see her in Fantastic beasts

  • Futur3Fo3

    Pearlman and Folger look Dursley-esque, while Zisis looks the most villainous of the three. As to the others, although I’ve never heard of them, which is a good thing IMO, Simmons and Waterston look like they could be related. Upton is a definite no! Ronan is a great actress, but she doesn’t resemble either Queenie offered, nor does Fanning. Sudol does nothing for me, either. So my choices are as follows: Zisis for Jacob, Simmons for Tina and Waterson for Queenie.

  • Jane Bloggs

    well this has a bit more info than hypable…

    mmm.. WB ‘No comments’ seems to me that it’s practically speculation/ still up in the air casting at this point.

    Very Happy for Redmayne as Newt, no complains there, but I seriously hope we have a WOC or POC in that supportive casting, because while Newt might not be POC, his future wife definitely must be.

  • LizzieB

    God please not Kate Upton….

  • WrAcKsPuRt

    I saw an intriguing theory that ‘Tina’ might be short for Porpentina, Newt Scamander’s wife… 🙂

  • Natan Baessi

    Honestly, I hope that’s a false rumor.
    Shockingly disappointing list. Ugh, Kate Upton.

  • Justsomeone

    Are they aiming for a sad middle-aged man to be the villain? All three of the guys just look like very ordinary people. And I mean very, VERY, ordinary. Like someone you would walk by on the street and not care about at all. Someone you would never notice. So I am not expecting the antagonist to be a really good one with a diabolical plan. Definitely not a Dark Lord.

    All the women listed for Tina seem fine. And, like many others here, please, not Kate Upton. I feel like Harry when the Sorting Hat was on his head and he kept thinking “not Slytherin, anything but Slytherin;” in this case, “not Upton, anyone but Upton.”

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