Katherine Waterston Cast as Porpentina in “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”!
Now that we’ve got our Newt Scamander in Eddie Redmayne, it was only a matter of time before more Fantastic Beasts casting news was released. Last month, we learned the names of several actresses and actors up for the roles of Tina, Queenie, and Jacob, and now, the first of these roles has been officially cast. Actress Katherine Waterston will play Tina, short for Porpentina, a woman who meets Newt in New York City and will play a “pivotal role” in his adventures.
Waterston was originally being considered for the role of Queenie.
Greg Silverman, Warner Bros. President of creative development and worldwide production, said of Waterston’s casting:
Katherine Waterston is a rising star, who was a revelation in our film Inherent Vice, earning the praise of both critics and audiences. We are thrilled to have her back in the Warner Bros. family, especially in one of our most anticipated titles for 2016, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
J.K. Rowling also weighed in on the casting announcement on Twitter:
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 15, 2015
What’s more, Variety is reporting that
The studio is said to be looking for more established faces for the spinoff, unlike the newcomers they discovered for the original ‘Harry Potter’ franchise.
That answers a question many in the fandom have been asking ever since the film was announced.
There’s another big difference between the casting of Fantastic Beasts and Harry Potter – we don’t know who any of the other characters are or what their personalities are like. It’s kind of hard to do a fan casting under those circumstances, but surely it won’t be very long now until we have casting announcements for Queenie and Jacob!
Is there anyone else you’d like to see show up in these films? Let us know in the comments!