Mar 11, 2016 04:15 AM EST By Maria Cabrera

'Fantastic Beasts' Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farrell, Jon Voight & More

The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York's secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.

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  • 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them', or simply 'Fantastic Beasts', is an upcoming 2016 fantasy drama film inspired by the book of the same name by J. K. Rowling. A spin-off/prequel of the 'Harry Potter' film series and directed by David Yates, the film was written by Rowling as her screenwriting debut. It is the first installment of a trilogy.

    Storyline: The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York's secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.

    The film is scheduled to be released on November 18, 2016 worldwide in the 3D and IMAX 4K Laser format.
  • Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, an eccentric, introverted wizard, the film's lead, the author of the future textbook "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them", and an employee at the British Ministry of Magic.
  • Colin Farrell as Percival Graves, a high-ranking Auror, confidante to the President of the American magical community. Set with the task of tracking down Newt.
  • Katherine Waterston as Porpentina "Tina" Goldstein, a down-to-earth and grounded witch and employee of the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA), who longs to fight for what's right. Forced to work in an office well below her skill level due to her standing up for the wrong person. Newt's love interest.
  • Jon Voight as Henry Shaw, Sr., a U.S. senator who holds a rally picketed by the New Salem Philanthropic Society.
  • Ron Perlman as Gnarlack, a gangster that owns a speakeasy nightclub who comes across Newt.
  • Ezra Miller as Credence, Mary Lou's troubled adopted son. Described as mysterious. Reportedly plays a big role in the Wizarding World canon.
  • Carmen Ejogo as Madame Seraphina Picquery, President of the Magical Congress of the United States of America.
  • Samantha Morton as Mary Lou, the narrow-minded No-Maj and sinister leader of the New Salem Philanthropic Society (the NSPS, or "The Second-Salemers"), an extremist group whose goals include exposing and killing wizards and witches.
  • Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski, a No-Maj factory worker/aspiring baker who is exposed to the New York City magical community after he meets Newt. Pottermore has indicated that at the beginning of the film, Jacob is newly single.
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