Celebrity News : Rowling’s universe opens its doors to European boys and girls.
After a long silence, today we finally have news about the production of the sequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The Pottermore site revealed that the production of the film will carry out an open casting (as they did for some Harry Potter films and for certain specific characters) to find the teen versions of Newt Scamander, Albus Dumbledore, Gellert Grindelwald, Leta Lestrange and a new character named Sebastian.
This characteristic of the film universe of Rowling has been one of its own characteristics, few films and few universes are so open when selecting actors and actresses for their key personages.
The requirements they ask for to audition are minimal: to be between 16 and 18 years old, have a passport from the UK, Ireland or the European Union, and be available to work from August to November. Although this is only a small piece of information, it is, in fact, quite revealing.
Although we knew that Jude Law would give life to a young version of Dumbledore, this casting advances us that the history will go further still and will enter in the key years of the adolescence of Albus and its friend and later enemy Gellert Grindelwald. We will also know the relationship Newt had with Leta Lestrange (played by Zoë Kravitz), which was briefly mentioned in the first movie as a “friend” of Newt.
With this type of open and inclusive castings they give the opportunity to hundreds of aspiring to start acting and fulfill that longed dream of being part of the Wizarding World of J.K. Rowling (do not lie, many of you have been waiting for a letter from Hogwarts to join the ranks of the Magic School students). Recall the case of Evanna Lynch, who joined the Potter Universe through one of these open castings, such as the unforgettable Luna Lovegood.
Recently reports surfaced that Johnny Depp had joined the cast of the Fantastic Beasts sequel. Now the director of the film, David Yates, has confirmed that the actor, who played Mad Hatter in the live action movie Alice in Wonderland, will give life to the fearsome magician Grindelwald.