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Colin Farrell joins Eddie Redmayne in J.K. Rowling's 'Harry Potter' spin-off film

'Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them' is set for release in November 2016

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Colin Farrell has reportedly joined the cast of J.K. Rowling's forthcoming Harry Potter spin-off film.

Rowling has written the script for the spin-off film, which is set around 70 years before the Harry Potter saga begins. Titled Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, it focuses on Newt Scamander, the author of one of Harry's Hogwarts text books. David Yates, who directed the final four Harry Potter films, in on board to direct.

Eddie Redmayne was cast as Newt Scamander in June and now THR reports that Farrell has signed up to play Graves, a wizard Redmayne's character meets in New York.

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Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice), Alison Sudol (Transparent) and Ezra Miller (We Need To Talk About Kevin) will also appear in Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. Warner Bros. has scheduled the film for release on November 18, 2016.

Explaining the film's premise when it was announced in 2013, Rowling said: "Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for 17 years, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world.

"The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt's story will start in New York, 70 years before Harry's gets underway."

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