1:58 pm EDT, August 5, 2015

‘Fantastic Beasts’ adds Colin Farrell as Graves

Irish actor Colin Farrell is entering J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.

Farrell, who can currently be seen on HBO’s True Detective before it wraps its second season this Sunday, has joined Fantastic Beasts as Graves, “a wizard that Newt Scamander (Redmayne) meets in New York,” according to THR.

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Further details about Graves are still under wraps, but given the star-power of Farrell, presumably Graves will have a significant arc.

A quick search for “Graves” in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World reveals there’s a character named Merton Graves, the cellist for The Weird Sisters who was born in the ’70s. Since Fantastic Beasts is set in the ’20s, there’s no chance Farrell has been cast as this musician (but maybe they’re related? Time to pester @JK_Rowling).

Actually, Colin looks like Merton…


Farrell is the fifth Hollywood star to join Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts, and arguably the second biggest. He joins Eddie Redmayne as Newt, Katherine Waterston as Tina, Alison Sudol as Queenie, and Dan Fogler as Jacob.

Besides his latest television role, Farrell has recently been seen in films including Winter’s Tale, Saving Mr. Banks, and Horrible Bosses.

Earlier today we learned that Warner Bros. had cast a young girl for the role of Modesty after holding an open casting call last month.

THR’s report also lists Ezra Miller as a cast member of Fantastic Beasts, but his role is still a mystery — if official at all. Earlier this summer we heard he, Josh Gad, and Michael Cera were up for a character named Kredan, but that was the last we heard about the part.

Fantastic Beasts begins shooting very soon, and the film will be opening in theaters November 2016.

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