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J.K. Rowling's 'Fantastic Beasts' Casts 'Brooklyn' Actress Jenn Murray (Exclusive)

J.K. Rowling’s ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Casts ‘Brooklyn’ Actress Jenn Murray (Exclusive)

David Yates returns to direct WB’s “Harry Potter” spinoff, which stars Eddie Redmayne and Ezra Miller

Jeff Sneider | August 6, 2015 @ 12:29 PM

Following a supporting turn in Fox Searchlight’s upcoming awards contender “Brooklyn” Irish actress Jenn Murray has booked a key role in Warner Bros.’ adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” TheWrap has learned.

David Yates is directing from a script by Rowling, who expanded her own “Harry Potter” universe.

Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne will play magiczoologist Newt Scamander (Redmayne) who travels throughout the wizarding world to find and document magical creatures for what will eventually become a Hogwarts textbook.

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Katherine Waterston and Alison Sudol will co-star as sisters alongside Ezra Miller and Dan Fogler. Murray is expected to share scenes with Miller’s character, who’s a rival of sorts to Newt Scamander.

Colin Farrell will also co-star as a wizard named Graves, while 10-year-old Faith Wood-Blagrove was recently announced as the winner of a global casting call to play a character named Modesty

The film is being produced by David Heyman, Rowling, Steve Kloves (who scripted all but one of the “Harry Potter” films) and Lionel Wigram. Warner Bros. will release “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” in 3D and IMAX on Nov. 18, 2016.

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Murray burst on the scene opposite Carice van Houten in the feature film “Dorothy Mills,” for which she received a Best Actress nomination at the Irish Film Awards. She recently wrapped Whit Stillman’s “Love and Friendship” opposite Chloe Sevigny and Stephen Fry and will soon be seen alongside Saoirse Ronan in “Brooklyn.”

Murray’s other credits include “Testament of Youth” with Alicia Vikander and “Earthbound” with Rafe Spall, as well as the BBC dramas “Truckers” and “The Fades.” She’s represented by Curtis Brown Group and Thruline Entertainment.

42 Summer Movies on Our Radar: From 'Avengers,' 'Jurassic World' to 'Magic Mike XXL' (Photos)

  • "Avengers: Age of Ultron" - May 1
    The elite superhero team -- including Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans -- assembles again in this follow up to the 2012 blockbuster.

    Marvel/Disney
  • "Welcome to Me" - May 1
    Kristen Wiig stars in this indie drama about a woman with borderline personality disorder who buys herself a cable access talk show after winning the lottery. Will Ferrell and Adam McKay produced.

    Alchemy
  • "The D-Train" - May 8
    Jack Black plays the head of his high school reunion committee who must convince the most popular guy in his class (James Marsden) to attend the reunion in this Sundance pic.

    IFC
  • "Maggie" - May 8
    Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in this indie as a father who stays with his daughter (Abigail Breslin) as she transforms into a zombie.

    Roadside Attractions
  • "Hot Pursuit" - May 8
    Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara star in this buddy comedy about a straight-laced cop (Witherspoon) tasked with escorting a witness (Vergara) to her trial

    Warner Bros
  • "The Connection" - May 15
    Oscar-winner Jean Dujardin stars in this French crime thriller as a real-life policeman who dedicates his career to taking down a drug lord (Gilles Lellouche)

    Relativity
  • "Mad Max: Fury Road" - May 15
    Tom Hardy takes over the role that made Mel Gibson an international star in this reboot from the madcap mind of George Miller

    Warner Bros.
  • "Pitch Perfect 2" - May 15
    Anna Kendrick returns for the song-filled sequel to the 2012 musical smash hit.

    Universal
  • "Poltergeist" - May 22
    Sam Rockwell leads a remake of the 1982 horror classic that was originally written by Steven Spielberg.

    Twentieth Century Fox
  • "Tomorrowland" - May 22
    George Clooney and Britt Robertson star in a sci-fi fantasy about a man and woman who must discover the secrets of a strange land lost in time and space.

    Disney
  • "Aloha" - May 29
    Cameron Crowe directs Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone in a romantic comedy about a military contractor overseeing a satellite launch in Hawaii.

    Columbia Pictures/Twentieth Century Fox
  • "San Andreas" - May 29

    Dwayne Johnson stars in a disaster movie about a chopper pilot who must rescue his daughter (Alexandra Daddario) after a massive earthquake strikes California.

    Warner Bros.
  • "Entourage" - June 5
    Vince (Adrian Grenier) drives Ari (Jeremy Piven) up the wall when he decides to direct and star in his own movie in the big screen version of the HBO show.

    HBO/Warner Bros.
  • "Spy" - June 5
    Melissa McCarthy co-wrote and stars in a comedy about a CIA analyst who gets her chance to work in the field when an arms dealer (Rose Byrne) threatens to destabilize the world.

    Twentieth Century Fox
  • "Insidious Chapter 3" - June 5
    In this horror prequel, psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) agrees to help teenager (Stefanie Scott) who is being targeted by a supernatural force.

    Blumhouse
  • "Jurassic World" - June 12
    Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas-Howard lead the latest installment in the Michael Crichton-inspired series. This time around, the park is terrorized by a genetically-engineered dinosaur that escapes its enclosure.

    Legendary Pictures
  • "Me and Earl and The Dying Girl" - June 12
    This 2015 Sundance Grand Jury winner follows an anti-social teen (Thomas Mann) who falls in love with a classmate (Olivia Cooke) who has leukemia.

    Fox Searchlight
  • "Dope" - June 19
    This Sundance breakout centers on a teen (Shameik Moore) trying to make his Ivy League dreams come true in his tough LA neighborhood.

    Open Road Films
  • "Inside Out" - June 19
    Pixar takes us inside the mind of a little girl as her emotions vie for control. Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling and Bill Hader all lend their voices.

    Disney/Pixar
  • "Ted 2" - June 26
    Seth MacFarlane's foul-mouthed teddy bear returns in the sequel that finds Ted (voiced by MacFarlane) and John (Mark Wahlberg) fighting in court to prove that Ted is human.

    Universal Pictures
  • "Batkid Begins" June 26
    This feel-good documentary tells the story of a five-year-old leukemia patient who inspired people from all over the world to help him live out his dream of being Batman for a day.

    Warner Bros
  • "Max" - June 26
    A Marine-trained German shepherd is sent to live with the family of his former handler (Robbie Amell), who was killed in Afghanistan

    Warner Bros
  • "Big Game" - June 26
    A teenage-boy (Onni Tommila) rescues the President of the United States (Samuel L. Jackson) when Air Force One crash lands near his campsite.

    EuropaCorp
  • "Magic Mike XXL" - July 1
    Channing Tatum gyrates his way into this sequel as stripper "Magic" Mike who decides to attend an annual stripper conference in Myrtle Beach.

    Warner Bros.
  • "Terminator: Genisys" - July 1
    Arnold Schwarzenegger is back as the unstoppable android as he fights to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) with the help of Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney).

    Paramount
  • "Minions" - July 2
    The Minions are back in this "Despicable Me" spinoff. This time, they are recruited by a super-villainess (Sandra Bullock) in her plot to take over the world.

    Universal Pictures
  • "The Bronze" - July 10
    "Big Bang Theory" star Melissa Rauch co-wrote and stars in this comedy about a former Olympic athlete clinging to her last shreds of fame.

    Relativity
  • "Self/Less" - July 10
    Ryan Reynolds stars in this thriller about a wealthy, dying man who pays to have his consciousness transferred into a younger body. When he begins to investigate where the body came from, he discovers a terrifying mystery

    Focus Features
  • "Ant-Man" - July 17
    Paul Rudd leads this Marvel comic adaptation about a con man who is given a device that can shrink him in scale by Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas).

    Marvel/Disney
  • "Trainwreck" - July 17
    Amy Schumer and Bill Hader star in a Judd Apatow comedy about a magazine writer (Schumer) who refuses to commit, until her relationship with a doctor (Hader) challenges her notions of monogamy.

    Universal Pictures
  • "Stanford Prison Experiment" - July 17
    Based on the infamous 1971 psychological experiment, 24 male students volunteer to play prisoners or guards in a mock-prison, only for things to spiral completely out of control.

    IFC
  • "Paper Towns" - July 24
    Based on the novel by John Green, Nat Wolff plays a boy who convinces his friends to embark on a road trip to find the missing girl next door (Cara Delevingne).

    Twentieth Century Fox
  • "Pixels" - July 24
    Adam Sandler leads a team of gamers (Kevin James, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage) who must fight aliens that invade Earth in the form of classic video games.

    Columbia Pictures
  • "Southpaw" - July 24
    Jake Gyllenhaal packed on the muscle for this drama about a troubled boxer fighting to regain custody of his daughter. Antoine Fuqua directed based on a script by Kurt Sutter.

    The Weinstein Company
  • "Irrational Man" - July 24
    Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone star in a Woody Allen film about a college philosophy professor (Phoenix) who enters into a relationship with his student (Stone).

    Sony Classics
  • "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" - July 31
    Tom Cruise once again does the impossible as he leads his team against an international syndicate intent on destroying the Impossible Mission Force.

    Paramount
  • "End of the Tour" - July 31
    Jesse Eisenberg stars as Rolling Stone journalist David Lipsky as he conducts a series of interviews with author David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel). The film is based on Lipsky's book, "Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself."

    A24
  • "Fantastic Four" - August 7
    Miles Teller (Mr. Fantastic), Michael B. Jordan (Human Torch), Kate Mara (Invisible Girl), and Jamie Bell (The Thing) lead this comic adaptation about the superhero team that gained powers after an accident in space.

    Twentieth Century Fox
  • "Masterminds" - August 7
    Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudekis and Zach Galifianakis star in this heist comedy about a real 1997 armored car robbery in North Carolina

    Relativity
  • "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." - August 14
    Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer play an American and Russian agent forced to team up to stop an evil organization trying to steal nuclear weapons. The film is based on the 1964 TV series of the same name.

    Warner Bros
  • "Straight Outta Compton" - August 14
    O'Shea Jackson Jr., the son of Ice Cube, plays his father in this look at the impact of the revolutionary gangster rap group NWA.

    Universal
  • "Hitman: Agent 47" - August 28
    Rupert Friend stars in this video game adaptation about a genetically engineered assassin who teams up with a mysterious young woman to bring down an evil corporation.

    Twentieth Century Fox
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