Ezra Miller is already set to become a part of the upcoming DC Cinematic Universe as the Scarlet Speedster himself, The Flash. While he’s rumored to show up very briefly in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice next year, he won’t arrive in any major capacity for a couple years. Which gives him time to join another burgeoning franchise, Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Variety reports that the We Need to Talk About Kevin star is in talks to take the role of Kredan in Warner Bros.’ upcoming adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world adventure. The trade’s sources say that Miller has been at the top of the studio’s wish list and recently became the favorite to land the role, and that the two sides are nearing an accord.
Rowling, who is also writing the script, says that, despite being set in the same universe, Fantastic Beasts is neither a prequel nor sequel to the beloved Harry Potter saga, but simply an exploration of a another part of the vast magical world she created. Instead of taking place in England, this story is set in America, New York to be precise, and shows the world of stateside wizards. Based on a Hogwarts textbook, the action follows the author of the work Newt Scamander, to be played by Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything), a so-called magiczoologist.
In the story, which takes place somewhere roughly 70 years before Harry, Ron, and Hermione get together at Hogwarts to battle Voldemort, Kredan is some sort of magic having individual who encounters Scamander in New York City as the magiczoologist catalogs various wonderful creatures. That’s not much to go on, and there’s no indication if this is a character that shows up across multiple movies—it’s going to be a trilogy—or if this is a one-off appearance for Miller.
Cutting his teeth on indies like Kevin, Perks of Being a Wallflower, and the upcoming Stanford Prison Experiment, Miller’s talent has raised a lot of eyebrows over the last few years. Between this and his work in the DC realm, it looks as though his cinematic dance card is going to be pretty full for the foreseeable future.
In addition to Miller and Redmayne, the David Yates-directed Fantastic Beasts also recently added Inherent Vice’s Katherine Waterston as Tina. There are apparently two more key roles yet to be cast, Tina’s younger sister Queenie, and Jacob, Scamander’s rival. According to this report the studio has a couple of actors in mind for these parts as well. Yates reportedly wants Alison Sudol (Transparent) for Queenie, while both Josh Gad and Michael Cera have meetings on the docket for next week about playing Jacob. Those would be two very different interpretations the same character.
Things are coming together nicely for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and the film is slated to open November 18, 2016.