Colin Farrell cast in Harry Potter spinoff, 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'

MANILA, Philippines – Colin Farrell is the newest addition to the cast of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a spinoff from the popular Harry Potter series, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The movie is based on the book of the same name, written by JK Rowling and read by Harry Potter in the original series. 

Colin, who currently stars in HBO's True Detective, will play the wizard Graves, who meets Newt Scamander (Edie Redmayne) in New York City.

Directed and produced by Harry Potter alums David Yates and David Heyman, respectively, Fantastic Beasts centers on Newt and his adventures as he tries to document magical creatures for his book. The plot is set 70 years before Harry reads his book in Hogwarts. Author JK Rowling is also writing the script for the movie. 

The movie is set for release in late 2016. –

Photo of Colin Farrell via Denis Makarenko /