It’s a known fact that when Evanna Lynch auditioned for the role of Luna Lovegood in the original Harry Potter films she was battling it out with an additional 15,000 other young women in an open casting in 2006. And whilst the battle of Hogwarts is now (sadly) over, the team working on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them are giving fans of the wizarding franchise an opportunity to join the magical world for the film’s upcoming sequel.
The news of an open casting call was posted via J.K Rowling’s Pottermore website and hints that we will be seeing possible flashbacks including some of the key characters within the film’s narrative.
Back in April it was announced that Jude Law will portray a Young Albus Dumbledore in the much anticipated sequel to last year’s Fantastic Beasts film. Now, it seems there will be another younger version of the beloved character, as production behind the film are looking for two actors between the ages of 16-18. One will portray Dumbledore, whilst the other Gellert Grindlewald – Johnny Depp, who made his debut as the dark wizard towards the end of the first film, will also appear in the sequel.
Also up for grabs are three other roles: a young Newt Scamander (played by Eddie Redmayne in the screenplay adaptation), a newly announced character named Sebastian and a young Leta Lestrange – it is believed Zoë Kravitz will reprise her role as Leta, who we briefly saw a glimpse of in the film within a photograph.
Despite the casting call stating no previous acting experience is needed to apply for the roles, eligibility to work in the UK is required. Filming for the sequel is set to begin in July for the lead cast members, however those interested in the open call roles will need to be available for filming between August and November.
Read the casting call here.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2 is scheduled to hit cinemas in November 2018.