Just a few days after Jon Voight, Carmen Ejogo and Gemma Chan joined the cast of Warner Bros.' Harry Potter prequel, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has added yet another cast member. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Ron Perlman has joined the burgeoning cast, portraying a goblin. No further character details were given at this time, and it isn't known how large his role is in this magical adventure set within the Harry Potter universe.
Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne stars as Newt Scamander, the wizarding world's preeminent magizoologist, who stops in New York following his travels to find and document magical creatures. The story takes place 70 years before Harry Potter and his friends Ron and Hermione made their way to the legendary Hogwarts School of Witchcraft. Newt Scamander's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will become a textbook that is used by the students in their studies.
Katherine Waterston and Alison Sudol portray the two female leads of the movie, Tina and her sister Queenie, respectively. The supporting cast is rounded out by Dan Fogler as Jacob, Ezra Miller as Credence, Samantha Morton as Mary Lou; Jenn Murray as Chastity, Faith Wood-Blagrove as Modesty and Colin Farrell as the wizard Graves. No details were given for the characters portrayed by Jon Voight, Carmen Ejogo and Gemma Chan.
David Yates, who directed the last four Harry Potter movies, is directing from a script by J.K. Rowling, who makes her screenwriting debut with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. David Heyman, producer of all eight of the blockbuster Harry Potter features, will produce alongside J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram. Warner Bros. has set a November 18, 2016 release date for the spinoff, which is currently the only movie slated for release on that day.
Ron Perlman most recently starred in Skin Trade and Stonewall on the big screen. He also stars in the new Amazon Studios series Hand of God, which is currently streaming on Amazon Prime. The actor is also trying to get his long-awaited sequel Hellboy 3 off the ground, and he is expected to reunite with director Guillermo del Toro in Pacific Rim 2, although that project was recently delayed.