Teenage actors wanted for Fantastic Beasts sequel

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Film studio Warner Bros. Pictures has launched an open casting call on JK Rowling’s Pottermore website for five teenage actors to play roles in the next Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film.

The casting call states that the filmmakers are looking for three actors between the ages of 13 and 16 to play younger versions of protagonist Newt Scamander, Leta Lestrange, and a character called Sebastian. Actors between the ages of 16 and 18 are also wanted to fill the roles of a teenage Gellert Grindelwald and a teenage Albus Dumbledore.

The casting call further states: “Newt Scamander’s relationships and past remain enigmatic, so any glimpse into his formative years will be huge for the character.”

Several of the actors from previous films were discovered through open casting calls, including Evanna Lynch, who played Luna Lovegood in the original film series, and Faith Wood-Blagrove, who played Modesty in the first Fantastic Beasts film. Any successful applicants from Cambridge will join a host of Cambridge University alumni from the entire Harry Potter franchise, including Fantastic Beasts lead actor Eddie Redmayne, who graduated from Trinity College in 2003.

Applicants need not have prior acting experience, but should be eligible to work in the UK, and be able to film between August and November 2017. The closing date for applications is Tuesday, 20 June 2017 at midnight GMT, and filming for the 2018 release will begin this summer.

To apply, email casting.prod@wb.uc-ns.com with a recent colour photograph, contact telephone number, home address and date of birth. Further details can be found on the Pottermore website.

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