Sunday, April 23, 2017

'Green Room' star Callum Turner joins cast of 'Fantastic Beasts' sequel

If you're an avid reader of this site (there's probably like five of you, but hey, that's still cool), you know how much I love Jeremy Saulnier's Green Room. I saw the grisly horror thriller when it was released last April, and even after hearing nearly a full year of buzz from the Cannes and Toronto Film Festivals, I was still completely and totally blown away. The film placed at #7 on my Top 25 list for 2016, and in a just world, everybody involved with Green Room would become a superstar. And much to my delight, that is slowly happening. Saulnier is moving to Netflix in 2018 with Hold the Dark, supporting star Macon Blair won the biggest prize at Sundance this year and will appear in new films from Steven Soderbergh and Sean Baker, and Joe Cole has multiple projects on the horizon. Now, it looks like Callum Turner is the next Green Room star to head for mainstream stardom. Turner will appear in Mobile Homes (which is set to premiere in Director's Fortnight at Cannes) and The Only Boy Living in New York (the new film from Marc Webb) in the next few months, but on Friday, he snagged a coveted role in a highly anticipated sequel.

According to Variety film reporter Justin Kroll in an exclusive report, Callum Turner has joined the cast of the untitled Fantastic Beasts sequel. Turner will play the brother of Eddie Redmayne's Newt Scamander, who will continue his magical adventures in Paris as the wizarding world is embroiled in the growing conflict between Johnny Depp's Gellert Grindelwald and Jude Law's Albus Dumbledore. Per IMDb, the name of Turner's character is Theseus Scamander, but that wasn't confirmed by the Variety report or any other verifiable outlet. Turner joins a growing cast led by Redmayne, Depp, Law, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Ezra Miller, and Zoe Kravitz. Turner was tremendous in Green Room, and I'm happy to see anybody from that movie get cast in a big-budget project like this. While I'm worried that director David Yates has no idea what story he wants to tell with this franchise, as a Harry Potter fan, I'm sticking around to find out where this goes.

Fantastic Beasts 2 will hit theaters on November 16, 2018.

Source: Variety, IMDB
Image Credits: IMDB

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