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Colin Farrell is transitioning from a true detective to a wizard. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he’s been cast in the new “Harry Potter” spinoff series “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”

According to the site, the “True Detective” star will play Graves, a wizard who Eddie Redmayne’s character Newt Scamander meets in New York. The film is intended to launch a new series for Warner Bros. that tells Newt’s wizarding world adventures.

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Author J.K. Rowling wrote the “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” script based on her standalone “Potter” companion book of the same name. Former “Harry Potter” director David Yates will helm the project.

“Fantastic Beasts” has brought together a strong cast beyond Redmayne and Farrell. Also starring in the film are Ezra Miller, Dan Fogler, Katherine Waterston and Alison Sudol.

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This story is set 70 years before the “Harry Potter” series, and takes place in the United States. Rowling recently teased on Twitter that there would be a United States wizarding school introduced. Newt Scamander is a Hogwarts alum, and “Potter” fans know his book “Fantastic Beasts” became required reading material at the school.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is scheduled for a November 18, 2016 release, with two sequels slated for 2018 and 2020 releases.

Posted by:Terri Schwartz