Well, this is a turn up for the books. (Ha! Books. 'Cuz this film is based on a boo- ...oh never mind). Everyone's favourite Irish lothario Colin Farrell is heading into the wizarding world of Harry Potter spin-offs, next year's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, joining Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne. Both The Hollywood Reporter and CNN have reported the news this week. But, what else do we know?
Over at Mashable they're reporting that the True Detective actor will be playing Graves, a wizard that Newt Scamander (Redmayne) meets in New York.
There is little known about his character so far, since the material is from a fictional book owned by Harry Potter himself and written by zoologist Newt Scamander, the protagonist of the film who navigates New York's community of secret witches and wizards, based 70 years before Harry was born. There's a very loose connection from the original Potter-verse though, Merton Graves was in the wizarding band The Weird Sisters. So yeah, we have that to go on so far.
Fantastic Beasts is being written by Queen Rowling herself, who said in a statement last year that the story is 'neither a prequel or a sequel, but an extension of the wizarding world of Harry Potter'.
The film, directed by Harry Potter veteran David Yates. David Heyman, who produced all of the Potter films will return as producer.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be released on November 18th, 2016. Eleven years to the day the fourth film on the original franchise, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was released.
Everything about this points to being an enormous win.