With young Dumbledore’s casting for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2 being not far behind, Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling are showing no signs of slowing: today they announced that they’ve cast Callem Turner as Newt Scamander’s brother, Theseus Scamander.
Callum Turner is new to Hollywood, holding smaller roles in recent films including Green Room, Tramps, and Assassin’s Creed.
Theseus a relatively unknown character within the Wizarding World’s overall cannon, but Pottermore entries do shed a little light on the character’s background, revealing that he’s a war hero with a history of hunting Grindelwald across Europe before his brother captured the rogue wizard in New York City (during the events of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them).
SnitchSeeker.com recently reported that a prop letter from Theseus to his brother was found at the film’s Hollywood WB Studio Tour, reading:
“I have been chosen to go away and ferret him out. I don’t know how much you have heard wherever you are about what’s going on in jolly old Europe but this chap Grindelwald has been making a lot of noise since you have been away.”
The letter never made its way into the film, but it does make clear that Theseus isn’t a last-minute addition. Clearly, writer J.K. Rowling had plans to include the character in the story at one point or another.
With Dumbledore brought into the mix, fans have been wondering if the series would turn away from Newt Scamander and focus more on the story between Dumbledore and Grindelwald, but Theseus’s addition seems to confirm that Newt won’t be going anywhere.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2, which recently entered production, has yet to receive an official name, but we do know that it’s set to hit theaters in November, 2018!