EXPRESS Spring Fling Event With Kate Upton, Union Square, San FranciscoThere's still plenty of secrecy surrounding "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," the "Harry Potter" spinoff centered around mysterious magizoologist Newt Scamander. Now, a new report suggests that some familiar faces are up for two key roles in the flick.

According to TheWrap, there are seven actresses in the running for the parts of Tina and Queenie, a pair of sisters. Producers have reportedly singled out Saoirse Ronan, Dakota Fanning, Lili Simmons ("True Detective"), and Alison Sudol ("Transparent") to potentially play Tina; Kate Upton, Katherine Waterston ("Inherent Vice"), and Elizabeth Debicki ("The Great Gatsby") are in contention for the part of older sister Queenie.

Eddie Redmayne has already been cast as Scamander, author of the flick's titular textbook, which was used by Hogwarts students in the "Harry Potter" series. "Fantastic Beasts" purportedly follows Scamander to New York, and takes place about six decades prior to the events of "Potter."

While J.K. Rowling's script for the film is finished (marking her screenwriting debut), not much is known about the plot of "Beasts." But Vanity Fair points out that Rowling herself has left some clues about who Tina and Queenie are: Scamander married a woman named Porpentina (perhaps Tina for short?), meaning Ronan, Fanning, Simmons, and Sudol could be vying for the part of Redmayne's love interest.

Studio Warner Bros. declined to comment on TheWrap's report, though the site writes that several of the actresses already have screen tests scheduled, and are slated to read for the roles opposite Redmayne. That process is expected to begin sometime in the next week.

Stay tuned to see if any more casting announcements are made.

"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" is slated to hit theaters on November 18, 2016.

[via: TheWrap, h/t Vanity Fair]

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