Zoe Kravitz on Creating a "Complex Relationship" With Newt Scamander in 'Fantastic Beasts 2'
Zoe Kravitz came onto the Fantastic Beasts project late, and played a miniscule role; she was the subject of a photograph. This revealed a history with Newt Scamander, played by Eddie Redmayne, and also revealed her name to be Leta Lestrange. The surname is enough to excite and perhaps concern fans of the Harry Potter franchise.
Speaking for her upcoming HBO series, Big Little Lies, Kravitz addressed her role in the Fantastic Beasts franchise to come, confirming that it will be a far bigger part to play (it couldn't get any smaller). She also confirmed that she starts filming for it in summer, which gives us a solid indication as to when we can expect to hear casting news and the like.
She told Collider that shooting "starts in June or July, I think. It's sometime in the summer. I'm very excited." She talked, understandably briefly, about her time on set of the first film, which she said was "incredible."
"The one day I was on set for that, and also for my audition process, being able to work with Eddie [Redmayne] and David [Yates] was incredible. The script was very under wraps, so even signing onto it, I hadn’t read the script. I just went off of who was involved, and J.K. Rowling and the Harry Potter films, so I knew it was going to be incredible, especially with how involved J.K. is.
"And then, I got to see the film, after I was already signed on, and it exceeded my expectations. That was a really interesting experience, to sit back and watch a movie that you loved, and then get to walk out and say, “I get to be in that!” It’s a very cool thing."
We can expect to see plenty of Leta Lestange, it seems. "I think there’s a few ahead. The relationship between Leta and Newt Scamander is a complex relationship, so I think there will be a lot of time for that to grow and develop, which will be fun." On the script for the next film, however, she knows nothing. "Even when I went to go do my chemistry read with Eddie, he was trying to help me piece together what was happening in the scene that we were reading. He doesn’t get to see anything either, so he was like, “I think based off of this line and this line, and what we shot here and here, this is what’s going on.” We had to guess. It was funny to watch him, trying to piece it all together."
Fantastic Beasts 2 opens November 16, 2018. Little Big Lies, meanwhile, premieres on February 19 on HBO.