If you found yourself scratching your head wondering where you missed Zoe Kravitz in “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”, you’re not alone. Although her character, Leta Lestrange, was mentioned in the film, all we see is a photo of her among Newt Scamander’s possessions.
Leta and Newt were once close friends during their time as students in Hogwarts but the details to their fall out wasn’t revealed. Her addition was relatively small in the first film, but fans can expect to see more of Leta in the upcoming sequels.
In speaking with Collider while promoting her HBO TV series “Big Little Lies”, Kravitz confirmed that she will be playing a larger role in the upcoming sequels but is still unsure exactly how it’ll play out. “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,” she told the publication.
“I know nothing! I have an idea, based off of when I auditioned, but I know nothing. Even when I went to go do my chemistry read with Eddie Redmayne, 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,” the 28-year-old actress continued.
When asked if production for “Fantastic Beasts 2” has already started, Kravitz explained, “No, that starts in June or July, I think. It’s sometime in the summer. I’m very excited. 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.”
She added, “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.”
As Potterheads already suspect, Leta is a relative of Bellatrix Lestrange (who was one of Voldemort’s most loyal allies). So what happens to Leta in the “Fantastic Beasts” franchise is bound to echo through the entire Lestrange clan.
“Fantastic Beasts 2” is expected to hit theatres on 16th November 2018.