Colin Farrell joins Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

"The Lobster" Photocall - The 68th Annual Cannes Film FestivalAfter brooding in bars and solving a complex case in True Detective season 2, Colin Farrell will be heading somewhere infinitely more magical.

The Irish actor is the latest addition to the cast of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the highly anticipated Harry Potter spinoff.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them centers on the many adventures of wizard Newt Scamander (played by Eddie Redmayne) in American communities of witches and wizards as he tries to study magical creatures. The story is set 70 years before Harry Potter first reads Scamander’s book in Hogwarts.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Farrell will be playing a wizard called Graves who meets Scamander in New York.

Fantastic Beasts also stars Katherine Waterston, Ezra Miller, Alison Sudol, and Dan Fogler.

Potter alum David Yates will be directing with a script written by J.K. Rowling herself.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is scheduled to be released in December 2016.