fantastic beasts and where to find them trailer breakdown

I’m not shy about my love for the Harry Potter books and their film adaptations, which is why Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them made my list of most anticipated films of 2016. I’m excited to explore another corner of J.K. Rowling‘s wizarding world. I’m glad that director David Yates is back. I’m very curious to see how Rowling herself fares in her screenwriting debut. So naturally, I had to go through the new trailer frame-by-frame and collect my thoughts and observations on this still-mysterious movie.

Story details that have already been revealed and idle speculation lurk below, so proceed with caution.

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Fans of young men abandoned in jungles and raised by wild animals are having a banner year in 2016. Not only is Disney’s The Jungle Book coming out next month, but this summer brings The Legend of Tarzan, starring Alexander Skarsgård as the iconic Edgar Rice Burroughs character.

Except this Tarzan isn’t really going by Tarzan anymore. Nowadays he’s John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, living out a genteel life with his wife Jane (Margot Robbie) in 1880s London. But when a greedy plot by Captain Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz) brings him back to the Congo, he needs to get in touch with his wild side again in order to save the day. Watch the new Legend of Tarzan trailer after the jump.  Read More »

Legend of Tarzan Trailer

Since Disney’s adaptation of John Carter of Mars didn’t work out too well, maybe Warner Bros. will have more luck updating a more grounded novel from Edgar Rice Burroughs in The Legend of Tarzan.

True Blood and The East star Alexander Skarsgård takes the title role of the man who was raised in the jungle by a family of apes. However, this approach to Tarzan finds the character already removed from the jungles of Africa, living with his wife Jane (Margot Robbie) far away from his former home. But then some kind of scheme brings him back to the jungle, where his enemies will learn how he survived in the wild for so long. Read More »

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David Yates has spent most of the past decade immersed in the Harry Potter universe, and he just recently headed back there to direct the Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. But in between, he took a little detour to the wilds of Africa for 2016’s The Legend of Tarzan.

Based on the classic creation by Edgar Rice BurroughsTarzan stars Alexander Skarsgård as the lord of the jungle and Margot Robbie as his beloved Jane. The twist this time, however, is that the story won’t be about Tarzan getting civilized — it’ll be about an already-civilized Tarzan learning how to get wild again. Get your Tarzan first look after the jump. Read More »

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Update: Descriptions of the film’s main characters have now arrived. You can find them after the jump.

The floodgates on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them have slowly begun to slide open. In quick succession, we got the film’s logo and then our first look at the Harry Potter sort-of-prequel’s main character, Newt Scamander (played by Eddie Redmayne). Now, we have new plot details from the J.K. Rowling-scripted, David Yates-directed film.

These details don’t reveal much more than the film’s basic premise (most of which will probably be seen in a future trailer), so don’t be afraid to read on. Unless you’re deliberately putting yourself into total spoiler-lockdown mode. In that case, you know what to do.

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fantastic beasts first look

You’ve got to hand it to J.K. Rowling – she’s certainly not resting on her laurels. In the years since she wrapped up her seven-novel Harry Potter series, she’s dabbled in new genres, even writing under a pseudonym (which ultimately became the worst-kept secret in the world) for a few books. And now that she’s returning to her Wizarding World, a universe that helped the define popular culture for a generation,  she seems intent on exploring as many mediums as possible.

With the actual Harry Potter sequel, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, heading to the London stage, Rowling is making her screenwriting debut with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a film set in the same universe as The Boy Who Lived, just 80 or so years earlier. And now our first look at the film, and its hero, played by Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne, has arrived.

UPDATE: Several more images from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them have been released, and you can find them all after the jump.

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2016 is going to be a big year for Potterheads. Not only is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child — a play described as the eighth Harry Potter story — opening in London next summer, the big-screen spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will make its way to theaters next fall. Shooting on the latter is already underway, in fact, but it’ll be a while before we get the first trailer.

So to tide us over in the meantime, Warner Bros. has unveiled the new official Fantastic Beasts logo. Check it out after the jump.  Read More »

Colin Farrell in Fantastic Beasts

The cast of the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has quite an eclectic array of talent on board so far, but the cast has just added another interesting name.

This season’s True Detective co-lead Colin Farrell has just signed on to the Warner Bros. project that finds Eddie Redmayne playing Newt Scamander, a wizard venturing around the magical world documenting magical creatures for his book, 70 years before the events of the Harry Potter film franchise. Find out more about Colin Farrell joining Fantastic Beasts after the jump! Read More »

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Warner Bros. is betting big on J.K. Rowling and the world of Harry Potter. We already knew the first spin-off, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, written by Rowling and directed by David Yates, would be out on November 18, 2016. We also knew it was the first in a planned trilogy. But Wednesday, we learned much more.

Kevin Tsujihara, the CEO of Warner Bros., announced Wednesday the series will be “at least” a trilogy and that the second and third installments will be released in 2018 and 2020. Read more about the Fantastic Beasts trilogy below. Read More »