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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According to the new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trailer, we are all invited by J.K. Rowling to go back to the wizarding world of Harry Potter. But this time we’re on the other side of the pond, in New York, in 1926, following wizard Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) as he enters the Big Apple with a mysterious suitcase of magical creatures. We don’t get to see much of any of the fantastic beasts that the title indicates, or where they were found, but this does look like the right way to spin-off the Harry Potter franchise.
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Posted on Tuesday, December 29th, 2015 by Angie Han
The first Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them teaser dropped earlier this month, but it didn’t reveal a whole lot about the characters, or the story, or the world it’s set in. As a result, we’re still in the “lap up anything we can get” stage of our Fantastic Beasts anticipation. Today, that means poring over a new photo featuring Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) in 1920s New York. See the latest Fantastic Beasts image after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, November 5th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
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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Posted on Wednesday, November 4th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
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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Posted on Thursday, September 17th, 2015 by Angie Han
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Posted on Tuesday, September 1st, 2015 by Angie Han
Eddie Redmayne began 2015 as an unhinged space prince (or something?) in Jupiter Ascending, but as the year starts winding back down he’s heading back to the prestige-picture track. Focus Features has released the first trailer for Tom Hooper‘s The Danish Girl, starring Redmayne as transgender pioneer Lili Elbe. Alicia Vikander plays Elbe’s wife Gerda Wegener. Watch The Danish Girl trailer after the jump. Read More »
UPDATE: Warner Bros. has finally made this official. Read the full press release, including quotes from director David Yates, below.
The Harry Potter film series had the opportunity to find young new talent to fill the major roles the series followed for years, but for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them the casting choices are a bit different. Well-established actor and recent Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne has been a top choice among several actors to play Newt Scamander, the lead character in author JK Rowling‘s book set in the Harry Potter world. Now the actor is in talks for the film, likely putting to rest speculation about who’ll lead the film.
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