In this edition of Sequel Bits, Future puts a new spin on the Rocky theme for Creed, Dan Aykroyd praises Paul Feig‘s Ghostbusters, and Daniel Craig continues to smile through the Spectre press tour. Also after the jump:

  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson joins Ice Age: Collision Course.
  • Kong: Skull Island adds up-and-comer Will Brittain.
  • There are no plans (yet) for a Peanuts sequel.
  • Kung Fu Panda 3 enters the sound mixing stage.
  • Get details on the Jurassic World game that never was.
  • What kind of Fantastic Beasts will Newt Scamander find?

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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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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 »

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has just found itself a Beast. Ron Perlman is set to join the Harry Potter spinoff, which stars Eddie Redmayne as a British “magizoologist” in 1920s New York. More about the Fantastic Beasts Ron Perlman casting after the jump. Read More »

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them just keeps digging up more stars. Jon Voight, Carmen Ejogo, and Gemma Chan are the latest to board the Harry Potter spinoff, which stars Eddie Redmayne as the wizarding world’s preeminent magizoologist. Wondering what the heck a magizoologist is? You must be a Muggle. More about the latest Fantastic Beasts casting updates after the jump. Read More »

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  • Voice actor Mark Ryan debunks a recent Transformers 5 rumor
  • Denis Villeneuve addresses Blade Runner‘s biggest mystery
  • Fantastic BeastsEddie Redmayne doesn’t want to “let everybody down”
  • The horror in Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials almost got it rated R
  • Bryan Cranston and Frankie Muniz want a Malcolm in the Middle reunion
  • Robocop 2 might still happen someday, eventually, maybe
  • The Conjuring 2 and Ouija 2 add to their cast lists
  • Straight Outta Compton‘s Aldis Hodge signs up for Jack Reacher 2
  • Frank Marshall shares a photo from the set of Bourne 5

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The Harry Potter franchise lives again. Warner Bros. has announced the start of principal photography on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a spinoff film set 70 years before the start of Harry’s adventures.

And as cameras begin to roll, the David Yates-directed feature has made a couple of last-minute casting additions. Samantha Morton has joined Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Ezra Miller, and Colin Farrell in the cast, along with Jenn Murray and Faith Wood-Blagrove.

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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 »