Eddie Redmayne has just signed on to star in the upcoming adaptation of The Last Days Of Night. The film with the same name is about the epic clash between industry titan George Westinghouse and inventor Thomas Edison over one question: who invented the lightbulb?
It’s set to be released sometime in late 2017, according to Deadline and will be directed by Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game, Passengers). It’s based on a historical thriller by Graham Moore, who authored the screenplay for The Imitation Game and the bestselling novel The Sherlockian, that’s set to be released on August 16th from Random House. Moore will be writing the screenplay for his novel.
Westinghouse and Edison famously clashed in a series of escalating lawsuits over their inventions and patents during the late 1800s. The war took place between Edison’s Electric Light Company and the Westinghouse Electrical Company at the dawn of the electrical age and helped settle the future of the technology.
Redmayne, who recently starred in The Theory of Everything and this year’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, will play Paul Cravath, a young lawyer from Columbia Law School who is representing Westinghouse in 1888. The case thrusts the young man into the upper echelons of American high society, as he’s tasked with bringing a case against inventor Thomas Edison. Notable historical figures such as Nikola Tesla and Alexander Graham Bell make their own appearances throughout the story.
This footage from the upcoming fantasy in the Harry Potter universe written by JK Rowling was released at Comic Con over the weekend. Directed by David Yates, the film stars Eddie Redmayne as a Hogwarts alumni who arrives in America in 1926 but runs into trouble after magical beasts escape from his briefcase. The film will be released worldwide on 18 November 201
It’s been five long years since the final Harry Potter movie, Deathly Hallows Part 2, hit theaters, but this year fans can experience a new part of this magical universe. Warner Bros. will release Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on November 16, with Harry Potter director David Yates returning to the helm, and J.K. Rowling making her screenwriting debut. This movie will kick off a new trilogy, and earlier today, director David Yates revealed new details about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2.
David Yates revealed earlier this month that J.K. Rowling had already finished the script for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2, and that she already has “ideas” for the third movie. In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, David Yates teases that the story goes in a whole new direction. Here’s what he had to say below.
“We’ve seen the script for Part 2, for the second movie, which takes the story in a whole new direction – as you should, you don’t want to repeat yourself. The second movie introduces new characters as she builds this part of the Harry Potter universe further. It’s a very interesting development from where we start out. The work is pouring out of her.”
Warner Bros. confirmed that Fantastic Beasts will be a trilogy way back in October 2014, with the studio setting tentative release dates in 2018 and 2020 for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2 and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 3. Fantastic Beasts stars Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, the author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a textbook used at Hogwarts by Harry Potter and his classmates. The cast of this movie prequel also includes Katherine Waterston, Ezra Miller, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Jenn Murray, Colin Farrell, Carmen Ejogo, Jon Voight and Gemma Chan.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident…were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be part of Warner Bros.’ massive Hall H Comic-Con panel on Saturday, July 23 at 11:30 AM, s stay tuned for more details on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and its upcoming sequel.
Eddie Redmayne has joined Nick Park’s eagerly anticipated Early Man, which Studio Canal is financing, selling and distributing in its core markets. Early Man is a stop-frame feature film that sees Park going behind the camera for the first time since Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit. Park also co-directed Chicken Run. Mark Burton and John O’Farrell have written the script. The BFI is also a partner on the film. Set at the dawn of time, when dinosaurs and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, Early Man tells the story of how one plucky caveman unites his tribe against a mighty enemy and saves the day, while also inadvertently inventing the game of football.
The film is part of StudioCanal’s expansion into family fare following the global success of Paddington– $260 million worldwide gross and counting- and Shaun the Sheep. Redmayne won the Academy Award for his bravura performance as physicist Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. He will next be seen in Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. He is repped by United Agents and CAA.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be the third major movie to premiere new footage at the MTV Movie Awards next week. Like Suicide Squad and Captain America: Civil War, the first film in J.K. Rowling’s new magical franchise will show a brand new preview on MTV and have it presented by its star.
MTV News broke on April 5 that Eddie Redmayne will present the clip, which will surely show more of him as ‘magizoologist’ Newt Scamander. In this offshoot of the Harry Potter universe, Scamander travels with a suitcase full of magical creatures to 1926 New York City, only to have his Fantastic Beasts run rampant through the American No-Maj/Muggle community.
There has only been one official teaser for the film so far, which wasn’t able to show any of Scamander’s beasts. Perhaps this preview will be different, now that director David Yates is closer to finishing his latest Rowling-based film. But since this is a movie with no Harry Potter characters, with American characters and actors and with Rowling herself as the screenwriter, this is unlike any film he’s done in Rowling’s world.
Redmayne is presenting the clip alone, although Newt has much more help in the film from characters played by Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol and Dan Fogler. Whether they are enough against the creatures on the loose is something audiences can only imagine at this point.
Fantastic Beasts isn’t a superhero movie like the other films premiering clips at the MTV Movie Awards. However, like so many comic book movies these days, this is setting up a whole new cinematic universe and series of films. In this case, it is only the beginning of a new trilogy from Rowling’s magical world, after the last Rowling franchise had close to three trilogies.
The MTV Movie Awards will show this latest teaser sometime after 8 p.m. est on April 10, although the Fantastic Beasts will be truly found in theaters on Nov. 18.
Eddie Redmayne was born to play magizoologist Newt Scamander in “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” according to producer David Heyman.
”Eddie was our first choice,” Heyman told tv3. “He’s very good at playing characters that are out of step, as it were, and bringing to them a real heart and compassion. He has a desire to bring truth to every moment. He’s very charming and appealing to men and women alike. And he’s a timeless actor, so he fits perfectly into 1920s New York.”
The film, written by J.K. Rowling, follows Scamander, a Ministry of Magistry employee who accidently unleashes a briefcase full of magical creatures upon NYC in the roaring twenties. Katherine Waterston, Colin Farrell and Ezra Miller also star.
”Newt is someone who can communicate better with his creatures than he does with people,” Heyman said of Redmayne’s character. “He’s a Brit who finds himself in the US and the American magical universe is different to the British one.”
Redmayne said shooting the film, which wrapped last month, was “a wonder.”
“It’s just unlike anything I’ve ever been a part of,” Redmayne said. “It’s like imagination taken to the extreme.”
Rowling was intimately involved with the production process. According to Heyman, ”We’d run concepts by her, she’d give her thoughts and we’d adjust accordingly. She certainly was aware of all the lead casting choices before we finalized them.”
Redmayne said he asked Rowling “800 questions” to prepare for the role.
“I met J.K. Rowling and what’s so amazing is that her imagination is so full and thorough — it’s so encyclopedic of her world,” he told ComingSoon.net.
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” directed by David Yates, opens Nov. 18, 2016.
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