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
Eddie Redmayne stars as Scamander, and the film’s plot, set decades before the Harry Potter stories, has him visiting the Magical Congress of the United States of America. Things go awry when his creatures begin escaping from his magical briefcase. Katherine Waterston, Colin Farrell, and Ezra Miller also star.
Rowling wrote the script herself, the first time she’s handled screenplay duties. David Yates, who directed the final four Harry Potter movies, directs. And this is expected to be the first film in a new triology.
Children will likely be chuffed by this feature-length adventure featuring the voice of Eddie Redmayne, but others may be derailed by the similarity to Lost
Thomas the Tank Engine doesn’t exactly have an exemplary track record when it comes to movie adaptations. Just witness the mess that was 2000’s Thomas and the Magic Railroad for proof. Not only were all the trains given creepy new faces that made them look as if Gollum had been stretched across the rim of a bass drum, but the Fat Controller was ousted in a dramatic coup and replaced by what appeared to be a dust-obsessed French policeman played by wilderness-era Alec Baldwin. It was, pun very much intended, a trainwreck.
However, could salvation be around the corner in the form of Thomas and Friends: Sodor’s Legend of the Lost Treasure, a 60-minute film being released theatrically next month? Featuring voice talent including Eddie Redmayne, John Hurt and Jamie Campbell Bower, it will either signal the resuscitation of Thomas the Tank Engine, or definitively shunt him into the buffers.