Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, the new film set in the Harry Potter universe, started principal photography today in England. The movie won’t be out until late next year, so it could be awhile before we see official photos from the set.Warner Bros. said today that filming started at Warner Bros. Studios in Leavesden, with David Yates directing. Yates helmed the last four Harry Potter films and is collaborating with several other Potter vets, including editor Mark Day, production designer Stuart Craig and visual effects supervisors Tim Burke and Christian Manz.
Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne stars as Newt Scamander, a magizoologist who travels to New York to document magical creatures in the U.S., years before Harry Potter came around.
Other members of the cast include Katherine Waterston as Tina; Alison Sudol as Tina’s sister Queenie; Dan Folger as Jacob; Ezra Miller as Credence; Samantha Morton as Mary Lou; Jenn Murray as Chastity; and Colin Farrell as Graves. Young newcomer Faith Wood-Blagrove is playing Modesty.
The script is being written by Potter author J.K. Rowling and is her first original screenplay. The producers are David Heyman, Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram.
Fantastic Beasts hits theaters on Nov. 18, 2016 in 3D and in IMAX. However, you can see Redmayne in Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl this November.
In the upcoming film The Danish Girl, Eddie Redmayne stars as transgender woman Lili Elbe, an artist who had sexual reassignment surgery in the 1930s. For Out Magazine’s September cover story, he opened up about the preparation that went into playing a transgender icon — and how his research impacted his own views.
“My greatest ignorance when I started was that gender and sexuality were related,” he told Out. “And that’s one of the key things I want to hammer home to the world: You can be gay or straight, trans man or woman, and those two things are not necessarily aligned.”
To prepare for his role as the trans pioneer, Redmayne thoroughly researched transgender theory and history, reaching out to prominent trans activists like Paris Lees and April Ashley for guidance. He also asked Jupiter Ascending director Lana Wachowski, a transgender woman, for advice.
“Virtually all of the trans men and women I met would say, ‘Ask me anything,’” Redmayne said. “They know that need for cisgender people to be educated. I felt like, I’m being given this extraordinary experience of being able to play this woman, but with that comes this responsibility of not only educating myself but hopefully using that to educate [an audience]. Gosh, it’s delicate. And complicated.”
The Oscar winner also told Out that he’s “nervous” about how the film will be received by the trans community, especially as figures like Caitlyn Jenner and Laverne Cox have helped bring trans issues into public awareness.
“I absolutely salute her courage,” Redmayne said about Jenner. “Hers is a very specific story, and it’s one that shouldn’t stand for everybody’s. But it is amazing what’s she gone through and how she’s done it.”
The Danish Girl will be released Nov. 27.
For more on Redmayne, head to Out.
The first posters have arrived online for The Danish Girl, which sees Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne starring as artist Einar Wegener, who made the pioneering journey to becoming a woman, Lili Elbe, in the 1920s. Starring alongsdie Redmayne is Alicia Vikander as Wegener’s wife Gerda Gottlieb