JK Rowling told fans attending a global event for Warner Bros’ Fantastic Beats And Where To Find Them that the upcoming movie starring Eddie Redmayne will be the first of five total movies in the series spinoff of her Harry Potter stories. That’s new news as the author originally considered the spinoff idea to be a trilogy of films.
In addition, director David Yates, beamed into via satellite to the TCL Chinese Theatre from London with Rowling and Harry Potter film series producer David Heyman, also teased that the second movie in the follow-up series will be set in another global capital city — though he wouldn’t say which one. Another tease: he said the first Fantastic Beasts will feature a cameo by a young Albus Dumbledore as well as another character from the original Harry Potter movies, Gellert Grindelwald. A dangerous wizard whose friendship and later enmity with Dumbledore plays a large role in the parent series’ backstory, Grindelwald was also tied to the final Harry Potter book’s magical Macguffins the Deathly Hallows and to the eventual fate of Lord Voldemort.
The news comes ahead of the global bow of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them on November 18. The studio has already staked out a sequel release date for November 16, 2018.
The global event was beamed out to Hollywood, New York, London, Mexico City, Sao Paulo and Rome. Warner Bros showed the first 10 minutes of the movie as well as a featurette, and Jon Voight and Colin Farrell were in attendance in Hollywood. In London, Rowling, Yates and Heyman were joined by co-stars Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, and Dan Fogler.
J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore website has been a fantastic place for fans of the Wizarding World to delve deeper into the lore and make themselves a part of it. The newest feature is the ability to discover your own Patronus. Now the newest member of the world of Harry Potter has taken the test to discover what form his Patronus would take. Watch Eddie Redmayne find the answer for himself, it’s hilarious and brilliant.
Frill-necked bears, gryphons, an extremely covetous mole and dozens of other critters are causing havoc in Manhattan in the latest trailer for Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Luckily for the residents of 1926 New York, a mussy-haired wizard named Newt Scamander is there to corral them. Played by recent Oscar-winner (and just about the last British thespian who hasn’t already been roped into a role in the Harry Potter universe) Eddie Redmayne, Newt’s mission is to get the beasties back in order.
His journey acquaints him with new friends Jacob Kowalski (“Hey, mister English guy, I think your egg is hatching!” shouts the American No-Maj, a stateside term for those incapable of practicing magic) and Tina Goldstein, an employee of the Magical Congress of the United States of America who joins Newt’s quest. In addition to Dan Fogler and Katherine Waterston, respectively, Colin Farrell also joins Redmayne in the ensemble as Percival Graves, a ruthless wizard dead-set on tracking down Newt.
The new trailer shows off more of the production’s flashy CGI creations than any previous spot, with wide-scale destruction leveling entire sections of old-timey New York. “Something is stalking our city, wreaking destruction and then disappearing without a trace,” Tina warns. It can’t remain a secret much longer.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them comes to theaters November 18th.
When given the task of selecting a wand for the role, the 34 year-old actor took the position very seriously, and was rather fussy when it came to getting it perfect.
‘I sort of assumed that I would have a wand sort of plopped in my hand, but the reality is that these amazing props designers come, and then you have really a quite intricate discussion with [director] David Yates about what qualities Newt has.’
Every Potter fans dream, no?
Eddie then decided that Newt was not a ‘Showy guy’, therefore the wand is fairly simple.
‘We decided to have the wand be made out of ashwood, and it has quite a few scratches and sort of burn marks – so that you could get the sense that he’s been traveling the world with it, and it’s got quite a history to it.’
He continued: ‘But for the handle, they were sort of talking about whether it should be horn or leather, and I didn’t like the idea of like animal products being used, given that he’s a zoologist. So in the end, they came up with this idea of sand shell… and it has a slightly mother-of-pearly feel.’
And if that wasn’t enough for the actor to win over your wizarding hearts, it seems his inner schoolboy was let loose, and he commented: ‘My inner 9-year-old was having a disco!’
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them follows magizoologist Newt Scamander’s adventures in New York City in the 1920s as he searches for magical creatures, whilst trying not to cause too much havoc on the way…
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them will be hitting the cinemas in November.
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.