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.