It was inevitable that Warner Bros. would find some way of returning to the Harry Potter universe, there's just too much potential profit to resist.The new film is set seventy years before the Harry Potter films and centres on the adventures of Newt Scamander, writer of one of Harry's text books - Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) stars in the central role of wizarding world magizoologist Newt Scamander, under the direction of David Yates, who helmed the last four Harry Potter blockbusters.
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 also stars Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice) as Tina; Tony Award winner Dan Fogler as Jacob; Alison Sudol as Tina’s sister, Queenie; Ezra Miller as Credence; two-time Oscar nominee Samantha Morton as Mary Lou; Oscar winner Jon Voight as Henry Shaw, Sr.; Ron Perlman (Pacific Rim) as Gnarlack; Carmen Ejogo as Seraphina; Jenn Murray (Brooklyn) as Chastity; young newcomer Faith Wood-Blagrove as Modesty; and Colin Farrell (True Detective) as Percival Graves.
The film marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, whose beloved Harry Potter books were adapted into the top-grossing film franchise of all time. Her script was inspired by the Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, written by her character Newt Scamander.
The film reunites a number of people from the Harry Potter features, including producers David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram. Collaborating with Yates behind the scenes are: Oscar-winning director of photography Philippe Rousselot, three-time Oscar-winning production designer Stuart Craig , three-time Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood, Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Tim Burke, Oscar-nominated visual effects supervisor Christian Manz, and Yates’ longtime editor Mark Day.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is being filmed at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, which was home to the Harry Potter films for a decade. Some scenes were also shot on location in Liverpool, England.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens in the UK in 3D and IMAX on the 18th of November 2016.
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