Warner Bros. is trying to capture magic again (literally) with their planned Harry Potter spin-off trilogy beginning with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. After the original 8 Potter films all received critical-acclaim and financial success for over a decade (based on the equally popular and successful novels by J.K. Rowling), the future of the Wizarding World onscreen was a mystery for awhile. However, WB came back with a vengeance last year announcing not only a new Harry Potter spin-off film, but an entire trilogy of new films.
J.K. Rowling herself will be writing the script for the first film of the three, with director David Yates returning after his work on the final four Potter films, and a large majority of the same production team returning as well. The film will follow magizoologist Newt Scamander during his adventures in New York City in the 1920s (roughly 70 years before the events of the Harry Potter films) as he finds and documents all kinds of magical creatures.
It looks like the movie’s cast just got even better too.
According to a new report by THR, actors Jon Voight (Ray Donovan), Carmen Ejogo (Selma), and Gemma Chan (Humans) have officially joined the Harry Potter spin-off in currently unknown roles. They join cast members Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) as Newt, Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice), Ezra Miller (The Perks of Being a Wallflower), Colin Farrell (In Bruges), Dan Fogler (Take Me Home Tonight) and Samantha Morton (In America).
Anyone who knows me knows that I am a huge Harry Potter fan. I absolutely adore the films, novels, and the entire world that J.K. Rowling was able to create from those stories, so I might be a little biased when I talk about how excited I am for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. It’s easy to see why some fans might have some trepidation in terms of the films’ actual story and characters, but personally, it seems like such an odd, and nice story in the history of the Wizarding World that I’m more-than-interested in seeing the story that J.K. Rowling is planning on telling in this spin-off.
Taking into account the incredible cast that the movie has assembled too (with Waterston and Farrell in specific being two of my most anticipated characters in the film), and the talent behind the scenes as well, I really think WB is checking off as many boxes as they can. It seems like Rowling is still passionate about the world and characters as well, so while Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them might not be the movie Harry Potter fans were looking for, but I think they’ll be thankful for it all the same by the time the credits roll.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is set to hit theatres on November 8th, 2016.
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