The first announcement trailer for J. K. Rowling’s 2001 book, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, has been released today, December the 15.
The movie was initially announced on September 12, 2013, so it has been a long time in the making. It is also claimed to be the first film in a new, separate “wizarding world” trilogy. Warner Brothers pitched the idea to J. K. Rowling, which led her to accept the task of creating and writing the movie.
Other than scratching the itch left behind by the Harry Potter series, the trailer itself is rather unrevealing. We can gather that the characters are occupying the Harry Potter universe and that it is staged in the United States–rather than across the pond. The briefcase that is mentioned to have arrived in New York, carried by Newt Scamander, is filled with “Magical Creatures,” and seems to be reminiscent of Pandora’s Box. Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) plays the main character, Newt Scamander, who is the supposed fictional author of the “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” textbook within the Harry Potter universe. Ezra Miller (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) and Colin Farrell (True Detective) will also be in the film.
Redmayne had a few things to say concerning the Harry Potter franchise and now his involvement within it.
“The stakes are high because they were so good before. You don’t want to screw it up.”
“It’s a complete privilege for me. I love J.K. Rowling. I love the Harry Potter films [and] books so for me this is just the most wondrous gift really.
It seems Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be mostly made up of original content and loosely based on the book because J. K. Rowling’s encyclopedia-like novel resembles more of a “factual” textbook about the magical world, rather than a Harry Potter adventure. This is likely why the author was needed to craft the screenplay, to take on the task of creating a brand new story: Newt brings a briefcase full of magical creatures to America and accidentally unleashes havoc-wreaking creatures into the streets of New York City.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is expected to be released on November 11, 2016.
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