Warner Bros teases Redmayne, Waterston in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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This week Warner Bros. Pictures offered a quick glimpse into the expanding world of the “Harry Potter” franchise. The studio released two stills from the upcoming film “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find,” which was written by creator J.K. Rowling.

The film itself is being directed by David Yates and production began in England earlier this year. It should be noted that Yates directed the last four “Harry Potter” feature films for Warner Bros. Pictures and fans should be excited to see him returning to the franchise. The new film will be a prequel to the original “Harry Potter” films, which dominated the box-office for close to a decade.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” will star Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”) as Newt Scamander. In the series Scamander is the wizarding world’s preeminent magizoologist, and he is stopping by New York while traveling the globe to search out new and exciting magical creatures.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” also stars Katherine Waterston (“Inherent Vice”) as Tina; Alison Sudol (“Dig,” “Transparent”) as Tina’s sister, Queenie; Tony Award winner Dan Fogler (“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”) as Jacob; Ezra Miller (“Trainwreck”) as Credence; two-time Oscar nominee Samantha Morton (“In America,” “Sweet and Lowdown”) as Mary Lou; Jenn Murray (“Brooklyn”) as Chastity; young newcomer Faith Wood-Blagrove as Modesty; and Colin Farrell (“True Detective”) as Graves.

Marking the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, the script was inspired by her character Newt Scamander’s Hogwarts textbook, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The film is being produced by David Heyman, producer of all eight of the blockbuster “Harry Potter” features; J.K. Rowling; Steve Kloves; and Lionel Wigram.

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Collaborating with Yates behind the scenes are: Oscar-winning director of photography Philippe Rousselot (“A River Runs Through It,” the “Sherlock Holmes” movies), three-time Oscar-winning production designer Stuart Craig (“The English Patient,” “Dangerous Liaisons,” “Gandhi,” the “Harry Potter” films), three-time Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood (“Chicago,” “Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Alice in Wonderland”), Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Tim Burke (“Gladiator,” the “Harry Potter” films), Oscar-nominated visual effects supervisor Christian Manz (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1”), and Yates’ longtime editor Mark Day (the last four “Harry Potter” films).

Warner Bros. Pictures has slated “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” for worldwide release in 3D and IMAX on November 18, 2016.