In December, 2013, Warner Bros first announced they were producing Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Finally, after a few rumors, all muggles and wizards out there have enough reasons to celebrate: the first star of the cast is confirmed.
During the last few weeks, gossip has been around and the names of Matt Smith (Doctor Who) and Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Road of Fury) were mentioned for the role of the magizoologist. But WB’s announcement puts an end to all speculations.
Referred to as one of the most brilliant young talents of Hollywood, Eddie Redmayne, who recently won an Oscar with his outstanding performance as Stephen Hawking in Theory of Everything, was announced as the magizoologist Newt Scamander. However, Redmayne is the only confirmed name yet, and a year and a half before the movie confirmation. The series are supposed to have four other lead characters, two men and two women, and although there isn’t anything said about the male actors yet, Kate Upton, Saoirse Ronan and Dakota Fanning are being considered for the female roles.
The considerations about the casting aside, we’re left with an important question: the first Harry Potter related movie that isn’t in the main series will be out soon. What do we expect?
We must have in mind that sharing the same fantastic universe is, probably, the only point of contact between the original Harry Potter movies and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The story starts, according to J. K. Rowling, in NY during the year of 1920, some seventy years before the Harry Potter series unravels. It makes this story, for those who read it, not a sequel or a prequel or anything that explain the whys in the original series.
As simple as it may be, the new film series is an open door to all the amazing magical world we could never get enough of during the books. Remember how wonderful it was to first see Dobby the elf? Or even the first time we laid eyes on a Grindylow or at Buckbeak?
Tons of fantastic creatures being exploited in a somewhat adventurous environment, full of magic and our favorite odd people. The series will be directed by David Yates, responsible for final four movies in the Harry Potter series and the first movie is expected to hit the cinemas in November, 2016.
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