Warner Bros. Pictures has announced, through a press release, that the principal photography for the next film set in the Harry Potter universe has begun at the companies studios in Leavesden. Entitled Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them, the film will follow the adventures of Newt Scamander, played by Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne, as he travels the world researching various magical creatures. Set 70 years prior to the events of the Harry Potter series, the research he collects will become the eponymous text that will be used at Hogwarts concerning magical creatures.
Along with Eddie Redmayne, the official casting has also been released by the studio:
- 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
- Colin Farrell (“True Detective”) as Graves
The film will be directed by David Yates, who helmed the final four Harry Potter films. J.K. Rowling also makes her screenwriting debut with this film. To assist in the making of the film, the studio has truly gathered an all star team behind the scenes as evidenced by the list of Oscar winners or nominees included in their press release:
- 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”)
- Yates’ longtime editor Mark Day (the last four “Harry Potter” films).
The film is scheduled for a worldwide release on November 18, 2016.