Highly-anticipated new film, written by J.K. Rowling, directed by David Yates and starring Eddie Redmayne, starts production.
Principal photography has begun on Warner Bros. Pictures’ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the new adventure set in the wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling in her best-selling Harry Potter series.
Filming started today (Aug 17) at Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden, under the direction of David Yates, who helmed the last four Harry Potter feature films - part of the highest-grossing film franchise of all time.
Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) stars as Newt Scamander, the wizarding world’s preeminent ‘magizoologist’, who stops in New York following his travels to find and document magical creatures.
The film also stars Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice) as Tina; Alison Sudol (Transparent) as Tina’s sister, Queenie; Dan Fogler as Jacob; Ezra Miller (Trainwreck) as Credence; Samantha Morton (In America) as Mary Lou; Jenn Murray (Brooklyn) as Chastity; newcomer Faith Wood-Blagrove as Modesty; and Colin Farrell (The Lobster) as Graves.
Marking the screenwriting debut of 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 Harry Potter features; Rowling; Steve Kloves; and Lionel Wigram.
Collaborating with Yates behind the scenes are director of photography Philippe Rousselot (Sherlock Holmes), production designer Stuart Craig (Harry Potter), costume designer Colleen Atwood (Chicago), VFX supervisor Tim Burke (Harry Potter), VFX 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.