Fancy lad Eddie Redmayne is earning raves for his role in The Danish Girl, but frankly I'd rather see him headline a movie called The Dutch Oven. Anyway, he's poised to be the biggest thing since sliced bread come this time next year when Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the long awaited Harry Potter spin-off, finally hits theaters.
This first trailer comes to us from /Film (link below), and I must warn you that despite being two minutes in length, the Warner Brothers logo alone takes a full thirty seconds to disappear and for footage to start pouring in. It's not much, but it gives you a good sense of the story, and it looks to bring the wizarding world to America because 1 in 4 Americans' biggest problem with Harry Potter was that it wasn't set in America.
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident… were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” also stars Katherine Waterston (“Steve Jobs,” “Inherent Vice”) as Tina; Tony Award winner Dan Fogler (“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”) as Jacob; Alison Sudol (“Dig,” “Transparent”) as Tina’s sister, Queenie; Ezra Miller (“Trainwreck”) as Credence; two-time Oscar nominee Samantha Morton (“In America,” “Sweet and Lowdown”) as Mary Lou; Oscar winner Jon Voight (“Coming Home,” TV’s “Ray Donovan”) as Henry Shaw, Sr.; Ron Perlman (the “Hellboy” films) as Gnarlack; Carmen Ejogo (“Selma”) as Seraphina; Jenn Murray (“Brooklyn”) as Chastity; young newcomer Faith Wood-Blagrove as Modesty; and Colin Farrell (“True Detective”) as Percival Graves.
We'll all find out how J.K. Rowling fares as a screenwriter on November 18, 2006.