Warner Bros. has announced that filming has began for the Harry Potter spinoff film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. This is the first of the planned trilogy of films that the studio is planning to develop in the next century.
David Yates is directing a film with a script written by J.K. Rowling. Set in New York City, the story takes place seventy years before the events of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. The plot follows the magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). The Harry Potter spinoff will also star Collin Farrel, Katherine Waterston, Ezra Miller, Dan Fogler and Alison Sudol. Below, you can read the full press release from the studio:
Principal photography has begun on
. Pictures' highly anticipated feature "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them." The all new adventure is set in the wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling in her best-selling Harry Potter books, which were adapted into the highest-grossing film franchise of all time.
Filming started today, August 17, at
. Studios, Leavesden, under the direction of David Yates, who helmed the last four "Harry Potter" feature films.
Academy Award 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.
"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
("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.
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).
. Pictures has slated "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" for worldwide release in 3D and IMAX on November 18, 2016.