Franchises are the bread and butter for Hollywood these days, which is why the development of something like Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is seen as an incredibly cynical move on the part of a studio. This spin-off of the wizarding world of Harry Potter could be seen as the most egregious example of lack of Hollywood imagination, trying to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear by further expanding a 7-part book series that’s already been made into 8 movies. (Eight highly profitable movies, that is.) On the other hand, Harry Potter’s was such a vividly realized world, and though Harry’s story is over, it feels like their was so much left unexplored. Combined with the involvement of Potter creator J.K. Rowling, there’s lots of room to hope that Fantastic Beasts might be good after all. But who will search out these creatures? We now have some ideas.
As you may recall, Academy Award-winner Eddie Redmayne has already been cast as Newt Scamander in the film. Scamander is the author of the book referred to in the film’s title, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which is a textbook used by Harry Potter and his classmates at Hogwarts. Along with Scamander, the cast will include two sisters named Queenie and Tina, and Jacob, who is Scamander’s rival in magizoology.
As to casting, you’ll note that contrary to the Harry Potter series’ strict regiment of hiring only U.K. actors for the main roles, Fantastic Beasts is being more cosmopolitan (read: American). TheWrap says that super model Kate Upton, Inherent Vice breakout Katherine Waterston and French actress Elizabeth Debicki are in the running to play Queenie. Meanwhile, Saoirse Ronan, Dakota Fanning, Banshee star Lili Simmons and Transparent‘s Alison Sudol are all potential Tinas. For Jacob, Variety’s Justin Kroll said on Twitter that the part looks like to go to either character actor Steve Zissis, comedian Zack Pearlman, or the ubiquitous Dan Fogler.
How these various characters come together and what kind of adventure they’ll partake in is still unknown. What is known about Fantastic Beasts is that it takes place in New York in the 1930s, which should make for a considerable departure in terms of style and substance over the previous Harry Potter movies. That Potter magic though should still be easily recaptured though. J.K. Rowling herself is writing the screenplay while David Yates, who directed the back-half of the Potter film series, will be sitting in the director’s chair. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be in theaters everywhere on November 18, 2016 with follow-ups scheduled for November 16, 2018 and November 20, 2020.
We’ll have more news on this project as it develops.
Source: Coming Soon