As the Olympics continue into their second half this week, a surprise TV spot dropped in the form of a Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trailer. The film has been the driving force behind a (thus far successful) public interest revival of JK Rowling‘s Wizard World, made famous by the Harry Potter series of novels. Fantastic Beasts will cap off a lead up that included theme park attractions, an enormous Pottermore update, and a play/book release combo. If you would like to check out the trailer, continue after the jump.
The film stars Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, author of a famous textbook of Harry Potter with the same title as the movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The film follows Scamander (an English “magizoologist”) in a 1926 New York, as he interacts with this Jazz Age version of the American Wizarding World while tracking down a large array of sorcerous creatures that escaped his luggage. The film will also star Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski (Newt’s non-magical accomplice), Katherine Waterson as Porpentina Goldstein (a former Auror), and Colin Ferrell as Percival Graves (the director of magical security, and possibly antagonist).
The film also has a sequel, which was finally confirmed, even though it was not a closely guarded secret by any means. We here at nerdbastards had already discovered that director David Yates was set to return to his role in the sequel. Harry Potter author and Fantastic Beasts lead writer J.K. Rowling apparently has the entire sequel already plotted out and may already be starting on a third. Provided the first two films soar to success, it’d be unlikely Warner Brothers would pass on the opportunity to capitalize.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is set to release this year on November 18th; you can catch any more related news about the film here at nerdbastards.