Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”) stars in the central role of wizarding world “magizoologist” Newt Scamander, under the direction of David Yates, who helmed the last four “Harry Potter” blockbusters.
The film marks the screenwriting debut of Rowling, whose Harry Potter books were adapted into the top-grossing film franchise of all time. The film reunites a number of people from the “Harry Potter” features, including producers David Heyman, Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram.
Rowling’s script was inspired by the Hogwarts textbook “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” written by her character Newt Scamander. The movie 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 NoMaj (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.
The movie is being filmed at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden in England, which was home to the “Harry Potter” films for a decade. Some scenes were also shot on location in Liverpool, England. The director of photography is Philippe Rousselot (“A River Runs Through It,” the “Sherlock Holmes” movies), production designer Stuart Craig (“The English Patient,” “Dangerous Liaisons,” “Gandhi,” the “Harry Potter” films), costume designer Colleen Atwood (“Chicago,” “Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Alice in Wonderland”), visual effects supervisor Tim Burke (“Gladiator,” the “Harry Potter” films), 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).