J.K. Rowling’s Wizardly World, which originally started with the Harry Potter franchise, continues this weekend with the highly anticipated release of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. The film is one of five movies currently planned by Warner Bros, all of which, are to be directed by David Yates. The latest movie stars Academy Award winning actor Eddie Redmayne as the lead character, Newt Scamander, a wizard who brings his magical beasts to New York City in the 1920s, only for them to run amuck throughout the growing town.
Redmayne is joined by Colin Farrell, Justice League‘s Ezra Miller, Dan Fogler and Katherine Waterston, who will next be seen in Alien: Covenant. In a new interview with the Oscar winner, Redmayne discussed the sheer size of a franchise like Harry Potter, and where the sequels will likely go:
“As an actor, if it’s your dream to tell stories, getting to tell stories within the imagination of one of the greatest storytellers in the world is all you can hope for, really. Long may that continue.”
Originally, the franchise was only meant to be three films long, however, when Rowling looked at the films as a whole, she and Yates felt two additional films would bring the series full circle. When asked why Redmayne signed on for the other two movies, the actor kept it short and simple:
“I love[d] who she’d written.”
Redmayne then revealed an awesome story about how he landed the gig of a lifetime:
“It came to me in a wonderfully top-secret way. I got a call, saying David Yates wanted to meet me about an unknown project. We met in a pub called Blacks, which is in Soho in London. As I went to this place, it was pouring rain, and downstairs in the basement, there was a fire and David. The whole thing had a Diagon Alley vibe to it. He started telling me this story that J.K. Rowling was writing, and he talked about Newt and the case. I had taken a suitcase that I had. As he talked more about the case, I gently pushed my case back. I had this embarrassment that I looked like one of those actors that turned up dressed for the part.”
When asked if Redmayne went back and watched the Harry Potter films the actor responded:
“I didn’t. They are always on. I did watch moments, like the wand stuff. There is a sense that every actor is like, “One day, I’ll get my wand moment.” I got my wand moment, and I got stage fright. I got awkward. I didn’t know what to do with it. In the end, I watched Dan Radcliffe, Ralph Fiennes, and Emma Watson. I definitely stole, and thieved.”
What do you guys think? I actually just got home from seeing the movie, and, as someone who was not too fond of the original Harry Potter films, Fantastic Beasts won me over. The movie is a huge blast. You can check out the full interview over at Variety, in which the actor also discusses some components of the audition process involving other actors.
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them is in theatres now.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an all-new adventure returning us to the wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling. Academy Award winner 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. 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.