First Look: Eddie Redmayne in ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’

For fans of both J.K. Rowling and her Harry Potter franchise, the ultimate talk lately has been Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Although fans have been clambering for any kind of news towards a sequel devoted to storying the Potter lineage, Fantastic Beasts is easily something that will hold back the want until then.

The big screen adaptation of Rowling’s prequel to the beloved Harry Potter series is well underway into production and to get the anticipation ball rolling, Entertainment Weekly has released a number of first and fantastic (yes, pun intended) looks at the film, including Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne in the lead role of Newt Scamander.

Also featured alongside Redmayne are Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, and director David Yates – who is returning to Rowling’s world of magic. Check out the looks below:

I’m no where near familiar with this property compared to Harry Potter, but that definitely doesn’t mean I’m not excited. Just from these first looks, Fantastic Beasts looks right on point with what the Harry Potter films gave us. Feel, look, style – it’s all there. And that’s a really good sign because Rowling’s wizarding world was one of the best on screen universes to experience and become a part of over the last 15 years. With David Yates returning following his extreme success at the backend of the Potter franchise, this film has a great chance of recapturing the magic those films showcased for years.

The most important part though is Redmayne. Although he’s already won an Oscar, his filmography isn’t as big or as ‘experienced’ as those who are nominated year after year. Now he’s given the opportunity to lead a potentially huge franchise, something he can seriously sink his teeth into.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has a November 18th, 2016 release date. Directed by David Yates starring Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Colin Farrell, Ezra Miller, Ron Perlman, Samantha Morton, Carmen Ejogo, Gemma Chan, and Jon Voight.

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