Earlier this year, fans were shocked to learn that JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trilogy was no more; Instead, it had been turned into a series of five films. Potterheads rejoiced over the news, and the famous author has even commented on her decision more thoroughly in the past few weeks. Now, it is Eddie Redmayne’s turn to comment on the expansion of Fantastic Beasts.
In a recent interview with Variety, the actor talked about his involvement with the film and said he had no worries about the additional films. Redmayne said he had no concerns because he “love[d] who she’d written.”
“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,” he said.
While fans may not have known it, Rowling has said the folks behind Fantastic Beasts only coined it as a trilogy because they knew it would be more than a single film; They just didn’t know quite where it would stop.
“Originally, to tell you the truth, we said a trilogy as a placeholder. We wanted to be honest with people that it was going to be more than one movie, but we were feeling our way,” Rowling told Variety earlier this month. “Then, there came a point in the drafting of our story where I said to [Director David Yates], ‘You know, this feels like five movies, and I think I’m pretty certain about that.’”
Then, Rowling went on to drop a bombshell about the franchise’s timeline. “It’s pretty ambitious to tell it [the story] in five to be honest because we’re spanning 19 years,” she said, “but I can see an arc to five - so that’s how it happened.”
Hopefully, Redmayne will continue loving his work as Newt Scamander for just a bit longer. It doesn’t look like the character will be going away anytime soon.
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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.
Warner Bros. Pictures has slated Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them for worldwide release in 2D and 3D in select theaters and IMAX on November 18, 2016.