Published On: Tue, Oct 27th, 2015

‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’: Eddie Redmayne talks JK Rowling, David Yates and ‘scale’ of films

Director David Yates is back in the Harry Potter universe with the prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them now in production since August and excitement is slowly beginning to build in anticipation of Warner Bros.’ planned 2016 release. While promoting the drama The Danish Girl star Eddie Redmayne talked about the film, meeting with J.K. Rowling and research.

“When I was prepping, I met J.K. Rowling and what’s so amazing is that her imagination is so full and thorough–it’s so encyclopedic of her world–we had an hour together and I sort of asked her about 800 questions so that was a lot of my wonderful research,” Redmayne told Coming Soon.

The topic turned to Yates, the director who helmed the latter half of the Potter films.

“He’s wonderful…Even though there’s a scale to these films that could be intimidating, he has such a kindness but an absolutely brilliant that it feels very intimate, and he’s got such a wonderful, eclectic cast. Hopefully, it will be good.”

The new film, and rumored two subsequent films, are set 70 years before the birth of Harry Potter. Rowling co-write the film’s screenplay alongside Yates. As for Redmayne’s character, Newt Scamander, he’s a brilliant magizoologist traveling to New York in search of, well, Fantastic Beasts

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them also stars Gemma Chan, Selma star Carmen Ejogo with Jon Voight, Katherine Waterston, Ezra Miller, Colin Farrell and Ron Perlman.


Expect more details later as Coming Soon promises a longer interview to be released next month when The Danish Girl opens.


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