JK Rowling delivered some fantastic news this past weekend. The famed Harry Potter author announced on Saturday that the upcoming film based on her 2001 book Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them will be spread out over five films.
Rowling had previously stated that the film adaptation would be a trilogy, but changed her tune and updated fans during a sneak-peek event this weekend for the upcoming first Fantastic Beasts film.
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Rowling appeared on screen from London for the event, which was broadcast to theatres in Los Angeles, New York, London and Mexico City. In addition to Rowling, director David Yates and producer David Heyman also delivered some exciting intel for the upcoming film series, which stars Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander. While the first film is set in New York City in 1926, Yates revealed that the second film will take place in another city, though refrained from giving away the location.
The filmmakers also teased two very big character announcements for the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, which hits theatres on November 18. Not only will Harry Potter character Gellert Grindelwald pop up in the movie, but fans will also be excited to see a young Albus Dumbledore in the first Fantastic Beasts film.
The press events also allowed fans to screen the first 10 minutes of the new film, with additional footage thanks to a featurette.
The plan to expand the proposed trilogy into five films was news to the films’ stars, with actor Katerine Waterston telling the crowd at EW’s PopFest in Los Angeles “When she [Rowling] said we were doing five, that was news to us… there’s so much that we’re not privy to.”
“The thing is that it’s [Rowling’s] imagination,” added Redmayne. “She has such a passion for it and a specific story that she wants to tell and we get glimpses into that, and as Katherine said, it’s insanely exhilarating when that happens. I think Fantastic Beasts the title and Newt and his creatures are a way into this world, but there’s a much bigger story here about good versus evil that she wants to tell, and you haven’t seen much of it in the trailers and the clips of the film. But it’s really a core of the story that she’s telling and it has an epic, epic quality to it. … So I do see that [Fantastic Beasts] is a macro story that could take more time.”
In addition to Redmayne and Waterston, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them will also star Colin Farrell, Ezra Miller, Ron Pearlman, Jon Voight, Zoe Kravitz, Dan Fogler, and Alison Sudol.
The first Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them film hits theatres on November 18, with the second film already scheduled for November 16, 2018.