We still have a long way to go until we can see “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” on the big screen. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of information and updates about it.

Just a few weeks ago, the first official teaser trailer of the new “Harry Potter” spin-off film debuted online. Though the trailer kept most part of the movie under wraps, it offered us a glimpse into the magical world created by J.K. Rowling.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Poster

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Rowling, who completed the script for the film last November, said that it is “neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series”. Instead, it is an “extension of the wizarding world”, where Eddie Redmayne (of “Theory of Everything” fame) is being cast to star as main protagonist Newt Scamander.

David Heyman, who produced all 8 of the blockbuster “Harry Potter” features, is serving as the producer of the spin-off movie alongside Rowling, Steve Kloves, and Lionel Wigram.

In an interview with Empire, he said:

Newt is a magizoologist who’s just completed a global journey to find and document magical creatures for a book he plans on writing,” Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts.

His case is important because it contains some of the creatures he’s been researching. It may be small, but there’s a whole world within,” he added.

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Production on the film is currently away at Potter HQ, Watford’s Leavesden Studios.

Regarding the scale of the production, Heyman offered an insight by saying:

On some days, we’ve had several hundred extras, all done up in 1920s costumes. We are going into the magical world, but we’re bringing the magical characters into the Muggle or “Nomaj” world.

Meanwhile, Empire also debuted a new official still from the movie, which you can view below:

Eddie Redmayne in Fantastic Beasts

David Yates, who directed the last 4 “Harry Potter” movies, is helming “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”.

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The official synopsis is as follows:

“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.

Ezra Miller is starring as Kredan, “a person with magical powers” who encounters Newt “when he stops in New York City on his travels to find and document magical creatures”. Katherine Waterson is playing Tina (short for Porpentina) while Alison Sudol will play Tina’s younger sister, Queenie. Dan Fogler is set to play Newt’s rival, Jacob Kowalski.

Other cast members include Colin Farrell, Jenn Murray, Jon Voight, Carmen Ejogo, Gemma Chan, and newcomer Faith Wood-Blagrove.

Check out the teaser trailer of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” below:

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”, which is intended to be the first of a trilogy, will see its release in cinemas on 18th November 2016.

Source: Empire Online.

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