Fantastic Beasts begins filming, casting news announced

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has begun principal production at Leavesden Studios, Warner Bros. announced today.

Though the film starts out in New York City, production kicked off in England at the same studio where the Harry Potter series was made. The movie brings together the same key people who worked on Potter, with David Yates directing and David Heyman producing. Author J.K. Rowling, who also helmed the screenplay, is overseeing production with some creative control.

Though not too much is known about the plot, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will follow magizoologist Newt Scamander as he ventures throughout the wizarding world encountering various magical creatures, the experience on which he will base his book, Fantastic Beasts. The movie will serve as a prequel of the Harry Potter story, starting out 70 years earlier than Harry, in the 1920s.

Warner Bros. also confirmed the actors who have been cast in the production. In addition to Eddie Redmayne as the lead Newt Scamander, Katherine Watson will star as Tina Goldstein, Newt’s wife; Alison Sudol as Tina’s sister, Queenie; Dan Folger as Jacob; Ezra Miller as Credence; Samantha Morton as Mary Lou; Jenn Murray as Chasity; Colin Farrell as Graves; and newcomer Faith Wood-Blagrove as Modesty.

Fantastic Beasts will be the first in a trilogy, hitting theaters November 18, 2016.

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Eddie Redmayne confirmed to play Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts

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Eddie Redmayne — pic via ET online

Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne will play Newt Scamander in the upcoming film adaption of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Warner Bros. confirmed today.

The confirmation today comes after months of speculation of who would play Newt. Redmayne will play the famed Scamander, a magizoologist who discovers a number of magical creatures, leading to a documentation of his travels in the form of Fantastic Beasts.

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling published a version of the book as part of the Hogwarts Library Collection in 2001 for charity.

From the press release, David Yates, director of the last four Harry Potter films and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, stated, “Eddie is a fearless actor, brimming with invention, wit and humanity. I couldn’t be more excited about the prospect of working with him as we start this new adventure in J.K. Rowling’s wonderful world, and I know she feels the same way.”

Over the past few years, Eddie Redmayne has rose to prominence with roles in the 2012 musical film Les Miserables and My Week with Mairlyn. Redmayne garnered international praise for his performance as Stephen Hawking in last year’s The Theory of Everything, for which he won an Academy Award and BAFTA Award for Best Actor.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will hit theaters worldwide in 3D and IMAX on November 18, 2016.

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Charlie Redmayne to speak at Harvard Business School Club of New York

Pottermore CEO Charlie Redmayne (above) will speak at The Harvard Club this February.

Pottermore CEO Charlie Redmayne (above) will speak at The Harvard Club this February.

The Harvard Business School Club has announced that Pottermore CEO Charlie Redmayne will be speaking at The Harvard Club this February.

On Monday, February 5 at 7:30 in the morning, Redmayne will be speaking to Club members and the public on how he helps “innovate” the Harry Potter brand through “interactivity and community” and selling products via the Pottermore Shop.

Usually when Redmayne appears at conferences he spills the beans about future plans for Pottermore. In October, he announced the release timeframe of the final chapters of Chamber of Secrets, and the identity of the final padlock on the top navigation bar. In early December he appeared at a conference and stated that “[Pottermore will soon launch] a collection of apps, a channel on YouTube, and inflight experience…” Hopefully we’ll get further information on these plans during this speech.

We plan to cover the event if we can gather enough information on social networking sites. Check back in February for our full report.

If any readers are going to the event and would be kind enough to report on the event for us, please email us at pottermoreowl@aol.com.

Pottermore CEO Charlie Redmayne to appear at FutureBook conference

Pottermore CEO Charlie Redmayne (above) will be speaking at the FutureBook Conference in December

The Bookseller has announced that Pottermore CEO Charlie Redmayne will be one of the keynote speakers at this year’s FutureBook Conference in London.

On Monday, December 3 Redmayne will be speaking to the conference crowd about “building brands and harnessing fans”. Redmayne will also take part in the closing discussion along with other top executives from publishers like Little, Brown and HarperCollins. In this discussion, Redmayne will be asked three questions – how are they driving change? What do they think the future publisher must look like? And, how can a publisher make its presence felt in a world dominated by Amazon, Google and Apple?

As part of the conference, there will also be a panel of literary agents to discuss the changing role of the literary agent. Three of these agents include Neil Blair, Jonny Geller and Clare Alexander, who collectively represent Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. We plan to cover the event, so be sure to come back next week for coverage. Both should be very interesting discussions.

Ahead of his appearance at the conference, Charlie Redmayne has done an interview with the FutureBook blog. In the interview, Redmayne talks about bringing together major publishers and companies including Sony, Scholastic, Warner Bros., and Bloomsbury to make one product – Pottermore. He again talked about expanding Pottermore onto more platforms, like YouTube and in-flight entertainment. You can read the interesting interview right here.