The first full length trailer for Warner Bros.’ “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” debuted on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Wednesday.
The film takes place in 1926. Magizoologist Newt Scamander has just finished a worldwide trip to find and document magical creatures. When he arrives in New York for a quick layover, some of Newt’s magical beasts escape his briefcase. This has numerous ramifications for the No-Maj and wizarding worlds.
In the film, Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”) stars in the central role of Newt Scamander. David Yates, who also directed the last four “Harry Potter” blockbusters, directs. In addition, the film marks author J.K. Rowling’s screenwriting debut.
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” also stars Katherine Waterston (“Steve Jobs,” “Inherent Vice”) as Tina; Tony Award winner Dan Fogler (“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”) as Jacob; Alison Sudol (“Dig,” “Transparent”) as Tina’s sister, Queenie; Ezra Miller (“Trainwreck”) as Credence; two-time Oscar nominee Samantha Morton (“In America,” “Sweet and Lowdown”) as Mary Lou; Oscar winner Jon Voight (“Coming Home,” TV’s “Ray Donovan”) as Henry Shaw, Sr.; Ron Perlman (the “Hellboy” films) as Gnarlack; Carmen Ejogo (“Selma”) as Seraphina; Jenn Murray (“Brooklyn”) as Chastity; young newcomer Faith Wood-Blagrove as Modesty; and Colin Farrell (“True Detective”) as Percival Graves.
The film is the first in a planned trilogy; its sequel is also well underway. Warner Bros. announced in August that the sequel, which will once again feature a script by Rowling and direction by Yates, will release on November 16, 2018, almost exactly two years after the first film. The third film will release sometime in 2020.
According to the statement from the studio, the second film “moves deeper into an increasingly dark time for the wizarding world, where Newt and our other heroes have to decide on their allegiances.”
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” opens Nov. 18. Check out the new trailer below.