It was only a matter of time before movie audiences had the chance to return to the magical world of Harry Potter created by author J.K. Rowling.
With the new prequel film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hitting theaters later this year, Warner Bros. Pictures has released a new trailer for the movie. The latest preview of the November film offers a closer look at the relationship between non-magic users and the wizarding world in the U.S. during the 1920s, the time period when the film’s story unfolds.
Featuring a script penned by Rowling (and her screenwriting debut), Fantastic Beasts casts Oscar-winning actor Eddie Redmayne as magical researcher Newt Scamander, who must recover the fantastic creatures that escaped his care during a layover in New York in 1926. Set 70 years before the events of the Harry Potter films, the story is based on the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them textbook used by Harry and the other students at Hogwarts School, which was subsequently released as a standalone book penned by Rowling.
The film will reportedly explore the vastly different dynamic between the magical world and the “No-Maj” (no magic) world in North America, after focusing primarily on the European regions of the world in the Harry Potter films.
Along with Redmayne, the cast of the film includes Ron Perlman, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Dan Fogler, Colin Farrell, Jenn Murray, Jon Voight, Gemma Chan, Carmen Ejogo, and Faith Wood-Blagrove. David Yates, the director of the last four installments of the Harry Potter franchise (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and the two-part Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows), returns to direct Fantastic Beasts.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is scheduled to arrive in 3D, Imax, and standard theaters on November 18, 2016.