Everything we know about the ‘Harry Potter' spinoff movie

Posted at 1:43 PM, Aug 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-17 13:43:17-04

The next entry in the “Harry Potter” movie franchise started filming this week — but the project remains mostly cloaked in mystery.

Here’s what is known so far about “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”:

Story details:

  • It’s set about 70 years before the “Harry Potter” movies.
  • It will be set in America, at least partially.
  • The plot follows Newt Scamander, an animal researcher in the witching world.
  • It will be part of a trilogy, with other installments set for 2018 and 2020.

Casting details:

  • Top-billed stars include Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne and Colin Farrell.
  • Its supporting cast includes Dan Fogler (ABC’s “Secrets and Lies”), Ezra Miller (“The Perks of Being a Wallflower”), Alison Sudol (Amazon’s “Transparent”) and Katherine Waterston (“Inherent Vice”).
  • One young actress was selected from an open audition of thousands of kids. Faith Wood-Blagrove, 10, was selected in a fashion similar to Rupert Grint, who played Ron Weasley in the “Harry Potter” films.

Cast members include Ezra Miller, Katherine Waterston and Dan Fogler.

Crew details:

  • “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling wrote the film’s screenplay, a first for her.
  • Director David Yates also directed the last four “Harry Potter” movies, starting with 2007’s “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.”
  • Producers David Heyman and Steve Kloves were producers on every “Harry Potter” movie, going back to 2001’s “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.”
  • The movie will be shot by Oscar-winning cinematographer Philippe Rousselot (“A River Runs Through It”).

Other details:

  • The movie is slated to hit theaters — including IMAX and 3D screenings — on Nov. 18, 2016.
  • Filming started Aug. 17 at England’s Warner Bros. Studios.

Click here to see a full list of cast and crew attached to "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them."

Clint Davis is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @MrClintDavis.