Potterheads are excited for the imminent return of J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world, coming to screens in a prequel called Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. The upcoming prequel will be the first of three films, and will star Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne as “magical creature expert” Newt Scamander. Scamander is the author of the Hogwarts textbook that gives this movie trilogy it’s name.
BBC has announced that later this October the first film of the trilogy, which takes place in 1920’s New York, will begin filming in Liverpool. While it will also be shot on stage at Leavesden studios, Hertfordshire, Liverpool is the location that has been chosen as the UK stand-in for 1920’s New York City.
Producer David Heyman grew up in Liverpool, and shared his personal reasoning behind the decision to film in the city. He shares, “It works perfectly for the film. My mother is from Liverpool and, as a child, we would often visit family there.” Heyman produced all eight of the Harry Potter adaptations, and is one of the masterminds (along with J.K. Rowling herself) of the new prequel trilogy. According to Liverpool Film Office manager Lynn Sunders, it was “a very lengthy process in terms of securing the filming” rights for the movie to film in Liverpool.
Apart from Redmayne, the movie will also star Samantha Morton, Ezra Miller, Colin Farrell and Faith Wood-Blagrove. It will hit theaters on November 18th, 2016.
SYNOPSIS: The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.