Update: EW has released a number of images from the film. We’ve added them at the bottom of the story.
For fans of J.K. Rowling, the talk of a new film covering the lineage of the Potter clan has been the most gripping news as of late, but there’s also Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the film adaptation of Rowling’s prequel to her beloved Potter books, which is well into production at this point. To rev up anticipation for the film, Entertainment Weekly has released our first look at Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne in the role of Newt Scamander, the name that Rowling authored the book under and who will serves as the central character in the 2016 film, which is being helmed by Potter franchise favorite David Yates, who got tangled up between this project and the latest Tarzan adaptation.
Here’s the full image of the Entertainment Weekly cover featuring Redmayne:
Those familiar with the book will almost certainly begin squabbling about the fidelity of Scamander’s image as inhabited by Redmayne as compared to how Rowling described the character’s look, but honestly, this looks about on par with what the Potter films have given us in their past iterations. The duds are the product of costume designer Colleen Atwood, who has consistently worked with Tim Burton on nearly all, if not all of his movies but has also done work with Tom Hanks, Bruce Robinson, and Jonathan Demme. More important is Redmayne, a tremendously talented actor who has yet to be given a role to match his wild exuberance, unless you count whatever the hell he was doing in that Jupiter Ascending nonsense. That being said, the fact that he’s backed by Yates, a hugely inventive filmmaker, and a supporting cast that includes Colin Farrell, Ezra Miller, Jon Voight, Ron Perlman, Katherine Waterston, Samantha Morton, Carmen Ejogo, and Humans breakout Gemma Chan speaks highly to the Harry Potter prequel’s chances of enchanting the way Yates’ Harry Potter films did.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is set to hit theaters nationwide on November 18th, 2016.