Tis the season for movie trailers, apparently. Granted, every studio in town has been angling to get a brand new/first trailer ready to attach to next week’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which guarantees them the maximum amount of eyeballs on their upcoming project, so it’s not too much of a surprise that we’re about to be overloaded with first looks at highly anticipated films. We learned earlier today that the first trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse is coming tomorrow ahead of its attachment to Star Wars, and now the first footage from one of Warner Bros.’ big 2016 films is headed our way next week.
Indeed, the “announcement trailer” for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be released online on December 15th, which leads me to believe the trailer might also be attached to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The film is, of course, Warner Bros.’ spinoff of sorts to the Harry Potter franchise as it tells another story set within the wizarding world. This time working off a screenplay by author J.K. Rowling herself, Fantastic Beasts takes place in 1926 New York City, where magizoologist Newt Scamander (played by Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne) finds himself running up against magicians in hiding and a government on its toes after part of his collection of some of the world’s most spectacular magical creatures escapes on the streets of New York.
David Yates, who directed the last four Harry Potter films, is at the helm of Fantastic Beasts, which not only aims to illuminate an entire new corner of the Wizarding World but also looks to bring Rowling’s signature themes to the forefront in a story of adults instead of children or teens. As a massive fan of all things Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling this is absolutely one of my most anticipated films of 2016, and I can’t wait to get a look (however brief) with next week’s teaser.
Side note: it’s a little funny that the first trailers for two new David Yates films—Fantastic Beasts and The Legend of Tarzan—are arriving within a week of one another.
Regardless, take a look at a teaser for the trailer announcement below. The film also stars Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Ron Perlman, Carmen Ejogo, Jenn Murray, Faith Wood-Blagrove, and Colin Farrell. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens in theaters on November 18, 2016.