Last night (April 10) the MTV Movie Awards saw a number of star performances, from hosts Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson‘s recreation of Mad Max: Fury Road to Lonely Island‘s rendition of Will Smith’s biggest hits, but perhaps most magical of all was Eddie Redmayne‘s appearance on stage from out of a suitcase.
“That’s the most extravagant entrance I’ve ever experienced,” the Oscar winner said before turning to the subject of his upcoming movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first in a hotly-anticipated trilogy of Harry Potter spin-off movies.
Written by J.K. Rowling and directed by David Yates, the man behind the last four Harry Potter installments, the movie follows Eddie’s character Newt Scamander as he travels to New York in 1929, 54 years before The Boy Who Lived was born and 30 before Dumbledore became Hogwarts headmaster. Set among the wizards of the Magical Congress of the United States of America, it also stars Katherine Waterston, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton and Jon Voight.
Some fans have expressed concern about the effect of transferring Hogwarts to America, though Eddie’s description of the trailer as a “wee glimpse” suggests some of the British charm of the Harry Potter films will be retained. Dumbledore and Hogwarts are both name-checked in the opening moments, and some quick thinking makes a suitcase bursting with magic spells and mythical beasts “muggle-worthy.”
And though earlier trailers have given us an idea what to expect, this is the first to show Colin Farrell as wizard Percival Graves. See if you can spot him:
Eddie told the audience at the awards show that he’d had the “most astounding time” making the movie, which opens in theaters on November 18.
Judging by the trailer and the size of his smile as he stepped out of that suitcase, it certainly looks like it.Read More