The movie’s title is a reference to the book Scamander pens within the canon of Harry Potter. A real life version of the book, penned by Rowling, was released as a companion novel to the series in 2001.
While there is no doubting Redmayne’s acting chops, much of the fandom voiced displeasure after his casting was announced, as many had hoped for a person of color lead. More grumbling from the fandom came when the rest of the audition list for related roles were released in a rumour report. All those linked to the report – Saoirse Ronan and Dakota Fanning, among others – were white.
For a fandom and franchise that is already made up majorly of white people, it’s disappointing to see that they’re leaning towards as white of a franchise as the original series, especially given how diverse England is and has been through history. With only a handful of characters of color in the original series, and only one closeted queer character, it would have been nice to see a wider, diverse, and more accurate representation of the world (wizarding or otherwise) in the new film franchise.
Eddie Redmayne recently won an Oscar for his role in “The Theory of Everything” and can also be seen in the films “Les Miserables” and “Jupiter Ascending.”
The Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them movie adaptation is scheduled to release in theaters on November 18 of next year. This will be the first in “at least” a trilogy of films, all penned by J.K. Rowling herself. They will be directed by David Yates and produced by David Heyman.
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