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We are just a few months away from the worldwide release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the sequel to 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I really liked the first Fantastic Beasts film and a big reason why I liked it so much was down to the endearing performance by Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander. Eddie Redmayne reprises that role for Fantastic Beasts 2 and, in an interview with Collider, he had the chance to discuss various aspects of the movie.
Fantastic Beasts 2
These were Eddie Redmayne’s comments about the most interesting thing about Fantastic Beasts 2 to him:
“I think the interesting thing is that this film … you really get inside the psychology of the characters more, and it’s a darker place. You can sort of get a sense of what’s coming historically in the Muggle world at the time, and certainly the wizarding world. There are elements that are reflecting that and with the rise of Grindelwald and this sort of greater evil.”
“The stakes are higher. And I would say it’s interesting when you’ve done a film and the world’s responded to it. The first time I’ve ever done that, and one of the questions I said to to David, the director, and Jo, is now we’re into the next film with Newt. Where should we take him? And they wanted to dig deeper into what David describes as naughtiness.”
“Like his confidence in his own capabilities, his lack of confidence with other people, his kind hard and prickly nature. Like to stand up for what he believes in. And it doesn’t make him easy, and it’s a wonderful challenge for me, that. And it’s been lovely for them to go no, no, no. I want you to take it more into that place.”
This film would not even exist without J. K. Rowling; the creator of the Wizarding World that the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts franchises reside in. Just like the first Fantastic Beasts, J. K. Rowling wrote the script for Fantastic Beasts 2 and this is what Eddie Redmayne had to say about what he thought of her script after he read it:
“It has such an intricacy to it. It has so many layers to it. And it has so many … how do I describe sort of … like jaw-dropping moments. If you’re a Potter fan. Basically, at the end, my jaw is on the floor [Laughs] and I then have to start and read it all over again. There are many new characters. They all have extraordinarily delicate and complicated arcs and so, I went straight back and started all over again. I find it absolutely thrilling.”
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