Magazine article Screen International

'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' to Shoot in Liverpool

Magazine article Screen International

'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' to Shoot in Liverpool

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is to shoot scenes in Liverpool, it has been announced.

Liverpool is the only non-studio location that Warner Bros. Pictures is using for the Harry Potter spin-off, scripted by author JK Rowling, with shooting set to start soon at key city centre locations.

Up to 530 cast and crew will be present in the city, with crew spotted preparing at sites including St George's Hall, which was screened offwith metal fences, and near the Three Graces (a set of three historic buildings on the waterfront at Liverpool's Pier Head) over the past few weeks.

Filming on the production first began on Aug 17 at Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden.

The film is directed by David Yates, who took the helm of the last four Harry Potter films and previously films scenes for Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows and his debut feature The Tichborne Claimant' in Liverpool.

Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) stars as Newt Scamander, the wizarding world's preeminent "magizoologist". He stops in New York following his journeys to find and document magical creatures for what will eventually become the Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Other cast members include Katherine Waterson, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Jenn Murray, newcomer Faith Wood-Blagrove and Colin Farrell.

Producers are David Heyman, Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram.

It will be released worldwide in 3D and IMAX on Nov 18, 2016. …

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