‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ Wraps Filming

Principal photography has been completed on Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. The film is the second in a planned five-film franchise at Warner Bros. that aims to prequelize the Wizarding World of Harry Potter on the big screen, initially based on J.K. Rowling’s book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. While that initial film, set in 1926 New York City, followed the exploits of magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and his quest to round up his titular creatures, it also set up the major arc of this prequel franchise, which is the rise of Grindelwald as the Voldemort of the early 20th century.

The sequel picks up pretty much where Fantastic Beasts left off, but moves the action to Paris as Newt and his friends are enlisted to help thwart Grindelwald’s plans by none other than Albus Dumbledore, played by Jude Law in this new film. No doubt we’re heading towards a confrontation between Dumbledore and Grindelwald somewhere down the line, but for now Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will reveal the Parisian Wizarding World for the first time.

There’s certainly been some criticism of the casting of Johnny Depp in the role of Grindelwald, one which we assume will continue throughout this franchise, but both Rowling and director David Yates have vehemently defended the choice to keep Depp in the role.

Yates returns to the director’s chair after first helming Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, then going on to direct Half-Blood Prince and both Deathly Hallows installments. The cast includes Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Zoe Kravitz, Callum Turner, and Claudia Kim. Check out a special wrap video below. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald hits theaters on November 16, 2018.

Here’s the official synopsis for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald:
At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Redmayne). But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.

In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore (Law) enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.


Vanity Fair: See Issa Rae, Olivia Munn, and More of the Season’s Brightest Stars Channeling 70s-Cinema Style

At an iconic Richard Neutra house, a dozen stars channeled the spirit of 70s cinema while discussing their personal style, flaws, room-service orders, happy places, movie characters, and much, much more.

HOMETOWN: New York City.
NICKNAMES: Kate and Pony.
STYLE ICONS: Lee Miller, Slim Keith, Amelia Earhart, John Updike, Buster Keaton, James Baldwin, Greta Garbo, Ian Curtis, Bill Cunningham, Lee Radziwill, Lauren Hutton, Humphrey Bogart, Tony Leung in In the Mood for Love.
FAVORITE ACCESSORY: Prescription sunglasses.
FAVORITE FLAW: Extra lumbar vertebra.
FAVORITE ACTORS, LIVING OR DEAD: “My dad” [actor Sam], Geraldine Page, Giulietta Masina, Katrin Cartlidge, John Cazale, Bill Murray.
UP NEXT: The Current War, with Benedict Cumberbatch.

Source: Vanity Fair

Katherine Waterston Joins Jonah Hill’s Mid-90s

Jonah Hill is already shooting his directorial debut, coming-of-age tale Mid-90s. But he’s had to make a change to one of the leads, with Katherine Waterston taking over for the previously-cast Michelle Williams.

Written by Hill, the film sees a boy named Stevie (Sunny Suljic) learning life lessons in Los Angeles in the 1990s, spending time with his skateboarding friends and navigating the tricky waters of drinking, drugs, sex and peer pressure on the edge of his teenage years.

Waterston is his mother, a co-dependent single mother struggling to make ends meet. And while Williams is no longer aboard, one of her former Manchester By The Sea cast mates, Lucas Hedges, remains attached as Stevie’s older brother.

Hill and Suljic have a history, having worked on Gus Van Sant’s latest, Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot. As for Waterston, she was last seen in Alien: Covenant and will appear in Logan Lucky (out 25 August) and the Fantastic Beasts sequel.

Source: Empire

Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston tease new Fantastic Beasts footage

The stars hit EW PopFest to show off the new Harry Potter film, and discuss the franchise’s future

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Magic came to EW PopFest on Sunday via sneak peeks at Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, presented by stars Eddie Redmayne and Katherine Waterston.

Four clips were shown in total, and the first saw Redmayne’s magizoologist Newt Scamander arriving to New York; the second introduced one of Newt’s many beasts to the screen; the third offered a look inside his mysterious case; and the fourth had Ezra Miller – who plays Credence Barebone in the film and was, according to Redmayne, the biggest Harry Potter fan on set – discussing a potential connection between the film and Gellert Grindelwald, a dangerous wizard of the 20th century whom Albus Dumbledore fought with in a duel that made him the master of the Elder Wand.

In addition to the new footage, which was shown exclusively to EW PopFest attendees, Redmayne and Waterson (who plays Porpentina Goldstein) addressed the recent news that there will be five total Fantastic Beasts movies, up from the expected three. “When she said we were doing five, that was news to us… there’s so much that we’re not privy to,” Waterston said of Harry Potter author and Fantastic Beasts screenwriter J.K. Rowling’s recent announcement.

“The thing is that it’s [Rowling’s] imagination,” Redmayne added. “She has such a passion for it and a specific story that she wants to tell and we get glimpses into that, and as Katherine said, it’s insanely exhilarating when that happens. I think Fantastic Beasts the title and Newt and his creatures are a way into this world, but there’s a much bigger story here about good versus evil that she wants to tell, and you haven’t seen much of it in the trailers and the clips of the film. But it’s really a core of the story that she’s telling and it has an epic, epic quality to it. … So I do see that [Fantastic Beasts] is a macro story that could take more time.”

Directed by David Yates, the prequel to the Harry Potter series centers on Scamander (Redmayne) as he gets to New York City in 1926 with a magical case full of fantastic beasts, creatures he must retrieve upon their getting loose. The film also stars Colin Farrell, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, and more, and flies into theaters on Nov. 18.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Queen of Earth (2015)

Following a breakup with her boyfriend and the death of her father, a young woman retreats to a friend’s remote holiday home, where tensions run high. Dark psychological thriller starring Elisabeth Moss.

Watch the information about Katherine’s independent movie “Queen of Earth” in the page We Are Colony here. Enjoy!

New Project Movie: Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky

Hilary Swank, Katherine Waterston join Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky

Steven Soderbergh has two more reasons to feel fortunate: The director’s NASCAR-themed heist film Logan Lucky has added Hilary Swank to its cast, and Katherine Waterston is also in talks for a role, EW can confirm.

The Million Dollar Baby leading lady and the Inherent Vice actress join a star-studded ensemble that also includes Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig, Katherine Heigl, Seth MacFarlane, and Riley Keough.

Marking Soderbergh’s return to feature filmmaking after a three-year hiatus, Logan Lucky is to tell the story of two brothers trying to pull off a robbery at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina.

Pre-production shooting began last month at the Coca-Cola 600, and the film is tentatively scheduled to arrive in fall 2017.

Swank’s other screen projects in the works include the courtroom drama 55 Steps and Alejandro G. Inarritu’s TV series The One Percent. Waterston will be seen in the upcoming films Alien: Covenant and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Deadline first reported Swank’s casting, and the Playlist first reported Waterston’s.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Katherine Waterston To Star In “Alien: Covenant”

EXCLUSIVE: Katherine Waterston, who co-starred in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice, is set to star in Alien: Covenant, the Ridley Scott-directed sequel to his Prometheus. In what will be the biggest role of her career to date, Waterston has been cast as the lead, Daniels.

Scott, of course, had put the 20th Century Fox project on hold to do The Martian, which is in the thick of the awards-season race. Covenant is his next pic. Specific plot details are being closely guarded, but it is believed to follow the crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet, who discover what they believe is an uncharted paradise. But in fact it’s a dark, dangerous world whose the only inhabitant is David (Michael Fassbender), the “synthetic” and survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.

Covenant is believed to be the first in a conceived trilogy of new films that will link the events of Prometheus with the Scott-directed 1979 classic Alien.

Waterston is next up in the Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them with Eddie Redmayne. She also co-starred in Steve Jobs.

She’s repped by UTA and Silver Lining Entertainment.

Source: Deadline