Star Wars may have reverted to real sets and animatronics for it’s return to the big screen but Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is going full CGI to create its most magical creatures.
“The beasts are going to be all shapes and sizes!” said producer David Heyman. “They’re all going to be digital.”
Why though, David? WHY?
“These are extraordinary creatures. I don’t know how they could do this practically – as wonderful as animatronics are, you can’t get the detailed movement or flexibility that you can with the digital universe,” Heyman explained.
“We have explored animals in the real world. We’ve done a lot of research on movement and look because we want to make our creatures grounded,” he told Total Film. “They should seem like they really could exist, so they’re not just pure fantasy.”
Ok, fair enough, but we’re still a little bit skeptical.
Author and screen-writer JK Rowling seems happy enough with what the filmmakers are doing with her story, though.
“Jo was on set and has been an incredible support to us,” said Heyman. “We’d run concepts by her, she’d give her thoughts and we’d adjust accordingly. She certainly was aware of all the lead casting choices before we finalised them.”
And it certainly sounds as though leading man Eddie Redmayne has had the magical seal of approval.
“Newt is someone who communicates better with his creatures than he does with people. He’s a Brit who finds himself in the US, and the American magical universe is different to the British one. Eddie was our first choice”, said Heyman of the actor.
“He’s very good at playing characters that are out of step, as it were, and bringing to them a real heart and compassion. He has a desire to bring truth to every moment. He’s very charming and appealing to men and women alike. And he’s a timeless actor, so he fits perfectly into 1920s New York.”
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them opens in UK cinemas on November 23rd