It has been a handful of years since J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world graced the big screen. With Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them getting set for its release later this year, fans will once again reunite with the Harry Potter universe. Although fans are geared up for the new trilogy, Fantastic Beasts’ star Colin Farrell recently revealed that he has not signed on for anything beyond the first film.
According to Wizards and Whatnot, Farrell recently sat down for an interview promoting his newest fantasy film, The Lobster. During the interview, Farrell was asked about his part in Fantastic Beasts and what lies ahead for the film. Surprisingly, the actor, who plays Percival Graves, knew little about the movie.
“No, I don’t know what’s happening. As far as I know, it’s standalone. I don’t know what their intentions are,” Farrell told Coming Soon.
Farrell went on to share that he has not seen a rough cut of the movie. The only portions he has watched are the trailers. When he was told that Rowling herself announced that the series was to be a trilogy, Farrell appeared a little concerned about his future in the franchise.
“Jeez, I can’t even think straight now. Not quite sure,” he stated. “I’ll text David Yates and find out.”
Of course, Farrell could be trying to throw fans off the trail and intentionally mislead everyone. After all, he is set to play an important role in the movie, and it is unlikely that he would know so little about a project he invested so much time in.
In fact, We Got This Covered is reporting that Farrell recently shared his thoughts on co-star Eddie Redmayne’s performance as Newt Scamander. Farrell also touched on David Yates’ abilities as a director and did not sound misinformed about anything.
“Yeah, he was great, Eddie and Ezra. David Yates is an extraordinary man and filmmaker who kinda feels like a protector of the kingdom,” he explained. “He’s so well-versed in the mythology of that world and has a deep affinity for the characters and the lore of it. He was great to be around.”
Although Farrell was quick to dish out praise for his fellow actors, he was hesitant to label Fantastic Beasts a huge success. Despite being a part of the massively successful Harry Potter franchise, Farrell admitted that nothing is certain in Hollywood.
“I mean you put that theme music up and J.K. Rowling and welcome back to a world of magic … It’s part of the Harry Potter universe. There’s no sure things,” he said. “There are sometimes things that are surprise successes and there are things that were designed purely for box office success that don’t work. This would be as sure a thing as possible, but there are no sure things.”
Fantastic Beasts centers on Newt Scamander and is set in the 1920s. The story follows Scamander as he tracks down an assortment of magical creatures that have been let loose in the city of New York. Scamander faces a number of different challenges along the way, including dealing with the No-Majs, the American version of Muggles.
The movie is based on the short books by Rowling and is part of the larger Harry Potter universe. David Heyman is acting as the producer of the film while Rowling is writing the screenplay, her first time doing so. As fans will recall, Heyman produced all of the Harry Potter movies.
Aside from Redmayne and Farrell, the film stars Gemma Chan, Jon Voight, Carmen Ejogo, Ezra Miller, Ron Perlman, and Katherine Waterston.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is set to open in theaters on November 18, 2016.
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