J.K. Rowling surprised Harry Potter fans everywhere when she revealed that Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them would be a series of five films instead of the originally planned three. Apparently, she also surprised the film's cast with the news.
At a fan event on October 13, Rowling (who is both producing and writing the scripts for the films) announced that the franchise, previously thought to be a trilogy, is in fact going to have five films.
"We set a trilogy as a placeholder because we knew there would be more than one movie," she said. "But now I think we can say - I've now done the plotting properly, so we're pretty sure it's going to be five movies."
Needless to say, Potter fans were surprised (and thrilled) to hear the news that they'd be getting an additional five films full of wizardly goodness. But apparently, Rowling had forgotten to mention that small detail to the film's cast.
Actors Eddie Redmayne and Katherine Waterston said at a panel at Entertainment Weekly's PopFest that they were both shocked to learn that the franchise was going to consist of five movies instead of three. (It was apparently brand new information for them too.)
Redmayne said that although he was surprised to hear there'd be two extra films, it felt natural that Rowling might need more space to adequately tell the story she wanted to. Redmayne explained:
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.
It does make sense. The Fantastic Beasts clips and trailers released thus far (including the new fan featurette below) have hinted that we're going to get a look at the story of Gellert Grindelwald (the OG, pre-Voldemort dark wizard that the Potter series' Albus Dumbledore famously fought with), which is admittedly a big story to tell. Also, rumor has it there may even be an appearance from Dumbledore himself at some point during the Fantastic Beasts series. (Eek! Potter nerds rejoice!)
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them hits theaters on November 18.