‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ reveals new character posters

The character posters of Warner Bros. Pictures’ new fantasy adventure “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” have just debuted online, allowing fans to get to know the new heroes and villains much better.

To go with the one-sheets, below are the official character descriptions provided by Warner Bros.

NEWT SCAMANDER (Eddie Redmayne)

Newt Scamander is a Magizoologist who has been traveling the world to find and document magical creatures, hoping to educate the wizarding world about why they are important and need to be protected. In his travels, he has rescued a wide variety of beasts, great and small, which he keeps in a case that magically provides more than enough room for the menagerie he cares for and protects. Newt is an outsider, a bit awkward, and more comfortable with creatures than his fellow wizards and witches. Hailing from England, he was once a student at Hogwarts but was expelled for endangering human life with a beast. Yet there was one professor who fought for him, a certain Albus Dumbledore. No one could have imagined then that Newt would someday write one of Hogwarts’ most important textbooks: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

TINA GOLDSTEIN (Katherine Waterston)

Tina (short for Porpentina) Goldstein is a smart and determined witch who lives in New York and works for MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America). She was once an Auror but was demoted to a menial desk job after overstepping her duties when her heart overruled her head and she used unauthorized magic. She wants desperately to regain her status as an investigator, which puts her directly in the path of a visiting wizard named Newt Scamander. Tina is very close to her younger sister and roommate, Queenie.


Queenie Goldstein is Tina’s vivacious and slightly quirky younger sister, who is undeniably beautiful, but there is much more to her than meets the eye. Queenie works a menial desk job at MACUSA in the same department as Tina, but she doesn’t have her sister’s driving ambition to be an Auror. In fact, truth be told, the free-spirited Queenie would prefer not to work at all. Queenie has a good heart and would do anything for her sister. She is also a Legilimens, meaning she can read minds.


Jacob Kowalski is a No-Maj (American for Muggle) who works in a cannery but dreams of becoming a baker, making fresh and delicious treats. Unable to secure a loan, Jacob seems resigned to his fate, but everything changes when he encounters Newt Scamander and is inadvertently swept up in the mayhem caused by Newt’s magical beasts. At first, Jacob thinks he must be imagining things, but soon realizes he is on an adventure beyond even his wildest dreams.


Percival Graves is an Auror and the Director of Magical Security at MACUSA, making him one of its highest-ranking and most respected officials. When Graves discovers that Newt Scamander has made an unauthorized trip to New York with a case filled with forbidden magical creatures, he is very suspicious of his intentions and concerned about the potential to break the American wizarding world’s most important law: the Statute of Secrecy. Graves seems to demonstrate care and compassion to the young and particularly vulnerable Credence Barebone. But to what end?

MARY LOU BAREBONE (Samantha Morton)

Mary Lou Barebone is a No-Maj and the outspoken leader of the New Salem Philanthropic Society (NSPS), otherwise known as the Second Salemers. Bent on exterminating all magic, Mary Lou fiercely crusades against the wizards and witches she is convinced live among them. She enlists in the effort her adopted children, who all live in fear of her wrath.


Credence Barebone, the adopted middle child of Mary Lou Barebone, appears withdrawn, extremely shy and far more vulnerable than his two sisters. Credence is defenseless against the abuse that comes in response to the slightest infraction of Mary Lou’s strict rules. But his loneliness also makes him susceptible to the manipulation of Percival Graves, who has taken a personal interest in Credence.


Seraphina Picquery is the President of the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA). She strictly enforces the Statute of Secrecy—meant to protect the hidden American wizarding community from No-Majs. However, mysterious events are now threatening to expose them, which President Picquery fears could lead to war. The arrival of Newt Scamander, with his case full of forbidden magical beasts, only complicates matters, and she directs MACUSA’s Director of Magical Security, Percival Graves, to deal with it. A graduate of America’s Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Seraphina revealed her promise early in life when she became one of the extremely rare students to be offered a place in all four houses of the school. She chose Horned Serpent.

GNARLAK (Ron Perlman)

Gnarlak is a Goblin who owns The Blind Pig, an underground speakeasy that caters to certain elements of the wizarding community in Prohibition-era New York. He is a rather shady character, whose questionable loyalties can easily be bought, and who will double cross anyone…for the right price.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is an all-new adventure returning us to the wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling.

Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne stars in the central role of wizarding world magizoologist Newt Scamander, under the direction of David Yates, who helmed the last four “Harry Potter” blockbusters.

The film marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, whose beloved “Harry Potter” books were adapted into the top-grossing film franchise of all time. Her script was inspired by the Hogwarts textbook “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” written by her character Newt Scamander.

Warner Bros. Pictures has slated “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” for a Philippine release in 2D and 3D in select theatres and IMAX on November 17, 2016.

Cobie Smulders avenges her arrest in ‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back’

Popularly known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Maria Hill in Marvel’s The Avengers franchise, Cobie Smulders stars opposite Tom Cruise in Paramount Pictures’ new action-packed thriller “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.”

The film is based upon author Lee Child’s 18th novel in the best-selling Jack Reacher series that has seen 100 million books sold worldwide,

Years after resigning command of an elite military police unit, the nomadic, righter-of-wrongs Reacher is drawn back into the life he left behind when his friend and successor, Major Susan Turner (Smulders) is framed for espionage. Reacher will stop at nothing to prove her innocence and to expose the real perpetrators behind the killings of his former soldiers.

The creative team had a very specific idea in mind when casting the role of Major Susan Turner. As commander of Reacher’s former division, the actress would not only need to convincingly fill Reacher’s shoes, but also hold her own on screen opposite Tom Cruise. They found that and more in Cobie Smulders.

“We fell in love with Cobie the minute we met her,” recalls screenwriter Marshall Herskovitz. “There’s just something about her that makes you instantly think ‘I like that person.’ She’s charming, athletic, and strong, but most importantly, you believe she’s a soldier; a leader and has no trouble going toe to toe with Reacher.”

“Reacher is drawn in by Major Turner because she used to have his job, and he knows just how difficult it can be,” says Cruise. “He only has to hear her voice on the phone to know she’s intelligent, attractive, and charming, and we all loved how Cobie brought all of that to the role.”

“Cobie was our secret weapon,” says director Ed Zwick. “She’s got a gift for the comedic, but she’s got significant dramatic chops that she hasn’t always had the opportunity to show to the world. The character Lee wrote is a lot more than the beautiful, badass woman that’s become something of a trope in Hollywood. Turner has a lot more going on and Cobie took that very seriously. She met with a number of women in the military and our technical advisors to bring authenticity to her performance.”

Smulders explains, “I thought about all the things my character would’ve had to endure to become a female major in the U.S. Army, and it that really helped me feel physically stronger, more capable, and more in command.”

“I’m pretty fortunate to have landed this role,” Smulders recalls, “because the first time I met with Ed, I had a broken leg. I hobbled in on crutches and tried to convince him to give me a role in his action movie.”

“Cobie was incredibly professional and willing to train in a pretty physically demanding way,” says Zwick. “Cobie worked hard to sell the combat, despite her injury. It was important to her to make her character look like a plausible badass, not a damsel in distress.”

“I had broken my leg about six weeks previous to starting any of the training, so I was the weakest state I could’ve been in my entire adult life. Wade and his team basically trained me like they would a boxer. Lots of repetition, just getting specific moves, how to hold yourself, how to connect your body to your hips, and then slowly adding more. The thing that stunt coordinator Wade Eastwood and his team emphasized was always having intent with what you’re doing; not just doing the moves because this is how you do it. It was thinking about your character throughout the training, thinking about where you character would be emotionally and mentally while you are training. And that was really helpful.” Smulders laughs, “Now, I’m probably in the best shape of my life.”

Opening across the Philippines on October 19, 2016, “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.