WATCH: Ezra Miller gives Magical History lesson in new featurette

As the release date of Warner Bros. Pictures’ new fantasy adventure “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” approaches, the studio saw it fit to release a new featurette which sees castmember Ezra Miller giving a Magical History lesson.

Check out the video Fantastic Beasts – Magical History with Ezra Miller below.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” takes us to a new era in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, decades before Harry Potter and half a world away.

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

The film opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident … were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” also stars Katherine Waterston as Tina, Tony Award winner Dan Fogler as Jacob, Alison Sudol as Tina’s sister, Queenie, Ezra Miller as Credence, two-time Oscar nominee Samantha Morton as Mary Lou Barebone, Oscar winner Jon Voight as Henry Shaw, Sr., Carmen Ejogo as Seraphina Picquery, and Colin Farrell as Percival Graves.

The film marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, whose seven 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 presents a Heyday Films Production, a David Yates Film, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” The film will open across the Philippines on Thursday, November 17, in 2D and 3D in select theatres and IMAX, and is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Kristen Stewart against the war in ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’

Kristen Stewart follows up her acclaimed performance in Woody Allen’s Cafe Society, with a memorable turn as the cynical sister of an American soldier in Ang Lee’s emotionally gripping war film, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.

Based on the acclaimed bestselling novel by Ben Fountain, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk is told from the point of view of 19-year-old private Billy Lynn (newcomer Joe Alwyn) who, along with his fellow soldiers in Bravo Squad, becomes a hero after a harrowing Iraq battle and is brought home temporarily for a victory tour. Through flashbacks, culminating at the spectacular halftime show of the Thanksgiving Day football game, the film reveals what really happened to the squad – contrasting the realities of the war with America’s perceptions.

“Before going to Iraq, Billy was incredibly close with his sister, Kathryn,” says actor Joe Alwyn, who plays the title role. “When he comes home from the war (not having seen her since her surgery), he sees that she’s changed. She’s cynical. And she doesn’t want him to return to Iraq. She has a plan for him to meet this doctor and find medical grounds to not have to return with the rest of the boys. She also feels guilty for his being in danger in the first place because after her accident Billy went after her ex-fiancé —trashing his car and chasing him around with a tire iron—after the creep dumped her. For Billy it was either the Army or jail. Now that he’s home questions are already circling in his head about not wanting to go back, but Kathryn’s the one who pushes him to think about it seriously.”

“Kathryn is one of the folks in America who, in 2004, was disillusioned with the war, with the state of their lives and perhaps with the lack of opportunity with the economy,” observes producer Marc Platt. “She sees how you may have been raised to believe in and buy into a certain something, but it doesn’t work out for everyone. She represents the reality of those who have been scarred in some way—she’s been literally scarred, but also metaphorically scarred. She doesn’t think the war is good and she wants her brother safe, she wants him home. Kristen Stewart fills that role with tremendous originality and a lot of truth. She creates a very real character. You feel both her pain and anger for the scar she’s carrying and the state of her life. And you feel her love, her protection for her brother.”

“One of the key relationships in the film is between Billy and his sister Kathryn,” says producer Rhodri Thomas. “We meet them at the beginning of the film when Billy goes home for Thanksgiving. His family is incredibly dysfunctional yet he and Kathryn share a particular kind of love. They’re incredibly similar and they are both outsiders in their own family. Kristen Stewart is perfectly cast because she is very intelligent and conveys an all-American sensibility that’s in crisis. It was very important for us to present in this rural Texas town somebody with the same kind of worldliness that the returning Billy also has.”

Opening across the Philippines on November 9, 2016, “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.