David Yates to direct all 5 Fantastic Beasts films, says Katherine Waterston


With Katherine Waterstonthe last, The world to come, which will be released digitally on March 2, she took the time to join us for an episode of Connected collider. Much of the conversation centered around this 19th century romance in which Waterston plays opposite Vanessa Kirby, but the Collider Connected series also takes the time to return to the filmography of a guest and retrace his steps towards his new project. And, of course, for Waterston, that includes his work on the fantastic beasts and where to find them movie franchise.

Waterston already had a lot of experience and praise when she first signed on for the series thanks to projects like Paul thomas anderson‘s Inherent vice and Danny boyle‘s Steve Jobs, but getting into one of the biggest movie franchises is a ball game. Here’s what Waterston said about some of the surprises that come with playing Tina’s role:

“I really didn’t know what I was getting myself into to be honest. I didn’t realize how different a franchise is from a movie, you know? The commitment, the length of the shoot, the length of the press tours, how much of your year does that require you. And I think the things that help me get through that and really anchor me in there are on set when you’re trying to tell the story, it’s the same thing, thank goodness. Because if it wasn’t, I think I would feel completely out of place in this kind of environment because it’s a really big machine. But at the end of the day, luckily, the job is still the same, that is, can you connect with that person in this quiet moment.

Eddie Redmayne and Katherine Waterston in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2

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Shortly before the first film hit theaters on November 18, 2016, news broke that the series would include a total of five films. While the director David Yates has expressed interest in making all five films in the past, a lot has happened over the years including a number of filming delays for Fantastic Beasts 3. So now, one wonders if Yates is still planning to be at the helm for the five installments? According to Waterston, this appears to be the case:

“I think he’s supposed to lead them all. I think it’s very interesting. He’s been working very closely with JK Rowling for a long time and very few people have access to her because she’s quite isolated so I can’t really imagine how it could work otherwise.

In addition to production delays, Fantastic Beasts 3 has also experienced a major upheaval in distribution. In November, it was revealed that Mads Mikkelsen replaced Johnny Depp like Gellert Grindelwald. Here’s what Waterston had to say about Mikkelsen:

“You know, I hung out with Mads in Venice. We were there at the same time this summer and I had never met him before and had a great time with him. He’s totally adorable. But that was before he was picked – I think it’s true – I think it was right before he was picked and we don’t have anything together in the movie so I don’t know what that is to work with him unfortunately, but maybe one day we will.

Katherine Waterston in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Image via Warner Bros.

That’s all we got from Waterston on the Fantastic beasts franchise, but our Collider Connected conversation goes much deeper into Waterston’s trip to Hollywood, including the value of his stage experience, auditioning for his father. Sam Waterstonthe emblematic show of Law and order, why work on The world to come was such a special experience and so much more! Keep tabs on this full conversation closer to when The world to come is available digitally on March 2.


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