Production halted on Fantastic Beasts in early spring when COVID-19 hit. Now, star Eddie Redmayne told CinemaBlend production has resumed for the Harry Potter franchise film. Redmayne described how the new safety precautions have created a “new normal” for film production.
“It’s interesting because we’ve started shooting now. We’re two weeks in, and again, it’s a whole new process. It’s a whole new normal. Testing frequently, masks,” said Redmayne.
He also expressed concerns that the new setup would make it difficult to engage with other actors in the same way.
“I wondered, actually, whether the masks would affect creativity, in some ways. Maybe that was a bit ignorant, but I just thought, as humans, do we need interaction to spark from each other,” continued Redmayne. “What is really reassuring is that it is a different process, but it still feels like it’s fizzing and that everyone is working at the top of their game.”
We don’t have many details yet about what the next Fantastic Beasts film holds. The third film in the franchise had scheduled a November 2021 theatrical debut. So, it’s still too early to tell for sure if the spring filming pause will ultimately result in a delay for the movie’s release.
Meanwhile, Fantastic Beasts isn’t the only blockbuster to head back to set recently. Warner Bros. also recently resumed production on The Batman…which was then shut down again after star Robert Pattinson allegedly tested positive for the virus.