The plans for Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets if it took place in Brazil, it may not have materialized because of the pandemic, but the country is more than represented in the new feature film of the Magical World. Maria Fernanda Candidoknown for her various works in national TV, cinema and theater, gives life to Vicência Santos, the Brazilian minister of magic and candidate for one of the most important posts in the wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling. The actress says that her casting followed a very common testing process, but that the representatives of the Warner they would have already gone to their agent with her in mind. “I don’t know how but it was like this”.
Maria Fernanda said that, because of the pandemic, it was a little difficult to record her test in the short time stipulated by the studio, but that she managed to get by with the help of her family. Although she delayed the delivery a bit, the ending was obviously the best it could be. “Over the weekend I continued working on it, on Monday it was ready and [para o diretor de elenco] on Tuesday. At the end of the day came this answer that this character was mine”, recalled the actress, who also said that she had no idea which project she was applying for. “It’s all very confidential. There the David Yates [diretor de Os Segredos de Dumbledore] made me a call (…) After you sign confidentiality there you will know exactly what that project is”.
The entry of Maria Fernanda Cândido in fantastic beasts is part of a long list of recent Brazilians catching Hollywood’s attention. Names like Wagner Moura, Bruna Marquezine and Alice Braga have been present in international films and series, something that the actress of Dumbledore’s Secrets sees it as a natural movement to recognize national talents. “I think the industry has always had its eyes wide open for competent professionals in various areas and I am very happy that we are finally able to show our work”.
Even newly arrived at Mundo Mágico, Maria Fernanda had support from Yates to build Vicência, through whom the actress wanted to spend the “warmer and more human look than [o brasileiro] have”. According to her, the way the Brazilian witch behaves and even points her wand were creative choices she developed with the filmmaker, who approved her ideas and incorporated them into Dumbledore’s Secrets. “[Ele] he’s a very thoughtful person like that and with that withering eye that sees absolutely every detail and he knows the spirit of these characters so it’s really a privilege to have David Yates direct.”. According to her, the filmmaker, who already directs the franchise Harry Potter since The order of the Phoenixand the “neuralgic point” from the film series, helping the cast answer questions about Rowling’s universe.
Turning imagination into reality
Speaking of a “make-believe recovery”, Maria Fernanda says that she sees the realization of fantasies as the great emotional appeal that Mundo Mágico has not only with its audience, but also with those who take these stories to the screens. “[O que estamos fazendo] it’s playing with this one with this child that lives in all of us. That’s what we have to do even on a daily basis on set. Sometimes you have to play opposite a fantastic animal that isn’t there. We don’t have anything there, sometimes it’s just a sign on the floor, a little mark. You don’t have that animal there, so it’s pure make-believe. It is also very exciting for those who do”.
Although already used to living with passionate fans after decades of starring in telenovelas, Maria Fernanda was impressed with the way potterheads around the world deal with the little wizard franchise. “These movies are really part of their lives. (…) The movie is being released now, but I can already see that, which is in fact something important in the lives of these fans”.
Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets see the famous Hogwarts wizard, played by Jude Lawwho knows of Grindelwald’s quest for control, enlist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) to lead a team on a dangerous quest in which they will encounter creatures old and new, as well as the villain’s growing legion of followers.
David Yates directs Fantastic Beasts 3. The screenplay is by Harry Potter author JK Rowling, in collaboration with Steve Kloves.
Maria Fernanda Candido, Ezra Miller, Jessica Williams, Alison Sudol, Katherine Waterston and Dan Fogler complete the list. The film is now showing in Brazilian cinemas.
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