The Wizarding World Is Back!
Principal photography has started on the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them outside of London, Warner Bros. last Monday.
The studio spilled some details about the upcoming film, which will see Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander take on Gellert Grindelwald, the dark wizard played by Johnny Depp, who was revealed at the end of the first movie.
The Fantastic Beasts sequel’s storyline picks up where the original left off, with Paris 1927 as the setting. The story will follow right after Scamander’s capture of Grindelwald at the end of the first movie.
In the film, ‘Grindelwald has made a dramatic escape and has been gathering more followers to his cause – elevating wizards above all non-magical beings. The only one who might be able to stop him is the wizard he once called his friend, Albus Dumbledore. But Dumbledore will need help from the wizard who had thwarted Grindelwald once before, his former student Newt Scamander.’
A Star-Studded Cast
The fantasy movie will be directed by David Yates. A spin-off of the Harry Potter film series, it was produced and written by J. K. Rowling in her screenwriting debut and inspired by her 2001 book of the same name. Rowling, David Heyman, Steve Kloves, and Lionel Wigram will produce the new film. Neil Blair, Rick Senat, and Danny Cohen will be the executive producers.
Returning actors are Callum Turner, Ezra Miller, and Zoe Kravitz, who was featured in a quick sequence in the original. Jude Law will star as future Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore in the film, a younger version of the character originally played by the late Richard Harris and Michael Gambon in the Harry Potter films.
The first “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” movie grossed more than $800 million globally. The new movie is expected to launch in November 2018 and will be the second in a planned five-film franchise.