Our theatrical return to J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world is just a mere 365 days away. Warner Bros. announced this morning the title Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them‘s sequel. As well as its full cast and release date.
Warner Bros. confirmed that the sequel will be the second of five total films spun-off from the Harry Potter series. With the second beginning the new naming routine with Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. It hits theaters in exactly one year – November 16th, 2018.
Major spoilers to follow for those who have yet to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Warner Bros. issued a plot synopsis for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, which goes as follows:
“At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Redmayne). But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.
In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore (Law) enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.”
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David Yates was brought back to direct The Crimes of Grindelwald. The screenplay duties were once again handled by J.K. Rowling herself. Rowling is also on board as a producer alongside David Heyman, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram.
The cast is an impressive one. Eddie Redmayne is back as Magizoologist Newt Scamander. Ezra Miller too as Credence. Claudia Kim appears as Maledictus, Zoë Kravitz as Leta Lestrange, Callum Turner as Newt’s older brother Theseus, a “celebrated war hero and Head of the Auror Office.”
Katherine Waterston returns as Tina Goldstein. Alison Sudol as her sister Queenie Goldstein, and Dan Fogler is once again the only No-Maj in the group, Jacob Kowalski.
Finally, and perhaps most excitedly, Jude Law has been cast as a much younger Albus Dumbledore. It’ll be interesting to see how Law does in such an iconic role. And how often he’ll get to interact with Johnny Depp’s titular Gellert Grindelwald.