Wands at the ready, there’s a new threat to the wizarding world. Newt Scamander, wizard and magical animal conservationist, will fight alongside a young Albus Dumbledore in the upcoming, untitled sequel to “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” According to EW, Warner Bros. has announced the new film’s major plot points as shooting begins Monday, July 3rd. Grindelwald has escaped authorities and gathered more followers in his move to prioritize wizards above all muggles and non-magical beings. Magical Hitler, as I like to call Grindelwald, can only be stopped by Dumbledore and his former student, Newt Scamander. The mission to stop Magical Hitler will cross the pond as the wizards move around New York, London, and Paris. The fight will also test the mettle of Newt’s old friends Tina, Queenie, and Jacob.
The role of Newt Scamander is to be reprised by Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”), who stole the hearts of fans in the first film. The sequel is set to once again feature Katherine Waterston (“Steve Jobs”) as Tina, Alison Sudol (“The Lucky One”) as Queenie, and Dan Fogler (“Kung Fu Panda”) as Jacob. Jude Law (“Sherlock Holmes”) will play a younger Albus Dumbledore, with Johnny Depp (“Pirates of the Carribean”) playing villain Grindelwald. Ezra Miller (“We Need to Talk About Kevin”) will return as Credence, who mysteriously disappeared at the end of “Fantastic Beasts;” Zoë Kravitz (“Mad Max: Fury Road”), whose role was teased at the end of the previous film, plays Leta Lestrange.
The “Harry Potter” spinoff will, unsurprisingly, feature even more famous faces as the “Fantastic Beasts” world expands. Theseus Scamander, described by Warner Bros. as a “war hero and Auror,” is set to be played by Callum Turner (“War & Peace”). Claudia Kim (“The Avengers: Age of Ultron”), William Nadylam (“Kirikou and the Sorceress”), Ingvar Sigurdsson (“Of Horses and Men”), Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (“The BFG”), and Kevin Guthrie (“Dunkirk”) will also appear in the magical flick.
J.K. Rowling, the author of “Harry Potter,” has written the script for the untitled sequel. She previously wrote the script for “Fantastic Beasts.” David Yates, director of four “Harry Potter” films and the original “Fantastic Beasts”, will step into the wizarding world once more to direct.
The sequel to “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” premieres Nov. 16, 2018.