Warner Bros announced the title for its upcoming sequel to “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”
The sequel is called, “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.” Warner Bros revealed the title and cast photo via Twitter:
— Fantastic Beasts (@FantasticBeasts) November 16, 2017
Fans of the “Harry Potter” series know Gellert Grindelwald as an infamous Dark Wizard who was defeated by Albus Dumbledore decades before Harry Potter was born. In the first prequel, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” we learned that Grindelwald was busy stirring up trouble in New York before Dumbledore tracked him down.
According to J.K. Rowling’s official Harry Potter site, Pottermore, the second film follows Grindelwald’s escape from custody, in which he goes about recruiting followers to his cause. Dumbledore enlists Newt Scamander to help stop the dark wizard before it’s too late.
Johnny Depp plays Grindelwald. His reveal in the first film left a lot of fans scratching their heads. But his role in the sequel and possibly future films has now reached a general level of acceptance.
Most of the main stars return for the second film. Eddie Redmayne returns as awkward and shy Newt Scamander. Katherine Waterston, who has been just about everywhere this year, is back as Tina Goldstein. Likewise, Allison Sudol and Dan Fogler will once again play Queenie and Jacob. And Ezra Miller reprises his role as Credence Barebone.
Newcomers to the cast include Jude Law as a much younger Albus Dumbledore. Zoë Kravitz gives us our first introduction to the Lestrange family as Leta. And Callum Turner will play Newt’s brother Theseus.
J.K. Rowling wrote the script. The first “Fantastic Beasts” film marked her debut in writing for the screen, although she collaborated heavily on the adaptations of her Harry Potter novels. She is also under contract to pen the remaining three films in the series.
David Yates returns as director. He joined the franchise for the fifth film, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” and has directed every Potter-esque film since. He is also on tap to direct the remaining films.
“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” will be in theaters November 16, 2018.