Second ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Film Starts Shooting as New Plot Details Emerge

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Jaap Buitendijk

The next installment in J.K. Rowling’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” series has started shooting in the U.K. Principal photography on the as-yet-untitled movie started Monday at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden outside London, where the Harry Potter movies were shot.

The studio offered new details of the upcoming film, which will see Eddie Redmayne return as magical beasts lover Newt Scamander to take on Gellert Grindelwald, the dark wizard played by Johnny Depp, who was unmasked at the end of the first movie.

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 sequel moves the main action to 1920s Paris, shortly after Scamander’s capture of Grindelwald at the end of the first installment.

Warner Bros. revealed that “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 dearest friend, Albus Dumbledore. But Dumbledore will need help from the wizard who had thwarted Grindelwald once before, his former student Newt Scamander.”

Returning for the sequel are the characters Tina (Katherine Waterston), Queenie (Alison Sudol), and Jacob (Dan Fogler). But the effort to stop Grindelwald will “test their loyalties as they face new perils in an increasingly dangerous and divided wizarding world,” Warner Bros. said. Callum Turner also comes back as Newt’s brother Theseus Scamander, and Credence, whose fate was unknown at the end of the first move, makes a return, played again by Ezra Miller.

Zoe Kravitz will play new character Leta Lestrange, a fleeting glimpse of whom appeared in the first film, and Claudia Kim will also star as a young woman introduced in the film as an attraction at a wizarding circus.

The screenplay was written by Rowling, as with the first installment. David Yates returns to direct. Rowling, David Heyman, Steve Kloves, and Lionel Wigram will produce the new film with Neil Blair, Rick Senat, and Danny Cohen as the executive producers.

Other cast members include William Nadylam as a wizard named Yusuf Kama; Ingvar Sigurdsson as a bounty hunter named Grimmson; Ólafur Darri Ólafsson as Skender, who runs the wizarding circus; and Kevin Guthrie as Abernathy, who appears at MACUSA (Magical Congress of the USA).

The first “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” 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.

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  1. slywlf says:

    I was pleasantly surprised by FFB, and am looking forward to the next installment with high hopes. It was not perfect, but pretty darn good, with an internally consistent tone and excellent feeling of place in time.

    IMO the biggest difference from the HP movies was also its biggest draw for me – the adult vibe, as opposed to the youth oriented aura. I read and thoroughly enjoyed the HP series, and then the movies, despite having been well past the age of the young primary protagonists, but this series appeals to me for managing to be more grown up, without losing the magic.

    Those who complain about it not being a direct HP spinoff are missing the point, IMO. This is a welcome expansion of the Wizarding world, and I for one am delighted so far.

    • Declan says:

      I felt Fantastic Beasts was significantly less mature and much more childish than Potter.

      C’mon, stop acting like the kids are 8. They’re not. They’re 18 by the end of the series.

  2. cn says:

    I really loved the first movie. I hope they give this one a bigger marketing because the first one wasn’t as hyped as I thought it would be. Nevertheless, the movie had great box office legs and was well received, easily outperforming Suicide Squad and not being that far off from BvS. Those two had a heavier marketing push. Fingers crossed on this one making $1 billion dollars because that would mean it’s performing on par with the HP films (inflation taken into account).

    • Hal Jordan says:

      Fantastic Beasts did beat Suicide Squad in total Worldwide box office, but it failed to reach Suicide Squad’s U.S. domestic box office possibly due to it not receiving a bigger marketing push.

  3. I am tired of disney/starwars/marvel says:

    This movie will be a hit. Fantastic beasts was accepted by fans and other new comers as well as critics who rated the film Fresh 73%. The film went on to gross $814 million even when the cash grab and unoriginal star wars rogue spinoff released in cinemas in 2016. Waiting for the next installment of fantastic beasts only 16 months to go.

    • Haz says:

      Are you serious? I watched the first installment with an open mind and was bored to tears. It was very lackluster and I don’t see how they are going to make four more films.

      • Declan says:

        Oh, mother “it was boring criticism”.

        That’s a problem with you, not the film. Every criticism for every girl down the line has always been “it was boring”. If someone’s got to give a negative review, that’s always the argument they use.

        The film got good reviews. Get over yourself.

      • CHIN KANG CHIA says:

        Totally disagree your opinion. I was pessimistic prior to its opening, but the outcome exceeded my expection and eventually it becomes one of my favorite movies of that year. In fact, it’s the best David Yate’s feature film. I like the way the plot develop through the film; unlike other HP movies, we have no anticipation on the ongoing events in the plot, thus no comparisions can be made and resulting in a more genuine original production.

      • Johnny Depp Fan says:

        That’s your opinion, hon.

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