Muggles will have to wait a while before returning to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Warner Bros. announced the third “Fantastic Beasts” film will hit theaters on Nov. 12, 2021. Production on the movie is expected to begin in spring of 2020.
“We are incredibly excited about and have confidence in the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ series,” said Toby Emmerich, Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman, in a statement. “We all believe this release date will give the filmmakers time and space to allow their artistry to truly flourish and deliver the best possible film to our fans.”
Ron Sanders, Warner Bros. president of worldwide theatrical distribution and home entertainment, added, “J.K. Rowling created an awe-inspiring universe that has captivated people of all ages, taking us on an extraordinary magical journey. Warner Bros. is so proud to be the cinematic home of the Wizarding World and is excited about the future of the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ franchise. We look forward to bringing the third chapter of the five-film series to audiences around the globe in November 2021.”
“Fantastic Beasts 3” is part of a five-part film franchise set in the magical world made popular by Rowling’s “Harry Potter” universe. The prequel series stars Eddie Redmaybe as magizoologist Newt Scamander and takes place in the 1920s, years before the adventures of everyone’s favorite boy wizard.
In the second “Fantastic Beasts” installment, notorious dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald begins his ascent to power, despite the best efforts of Newt and Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law). Frequent “Harry Potter” collaborator David Yates is expected to direct all five films, with the first two being written by Rowling.
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” became a box office hit, racking in $814 million worldwide. The followup, “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” wasn’t as well received and ended its box office run with $653 million.