Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is an upcoming fantasy drama film produced by Heyday Films and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. A co-production of the United Kingdom and the United States, it is the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016). It will serve as the second film installment in the Fantastic Beasts film series, and the tenth overall in the Wizarding World franchise, which began with the Harry Potter film series. The film is directed by David Yates, with a screenplay by J.K. Rowling, and features an ensemble cast that includes Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim, Carmen Ejogo, Jude Law and Johnny Depp. The plot follows Newt Scamander and Albus Dumbledore as they attempt to take down the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, while facing new threats in a more divided wizarding world.
The Crimes of Grindelwald
|Directed by||David Yates|
|Written by||J. K. Rowling|
|Music by||James Newton Howard|
|Edited by||Mark Day|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
Principal photography for the film began at Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden in July 2017. Filming also took place in England, including London, Switzerland, and Paris. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is scheduled to be released in theaters, Real D 3D and IMAX 3D on 16 November 2018.
At the end of the first film, the powerful dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander. 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 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.
- Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander: A British Ministry of Magic employee in the Beasts Division of the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures, as well as a self-proclaimed magizoologist. He played a part in remedying the events of a violent attack on the City of New York in December 1926 involving dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald. He is Tina's primary love interest and a confidante of Albus Dumbledore, despite being an outcast from certain circles of British Wizarding society due to his checkered past.
- Katherine Waterston as Tina Goldstein: A promoted MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America) Auror and member of the investigative team. She played a role in thwarting Gellert Grindelwald during the Obscurus incident of 1926, for which she and Newt were initially blamed. A former criminal and outlaw, along with Newt, for breaking the Statute of Secrecy, she is also Newt's love interest.
- Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski: A No-Maj World War I veteran and current business owner, a friend of Newt, and the primary love interest to Queenie before having his memory obliviated (wiped) following Grindelwald's attack on New York.
- Alison Sudol as Queenie Goldstein: The pretty and vivacious younger sister of Tina, who worked alongside her in the Federal Wand Permit Bureau after Tina was once demoted. She is a powerful natural Legilimens, and primary love interest to Jacob Kowalski, despite his being obliviated and their relationship being illegal in the American wizarding community.
- Ezra Miller as Credence Barebone: The disturbed adopted child of Mary-Lou Barebone, violently abused and downtrodden. Enraged by people's treatment of him and Grindelwald's betrayal, he set his Obscurus parasite loose on the City of New York, causing widespread death and destruction. He was eventually "destroyed" by MACUSA officials, although a tiny Obscurus fragment escaped. He has been said to return in a "mysterious way" and will have a growing role in the films.
- Jude Law as Albus Dumbledore: An extremely influential and powerful wizard in the British Wizarding Community, known in the British Ministry of Magic and throughout the wider wizarding world for his academic excellence, currently a professor of Transfiguration at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He had a summer-long, mysterious relationship with Grindelwald, which ended on a tragic note. A strong ally of Newt Scamander's, he is called to resist Grindelwald's reign of terror.
- Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald: An infamous powerful dark wizard who caused mass violence, terror and chaos around the globe, seeking to lead a new Wizarding Order, with a strong belief in wizarding superiority. He shared a summer long, deep, and mysterious relationship with Albus Dumbledore as a teenager, until tragedy struck.
- Zoë Kravitz as Leta Lestrange: A damaged and confused young woman who still exerts a large amount of control over Newt, who was at one time in love with her, and possibly still is. Risking the life of a student at school, she is responsible for the outcasting of Newt from some circles of British wizarding society, after he took the blame for her misdemeanor. She is from a historically wealthy and pureblood family famous for the Dark Arts and is currently engaged to Theseus Scamander, Newt's brother.
- Callum Turner as Theseus Scamander: The older brother of Newt Scamander, who was involved in the Auror Office of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, fought in World War I, and is described as a "war hero". The two brothers share a tentatively warm relationship, slightly marred by the fact that the two can't quite understand each other. He spent the previous year hunting Grindelwald with a team of British Aurors. He is currently engaged to Leta Lestrange.
- Claudia Kim as an unidentified Maledictus: She carries a blood curse that makes her transform into a beast. She is also the main attraction of a wizarding circus and freakshow.
- William Nadylam as Yusuf Kama: A wizard.
- Carmen Ejogo as Seraphina Picquery: The President of MACUSA.
- Kevin Guthrie as Mr. Abernathy: Tina and Queenie's previous MACUSA supervisor.
- Poppy Corby-Tuech as Vinda Rosier: A loyal right-hand follower of Grindelwald.
Ólafur Darri Ólafsson portrays Skender, the head of a wizarding circus and freakshow. Brontis Jodorowsky portrays Nicolas Flamel, a 14th-century Parisian scribe believed to have discovered the Philosopher's Stone. He was mentioned previously in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone as a friend and colleague of Albus Dumbledore. Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson portrays Grimmson, a powerful bounty hunter, while David Sakurai appears as Krall, an ambitious and sulky henchman of Grindelwald. Isaura Barbé-Brown portrays Laurena Kama, the first wife of Corvus Lestrange and mother of Leta Lestrange. Derek Riddell, Wolf Roth, Victoria Yeates, and Cornell John portray Torquil Travers, Spielman, Bunty, and Arnold Guzman, respectively, while Jessica Williams has been cast as Professor Eulalie "Lally" Hicks and Fiona Glascott as an unspecified character.
In October 2014, Warner Bros. Pictures announced the film as "at least" a trilogy with the first installment set to be released on 18 November 2016 followed by the second installment on 16 November 2018 and the third installment on 20 November 2020. David Yates was confirmed to direct at least the first installment of the series.
In July 2016, Yates confirmed that J. K. Rowling had written the screenplay for the second film and had ideas for the third. Yates talked to Entertainment Weekly about the second film, saying "we've seen the script for Part 2, for the second movie, which takes the story in a whole new direction – as you should, you don’t want to repeat yourself. The second movie introduces new characters as she builds this part of the Harry Potter universe further. It's a very interesting development from where we start out. The work is pouring out of her." In October 2016, it was reported that the Fantastic Beasts film series would comprise five films, with the second film setting in another global capital city, and Eddie Redmayne would be returning to all films to play the lead role of Newt Scamander. Yates would also return to direct the sequel with producers Rowling, David Heyman, Steve Kloves, and Lionel Wigram.
Zoë Kravitz was expected to return in the sequel for a "meatier" role after her cameo in the first film. On 1 November 2016, Deadline.com reported that Johnny Depp had joined the film for an unspecified role in the film, which was later revealed to be Gellert Grindelwald, for which he also filmed a small role in the first film but would play a larger role in the sequel. Depp's casting received criticism by some fans based on his previous involvement in domestic violence allegations. J. K. Rowling posted on her website that she resisted recasting because Depp and his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard, had previously expressed hope that the mutual agreement would enable both to move on from the controversy and that "the filmmakers and I are not only comfortable sticking with our original casting, but genuinely happy to have Johnny playing a major character in the movies." Director David Yates revealed that character Albus Dumbledore would be back in the film but it would be played by a younger actor, not Michael Gambon, and he also revealed that the second film would be set in the United Kingdom and Paris. A number of big name actors, including Christian Bale, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Mark Strong were considered for the role, while Jared Harris, son of Richard Harris who played Dumbledore in the first two Harry Potter films, was also considered. Later, Yates revealed that he would be directing all five films, stating "I love making films, and I've got a great team, all of whom are like family." James Newton Howard revealed in an interview with Forbes that he would be returning to compose the score for the sequel.
In January 2017, it was reported that Ezra Miller was getting ready to shoot the sequel, which confirmed that he would be returning as Credence Barebone. In April, it was confirmed that Jude Law had been cast for the role of Albus Dumbledore at around the time he was the Transfiguration professor at Hogwarts. On 21 April 2017, Callum Turner joined the cast as Newt Scamander's older brother, Theseus. On 3 July 2017, the start of principal photography, the rest of the cast which included Claudia Kim, William Nadylam, Ingvar Sigurdsson, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, and Kevin Guthrie, as well as a plot synopsis, were revealed.
Principal photography began on 3 July 2017, at Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden. On 22 September 2017, David Sakurai was cast to play Krall, one of the ambitious and sulky henchman of Grindelwald. Law reportedly finished filming his scenes as Dumbledore in September 2017. On 5 October 2017, several other castings were announced, including Brontis Jodorowsky as Nicolas Flamel and Jessica Williams joining in an undisclosed role. Principal photography wrapped on 20 December 2017.
It was announced that the film's script would be released in the form of a book on 16 November.
Initially, in October 2014, the studio announced there would be a Fantastic Beasts trilogy. In July 2016, David Yates confirmed that Rowling had written the screenplay for the second film and had ideas for the third. The third film is set to be released on 20 November 2020. In October 2016, Rowling stated that five films would comprise the series.
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