Warner Bros. has released the first promo image for the FANTASTIC BEASTS sequel, which is officially titled FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD. The upcoming sequel will see the return of characters from FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM along with new faces including Jude Law as a young Albus Dumbledore.
Looking at this title, it’s fine, I guess. It’s a little bit wordy (although HARRY POTTER titles always are) and I was hoping it would match the previous title a bit more. Something like “FANTASTIC BEASTS AND HOW TO CATCH THEM” or something. The highlight here is the cast; Zoe Kravitz’ Leta Lestrange has arrived in earnest, latched to the arm of Callum Turner’s Theseus Scamander and Claudia Kim’s new character Maledictus is here too. Jude Law looks great as young Dumbledore, and I’m still processing the Johnny Depp casting.
Check out the FANTASTIC BEASTS image below. The film opens November 16, 2018 and stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Zoe Kravitz, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim, Johnny Depp, and Jude Law.
Here’s the description for the image:
(Left to right) JUDE LAW plays a young ALBUS DUMBLEDORE, taking on the mantle of one of J.K. Rowling’s most beloved characters; EZRA MILLER makes a return as the enigmatic CREDENCE, whose fate was unknown at the end of the first film; CLAUDIA KIM appears as a Maledictus, the carrier of a blood curse that destines her ultimately to transform into a beast; ZOË KRAVITZ plays LETA LESTRANGE, who had once been close to Newt Scamander but is now engaged to his brother; CALLUM TURNER joins the cast as Newt’s older brother, THESEUS SCAMANDER, a celebrated war hero and the Head of the Auror Office at the British Ministry of Magic; KATHERINE WATERSTON returns as TINA GOLDSTEIN, who has been reinstated as an Auror for MACUSA; EDDIE REDMAYNE stars again as wizarding world Magizoologist NEWT SCAMANDER, who has now gained fame in the wizarding world as the author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; DAN FOGLER reprises the role of the only No-Maj in the group, JACOB KOWALSKI; ALISON SUDOL reprises the part of Tina’s free-spirited sister, QUEENIE GOLDSTEIN, a Legilimens who can read minds; and JOHNNY DEPP returns as the powerful Dark wizard GELLERT GRINDELWALD in Warner Bros. Pictures’ “FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD.”
And here’s the official synopsis for FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD:
At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Redmayne). 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 (Law) 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.