‘Fantastic Beasts’ Sequel Starts Shooting. New Details Revealed.

By Creative Media Times

Warner Bros. Pictures

The currently untitled sequel to Warner Bros. 2016 fantasy film “Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them” starts principal photography today at Warner Bros Studios Leavesden outside London. The sequel will be directed by David Yates, who also directed the final four films in the Harry Potter film series as well as the original ‘Fantastic Beast’ blockbuster hit.

To mark the announcement, the studio provided new plot details, per Variety, wherein “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.”

Redmayne returns as Newt Scamander, along with Katherine Waterston as Tina Goldstein, Alison Sudol as Queenie Goldstein, and Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski. Johnny Depp is also back as the dangerous dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, as well as Ezra Miller, Mary Lou’s troubled adopted son Credence Barebone, and Zoe Kravitz who appeared as moving photo from Newt’s past, Leta Lestrange.

New cast member Jude Law was previously announced as a young Albus Dumbledore. Also new are Callum Turner (as Newt’s brother Theseus Scamander) and Claudia Kim.

Also written by J.K. Rowling, the Fantastic Beasts sequel is set for release on November 16, 2018.