First Trailer For “Fantastic Beasts 2” Unveiled

By Creative Media Times

Warner Bros. Pictures

The second installment in the Fantastic Beasts film series, “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” arrives later this year. Today, fans get to catch a glimpse of what’s in store for them as Warner Bros. releases its first trailer.

Also released today is the poster for the highly anticipate film, showcasing its leads Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander and new addition to the series Jude Law as young Albus Dumbledore.

The action filled trailer reveals that Dumbledore is certainly a major player in the film, which looks to broaden the story line of the original Beasts film as well as an overall darker tone. The story supposedly takes place in UK and Paris, a departure from the original’s 1920s American setting.

Gillert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) also appears briefly in the trailer. There’s not a lot of details about Grindelwald here, but we all remember that the powerful dark wizard was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America) at the end of first film, and there is no question he is making good on his evil threats.

David Yates is back for directing duties, with a screenplay by J.K. Rowling. The film is produced by David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram. James Newton Howard is also returning to compose the film’s music.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is set to be released Nov. 16, 2018.

Here is part of the film’s premise:

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.