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‘FANTASTIC BEASTS 2’ Story Details Revealed

July 3, 2017

fantastic beasts and where to find them

Principal photography has officially began today, Monday, July 3 for the new adventure in J.K Rowling’s Wizarding World, the second of five films in the series that began with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The still yet-untitled sequel is once again directed by David Yates.

Eddie Redmayne leads once again as the wizarding world magizoologist Newt Scamander and is joined alongside Katherine Waterston as Auror Tina Goldstein, Alison Sudol as her sister, Queenie Goldstein, and Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski, the only No-Maj.

Johnny Depp, who was revealed as Gellert Grindelwald, stars as the powerful Dark wizard in the film, Jude Law as Albus Dumbledore– one of Rowling’s most beloved characters– decades before he becomes Headmaster at Hogwarts. Ezra Miller, who played Credence, whose fate was unknown at the end of the first film returns once again. Zoe Kravitz plays Leta Lestrange, who was glimpsed in a photo as a woman from Newt’s past, Callum Turner as the famed Theseus Scamander, a war hero and Auror, who also happens to be Newt’s older brother, and Claudia Kim as a young woman we first meet as a feature attraction at a wizarding circus.

Rowling wrote the script for the film once again, which opens in 1927, a few months after Newt helped to unveil and capture the infamous Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald. However, as he promised he would, Grindelwald has made a dramtic 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. The adventure reunites Newt with Tina, Queenie and Jacob, but his mission will also test their loyalties as they face new perils in an increasingly dangerous and divided wizarding world.

The film will expand the wizarding world, moving from New York to London and to Paris. There are also surprising nods to the Harry Potter stories that will delight fans of the books and film series.

Also starring William Nadylam as a wizard named Yusuf Kama, Ingvar Sigurdsson as a bounty hunter named Grimmson; Ólafur Darri Ólafsson as Skender, who runs the wizarding circus; and Kevin Guthrie as Abernathy, whom we met as Tina and Queenie’s boss at MACUSA (Magical Congress of the USA).

David Heyman, Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram produce. Tim Lewis, Neil Blair, Rick Senat and Danny Cohen executive produce.

Yates behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photographer Philippe Rousselot, production designer Stuart Craig, editor Mark Day, costume designer Colleen Atwood, visual effects supervisor Tim Burke, and visual effects supervisor Christian Manz.

The new adventure is being filmed at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, which has been the cinematic home of the Wizarding World since the first Harry Potter film.

Fantastic Beasts 2 hits theaters on November 16, 2018.

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