This past November, the Wizarding mania was hard to miss when the first installment of Fantastic Beasts premiered around the globe. Luckily, us wizarding fans won’t have to wait another 7 years before anything new is released, because Fantastic Beasts 2: The Crimes of Grindelwald will premiere this November. We are now only 6 months away and here is what we know so far!
1. The story
An official plot synopsis was revealed when the title of the movie was released, back in November 2017.
“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.
“FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD” is being directed by David Yates, from a screenplay by J.K. Rowling, and produced by David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram.”
2. The cast
The cast contains not only the cast members that we loved from the first movie but alongside them plenty of new faces. Each of them already a subject of their own fan theories.
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;
Katherine Waterston returns as Tina Goldstein, who has been reinstated as an Auror for MACUSA;
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;
Johnny Depp returns as the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald;
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;
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;
Zoë Kravitz plays Leta Lestrange, who had once been close to Newt Scamander but is now engaged to his brother.
Other cast members will include:
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;
David Sakurai appears as Krall, an ambitious and sulky henchman of Grindelwald;
Brontis Jodorowsky portrays Nicolas Flamel, a 14th-century Parisian scribe believed to have discovered the Philosopher’s Stone;
Ólafur Darri Ólafsson portrays Skender, the head of a wizarding circus and freakshow;
Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson portrays Grimmson, a powerful bounty hunter;
Isaura Barbé-Brown portrays Laurena Kama, the first wife of Corvus Lestrange and mother of Leta Lestrange;
Jessica Williams has been cast as Professor Eulalie “Lally” Hicks, a Professor at Ilvermorny.
3. The teaser trailer
The first teaser trailer and photos were also already released. You can check out the trailer down below or read a previous article of mine in which I do a breakdown of this trailer.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is scheduled to be released by Warner Bros. Pictures on 16 November 2018.