Huge Fantastic Beasts sequel news: Warner Bros. has revealed the second film’s official title, the first cast photo, below (including a look at Jude Law playing a younger Albus Dumbledore and a new look at Johnny Depp’s Gellert Grindelwald), plus some fresh story details.
The film’s title is Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, which opens a year from today — Nov. 16, 2018.
Here’s the cast photo for our full obsessing:
That’s Law and as a roguishly handsome Dumbledore on the far left, keeping plenty of distance between himself and his friend-turned-adversary, Grindelwald, who’s holding the infamous Elder Wand. In fact, that’s too much distance, let’s put them together in a close-up:
Somewhat surprisingly, Grindelwald looks exactly the same as his reveal at end of Fantastic Beasts (we thought Depp’s character might get some makeover tweaks given fans’ reaction).
Here’s another version that’s a moving image, Daily Prophet-style:
Here’s the official new plot description, which along with the character descriptions further below contain several nuggets that haven’t been confirmed before — such as officially announcing the return of Ezra Miller as Credence: “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.”
And now the character descriptions: “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; Zoe 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.”