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There Are a Ton of New Details About the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Sequel

Jude Law as young Dumbledore gives us life. Johnny Depp, not so much…

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them 2

Let it be known that on November 16, 2017, we were blessed with the first image of Jude Law as none other than young Albus “Did Yah Put Yah Name in da Goblet of Fiyah?!” Dumbledore. After the year we’ve had, I think we can all agree that we deserve this. And golly does this man sure know how to wear a blue corduroy trench…

Jude Law in Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them 2

Warner Bros.

Anyhoo, the bigger news here is that the Fantastic Beasts sequel has finally been given a name: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

Let’s sit with that for a quick sec.

The name sounds too much like a Lifetime movie for my taste. But I digress. 

It was only a matter of time before the sequel’s details were made public. After its predecessor, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, grossed $814 million world wide, Warner Bros. slated four follow-up films for the franchise. The entire series will take place between 1926 to 1945 — when Dumbledore wins the notorious Elder Wand in a duel with Gellert Grindelwald. 

Jude Law as Young Dumbledore Is Everything I Never Knew I Needed
Warner Bros.

The official plot description reads:

“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.”

The Crimes of Grindelwald will debut exactly a year from today, according to a tweet from the film’s official Twitter account.

Like the previous Fantastic Beasts, this movie has been scripted by Mother Magic herself, J.K. Rowling. Longtime Harry Potter director will helm The Crimes of Grindelwald, which once again will star Eddie Redmayne as renowned magizoologist, Newt Scamander. Read the official character descriptions below.

“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.”

The excitement from many of Rowling’s fans was palpable, but for some, the promo photos were marred by Johnny Depp’s presence. As you may recall, last year, Depp’s then-wife, Amber Heard, accused the actor of domestic abuse, and filed for a restraining order. With the current revelations of rampant sexual misconduct in Hollywood, some fans were hopeful that the same tide would hold Depp accountable.  

Alas, Depp has kept his role as one of the greatest dark wizards of all time.

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