LOS ANGELES, July 5, 2017 – The latest “Fantastic Beasts” film in the Harry Potter prequel series has begun filming and is scheduled by Warners for a fall 2018 release. The sequel to the original Fantastic Beasts is set in 1927, just months after Newt (Eddie Redmayne) captured the Dark Wizard, Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp).
However, it turns out that Grindelwald has escaped and recruited some followers to his cause, and it appears that the only one strong enough to stop him is his former best friend, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law). But Dumbledore will need some help from his former student Newt Scamander.
The sequel reunites Newt with Tina, Queenie and Jacob. But the stakes in this chapter (and film) have risen, and this mission will test all their loyalties as they encounter a divided wizarding world.
During Newt’s travels to stop Gindelwald, we will meet a young woman (Claudia Kim) who is a local circus attraction. Newt will also encounter with Yusuf Kama (William Nadylam) a friendly wizard; Grimmson (Ingvar Sigurdsson) a local bounty hunter; Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, who plays the head of the wizarding circus; and Abernathy (Kevin Guthrie), who is Tina and Queenie’s boss at the “MAgical Congress of the United States of America” (MACUSA).
The new film will be based in Paris, creating a new experience for Newt, who initially appeared in New York. Its Parisian locale location give the audience for the new film a different look and feel from the original “Fantastic Beasts.” Film executives have confirmed the sequel will have addition nods in the direction of the original Harry Potter series, something that’s sure to delight long-time, die-hard Harry Potter fans.
The Fantastic Beast movies are set in the same world as Harry Potter, but are effectively prequels, taking place many years beforehand. The action of the first film was set in 1926 and the sequel is set to follow that action in 1927. Looking ahead, we also know the fifth film will be set closer to our own time, and will focus on the final duel between Dumbledore and Grindelwald.
The upcoming sequel, which will be the second of five films, is scheduled to hit theaters on November 18, 2018. David Yates has returned to direct, and, it has been announced, will direct the remaining films as well.
In her first turn as scriptwriter, J.K. Rowling has written the script for the sequel after allowing David Yates to pen the first film’s script.