New details surrounding the sequel to J.K. Rowling’s untitled “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” film have emerged with principal photography beginning on Monday.
According to a statement from Warner Bros., as reported by Entertainment Weekly, the upcoming film, which will once again be directed by David Yates, will include “some surprising nods to the ‘Harry Potter’ stories” and will begin a few months after the events of the first film in 1927.
The plot line for the new sequel, which is expected to precede three more franchise films, will reportedly centre on a young Albus Dumbledore as he teams up with his former Hogwarts student Newt Scamander to defeat notorious villain Gellert Grindelwald, played by Johnny Depp, after he escapes from American wizard authorities.
As EW reports, the upcoming film, which will debut to fans in November 2018, will reportedly see Eddie Redmayne reprise his role of Newt and reunite with Tina, played by Katherine Waterston, Queenie, played by Alison Sudol, and Jacob, played by Dan Fogler, as they move locations “from New York to London to Paris.”
Introduced into the series will be previously announced Jude Law as Dumbledore, along with Zoe Kravitz, who will take on a bigger role as Leta Lestrange, a woman from Newt’s past who originally appeared in a photograph in the first film. Also joining the cast will be Callum Turner as Newt’s brother Theseus Scamander, and Claudia Kim as a woman in the “wizarding circus.”
The acting credits will also include, William Nadylam, Ingvar Sigurdsson, Olafur Darri Olafsson and Kevin Guthrie. And while he was perceived to be dead in the first film, Ezra Miller’s character Credence will also make a “mysterious return” in “an increasingly dangerous and divided wizarding world”, as noted by Warner Bros. for EW.