Hocus Pocus! No, that’s not the subtitle to the upcoming Fantastic Beasts sequel. (How awful would that be?) J.K. Rowling‘s better than that.
Revealed below in its full title font, the next chapter in the Potterverse prequel franchise is Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. It’s the follow-up to 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which followed the early 20th Century adventures of wizard Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) in New York City, and the emerging evil of the legendary Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp).
The new film will pick up where the last one left off (see full synopsis below) and will add new players to the full slate of returning characters, seen for the first time in this cast photo. A “motion photo” can also be played, below the synopsis.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will open next year on November 16, 2018.
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From left to right:
- Jude Law, Albus Dumbledore
- Ezra Miller, Credence
- Claudia Kim, Maledictus
- Zoe Kravitz, Leta Lestrange
- Callum Turner, Theseus Scamander
- Katherine Waterston, Tina Goldstein
- Eddie Redmayne, Newt Scamander
- Dan Fogler, Jacob Kowalski
- Alison Sudol, Queenie Goldstein
- Johnny Depp, Gellert Grindelwald
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.