According to IGN, the title for the sequel of last year’s film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, is to be Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. The marketing team also released a “moving picture” video of the film’s cast, which you can check out below!
The Cast of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald has a fairly large cast, so prepare yourself. The cast reveal will be done from left to right.
On the far left, we have Jude Law, who will play a young version of beloved/controversial Hogwarts Headmaster Albus Dumbledore. Next to him, Ezra Miller (playing Barry Allen/The Flash this weekend in Justice League) returns as Credence Barebone, despite apparently not surviving the first film.
Newcomer to the franchise, Claudia Kim, plays a Maledictus, who supposedly carries a blood curse that will eventually turn her into a beast. Sounds like a bad character description for a woman of color, in my opinion. Below, to the right of her, Zoe Kravitz appears as Leta Lestrange. Kravitz received a photo cameo in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, but she will appear in this film with her fiancé. And surprise surprise! Leta’s fiancé just happens to be Newt Scamander’s war hero brother, Theseus. Theseus, played by Callum Turner is the Head Auror at the Ministry of Magic in Britain.
Katherine Waterston returns as MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America) auror, Tina Goldstein. She is pictured to the left of Newt Scamander, still portrayed by Eddie Redmayne. Dan Fogler also returns as No-Maj Jacob Kowalsk despite losing his memory of the magical world at the end of the first film. Tina’s sister, Queenie Goldstein, played by Alison Sudol (who also has also performed under the band name A Fine Frenzy), a talented witch and Legilimens in her own right, also returns.
Johnny Depp is to play Gellert Grindelwald, as we saw in the first installment of this movie series. (Depp is also getting stabbed twelve times in Murder on the Orient Express in a theater near you this weekend, in case there’s any reason you might want that catharsis.)
What to Expect In the Sequel
The official synopsis of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is: “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.”
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is directed by David Yates and will be released in theaters on November 16, 2018.
Are you excited for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald? Do you think it’s too late for Yates to replace Depp with Christopher Plummer or Colin Farrell, as the internet seems to want? Talk about it in the comments!