Ezra Miller's return in Fantastic Beasts 3 may have been confirmed. Playing Credence Barebone - an Obscurial - in 2016's Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, Miller is slated to reprise the role in the upcoming sequel, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, which will hit theaters next month. But while everyone is still waiting to learn more about the mysterious character, fans can already look forward to his survival in the forthcoming movie as it seems like the actor is already locked in for the saga's third installment.
Although Miller-led The Flash film has yet to get an official release date, it was tipped to start principal photography this March backing up rumors that it might finally hit theaters sometime in 2020. However, the script won't be ready by then, forcing Warner Bros. to push back its production start. To make matters worse, the DC Films project is going to be even further delayed given Miller's involvement in the next movie in the Harry Potter prequel spinoff series due to a scheduling conflict.
In the same report from Variety that broke The Flash's production being delayed to late 2019 comes somewhat a confirmation that Miller will also reprise his role as Credence in the third Fantastic Beasts film. No release date has been announced for the threequel but considering that the movie is supposedly set to begin filming next July, it might be ready for release by 2020.
The good thing about this is that both The Flash and the Fantastic Beasts franchise are both under the Warner Bros. umbrella, that means that ironing the scheduling conflict involving the two properties was much easier compared to if another studio was in the mix. Case in point was the kerfuffle brought about by Justice League's extensive reshoots coinciding with principal photography for Paramount's Mission: Impossible - Fallout. The schedule dispute resulted in Warner Bros. having to digitally remove the mustache that Henry Cavill was sporting for the Tom Cruise-starrer when he filmed additional scenes as Superman for Justice League. This latest development may not be something that The Flash fans want to hear, especially since the standalone has been long overdue; however, if this means both films will turn out to be polished and not rushed, then several months of delay doesn't seem to be all that bad.
At this point, it's still difficult to predict what Credence coming back for Fantastic Beasts 3 means considering that Crimes of Grindelwald has yet to release. But aside from Miller, Johnny Depp, who plays Gellert Grindelwald, has already been confirmed for the saga's next installment. It's safe to say that Eddie Redmayne's Newt Scamander and Jude Law's young Albus Dumbledore will also make an appearance. Depending on what happens in the upcoming sequel, there's a chance that Credence could play a huge part in the five-part film series and may even impact the established lore of the wizarding world-set franchise.
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald/Fantastic Beasts 2 (2018) release date: Nov 16, 2018