It looks like Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2 is actively looking for some young talent to play teenage versions of the film's biggest stars. Hoping to capitalize on the spellbinding magic of David Yates' 2016 film, the second chapter of the Fantastic Beasts series is set to arrive in 2018 and will once again follow Eddie Redmayne, as the inquisitive Newt Scamander.
While the plot to the sequel is still surrounded by a Confundus Charm, it certainly sounds like we could be heading back to Newt Scamander's teenage years. Given the fact that the first film was set in 1926, will we will be going even further back in time and possibly to an Edwardian England, via flashbacks?
As for the roles: the Pottermore site has posted an open casting call, looking for three actors aged 13-16 to play "Young Newt," "Young Leta," and a new character called Sebastian. Excitingly, it also asks for two actors aged 16-18 to play younger versions of Gellert Grindelwald and Albus Dumbledore:
— Pottermore (@pottermore) June 6, 2017
Johnny Depp famously played the villainous Grindelwald in the first film, and the character continues to promise big trouble for the rest of the franchise. We already know that Depp will be returning to the role and will be joined by Jude Law, who is currently trying on his robes to play the role of Albus Dumbledore. Portrayed by both Richard Harris and Michael Gambon in Warner Bros.' Harry Potter movies, everyone knows that Dumbledore goes on to become the esteemed head of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, but we still know relatively little about his formative years.
Fantastic Beasts did a wonderful job of giving us an origin film without being bogged down in flashbacks and filler scenes. As the series grows in the sequel, now is a welcome time to find out more about what makes Mr. Scamander tick. Elsewhere, it will also be interesting to explore his complicated relationship with Leta Lestrange. Fans of the books and films will know the dark past associated with the surname thanks to Helena Bonham Carter's performance as Bellatrix Lestrange, but Fantastic Beasts teased that Leta was close to Newt while at Hogwarts. Although only glimpsed in a photograph, Zoë Kravitz is already signed on to return as Lestrange and a role that could span multiple Fantastic Beasts films.
Fans are guessing that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2 will head back over to the UK, and will chart the days of Grindelwald and Dumbledore's rivalry that was mentioned in the book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Either way, expect the usual charm of Newt and his suitcase, a colorful array of mythical marvels, and another stellar script delivered from Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling.
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald/Fantastic Beasts 2 (2018) release date: Nov 16, 2018