Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald has officially wrapped production. The upcoming film by David Yates is a sequel to his 2016 Harry Potter prequel movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, as well as being the second installment in a new five-part Wizarding World series envisioned by Harry Potter author and creator J.K. Rowling. The 2018 sequel sees Eddie Redmayne reprise his role as Newt Scamander and Katherine Waterston as Porpentina 'Tina' Goldstein, along with Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski and Alison Sudol as Queenie Goldstein.
The Crimes of Grindelwald continues the story that left off with the first chapter and sees Gellert Grindelwald - now controversially played by Johnny Depp, who first appeared as Grindelwald at the end of 2016's Fantastic Beasts - escape from MACUSA and set out on a journey to gather more followers to his cause. To combat this, and to return Grindelwald back into MACUSA's custody, the film introduces audiences to a young Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law), who recruits his former pupil, Scamander, to help him track down Grindelwald.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald started filming in July 2017 and officially wrapped production this morning, on December 20, 2017. The film's official Twitter account broke the news, with Sudol using the movie's clapperboard one last time. You can check out the tweet below.
— Fantastic Beasts (@FantasticBeasts) December 20, 2017
While The Crimes of Grindelwald brings back the first movie's cast, it mostly places them in an unfamiliar setting for the follow-up story, moving from New York City to Paris. However, franchise producer David Heyman did say that the story does also feature scenes in both New York and London - a location used often in Rowling's Wizarding World. Considering that the first Fantastic Beasts took place in New York for the first time and Fantastic Beasts 2 takes place in Paris, perhaps the threequel will expand to a new location as well.
So far, the film has gone through production without a hitch, though it has received quite a bit of controversy surrounding Depp's casting as the film's - and the series' - main villain, Grindelwald, due to domestic abuse allegations from his ex-wife, Amber Heard (who recently responded to the controversy). An outcry for the studio to recast the character started to take shape, especially since Grindelwald is set to have a much bigger role the second time around, but Yates and Rowling both defended Depp's casting and understood that not everyone will be on board with the project because of it. For now, though, we'll just have to wait and see how Depp's inclusion will affect The Crimes of Grindelwald, if it does at all.
Source: Fantastic Beasts/Twitter
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald/Fantastic Beasts 2 (2018) release date: Nov 16, 2018