Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is the second of five all new adventures in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World™.
At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Eddie 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 (Jude 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.
This is the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the Harry Potter franchise spinoff that was released in 2016. The original film earned $814 million at the worldwide box office, illustrating there was still much interest in the brand. Crimes of Grindelwald was first hinted at in 2014, when Warner Bros. confirmed they wanted to make a trilogy in the Fantastic Beasts series. Principal photography started in July 2017 and concluded in December of that year.
A third film in the series is planned for release in November 2020.
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