'Fantastic Beasts' sequel title and release date revealed

10:50 PM Joseph Bernard Marzan 0 Comments

MANILA, Philippines - Warner Bros. has revealed the title for the sequel to 2016's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, titled Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, as well as its release date of November 16, 2018, through its website Pottermore.

The film, set in the universe of the Harry Potter franchise, will follow the events of the last film, in which Auror Percival Graves played by Colin Farrell, was revealed to have been a disguise by the film's main antagonist, Gellert Grindelwald, played by Johnny Depp. According to Pottermore, the film will start with Grindelwald escaping the custody of the Magical Congress of the USA (MACUSA), and will be pursued by protagonist Newt Scamander, played by Eddie Redmayne.

Aside from Redmayne and Depp, the returning cast includes Ezra Miller, Katherine Waterston, Allison Sudol, Dan Fogler, and Carmen Ejogo among others. They will be joined by new cast members which include Zoe Kravitz, Callum Turner, and Jude Law, who plays a young Albus Dumbledore.

David Yates, who has directed several films in the franchise, as well as the first Fantastic Beasts film, is also confirmed to return as director. JBM/FP