8:14 am EDT, July 3, 2017

‘Fantastic Beasts’ sequel begins filming, new characters and plot revealed

J.K. Rowling’s second Fantastic Beasts movie is now filming in London. Jude Law may be donning his purple robes and half-moon spectacles at this very moment!

Principal photography has officially begun for the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, directed by David Yates with a script by J.K. Rowling.

Starring Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, the second movie moves the action to Paris, picking up a few months after the temporary defeat of Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) in New York City. We’ll meet a young Dumbledore, played by Law, along with younger versions of Newt, Dumbledore and Grindelwald.

Pottermore marked the start of filming by unveiling a few new details: Scenes will take place in Paris, London, and New York. They’ve also shared a few details about new characters:

“Standouts include a bounty hunter called Grimmson, played by Icelandic actor Ingvar Sigurdsson; William Nadylam as a wizard called Yusuf Kama; Ólafur Darri Ólafsson as Skender, the owner of a wizarding circus and Claudia Kim as one of the circus’s ‘featured attractions’.”

A new synopsis was also released and appears to reveal that Grindelwald will be breaking out of prison in the next film. Some may not see this as a surprise, but others speculated that he’d be held captive for all of FB2 and perhaps break out during FB3 or later.

“As he promised he would, Grindelwald has made a dramatic escape and has been gathering more followers to his cause — elevating wizards above all non-magical beings. The only one who might be able to stop him is the wizard he once called his dearest friend, Albus Dumbledore. But Dumbledore will need help from the wizard who had thwarted Grindelwald once before, his former student Newt Scamander. The adventure reunites Newt with Tina (Katherine Waterston), Queenie (Alison Sudol) and Jacob (Dan Fogler), but his mission will also test their loyalties as they face new perils in an increasingly dangerous and divided wizarding world.”

Also returning are Katherine Waterston as Newt’s someday-wife Tina, Alison Sudol as Queenie, Dan Fogler as Jacob and Ezra Miller as Credence. On that last character, Pottermore says he’ll be back in a “mysterious way.” Finally, Zoë Kravitz’s Leta Lestrange is said to have a more prominent role after her blink-and-you’ll-miss-it introduction in the first movie.

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Fantastic Beasts 2 will premiere on November 16, 2018.

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