Entertainment Weekly reports that the next installment in the five-film franchise picks up a few months after the first script’s exciting ending — Grindelwald’s escape. A young Dumbledore (Jude Law) and Newt Scamander team up to take on the dark wizard. According to the studio:
“… 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.”
Credence Barebone (Ezra Miller), whose end was uncertain, will also return, along with Leta Lestrange (Zoë Kravitz), who had a quick cameo in the first movie. New additions include Callum Turner from the Green Room as Newt’s brother, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson as the owner of a wizarding circus, and Claudia Kim from The Avengers: Age of Ultron as a circus performer.
But Potterheads may be most excited to hear that the film will feature “some surprising nods to the Harry Potter stories that will delight fans of the books and film series.”
Consistent with the first film, the currently untitled sequel is being directed by David Yates and the script has been penned by J. K. Rowling. The film arrives in theaters November 16, 2018. For more details on the movie, check out additional facts here.
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