We can barely contain our excitement over these newly-released Fantastic Beasts 2 photos from sequel, The Crimes of Grindelwald! Entertainment Weekly shared the two images, and they’re sure to whet your appetite for the forthcoming movie.
The new official film photo shows Eddie Redmayne as a desperate-looking Newt Scamander, backlit in a sewer tunnel with his briefcase at his feet. Is something after him? We’ll have to wait until the film’s release to find out what this dramatic moment is all about.
In the charming second photo, we get a behind-the-scenes look at Redmayne and his costar Jude Law, who has been cast as the young Albus Dumbledore. The two actors appear to be sharing a friendly chat, and Law looks decidedly different from our first glimpse of him as the dapper young Dumbledore.
The Crimes of Grindelwald is the second of five planned films in the Fantastic Beasts franchise. The second installment moves from New York City to Paris and will follow Newt as he teams up with everyone’s favorite Hogwarts professor, Dumbledore. Together, they will hunt down the dangerous wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp), who is on the run after escaping from prison.
The official film synopsis reads:
“At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (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 (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.”
Last year, J.K. Rowling confirmed a time jump between the first and second films, which might account for the darker tone in the highly-anticipated sequel. Director David Yates previewed the shift, saying:
“The first film had a level of whimsy; the characters felt like children in grown-up bodies. In this movie, it gets grittier and more nuanced and detailed… I think it will surprise people.
We’re certainly delighted with this first dramatic look at Fantastic Beasts sequel and can’t wait to watch Redmayne and Law team up as Newt and Dumbledore!
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is currently being filmed in London and hits the big screen on November 16, 2018.
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