‘Fantastic Beasts’ Sequel Gets Official Title, Cast Photo, Synopsis, and Fancy Lads Galore

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brian-mcgee - November 16, 2017

That fanciest of lads, Eddie Redmayne, is back as Newt Fancylad in the upcoming sequel to 2016's Fancy Lads and Where to Find Them. The second of FIVE new films set in J.K. Rowling's wizarding world has been announced for next November, and it's got an absolute doozy of a title and a look at the cast that includes plenty of bizarre choices with a heaping helping of new fancy lads! But first, let's get to that title...

Woof city. Holy hannah, I couldn't have come up with a worse title if I randomly selected words from a sorting hat—Harry Potter jokes, hilarious! The Crimes of Grindelwald sounds like a movie about the Nuremberg Trials or something. Alright, so now that we've gotten that out of the way, let's take another look at that cast pic...

Going left to right we've got Jude Law, who looks as baffled as the rest of us that he's playing Dumbledore when Jared Harris is alive. Then we've got reigning Jimmy Fallon lookalike champion Ezra Miller back as religious zealot and closeted wizard Credence. Next to him is series newcomer Claudia Kim as a new character named Maledictus who carries "a blood curse that destines her ultimately to transform into a beast" 

Next up is Zoë Kravitz as Leta Lestrange (cousin of Bellatrix), a former fling of Eddie Redmayne's Newt Fancylad who is now engaged to his brother Theseus, seated next to her and played by Callum Turner. Above him is Katherine Waterston as Tina Goldstein, sporting a new 'do, followed by more returning cast members in Redmayne, Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski, and Alison Suidol as Tina's sister Queenie. Finally, it's everyone's favorite accessorizing actor Johnny Depp, returning as the villainous titular character following a "surprise" cameo at the end of the first film. 

Finally we've got a synopsis for the film, courtesy of Coming Soon...

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.

Rowling returns to write the screenplay and David Yates, who has directed every movie in the universe since 2007's Order of the Phoenix, returns as director. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is scheduled to hit theaters on November 16, 2018. 

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