J.K. Rowling Has Finished Fantastic Beasts 2 Script
No-Maj’s and Muggles alike got a little thrill recently when author J.K. Rowling announced on Twitter that she has finished the script to the still-unnamed Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequel. The original made $814 million worldwide, and with four films planned in this prequel series, it’s time for things to start moving at a quicker pace.
The action is supposed to begin about two years after the events of the first film. While the first Fantastic Beasts took place in New York, Fantastic Beasts 2 will take place in Paris, and, who knows, bring a little more focus on the Beauxbatons school. Ilvermorny was mentioned in a deleted scene, so maybe it will have a presence somewhere. And maybe a future film will show us Durmstrang or one of the other major schools that have been reported through Rowling’s writings on Pottermore. The series is supposed to cover nineteen years, so anything is possible.
Screenrant gave us a closer look at the characters. The film will, of course, have Johnny Depp back as Gellert Grindelwald, since the final film will most likely show Dumbledore, now played by Jude Law, defeating Grindelwald and obtaining the Elder Wand which was so important in the final Harry Potter film. The film is supposed to further examine the relationship between Dumbledore and Grindelwald. Zoë Kravitz as Leta Lestrange will also play a more prominent role in this film. Her only appearance in the first film was in a photo as an old flame of Newt’s (Eddie Redmayne). She apparently keeps turning up in his life, despite Newt trying to move on, but she is trying to contact Dumbledore. Callum Turner has also been cast as Newt’s brother Theseus.
One rather interesting announced return is that of Credence Barebone (Ezra Miller), the Obscurial who was supposedly defeated in the first film. Considering that Newt tells us Obscurials rarely live past a very young age, Credence is obviously a very special sort, so this should be an interesting return. Newt, however, is supposed to take a smaller role as the series goes on, which makes sense as the main focus looks like it will be that final battle.
Production is expected to begin in Paris and the U.K. in August for a scheduled November 16, 2018 release. David Yates will be directing all the future films. The third is scheduled for a November 20, 2020 release, with the fourth and fifth films scheduled for (presumably) November of 2021 and 2023 respectively. Next year is certainly going to be a hot one for the box office.