Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them made 2016 a lot more exciting for Harry Potter fans all over the world. It followed the story of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and his adventures in New York City in 1926. It also became the first Harry Potter film to win an Oscar this year. Recently, the second film of the series Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them 2 was given a release date of November 16, 2018.
The returning cast of Fantastic Beasts 2 will include Eddie Redmayne (Newt Scamander), Johnny Depp (Gellert Grindelwald), Katherine Waterston (Tina Goldstein), Alison Sudol (Queen Goldstein), Dan Fogler (Jacob Kowalski) and Ezra Miller (Credence Barebone). Some of the new characters introduced will include Jude Law (young Albus Dumbledore), Callum Turner (Newt’s brother) and Zoe Kravitz (Leta Lestrange).
Pottermore has shared an exciting news for Harry Potter fans on its website: Warner Bros. are holding a casting call for five roles in the sequel. Two teenagers around the age of 16-18 years will be cast as younger versions of Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald. Also, three teenagers between the ages of 13-16 years will be cast as younger versions of Newt Scamander, Leta Lestrange and a new character called Sebastian.
Pottermore posted the casting call, saying ‘If you know any young acting hopefuls who know their Elder Wand-lore, or have a penchant for Sherbert Lemons, now is the time to let them know.’
According to the wizarding application, no previous acting experience is required for the roles. Applicants are also required to be available to film between August and November 2017. The closing date for the application is June 20, 2017 at midnight GMT.
J.K. Rowling has also confirmed on Twitter that she has completed writing the script for the sequel. The filming for the movie begins in July and no plot details have been shared by the production team so far.
However, it is expected that Grindelwald will return as the dark wizard. After creating a chaos in Fantastic Beasts, Grindelwald will once again have an encounter with Newt Scamander. Fantastic Beasts 2 will be set in Paris and the United Kingdom this time.
It was announced last year that there will be a total of five movies of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. The entire series will be taking place from 1926 to 1945. It is to be noted that 1945 is also the year when Dumbledore and Grindelwald had their final duel.
Since there are younger versions of Dumbledore and Grindelwald in the sequel, fans will probably get to see their relationship and the reason they fell out of friendship. In 2010, J. K. Rowling said Dumbledore was infatuated with Grindelwald but: “[Grindelwald] was a user and a narcissist and I think someone like that would use it, would use the infatuation.
I don’t think that he would reciprocate in that way, although he would be as dazzled by Dumbledore as Dumbledore was by him.”