'Fantastic Beasts' Sequel Gets a New Title and Motion Poster: Here's What We Know

'Fantastic Beasts' Sequel Gets a New Title and Motion Poster: Here's What We Know

Nov 16, 2017

We're exactly one year away from the release of the follow-up to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, so Warner Bros. has marked the occasion by revealing the sequel's official title and sharing a motion poster showcasing the ensemble cast. Instead of Fantastic Beasts 2, the movie shall henceforth be known as Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

See the title reveal and a motion photo (just like those in the Wizarding World of this franchise) of the cast below.


Here's what we know about the meaning of the title, the cast, plot and more:

What are "the Crimes of Grindelwald"?

Gellert Grindelwald, played by Johnny Depp, is a Dark Wizard character discussed throughout and then revealed at the end of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. His crimes include theft of the extremely powerful Elder Wand and using it to amass pureblood followers and terrorize the world's wizard and non-wizard population with the goal of enslaving the latter. Recently he had eluded capture and disappeared by impersonating Percival Graves (Colin Firth in the first movie). But he's been taken into custody...

What is the plot of the sequel?

At the start of the new movie, Grindelwald will apparently have escaped custody as promised. As the Dark Wizard continues to recruit his fanatical followers, young Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) is called upon to find and deal with his old friend (and onetime crush). For the mission, the Hogwarts professor joins forces with his old student, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), plus fellow returning characters Tina (Katherine Waterston), Queenie (Alison Sudol) and the no-maj Jacob (Dan Fogler).

Who are the other people in the photo?

Down front is Zoe Kravitz as Leta Lestrange, Newt's old flame who comes from a family involved in the Dark Arts. Next to her is Callum Turner as Newt's brother Theseus, who has also been hunting Grindelwald in employment with the Auror Office of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement and happens to be engaged to Leta. Top left, sitting near Dumbledore, is the returning Credence Barebone (Ezra Miller), and beside him is Claudia Kim as a wizarding circus star named Maledictus. 

Who is directing The Crimes of Grindelwald?

David Yates, who helmed the first Fantastic Beasts as well as the latter four Harry Potter movies, from The Order of the Phoenix to The Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Who wrote the screenplay?

Harry Potter and Wizarding World creator J.K. Rowling, of course. 

When does the movie come out?

As noted, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will be released one year from today, on November 16, 2018.

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