Here are some of the actors cast in “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” the second of J.K. Rowling’s five new adventures in Wizarding World™, from Warner Bros. Pictures.
The star-studded cast in the second “Fantastic Beasts” Adventure, are Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Jude Law and Johnny Depp. The film is directed by award-winning director, David Yates.
Other actors who joined the international ensemble cast included: Carmen Ejogo, who returned to the role of Seraphina Picquery; Wolf Roth as Spielman; Victoria Yeates as Bunty; Derek Riddell as Torquil Travers; Poppy Corby-Tuech as Rosier; Cornell S. John as Arnold Guzman; and Brontis Jodorowsky as Nicolas Flamel. Fiona Glascott and Jessica Williams have also been cast in roles to be revealed.
Reprising their roles from the worldwide hit “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” are Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”), who stars as wizarding world magizoologist Newt Scamander; Katherine Waterston as Auror Tina Goldstein; Dan Fogler as No-Maj Jacob Kowalski; Alison Sudol as Queenie Goldstein; and Ezra Miller as Credence.
The focus of this second wizarding adventure is the infamous Dark wizard, Gellert Grindelwald, played by Oscar nominee Johnny Depp. Opposite Grindelwald is Oscar nominee Jude Law as Hogwarts professor Albus Dumbledore.
In addition, the main cast includes Zoë Kravitz as Leta Lestrange; Callum Turner as Theseus Scamander; Claudia Kim as a woman in a wizarding circus; William Nadylam as Yusuf Kama; Ingvar Sigurdsson as Grimmson; Ólafur Darri Ólafsson as Skender; and Kevin Guthrie as Abernathy.
The film opens in 1927, a few months after Newt helped to unveil and capture the infamous Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald. This was played out in the first adventure, which ended with Grindelwald predicting a dramatic escape. Since his escape, he has been connecting with more wizards and adding them to his cause to elevate wizards above all non-magical beings..
Only one wizard may be able to stop Grindelwald, the wizard he once called his dearest friend, Albus Dumbledore. But Dumbledore will need help from the wizard who had thwarted Grindelwald once before, his former student Newt Scamander. The adventure reunites Newt with Tina, Queenie and Jacob, but his mission will also test their loyalties as they face new perils in an increasingly dangerous and divided wizarding world.
The film expands the wizarding world, moving from New York to London and on to Paris. There are also some surprising nods to the Harry Potter stories that will delight fans of the books and film series. David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram are producing the film, with Tim Lewis, Neil Blair, Rick Senat and Danny Cohen serving as executive producers.
Collaborating with Yates behind the scenes are: Oscar-winning director of photography Philippe Rousselot (“A River Runs Through It”); three-time Oscar-winning production designer Stuart Craig (“The English Patient,” “Dangerous Liaisons,” “Gandhi,” the “Harry Potter” films), three-time BAFTA Award- winning editor Mark Day (the last four “Harry Potter” films, “State of Play”), four-time Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood (“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” “Chicago,” “Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Alice in Wonderland”), Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Tim Burke (“Gladiator,” the “Harry Potter” films), and Oscar-nominated visual effects supervisor Christian Manz (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1”).
The new adventure is filmed at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, Wizarding World, cinematic home since the first “Harry Potter” film.
Look for first release on November 16, 2018.
Off-Stage on Fantastic Beasts
The director, David Yates worked from the screenplay by J.K. Rowling.
David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram were the producers and Tim Lewis, Neil Blair, Rick Senat and Danny Cohen served as executive producers.
The same behind-the-scenes creative team as the first “Fantastic Beasts” film created this fantastic film. This is a star-studded Oscar-winner team.
Oscar-winning director of photography Philippe Rousselot (“A River Runs Through It”), three-time Oscar-winning production designer Stuart Craig (“The English Patient,” “Dangerous Liaisons,” “Gandhi,” the “Harry Potter” films), four-time Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood (“Chicago,” “Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”), and Yates’ longtime editor Mark Day (the last four “Harry Potter” films).
Music comes courtesy of eight-time Oscar nominee James Newton Howard (“Defiance,” “Michael Clayton,” “The Hunger Games” films).