FANTASTIC BEASTS 2 Releases Official Title, Plot Synopsis, and Cast Photo

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Warner Bros spills the details on the FANTASTIC BEASTS sequel!

We’re one year to the day away from the release of the second film in the Fantastic Beasts franchise, and Warner Bros. is finally sharing the details of the sequel’s name and plot!

It all started this morning with a name reveal that’s not quite as whimsical as the first, but certainly has a foreboding element to it:

Notice how the I,G, and A look like the three Deathly Hallows?

Following that announcement, the production released its first cast photo featuring old favorites and new characters, including Jude Law as Young Dumbledore.

The image was turned into a motion poster reveal (almost every character moves, but it looks like Ezra Miller and Johnny Depp were photoshopped into the arrangement after the fact.)

The image comes with official character descriptions:

“Jude Law plays a young ALBUS DUMBLEDORE, taking on the mantle of one of J.K. Rowling’s most beloved characters; Ezra Miller makes a return as the enigmatic CREDENCE, whose fate was unknown at the end of the first film; Claudia Kim appears as a Maledictus, the carrier of a blood curse that destines her ultimately to transform into a beast; Zoe Kravitz plays LETA LESTRANGE, who had once been close to Newt Scamander but is now engaged to his brother; Callum Turner joins the cast as Newt’s older brother, THESEUS SCAMANDER, a celebrated war hero and the Head of the Auror Office at the British Ministry of Magic; Katherine Waterston returns as TINA GOLDSTEIN, who has been reinstated as an Auror for MACUSA; Eddie Redmayne stars again as wizarding world Magizoologist NEWT SCAMANDER, who has now gained fame in the wizarding world as the author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; Dan Fogler reprises the role of the only No-Maj in the group, JACOB KOWALSKI; Alison Sudol reprises the part of Tina’s free-spirited sister, QUEENIE GOLDSTEIN, a Legilimens who can read minds; and Johnny Depp returns as the powerful Dark wizard GELLERT GRINDELWALD.”

Along with this comes the first plot synopsis, which warns of darkness and division to come:

“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.”

Fantastic Beasts 2: The Crimes of Gindelwald hits theaters on November 16, 2018.

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