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Fantastic Beasts sequel begins shooting as new plot details and cast unveiled

Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them

Story by Jack Foley

THE sequel to JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them has started shooting in the UK.

Principal photography on the as-yet-untitled movie commenced on Monday (July 3, 2017) at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden outside London, where the Harry Potter movies were shot.

To mark the occasion, Warner Bros has announced some new plot details about the follow-up, which sees Eddie Redmayne return as magical beasts lover Newt Scamander to take on Gellert Grindelwald, the dark wizard played by Johnny Depp, who was unmasked at the end of the first movie.

A statement read: “Grindelwald has made a dramatic escape and has been gathering more followers to his cause – elevating wizards above all non-magical beings. The only one who might be able to stop him is 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.”

Although the first film was set mostly in New York, the sequel will move the main action to 1920s Paris, shortly after Scamander’s capture of Grindelwald at the end of the first instalment.

As previously announced, Jude Law will star as future Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore in the film, a younger version of the character originally played by the late Richard Harris and Michael Gambon in the Harry Potter films.

While Zoe Kravitz will play new character Leta Lestrange, a fleeting glimpse of whom appeared in the first film, and Claudia Kim will also star as a young woman introduced in the film as an attraction at a wizarding circus.

Returning for the sequel are the central trio of Tina (Katherine Waterston), Queenie (Alison Sudol) and Jacob (Dan Fogler).

However, the effort to stop Grindelwald will ‘test their loyalties as they face new perils in an increasingly dangerous and divided wizarding world’, according to the Warner Bros. statement.

Callum Turner will also be back as Newt’s brother, Theseus Scamander, as will Ezra Miller, whose character Credence suffered an unknown fate at the end of the first movie.

Other cast members include William Nadylam as a wizard named Yusuf Kama; Ingvar Sigurdsson as a bounty hunter named Grimmson; Ólafur Darri Ólafsson as Skender, who runs the wizarding circus, and Kevin Guthrie as Abernathy, who appears at MACUSA (Magical Congress of the USA).

Rowling has once again penned the screenplay, while David Yates returns to direct. Some surprise nods to the Harry Potter franchise are also expected.

Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them grossed more than $800 million globally.

The follow-up is expected to launch in November 2018 and will be the second in a planned five-film franchise.

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