Today is the first day of principal photography on the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequel, and to mark the occasion, Warner Bros Studios released new and juicy specifics about the film's exciting plot. Fans have already learned that the film will include Jude Law as a young Albus Dumbledore and Callum Turner as Newt Schmander's brother, Theseus, but now there are even more titillating details we know about the Fantastic Beasts sequel, including what the central conflict will be and who the new characters are.
Here's the official synopsis:
J.K. Rowling wrote the screenplay for the film, which opens in 1927, a few months after Newt helped to unveil and capture the infamous Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald. However, as he promised he would, 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. 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.
The second installment in a five film series, the Fantastic Beasts sequel alright has Potterheads wishing they had a Time Turner to travel ahead to the film's release. In the meantime, these are 9 of the movie's details fans can be excited for.
1The action moves from New York to London and Paris.
While seeing Newt and company wreak havoc in New York city was fun in the first Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the film's sequel will take the story abroad to London and Paris. Will the troublesome friends find themselves butting heads with the foreign ministries of magic, too?
2The film picks up in 1927.
The Fantastic Beasts story will pick up almost exactly where it left off: in 1927, just a few months following Scamander's capture of Gindelwald. Will fans learn what the magizoologist has been up to since earning his hero status?
3Grindelwald makes a "dramatic escape."
Wondering what will drive the Fantastic Beasts plot? A dramatic escape from an evil wizard just might do the trick,
4Dumbledore and Newt team up to save the day.
As fans previously learned, Jude Law will be playing a young Albus Dumbledore, but what will he be up to? Now we know he'll be teaming up with his former student, Newt Scamander, to track down the escaped Grindelwald.
5Tina, Queenie, and Jacob are returning.
It looks like Dumbledore and Newt won't be battling Grindelwald alone: Tina, Queenie, and Jacob will all have a roll in the film's sequel, too.
6Ezra Miller's Credence will make a mysterious appearance, too.
His fate was left unknown at the end of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, but Ezra Miller's Credence "makes a mysterious return." Fans will have to wait and see exactly what that means when the film comes out.
7Our heroes will encounter a wizarding circus.
If you thought Hogwarts was fun, just wait until the wizarding circus that will play a part in the Fantastic Beasts sequel. New details about the film have confirmed Claudia Kim (The Dark Tower) plays a young woman who is the featured attraction, and Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (The Missing) will play Skender, the person in charge.
8Newt and Dumbledore aren't the only ones looking for Grindelwald.
Ingvar Sigurdsson (The Oath) has been cast as Grimmson, a bounty hunter, so it is safe to assume that our heroes aren't the only people trying to track down Grindelwald. The only question is, will Grimmson help Newt and friends, or foil their plans?
9There will be plenty of references for Potterheads to enjoy.
Keep an eye out for those Easter eggs, fans!