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A Thrilling New Adventure in J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World Is Underway
The Main Cast and Filmmakers from “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” Are Joined by Exciting New Additions to the Ensemble

No title yet, but a few secrets are unveiled as shooting begins today on Fantastic Beasts 2.

From Business Wire July 3, 2017 (Warner Bros. Media Release)

Principal photography starts today, Monday, July 3, on an all new adventure set in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, the second of five films in the series that began with “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” The as-yet-untitled film is being directed by David Yates.

Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”) stars once more as wizarding world magizoologist Newt Scamander; alongside Katherine Waterston as Auror Tina Goldstein; Alison Sudol as her sister, Queenie Goldstein; and Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski, the only No-Maj in the foursome.

Oscar nominee Johnny Depp (the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies, “Finding Neverland”), who was revealed as Gellert Grindelwald, stars as the powerful Dark wizard in the film. Oscar nominee Jude Law (“The Talented Mr. Ripley,” “Cold Mountain”) takes on the role of Albus Dumbledore—one of J.K. Rowling’s most beloved characters—decades before he becomes Headmaster at Hogwarts. Credence, whose fate was unknown at the end of the first film, makes a mysterious return, played again by Ezra Miller. Zoë Kravitz plays Leta Lestrange, who was glimpsed in a photo as a woman from Newt’s past; Callum Turner is the famed Theseus Scamander, a war hero and Auror, who also happens to be Newt’s older brother; and Claudia Kim plays a young woman we first meet as a featured attraction at a wizarding circus.

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 ensemble cast also includes 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, whom we met as Tina and Queenie’s boss at MACUSA (Magical Congress of the USA).

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, the creative teams are led by 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 being filmed at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, which has been the cinematic home of the Wizarding World since the first “Harry Potter” film.

Slated for release on November 16, 2018, the film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

In Honor of Seeing It for the Third Time: Fury Road Headcanons

-Furiosa’s mother died at Immortan Joe’s hands because she was taken for his harem and she continuously fought back.

-I think this part was meant to be understood - but Furiosa herself was spared the harem (despite having the looks of Charlize Theron) because of her left arm.  Joe was trying to breed what he considered “perfect” children.

- Miss Giddy (the old woman who cared for the harem) payed special attention to Furiosa’s upbringing out of responsibility to her mother, and was the go between for Furiosa and Splendid Angharad (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, the lead wife)

- Toast the Knowing (Zoe Cravitz, the black woman with the short hair cut)  will study military tactics and weaponry under Furiosa, becoming a soldier in defense of the Citadel, and the two will end up a romantic relationship.

- Capable (Riley Keough, the red head) with her compassion for the War Boys, seeing them as as exploited as she was, will take a special interest in their care and through them become a super-skilled mechanic, eventually overseeing the Citadel’s autoshop.

- The Dag (Abbey Lee, the surviving blonde) will obviously join the hydroponic farmers, with the seeds left to her.    She will prove to have a natural gift, which the Keeper saw in her.  She gives birth to twins: Angharad and Nox in a few months (Capable cries when she learns the boy’s name).  They each have only one eye, and Angharad has 2 extra fingers on each hand - they are perfect.

- Cheedo the Fragile (Courtney Eaton, the mixed-race Bride who briefly tried to go back, and later faked out Rictus), takes on Miss Giddy’s old role, without the imprisoned harem part.  Specifically she finds happiness caring for children and pregnant mothers.  With training from the surviving Vuvalini, she becomes a skilled midwife, and teacher to children, initially starting with her “niece” and “nephew” Angharad and Nox, but soon including many other children from the citadel and beneath it.

- As long as he doesn’t conspire against the “new regime”, Corpus Colossus (Quentin Kenihan, Immortan Joe’s little-person son) will remain as part of the new ruling council, his expertise about the water supplies and pumps being invaluable.  He becomes something of a hated figure by the general public, as he is blamed whenever water needs to be rationed.  He accepts this role, earning closer trust and gratitude from Furiosa and her allies.  While the luxuries of the elite ruling over the oppressed are gone in Furiosa’s reign (the governing council get their water rationed FIRST), Colossus eventually finds his relative station has increased with her council over his father’s disdain for his “deformed disappointments”.

- A brief conflict ensues with Gas-Town and the Bullet Farm (both of which had strong military forces left behind with commanders ready to assume command when their leaders failed to return).  Not expecting Furiosa’s defenses to hold as well as they do - they realize a prolonged siege turns on its head, as the Citadel has food and water to hold out comfortably, while they desperately need said water.  The entire debacle turns into a embarrassing clusterfuck for the two cities as they are forced to accept trade arrangements even more generous to the Citadel to end the conflict.  For her part Furiosa promises to do nothing to aid rebellion in their holdings (though refuge to those who make it into hers stand).