“Fantastic Beasts” Sequel Begins Production

Though it still has yet to score a title, the follow-up to the $814 million worldwide grossing “Harry Potter” prequel spin-off film “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” has now begun filming in the United Kingdom.

Returnees include Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, Johnny Depp as the dark wizard Gellert Grindewald, Ezra Miller as Credence, and Zoe Kravitz as Leta Lestrange. Also onboard are the previously announced Jude Law as a young Albus Dumbledore, and Callum Turner as Newt’s Auror brother Theseus Scamander.

Joining them are Claudia Kim as a young woman who is an attraction at a wizarding circus, William Nadylam as a wizard named Yusuf Kama, Olafur Darri Olafsson as circus operator Skender, Ingvar Sigurdsson as a bounty hunter, and Kevin Guthrie as Abernathy who is the head of the U.S. Magical Congress.

J.K. Rowling once again penned the screenplay which opens in 1927, several months after events of the first film. Grindewald has escaped custody and is gathering more followers to his cause. This time, it’s down to his former friend Albus Dumbledore to stop him with the help of former student Scamander.

The film is the second in a proposed five-part film series with David Yates once again returning to direct. The majority of the film’s action will reportedly take place around London and Paris.

Shooting will take place primarily at Leavesden Studios with the movie slated to open November 16th 2018.