Pulling in $801.5 million worldwide from a $180 million budget, the green lighting of a follow-up to the “Harry Potter” spin-off “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is no surprise.
There’s still debate over whether the series will run the full five films it intends to, but certainly several more seem assured at this point. Late last year it was confirmed that Zoe Kravitz will be back as Leta Lestrange in the sequel, and this week she caught up with Collider and revealed she’ll have a much bigger role this time around:
“I think there’s a few ahead. The relationship between Leta and Newt Scamander is a complex relationship, so I think there will be a lot of time for that to grow and develop, which will fun. I know nothing! I have an idea, based off of when I auditioned, but I know nothing.
Even when I went to go do my chemistry read with Eddie Redmayne, he was trying to help me piece together what was happening in the scene that we were reading. He doesn’t get to see anything either, so he was like, ‘I think based off of this line and this line, and what we shot here and here, this is what’s going on.’ We had to guess. It was funny to watch him, trying to piece it all together.”
Kravitz confirms that filming isn’t slated to begin until this summer:
“No, that starts in June or July, I think. It’s sometime in the summer. I’m very excited. The one day I was on set for that, and also for my audition process, being able to work with Eddie Redmayne and David Yates was incredible.
The script was very under wraps, so even signing onto it, I hadn’t read the script. I just went off of who was involved, and J.K. Rowling and the Harry Potter films, so I knew it was going to be incredible, especially with how involved J.K. is.
And then, I got to see the film, after I was already signed on, and it exceeded my expectations. That was a really interesting experience, to sit back and watch a movie that you loved, and then get to walk out and say, ‘I get to be in that!’ It’s a very cool thing.”
The Paris-set sequel will reportedly take the franchise in a “new direction,” although no further story details have been revealed at this time. “Fantastic Beasts 2” is currently targeting a November 16th 2018 release.