AceShowbiz - The next installment of the "Fantastic Beasts" film franchise is still one year away, but Warner Bros. has announced the second movie's official title, which is "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald". Along with the title, the company also revealed on November 16 via Twitter the first look at the cast, which includes Jude Law as young Dumbledore.
Other than Law, who is seen wrapped up in a blue velvet long coat, the cast picture also includes returning stars. They are Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Ezra Miller, Dan Fogler and Johnny Depp. David Yates, who helmed the last four "Harry Potter" movies, also returns as the director of the movie.
In an earlier press release, the producing company unveiled that Dumbledore (Law) would be playing an important part in the new plot. "We meet him decades earlier, when Dumbledore is still serving as the wizarding school's Transfiguration professor," a representative for the company detailed. "He is also a contemporary of Gellert Grindelward, the charismatic dark wizard who believes wizard are superior to Muggles and No-Majs."
"Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" picks up months after the events of the first movie, where Grindelward (Depp) is captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America) with the help of Newt Scamander (Redmayne). However, Grindelward manages to escape from the custody and gathers followers to plan a dangerous agenda. In an effort to thwart his plan, Dumbledore orders his former student Scamander, who agrees to help. They are both unaware of the dangers that lie ahead, though.
The second movie, which began filming in July, is scheduled to hit theaters on November 16, 2018. The film franchise is also set to have three more sequels. The first installment of the series, "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them", has grossed $814 million worldwide.