Author J.K. Rowling admits to feeling quite sentimental going back to Hogwarts for the upcoming second Fantastic Beasts film, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. In this new video from behind-the-scenes of the much-anticipated sequel, cast members including Eddie Redmayne, Zoe Kravitz, and Jude Law talk about their experiences shooting the film.
“Those names, the stories, the histories that have sit in the back of our mind from the Potter series begin to weave their way into Beasts,” says Redmayne in the latest Fantastic Beasts featurette.
“It’s like the ultimate childhood fantasy to play witches and wizards,” admitted Zoë Kravitz who plays Leta Lestrange.
Jude Law, Fantastic Beasts‘ Albus Dumbledore, commented on being at the movie version of Hogwarts. “It was a slightly odd out of body experience because I’ve watched with everyone else those classes and suddenly to be in it… You’re in there doing it but then you look back as yourself and realize how special it was.”
The film’s ensemble also includes Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim, William Nadylam, Kevin Guthrie, Carmen Ejogo, Poppy Corby-Tuech, and Johnny Depp.
Harry Potter veteran David Yates directed Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald from a screenplay by J.K. Rowling. Rowling, David Heyman, Steve Kloves, and Lionel Wigram produced the film, with Tim Lewis, Neil Blair, Rick Senat and Danny Cohen executive producing.
Warner Bros. Pictures will release the PG-13 rated film in theaters in 2D, 3D and IMAX on November 16, 2018.
The Plot: At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Redmayne). But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.
In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore (Law) enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.