Something magical is in the works for 2021! After a few months of production delays, it’s finally official: Magizoologists, muggles, wizards, and an assortment of other magical creatures will come together onscreen for the third installment of Fantastic Beasts.
On Monday, it was reported that filming for Warner Bros.’ Fantastic Beasts 3 will begin in spring 2020 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Harry Potter spinoff series follows the adventures of Newt Scamander, traveling the world and exploring magical communities decades before Harry Potter’s own journey at Hogwarts. Good wizards, bad wizards, secrets, a whole lot of magic and, of course — fantastic beasts — make for an exciting fantasy universe, one which has attracted a dedicated fan base since it’s debut.
Directed by David Yates and produced and written by the queen of beloved wizardly worlds, J.K. Rowling, the first installment, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was a huge hit in 2016, and saw Newt Scamander exploring New York City in the 1920s. Positioned to be a five-film franchise, 2018’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald took audiences to the wizarding world of Paris (sidenote: does anyone know how to pronounce “Wingardium Leviosa” in French?), picking up a few new characters — and villains — along the way.
There’s already plenty of excitement around the third installment of the series, especially following the rumours that 2 Dope Queens’ Jessica Williams, who briefly appeared in the last film, will have a bigger role this time around.
Williams played Professor Eulalie “Lally” Hicks in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, and J.K. Rowling has since teased there’s more to come for the character, going on record in 2018 to say, “You only see a HINT of Lally in Fantastic Beasts 2. Her true glory is revealed in FB3.” The plot thickens, and we’re here for it.
Keeping a firm grasp on the ‘magic’ of the original crew, J.K. Rowling will be joined by co-writer Steve Kloves on FB3, who adapted the seven Harry Potter films. Eddie Redmayne will return as Newt Scamander while Jude Law will once again portray a young Albus Dumbledore, and Johnny Depp will play the villainous Gellert Grindelwald. Ezra Miller, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, and Katherine Waterston are also expected to return.
The latest threequal has yet to be titled, but is slated to hit theatres in November 2021. Until then, you can relive the magic of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald on Crave.