We’re still months away from the November 2018 release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, but the controversy surrounding casting for the second Fantastic film from Harry Potter author JK Rowling has already been going on for months. With Tuesday’s premiere of the first teaser trailer for the upcoming film now online, you can expect to hear even more divisiveness over the fantasy flick.
Surrounding the casting of Johnny Depp as dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (we saw Colin Farrell morph into Depp at the end of the first Fantastic film), many fans were outraged that Depp was kept on the project after allegations of abuse were raised by Depp’s ex, Amber Heard. Would it really have been that difficult to simply keep Colin Farrell? Don’t we have enough Pirates of the Caribbean movies already? With Rowling’s defense of Depp leaving the taste of sour Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans in our mouths, it’s difficult to watch the new trailer with clear eyes, but we’ll give it a go.
In the upcoming second installment in the five-film franchise, Grindelwald has escaped the Magical Congress of the USA and is gathering followers to join him on his quest to build an army to rule over muggles. Albus Dumbledore teams up with his former student Newt Scamander to stop Grindelwald, and a lot of magic and CGI happens along the way. That’s the gist of it.
The whole gang is back together for the film, and there are a few new faces. Eddie Redmayne returns as beast whisperer Newt Scamander, Katherine Waterston and Alison Sudol will reprise their roles as magical sisters Tina and Queenie Goldstein, Ezra Miller and his unfortunate haircut are back as Credence Barebone, and Dan Folger returns as everyone’s favourite muggle sidekick, Jacob Kowalski. Zoe Kravitz, who appeared only in moving picture form as Leta Lestrange in the first Fantastic film will star in the new flick, with actor Callum Turner set to play Redmayne’s brother, Theseus Scamander.
Then there’s Dumbledore. That’s right, the wizard with the ZZ Top beard and the penchant for flowing robes and sage advice was once a bona fide hottie. Like, dang Dumbledore. He fully reverse Longbottomed. Played by Jude Law, expect to see an increase in Dumbledore fanfic in the coming months. Cue the wand jokes.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald hits theatres on November 16, 2018.