‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ Wraps Filming

Principal photography has been completed on Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. The film is the second in a planned five-film franchise at Warner Bros. that aims to prequelize the Wizarding World of Harry Potter on the big screen, initially based on J.K. Rowling’s book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. While that initial film, set in 1926 New York City, followed the exploits of magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and his quest to round up his titular creatures, it also set up the major arc of this prequel franchise, which is the rise of Grindelwald as the Voldemort of the early 20th century.

The sequel picks up pretty much where Fantastic Beasts left off, but moves the action to Paris as Newt and his friends are enlisted to help thwart Grindelwald’s plans by none other than Albus Dumbledore, played by Jude Law in this new film. No doubt we’re heading towards a confrontation between Dumbledore and Grindelwald somewhere down the line, but for now Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will reveal the Parisian Wizarding World for the first time.

There’s certainly been some criticism of the casting of Johnny Depp in the role of Grindelwald, one which we assume will continue throughout this franchise, but both Rowling and director David Yates have vehemently defended the choice to keep Depp in the role.

Yates returns to the director’s chair after first helming Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, then going on to direct Half-Blood Prince and both Deathly Hallows installments. The cast includes Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Zoe Kravitz, Callum Turner, and Claudia Kim. Check out a special wrap video below. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald hits theaters on November 16, 2018.

Here’s the official synopsis for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald:
At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (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.


Vanity Fair: See Issa Rae, Olivia Munn, and More of the Season’s Brightest Stars Channeling 70s-Cinema Style

At an iconic Richard Neutra house, a dozen stars channeled the spirit of 70s cinema while discussing their personal style, flaws, room-service orders, happy places, movie characters, and much, much more.

HOMETOWN: New York City.
NICKNAMES: Kate and Pony.
STYLE ICONS: Lee Miller, Slim Keith, Amelia Earhart, John Updike, Buster Keaton, James Baldwin, Greta Garbo, Ian Curtis, Bill Cunningham, Lee Radziwill, Lauren Hutton, Humphrey Bogart, Tony Leung in In the Mood for Love.
FAVORITE ACCESSORY: Prescription sunglasses.
FAVORITE FLAW: Extra lumbar vertebra.
FAVORITE ACTORS, LIVING OR DEAD: “My dad” [actor Sam], Geraldine Page, Giulietta Masina, Katrin Cartlidge, John Cazale, Bill Murray.
UP NEXT: The Current War, with Benedict Cumberbatch.

Source: Vanity Fair

Katherine Waterston Joins Jonah Hill’s Mid-90s

Jonah Hill is already shooting his directorial debut, coming-of-age tale Mid-90s. But he’s had to make a change to one of the leads, with Katherine Waterston taking over for the previously-cast Michelle Williams.

Written by Hill, the film sees a boy named Stevie (Sunny Suljic) learning life lessons in Los Angeles in the 1990s, spending time with his skateboarding friends and navigating the tricky waters of drinking, drugs, sex and peer pressure on the edge of his teenage years.

Waterston is his mother, a co-dependent single mother struggling to make ends meet. And while Williams is no longer aboard, one of her former Manchester By The Sea cast mates, Lucas Hedges, remains attached as Stevie’s older brother.

Hill and Suljic have a history, having worked on Gus Van Sant’s latest, Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot. As for Waterston, she was last seen in Alien: Covenant and will appear in Logan Lucky (out 25 August) and the Fantastic Beasts sequel.

Source: Empire